An Herb Update and Some Pics From the Garden

Friday, July 8, 2011

It is late in the day for me to be posting, but I had to carve out a little time to give my devoted followers a proper send off for the weekend.  Better late than never, I guess you could say.

Does anyone remember my herb tower?

Here is what it looks like now.

 I think it is happy don't you?  We are enjoying fresh herbs for dinner every night.  Check out my favorite pesto recipe here.  Love me some pesto and fresh is far superior to anything store bought.  As for the artichokes, no signs of any yet, but I have hope.  Besides the plant itself looks great - so fingers are crossed.  Also, the cucumber is climbing a fishing line that I secured to the fence. 

Here are a few more pictures from around the garden.  The annabelles have turned green.  Forgive me for being negative, but I feel like summer is almost over when those suckers turn green, sniff.

  Walking down the path to the patio otherwise known as the "staycation" spot.  I probably should have swept first, but this is where real people and a dog lives after all.

 Everything needs to be pruned, but you get the idea.

Here is where Mr. does his thing with the grill.  Have I ever told you what a great cook he is?

 Happy weekend everybody!


  1. I love your herb tower! I'm pinning it as an idea for next year!

  2. Look at your pretty hydrangeas! Everything looks so lush and green in your backyard, and I love the idea of adding a mirror and ivy to the fence. Here's to fresh herbs and a lovely weekend.

  3. Happy weekend, Rene!! Your herb garden is so abundant - it's amazing!! I love your garden and the notion of having an ivy backdrop with mirror!! So, lovely!

  4. Thanks for the beautiful stroll through your backyard. It was lovely! And I hate to say but summer is probably half over. :( We better get out and enjoy it while it is still here! Happy weekend!

  5. It looks like the secret garden! I love how lush everything looks. You know I'm a fan of the herb garden! I am out working in my garden today. Thanks for the inspiration.
    P.S. I need your address so I can send you your artwork!

  6. Your garden is so lovely! I adore your brick pathway so much.

  7. Wow! Your herbs are flourishing. So great for you guys!

    Everything is so very pretty.

  8. Your herb garden is thriving! It certainly does look happy and healthy. Aren't fresh herbs the best! Your garden is so lush and beautiful, Rene. Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. YES...Cottage and
    Vine NEEDS mirror
    and vine : ) !! I
    cannot believe how
    fast stuff grows in
    the South. BTW, WE
    are just entering the
    WHITE Annabelle stage!
    There has to be SOME
    advantage to living in
    a freezer during the
    xx Suzanne

  10. Rene...I love your is very english cottage! I want to come over and sit there, have a glass of wine with you and chit chat about design :)

  11. It's gorgeous!! So peaceful. Don't worry-- we have plenty more summer to come!

  12. Rene I love your staycation spot!! Wish I could up and visit you there! You inspired me - I bought new pots and herbs to make a tower, but when it was all said and done the smaller pot took up too much space in the larger one so I didn't make a tower out of them. Still I'm loving all the green on my deck, and am keeping my fingers crossed I can keep them all alive between the summer heat and thunderstorms! Yours look fabulous and thriving.....enjoy your weekend out there!

  13. Holy Moly, your herb tower went crazy it was so happy! Your garden is wonderful...
    I am so grateful you mentioned the name of the "Annabelles", someone gave me one and i love it, but i had no idea what the name of the plant was, so now i know!
    And definitely put a mirror on the fence, it's the perfect place, and it will reflect back your gorgeous space...


  14. Fabulous, I can't get over how well your herbs are doing. And I love that photo of the mirror and the climbing vine. But your landscaping is lovely. So beautifully green and restful, and healthy looking! My garden is kind of a disaster right now, it definitely needs help. I am inspired to make it happen after seeing what yours looks like.

  15. Your herbs are doing great! Love the peeks into your garden's the perfect cottage garden. As I was watering tonight I was thinking about what we could plant on the remaining just gave me the perfect inspiraton picture. Enjoy the weekend!

  16. Love the idea of the herb garden tower. Thanks for the backyard tour. It's really gorgeous!

  17. gorgeous! the herb tower looks awesome, but everything else is so breathtaking!

  18. Such a beautiful spot! Love your idea of hanging a mirror on that fence. Do you work in your yard all the time? We went from a house with two flower beds and no trees to a house surrounded by green. I have a feeling my weekends are getting ready to change :)

  19. Rene-
    The garden looks fabulous! Such a change in so little time. I know that you are enjoying it.
    Have a great weekend.

  20. Alright, that inspiring tour was enough to make me turn off my computer and head outside! Just gorgeous! Happy gardening!

  21. Your garden is so lush and beautiful! You are right, it does have that "Secret Garden" quality. I love it. I'm crazy about boxwood and recently put some in, but as you know, it is a slow grower - at least here in the Midwest, so I need to be patient. For the longest time, our remodeling efforts were focused inside the house, but I'm beginning to "need" a better outdoor space, so we'll be working on this going forward. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration!

  22. Rene, I love your yard! Looks like a cozy, lush secret garden. The mirror and vine wall are fab. Go for it!

  23. I love admiring thriving gardens - and yours is thriving like nobody's business! Also, you definitely made me question why I've never tried to grow artichokes in my container garden. I'll be eagerly awaiting your first one - I hope you'll show pictures!



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