Six on Saturday | Herb Bed

Time for another look at the raised herb bed at the back of the garden. Things seem to have got a bit out of hand this year after a very slow start and there will be some serious culling after they have finished flowering.

(1) Not all the plants in this bed are actual herbs. Calendula and Nasturtiums are grown here too as they can be used in salads, plus the nasturtium keeps cabbage white butterflies from laying their eggs on my kale. When I bother to grow it that is!

(2) Golden Feverfew with attractive, lobed, golden foliage has pretty daisy flowers which continue throughout the summer months.

(3) I have three types of sage (four if you include Pineapple sage, but that is tender and comes indoors over winter) the ones I grow in the herb bed are Salvia officinalis/common sage and Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’/purple sage and Salvia officinalis tricolour although that one seems to have disappeared. I hardly ever pick sage to use in cooking, but I should! I just love the texture of sage leaves.

(4)  Borage. The young leaves and vivid blue flowers of this annual herb have a fresh cucumber-like flavour, so are often used in salads, soups, chilled drinks or simply as a garnish. The flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects. It self-seeds dreadfully so once you have sown it you will never be without. It is a very decorative plant, but in  my garden it grows huge and the thick stems collapse in the wind and rain, also it tends to crowd out other plants, so I often cut it down after a while.

(5) Mint. Again I have several types of mint, all grown in the hexagonal pots next to the raised beds. Moroccan Mint, Spearmint, Apple mint, and one I thought I had lost, Ginger mint. Best to keep mints in pots so they don’t sprawl and in separate pots so the flavours don’t combine. Now this is one herb I do use a lot of during the summer.

Moroccan Mint
Ginger Mint

(6) I also have several types of thyme growing in the hexagonal pots. Golden Queen and Silver Queen – Thymus x citriodorusThymus serpyllum ‘Snowdrift’ also called creeping thyme and Thymus, herba barona / Caraway thyme. But in the bed itself is Common thyme – Thymus vulgaris compactus, and Jekka Thyme which is fast spreading and evergreen. I shall be transplanting some of those in the pots into the gravel garden to soften the edges.

Golden thyme

Garlic chives, Rosemary, Oregano, Hyssop, Society Garlic (Tulbaghia), Lemon Verbena and Sweet Cicely, as well as the Golden Marjoram which had her time in the spotlight last week, also grow here plus a few non herbs which may have to find a new home!

Enjoy the sunny weekend we are forecast, yes, even in Cornwall! Naturally I will be staying close to home and hope to finish my gravel garden if it’s not too hot. I won’t be complaining though and I might even get to sit on the patio with a nice G&T for a change!

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  1. Mr ET’s sage isn’t looking healthy. I think he needs to take it out of its pot and put it in the garden. Does the warmth of the sun draw out the scents in your herb garden?

    1. Heyjude says:

      My sage is very good this year, I did cut it back in spring. The marjoram smells lovely at the moment, but we rarely get that hot Mediterranean sun that draws out the oils. (we do this weekend though!) 😅

  2. Lovely herb beds, its great to have fresh herbs in the garden, we have just harvested a load of ours before we travel again so at least we have dried ones for when we get back later this year 😊

    1. Heyjude says:

      That’s a good idea. Do you have someone to look after your house and garden whilst you are travelling?

      1. Yes we do, just to keep things in order

  3. Tina Schell says:

    Hmmm…..knew you were a wonderful gardener Jude but does this mean you’re also a wonderful cook??? Your herbs must make most everything taste really delicious

    1. Heyjude says:

      I enjoy cooking and the OH doesn’t complain 😊

  4. I love having herbs in the garden for instant use in cooking. You have a lovely range and all looking so vibrant and healthy. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I bought some new herbs from Bodmin nursery, but the dill died and the bronze fennel is not well. I don’t think the wet May helped. But sage and the marjoram are doing very well.

  5. Cathy says:

    Everything looks so happy and healthy, Jude!

  6. Your garden must be a riot of colour and greenery – the photos always look fabulous. I have had very mixed fortune with herbs, and started from scratch this year. I bought a couple (with my supermarket delivery) and also planted some seeds. A few are hanging on, just. I think I might scrap herb growing in future and stop myself feeling cross about them! 😀

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m having that problem with tomatoes this year. Very frustrating.

      1. My tomatoes aren’t fabulous so far, but they are holding on. The fruits are beginning to appear, so fingers crossed…

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