All posts tagged: herbs

Rosemary revival

Recently, Rosemary’s been a haven for our bees with nothing much else in flower. The forms I grow, battered by the winds coming down off the moor are gradually being replaced by cuttings in more appropriate sheltered sites. I grow: Rosemary ‘Benenden Blue’ AGM Upright branches with dark blue flowers. Height 90cm. Rosemarinus officinalis Upright habit with small pale blue flowers. Height to 1m. Rosemary ‘Sissinghurst Blue’ AGM Arching habit. Height 80cm. Small dark blue flowers. Height to 80cm. Rosemary ‘Capri’ Small pale blue flowers. Height 15cm. Very prostrate habit. Good for containers. Golden Variegated Rosemary Upright habit. Small pale blue flowers. Height 80cm. Short dark green variegated with gold splashes. Rosemary ‘Barbeque’ Blue flowers. Height 70cm. Rosemary ‘Blue Lagoon’ Trailing habit and  dark blue flowers. Height 45cm. Rosemary ‘Boule’ Prostrate habit, good in pots. Small mid blue flowers. Height 30cm. Leaves with a white underside. Rosemary ‘Corsican Blue’ Upright branches with dark blue flowers. Height 90cm. Rosemary ‘Fota Blue’ Trailing habit with dark blue flowers. Height 45cm. Rosemary Foxtail Attractive small mid blue flowers. …

Thyme’s up…

… for the eleven year old thyme bed, full of woody and bedraggled plants. Replaced this year with fresh stock in a new raised bed, using some interplanting with dianthus to cheer up the bare spaces until the spreading quickly takes over. The new bed contains Thyme ‘Pink Chintz’, ‘Vey’, orange scented, prostrate, common, broad leaved, creeping red, ‘Iden’, ‘Pink Ripple’, ‘Porlock’, ‘Tabor’, ‘Russetings’, ‘Redstart’, creeping lemon, ‘Dartmoor’, minimus, ‘Faustini’ and ‘Foxley’. There are also other thymes in pots around the garden. The old bed…

My interest in herbs

What is Paradise? But a Garden, an Orchard of Trees and Herbs, full of pleasure, and nothing there but delights. From one of my favourite books – William Lawson, A New Orchard and Garden with The Country Housewife’s Garden, 1618. Facsimile edition, Prospect Books, 2003 I don’t have any formal horticultural or botanical training, my original learning being more by osmosis, with a childhood spent within a family of plants women. My greatest influence though was a close family friend with whom I spent many holidays, largely immersed in all things horticultutural. On moving into my first house in the late 1980’s, unlike all the neighbours who sensibly maintained neat lawns in their front gardens, I immediately dug up the frontage, planting my first herb garden. I was lucky there in two respects, it lay adjacent to the gravel beds near Cirencester, where there was fabulous drainage. It was also near Stroud, where I grew up, but moreover where Gillian and Michael Wimperis then ran the fabulous Selsley Herb Nursery, my early source of inspiration. I …