Category Archives: Herb

Lavender Festival 2014

About a month ago we went to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Washington. We started at the street fair (where I had lavender ice cream) and then visited three farms. Fun!

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Next year I will try to get pictures of the lavender hillside in our yard. The last two years it has been too weedy at lavender-blooming time.

Weeding, Planting Sedums and Herbs, Pruning Jupiter’s Beard

Recently the co-gardener and I did some work in the garden. I can’t say that it was a ton of work, but I wanted to post about it regardless.

I weeded the cornus/yellow garden, the woodland garden, and the stump area. Yes, I am still catching up – some of the areas of the yard have not been weeded yet this spring. I’m getting there though. I think that if I gave it a solid eight hours I could have it done.

The co-gardener planted up the sedums and hens and chicks from this post. I think they look quite nifty in their container. I need to make a little chart of them and then take the tags out. They are: Sempervivum ‘Ruby Hearts,’ Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Spumanti,’ Sedum lydium, Sedum acre ‘Aureum,’ Sedum oreganum (native), Sedum spathulifolium ‘Carnea,’ Sedum sieboldii ‘Mediovariegatum,’ and Sedum album ‘Faro Form.’

2013 Miscell 1040 sedums 2013 Miscell 1041 sedums

The co-gardener cut down the over-abundant Jupiter’s beard (Centranthus ruber) in hopes that this way it won’t get as leggy by mid-summer. I really wish that I had before and after photos, or a picture of the debris. I do have a shot of how one clump looks now. The Jupiter’s beard probably needs to be divided, but it has really deep taproots and we just haven’t taken the time in the fall to do it.

pruned Jupiter's beard (Centranthus ruber)

pruned Jupiter’s beard (Centranthus ruber)

Also, the co-gardener re-planted the pot of herbs. Last year all of the herbs were variegated, and included a variegated rosemary and a variegated mint. This year it is a little less varietal, but still looks nice. Included: unmarked prostrate Rosmarinus officinalis, Thymus x citriodorus ‘Silver Posie,’ gold variegated thyme: Thymus x citriodorus ‘Aureus,’ lime thyme: Thymus x citriodorus ‘Lime,’ Thymus x citriodorus, tricolored oregano: Origanum vulgare ‘Variegata,’ an unmarked curry: Helichrysum italicum, golden variegated sage: Salvia officinalis ‘Icterina,’ and Thymus pulegioides ‘Foxley.’ I guess the pot has a lot of thyme in it, but that is alright.

 

herb pot in April: it will grow-in

herb pot in April: it will grow-in

Finally, little nutmeg creeping thyme (Thymus praecox ‘Nutmeg’) was stuck in the ground, near the sidewalk. It is supposed to get a foot wide and one inch tall.

nutmeg creeping thyme: Thymus praecox 'Nutmeg'

nutmeg creeping thyme: Thymus praecox ‘Nutmeg’

Northwest Hardware Store Purchases

Wednesday April 10 the co-gardener and I visited a hardware store that is part of a small Northwest chain. It has a larger garden section than the box hardware stores. We went mostly because we had not been there since last year. We ended up with some purchases – the most exciting of which are the conifers. Additional conifer pictures will be in a specific conifer garden post.

new conifers

new conifers

Port Orford cedar - Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Silver Queen'

Port Orford cedar – Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Silver Queen’

Cryptomeria japonica 'Pygmaea' and Chamaecyparis lawsonia 'Ellwood's Pygmy'

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Pygmaea’ and Chamaecyparis lawsonia ‘Ellwood’s Pygmy’

catnip

catnip

box of herbs

box of herbs

Delphinium 'Astrolat' and coneflower -Echinacea purpurea 'Pink Double Delight' and Delphinium davidii

Delphinium ‘Astrolat’ and coneflower – Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Double Delight’ and Delphinium davidii

Campanula glomerata 'Emerald' and Phlox paniculata 'Peppermint Twist'

Campanula glomerata ‘Emerald’ and Phlox paniculata ‘Peppermint Twist’

Juniper - Juniperus squamata 'Floriant'

Juniper – Juniperus squamata ‘Floriant’

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Blizzard'

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Blizzard’

Catchfly - Silene dioica 'Clifford Moor'

Catchfly – Silene dioica ‘Clifford Moor’

