Welcome to my Potager garden! This garden is supposed to be about hot colours, edible plants, and flowers for butterflies and hummingbirds. How's that for a theme? Obviously, I find it pretty hard to limit myself! Also, I say "supposed to" because I'm pretty flexible on the "rules" in cases where I really like something but just don't know where else to put it, or for a few plants which were here before I decided on the theme. I'm just not ruthless enough to have a pure themed garden! Anyway, let's have a look inside...
Sadly, it's looking a litle sparse in a couple of places this year for three reasons: One, I mulched heavily last winter which is good for the soil and all, but this year I didn't find that any of my self-seeding red poppies nor my golden hyssop came back! Boo. Actually, there are a couple of poppies growing through the patio stones which I will let grow so that I can save seeds for next year. The second reason is that I planted asparagus this spring in those little diamond raised beds, which will take a couple of years to fill in. The third reason is that I didn't get around to planting scarlet runner beans on that bamboo trellis until very late this spring. I only ended up with two plants growing and they are still very small. I had the best of intentions this spring but the weather and a few trips out of town set me back quite a bit in terms of getting things done.
But enough excuses, here are some close-ups of what does look good right now:
Above (clockwise from top left): golden hops; window box full of annuals; calendula (annual from seed this spring) in front of lemon thyme; row of calendula in front of asparagus in raised beds with perennial Jacob's Ladder in the background; unknown variety of dianthus that someone gave me seeds for (first bloom, started from seed last year) in front of John Cabot rose; close-up rose; close-up of dianthus.