This was a herb garden bed. It gets full sun.
It has been raining endlessly. Not just a light misty rain but a constant downpour. They say monsoon time takes place in tropical countries. Last year I was in India during their monsoon. It did rain, and heavily at times, but not like this. Not days of rain all day every day for weeks! But, I guess the pacific coast of North America is called the Pacific Temperate Rainforest for a reason!
Fragrant hybrid wallflowers that are already flowering.
Anyway, all this rain has been getting me down lately BUT there were a few days of sunshine here and there. I took full advantage of them and did some gardening. I had 3 raised garden beds in my yard that I have been using for veggies and herbs. I decided to convert one into a fragrant flower bed to attract bees and as something nice for my baby to enjoy in the future. I will tell him it is his garden! So, I pulled out the wood frame around this bed and dug up the existing dirt to loosen it up.
Moroccan Daisies in white to tone down all the bright colours to come…plus they flower spring and autumn which will mean something is always in bloom. You can just see the grassy Torchlily in the back which will spread out and give bright flowers later.
I did not want grass to eventually take over the area so lined the edges with some brick we had lying about. Then I mapped out the perfect flower garden. I knew I wanted fragrant flowers and things that would bloom from spring to autumn. I also knew I would need some hardy plants as the weather can vary and we can get occasional cold winters…though generally it is quite mild. I also took some time to heap the soil up high as I know we get a lot of rain and the flowers would all drown if there was not good drainage.
Fun Hen and Chicks! These will spread out and adds some different texture. Plus they are low growing.
The first thing I knew I wanted was roses. I decided on 4 rosebushes in beautiful colours as I wanted the garden to be fragrant AND bright. I chose the MOST fragrant tea roses I could find in yellow, oranges, and pinks. I also put in 3 lavender plants as they will smell lovely and the silver anouk lavender has a different colour foliage which will add some diversity. I included two white Moroccan Daisies to give some balance to all the bright colours and because they flower from late March to May and again from August to late autumn. I planted 4 Torch-lilies between the roses as they will have some green grassy clumps but also flower in bright yellow, orange, and red in the summer. Last I added a hybrid wallflower that is very fragrant and flowers spring to summer. These are bright red and purple. All the flowers have varying heights which will balance nicely, I hope, once the garden fills out. Right now it looks a bit bare but each plant will spread quite a bit. In the very front I added some fun cobweb style hens and chicks I think my baby will like when he gets old enough to appreciate these kinds of things.
It was a fun project and I look forward to seeing how the flower bed turns out in a few months and over the next few years. I hope it will be as fragrant and beautiful as I imagine in my head! Right now I would love some sun to help this new garden along as I worry all this rain is not good for plants that have not yet established themselves! Hopefully the sunshine is just around the corner…although the weather forecast is not looking good for the next few days. Once the sun does come out, though, I am ready for the next garden project!
The finished flower bed…which will look better once the plants grow, spread, and establish themselves. I am looking forward to posting an update photo in a few months! It will be a world of difference (I hope!).