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Spiralis'

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Spiralis’

Cryptomeria japonica 'Tenzan'

Cryptomeria japonica ‘Tenzan’

  • The biggest purchase was the Port Orford cedar, also called Lawson cypress . They are not actually cedars or cypresses, but instead Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (same genus as hinoki cypresses), and this one is ‘Silver Queen.’ The species of these trees, which grow in southwestern Oregon and northwestern California, is in a bad way. In the wild, they are threatened by a fungal disease. Monrovia, the grower of this plant, states that this tree “is grown on a root stock that is resistant to Phytophthora lateralis – a disease that has caused the demise of many Chamaecyparis lawsonianas over the last two decades.” ‘Silver Queen’ is part of “the Guardian Series.” The co-gardener had been looking at these trees for quite awhile, and upon finding a good price and ready availability, gave in and bought it.
  • Lawson false cypress – Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Ellwood’s Pygmy’ – I thought this thing was adorable, and the tag says that it grows to three feet tall and only fifteen inches wide, so I figured that it would fit in the conifer garden fine. After it came home and I thought about it awhile – it is the same species as the Port Orford Cedar (‘Silver Queen’), but there is no indication of it being grafted on resistant root stock. So, maybe it will croak. I had a hard time finding information on it.
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Spiralis’ (hinoki cypress, but not really a cypress) – there are tons of varieties of Chamaecyparis out there, and most of them seem quite great. Unfortunately, I have difficulty knowing how to pronounce the genus name, so might be saying it totally wrong. I heard Ciscoe Morris say it at the garden show, but it was too brief for me to commit it to memory. This particular plant is rather small, although it grows to 3-5 feet. I thought it was especially adorable and am seriously considering putting it in a pot. I just like touching it, flopping it back and forth.
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Blizzard’ – this variegated plant is pretty impressive. I had quite a bit of difficulty finding real information on it, so it can’t be especially common. It is somewhat of a poofball, with yellow mixed in with the green.
  • Cryptomeria japonica ‘Pygmaea’ – the cryptomeria genus only includes one species – C. japonica – and they plants are sometimes called Japanese cedars. They come in some interesting shapes, and the conifer garden already includes a few. This one is twisty and remains quite small (the tag indicates that it is nearly full-grown). I intend to put it in a pot. Another plant about which I had a hard time finding information.
  • Cryptomeria japonica ‘Tenzan’ – I had difficulty finding online information about this little dome. I guess that this particular hardware store stocks unusual (or somewhat unusual) conifers. The plant is a thick little dome that only gets two feet by two feet.
  • Juniperus squamata ‘Floriant’ – the co-gardener and I have mixed feelings about junipers, for some are quite ugly and/or over-used, but this variegated one was too adorable. It gets two feet tall and four feet wide.
  • Catnip – Nepeta cataria x2 – for a pot
  • Phlox paniculata ‘Peppermint Twist’ – the garden does not really need another phlox, but this one is pinwheeled and especially nifty.
  • Campanula glomerata ‘Emerald’ (bellflower) – this is quite pretty, and probably will go in the woodland garden
  • Delphinium davidii – delphiniums are sometimes called larkspurs, but larkspur can also refer to annuals. This one has somewhat variegated leaves. The co-gardener puts the delphiniums in the rose garden.
  • Delphinium ‘Astolat’ (Pacific Giant series) – also a pretty delphinium.
  • Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Double Delight’ (coneflower) – for some reason, echinaceas are expensive – I can’t figure it out. ‘Pink Double Delight’ is a well-known variety, and has a nice tufty middle – and shockingly, it was inexpensive.
  • Catchfly – Silene dioica ‘Clifford Moor’ – I had never heard of a catchfly before. I recognized this as being in the same genus as sea campion, but my familiarity ends there. This plant is variegated, and variegation always interests the co-gardener.
  • Variegated oreganum – the co-gardener picked up a few herbs. Some of them had variety information, and some did not.
  • Curry
  • Golden variegated sage – Salvia officinalis ‘Icterina’
  • Prostrate rosemary – no specific variety
  • Foxley thyme – Thymus pulegioides ‘Foxley’
  • Lemon thyme – Thymus x citriodorus
  • Silver posie thyme – Thymus vulgaris ‘Silver Posie’