I've had three work days at Wrens Nest, and I'm happy to finally share some pictures of what's going on behind the scenes. Here's the area that will be our native herbs habitat. There's a walking trail that borders it so you will be able to see the plants up close!
The colder weather is already moving in this fall, so the garden is starting to look a little sleepy. Plus, many of the plants were being crowded under weeds, so everything is only just now able to get a little more light.
Now that we have all of the tall weeds removed, you can see the shape of the garden a little better. It's pretty big!
Right now, the garden has these plants:
- False Indigo
- Wild Carrot
- Black Eyed Susan
The lavender will probably be moved to the raised beds so it can be in a sunnier, drier spot. From what I can tell, the area stays pretty shady and moist and has wonderfully rich soil; we will probably try some native woodland plants like black cohosh and bloodroot next year along with the other plants we have planned.
Next week, I will add some goldenrod, and also add elder and sumac if I can find some smaller ones to transplant from my hedgerow. The plan is to encourage the plants to grow in healthy drifts so that they are easy to spot and have a more naturalized look. Gardens often take on a mind of their own, though, so we will see how this one wants to grow!
Here's a peek from the walking trail that goes behind the garden. That's a labyrinth and the steps up to the outdoor yoga platform!
And let's not forget the raised beds! These are located off to the side, to the right of where I'm standing to take the picture above. We will be planting these with different themes. So far, it looks like there will be a kitchen herb garden, an Old World herb garden, and one with traditional Chinese herbs.
It's going to be such a wonderful place to host plant walks, and we hope it will also develop into an area people will come to simply "be" with the plants. It's going to be so exciting to see how these gardens look next summer!