It has been hot around here, and when the temperatures start to climb above 80 degrees, the garden needs some watering attention. I usually attack this chore first thing in the morning. The plants can get a nice drink of water before having to endure the heat of the day. It is also a time of day that no one else in my house dare be awake, so I get to work in solitude. As I was watering the perennial herb garden I took note of my rosemary plant. When we first moved in, some very thoughtful person had planted a rosemary, but it was planted in a shady spot with no drainage. The plant was surviving, but barely. When I started my perennial herb boxes, the top of one box called out as a place to transplant the rosemary. I planted it, put some rabbit manure around it, and wished it the best of luck in it’s new home. The next month, my friend Rebecca gave me some pruners for my birthday, and she suggested I test them out on the rosemary. She told me to cut it back considerably and see what happened. I was loath to torture the poor plant more, but after a few months of deliberating, I took her advice. The poor plant, that was spindly and thin to begin with, was lopped back to almost nothing. It didn’t look particularly attractive, and I was sad to think that we would have to do without rosemary for quite some time.
That image of that sorry rosemary was what stuck in my head, and every time I went out to the garden, it was what I saw the perennial herbs through. Well, this morning, as the sun started to make its grand entrance into the world and I was out comfortably watering my rosemary, I realized that it had come alive! With the love and attention and the food from the rabbit manure, this rosemary bush went from looking like a sad plant on its way to death to a healthy, vibrant, productive plant. It is beautiful!
While I see a lot of the big changes that go on around here, new rock on the driveway, posts for barns being put up, new additions on old buildings, it is easy to miss the little things. The project that I planted a year ago that has made it through one full season and is looking healthy and strong ready to please the eye and the palette.
I moved on to watering the blueberries, and I really took note of how the plants that I planted last year with scant foliage have come to grow into bushes, not yet full size, but big enough to bear some fruit this year, yet just a teaser for what we will see next year! It has been easy to focus on what we will get in the future from things we have planted or are growing, but today, I am appreciating what I’ve got right now.
Blueberries planted last year waiting to be picked.
The strawberries I planted this spring have decided to surprise me as well. I expected nothing from them this year, but was surprised this morning with this little gem.
A post including the perennial herbs would never be complete without a view of the echinacea that my friend Rebecca gave to me a few years back. What a joy and a surprise to see it so happy in my care.
And of course, I’m looking to the future. While blueberry season is upon us, we’ve decided to expand our patch by another row. That will go in the ground in the next day or two.
I will also be heading off to pick some lavender from a farm today, but 22 fresh lavender plants wait on my porch to be planted this year. Oh what will they look like next year after surviving the seasons we have yet to experience.