Monday, May 13, 2013

Raised Beds for the Herb Garden

The herb garden is out of the dreaming stage and into the action phase.
At the moment it looks like an archaeological dig somewhere in the Greek isles.

The walls were completed earlier in the week,
and then the irrigation team returned and put in the sprinkler heads.
Next step: gravel for drainage, topped by amended soil.

We decided to eliminate the additional raised beds at this end,
in favor of supports for table grapes.
 This photo was taken at 8:00 AM, looking west.

The back of the house faces south, so once the sun comes around,
the herb garden will be out of shadow.

Past the herb garden, the retaining wall for the garden below the pool deck is also complete.
 I started planting for butterflies in the "wedge" area on the far left.

I have been dreaming of Apricot Drift Roses in this spot. 
I love their color! Drift roses are short (2'H x 3"W), a cross between miniature and Knock-out Roses. 
This weekend I planted three, fronting a stand of Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'), and mixed with yarrow, daisies, day lilies and asters.

Down on the beach we discovered these pretty wildflowers.

They are an annuals named Texas Star (Sabatia campestris).
According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center,
they form large colonies and readily self seed. 
Once the lake rises they will disappear, so I dug up several and transplanted them into the garden.  Hopefully, they will survive the shock and make a home on higher ground.
It would be so pretty to see their little magenta faces scattered throughout this bed.

Inside the house we had tulips!
A beautiful Mother's day treat from the girls.

1 comment:

  1. I love your property and the view of the water. Herb garden is going to be so fun and you will have plenty of room to plant whatever you like. So loving apricot roses with grasses and your mature trees too. What a gorgeous place to call home!