I went into this weekend with a list as long my arm of the jobs I wanted to achieve in the garden. You know by now that I love my lists. This one was entirely in my head, and I am here to report, between us, my husband and I totally BLITZED it. Everything on that list, and a few jobs besides, have been done.
It took a long time. Both of us must have been in the garden for nearly 7 hours. 14 man hours later though, the place has been transformed. We have weeded and trimmed back the herb bed, and replanted it with various new specimens with plans for additional ones. We have weeded the bed that runs from the herb bed down to the big greenhouse. We have planted all the plants which had been languishing slightly in our little greenhouse. We have cleared the patch of garden which eventually will be transformed into our vegetable patch. We have also finished the initial weeding of the long perennial border as well. And we gave the Broom a big old haircut (because it has finished flowering and had been getting in my way when I was cutting the lawn!)
So, the herbs we have now in our garden are Lemon Verbena, Sage, Thyme, and French Tarragon. This is in addition to the Rosemary, Oregano, Chives and Lavender which were already there. I am going to get some mint (and put it in a separate pot) and parsley, Basil and Coriander and plant them too. Plus, I found that I have seeds for Lovage, Borage, and Bergamot as well as Fennel and Dill.
Just with those herbs, my mind is filled with potential remedies. In my minds eye, I have a recipe for a tonic using rosemary, tarragon and red wine. When the Lovage, Borage and Bergamot come up, I am going to make some sleep pillows with lavender along with the potential colourful addition to a jug of Pimms in the summer weather of the Borage flowers. Then I have the chance for mint tea from the mint plants once they are established, and making homemade pesto from the Basil. I might also use the Coriander to make a version of pesto with a slightly lighter and brighter flavour (though my husband will complain it tastes of soap)
I am so pleased with the work we have done, I think today I am just going to sit back and admire it. Actually, if I tried to garden today I am pretty sure all my joints would stop working entirely, so it is probably just as well that I take some time to smell the flowers. After all, there is little point in working hard to make the blooms come to life if you are not going to stop and admire them once in a while.