September 5, 2010

Blame It All On My Roots

The long labor day weekend is my first vacation this summer.  Did I go to Michigan and sit on the beach and go shopping as invited?  Nope.  I stayed home and played in the dirt.  That's what garden geeks do.  Yesterday was a gorgeous 70 degrees so I toiled gardened from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Blame it all on my roots because I am returning to the garden of my youth, one that combines flowers, fruit, herbs and veggies.  I get very sentimental when I think of how our family was sustained by the good earth's bounty and the fruits of our labor .

Here's my new raised herb bed which I made with stones left from a previous owner.

The rosemary topiary in the center is the first I've kept alive with a grow light over the winter . The hen contains golden oregano and the other pot, thyme.  I plan to use seeds in the Spring to fill the bed with basil, cilantro, chives, garlic and sage.

I couldn't resist these two cone-shaped boxwoods and will add long-blooming roses and other flowering plants to the border below.

Why is it that a garden seems small until you start digging?  Clearing the area, removing and transplanting , hauling the stone from storage and filling the bed took me 7 hours.  I thought I'd be sore the next day because I haven't been able to work outside much this extremely hot summer but the ole' bod rose to the task.

Although there's a lot of work yet to be done I think I've made a very good start.

Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago All rights reserved


  1. Great projects in your garden! Your herb garden design is wonderful.

  2. I love this new evolution of your garden Carolyn. Your labor of love is looking fabulous.


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