This weekend begins a new chapter in the life of the kitchen garden that needs a facelift as well as a whole new image. For the past several years, this garden, located in the backyard, between the patio and the greenhouse, has been a catch-all for everything from tomatoes, lettuce and a few vegetables, to herbs, to cutting garden annuals for fresh and dried bouquets and a holding bed for rosemary, mrytle and lavender standards not to mention whatever else I fancied at the moment and could cram into it's limited space. The four smaller beds that surround the main raised, rectangular frame will continue to be used that way, to some extent, but the center bed will be transformed into an english knot garden of sorts using Varigated Boxwood (Buxus microphylla 'Elegantisima'), English Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa') and English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Betty's Blue'.)
The pictures posted show how the bed looks now--barren and sparse because, afterall, it's only March 14, what this garden looked like last summer in bloom sometime during June and a proposed illustration of what the center focus bed will look like, once established...keep your fingers crossed...I'll keep you updated as we go. We are scheduled to be part of a local garden tour the first weekend in May--this should be interesting.