Rosemary and Thyme

I’ve been gardening. I was sluggish about it this year so I sat down on my front stoop drinking coffee on saturday morning until I could. not. stand. it. any. longer. Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 3.21.52 PMI pulled one weed, which turned into two, then more, then all of the garden patch along the path. Then pruning, and fertilizer, and slug bait, and then the desire for the scent of cypress and lavender and tall italian sunflowers…

Now I have some frilly silver lavender, hidecote english lavender, and “snow white” cypress ready to go in,  three different varieties of sunflower seeds: sunzilla, multicolored, and chocolate.

I’ve been watching the British murder mystery series Rosemary and Thyme and not only do I love a fun mystery and those two dear ladies, I adore the gardens!  It’s so inspiring to see an unruly plot of land turn into an organized, beautiful spot in the span of one week. I figured it was high time I took some of my own English garden dreams into my hands.  I’ve always opted for the meadow flower approach with flowers going every which way, from seeds I scattered without any care. But lately I’ve been craving more symmetry and balance.

Here are some examples of my last house. We called it The Collins Cottage: my house garden my garden house my garden Granted, this was when it was at its most beautiful. It didn’t always look so colorful and meadowy! In fact, as soon as everything started to die, it was a huge undertaking to clean up! And with a newborn on a blanket crying for me in the grass it was nearly impossible to ever feel like I could do it justice!

So. I’d like to have a bit more control over my current garden. The lavender and cypress trees will flank the path at the front, then my box hedges will shadow them, and in between I’ll put my fillers and creepers and more cottage-ish fare.  I am always so eager to see it all grown at the start that I put everything much too close together.  I’m going to space my plants out and let them grow into each other. We’ll see how it turns out!

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