Garden Thyme, Spring

Spring Gardening: Early May Update

Spring gardening raised garden bed raised bed with herbs and vegetables
Spring is in full swing here in KY, so I thought I would share a post about what’s going on in my early May garden. After a beautiful March and  April with warm spring days, we have reverted to a chilly and rainy late spring that has put me a little behind on my gardening. Still, the garden has continued right on and my perennials and herbs are already looking beautiful. 

The herbs I planted last year in my backyard cottage garden came back up so healthy and vibrant!
As you can see I planted them way to0 close together, so I am going to have to do some garden tweaking very soon.
I am so excited that my sage has bloomed for the first time! I am really enjoying all the purple sage and chives blooms as well as the purple salvia blooms in the background.
My family got me a raised cedar garden bed for my birthday back in March and I really love it! I just got around to adding soil and plants over the last two weekends. After getting the raised bed planted up I will focus on some pretty potted plants to place on the ground around the base of the bed.
For now, the clearance clematis I purchased late last fall is adding a pop of color in front of the bed.
So far I have parsley, cilantro, a few different varieties of container tomatoes, a container variety of roasted red pepper. This week I will add some basil and chives, and maybe a few other herbs. As the raised bed starts filling in I will share updates.
I wanted the raised bed to be as close to the kitchen as possible, so I placed it just outside our side door in an area where I previously had a little shabby junk garden with an antique birdbath, shabby urns and an old cast iron settee set.  I am currently finding new spots for some of my favorite garden treasures. 
I originally had intended to move the birdbath to the back yard, but decided to experiment with placing it in a little flower bed outside the kitchen door that I just started forming last year which (extension currently in progress.) Over winter I lost a large rosemary bush that was a corner focal point of the flower bed, which left an empty spot for the birdbath. 
I absolutely love how the birdbath looks in this new spot and how the whole flower bed and raised bed area is coming together. I transplanted a large chives plant from the backyard cottage garden to put around the base of the birdbath. My husband picked out the beautiful coral heuchera on the left side when we went shopping for plants on Mother’s Day.  The lime and purple veined heuchera that I planted last year seems to thrive in this area, so I think the coral one will do well. I am still deciding what else to plant around the back side of the base of the birdbath.
 I  also transplanted the irises from my back yard garden to the new bed just before they bloomed. I was pleasantly surprised when the irises bloomed this week and opened up to reveal beautiful yellow center.
I decided to plant up the top of the birdbath with succulents that I swapped from another urn. I think these will fill out nicely over the next month or so. The succulents tie in with those that are dispersed around the flowerbed beneath.
The colors and textures in this small flower bed are just beautiful in my opinion. Passing by this area every morning as I head off to work just brings a smile to my face and gets my day started off with positive vibes!



Only 15 more days left of school! I can’t wait to “finish” this flower bed and tend to my veggie-herb garden bed once summer break begins! How is your May garden coming along? I love hearing from you, dear readers!
Thanks for visiting today!



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  • Reply Cecilia

    Isn’t the sage beautiful in spring? I have the same clematis, too! Your spring garden is lovely! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    May 16, 2021 at 7:34 pm
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