Sunday, April 26, 2009

The garden then and now

It is always so nice to see progress, isn't it? I thought it might be nice to see how things have changed around here.

First up is the herb garden. What a sad little thing that started out as! First just holes cut out in the weed paper and now totally uncovered and beginning to take shape with some bricks. I still need to dig out a leveled trench for the bricks and place them permanently, but what a change, right? We have Sorrel, dill, nasturtiums, lavender, fennel, rosemary, basil, carnations, chamomile, thyme, lemon balm, sage, chives, tarragon, and bachelor's button growing here now.

Next up is the basic view of the garden. Here it is shortly after planting on March 21st, looking quite small and bare. Then, pow!

Just over a month has passed and things are really getting taller. The Sunflowers are halfway up the garden wall, the scarlet runner beans have reached the second string of the bean teepee, and the tomatoes are past the third rung of their cages. I have already had to rearrange the tomatoes in their cages several times due to their eager growth. I hope your gardens are growing, too, and loving the warm spring weather!


  1. Nik - so pretty, love watching the progress!! Can't believe its only been A MONTH! you're doing something right!


  2. Wow, it looks so fabulous. Yes, you are doing something right. I spent the entire weekend in my yard digging out plants that didn't make it through the winter and planting new plants to replace them. My favorite is hebe topiaria's.
    Anyhow, things are starting to grow and bloom. Love it. Thanks for sharing these pics. They are so dreamy.

  3. Nikki~ Your garden looks LOVELY! I bet the smell of all those herbs is fantastic. I bought a couple of scrawny looking tomato plants, hope to keep them alive until the heat comes - tee hee. But really summer doesn't start in Seattle until after July 4.

    I had to the same as Janelle, lots of plants that didn't make it. The saddest was my ten-year old rosemary. The trunk was magnificent.... sad to see it go.

    I will be living vicariously through your pictures. Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Oh, I'm so sad to hear about your rosemary, Mindy. When I was young and single I lived in an apartment building that had an enormous rosemary bush outside. It totally covered one side of the building! I've never seen anything like it, but now when I smell rosemary, I think of it. I love herbs and my kids do, too. My little 19 month old girl knows to run through the garden rubbing her hands in the herbs and smelling her hands. Too cute :)


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