Since moving into this house, I have planned to have an herb garden in this corner of our yard. The first Easter we spent here (3 Easters ago!) my parents made it possible for us to get the pond you see in the corner (hidden by the umbrella in the first picture.) Finally, by this Easter, my little garden will be complete!!
This picture shows how it looked this morning. Bo had built a small retaining wall in front of the pond yesterday - and used the umbrella you see to hold off the sun.
This morning, he went and got the first (of 2) truckload of dirt (about a yard) to backfill the pond area, and add some dirt to the entire garden. You can see our helpers were all about directing at this point.
The rocks used to be arranged as borders, but time and kids and other uses had moved them all around. The four of us worked to create a border again. It's taking shape!
The plants are arranged, but not yet planted. These are the plants we got at the DBG Garden Sale a week or so ago. There are flowers in the back, and flowering ground cover plants down the sides. We sunk the clay pots into the ground and I will fill them with herbs (mint, lavendar, oregano, basil, sage are planned right now).
Here's all we accomplished today! It took 2 loads of dirt (Bo also filled in the long box along the wall for vegetables - don't have a pic right now of that). I still need to get the herbs for the pots. Bo plans to fill the center with some of the flagstone delivered a couple weeks ago. The pond also needs to be hooked up. It looks a bit sparse right now, but the ground cover plants are fast-growing so that should be taken care before we know it. I am so excited this project is almost complete!