The herb garden before it was started, in mid-March 2008.
Peonies were planted last fall. Between the clumps of grass, the purple-red stalks can be seen emerging.
A slightly better view of the emerging peony stalks
The east peony is slower starting than the ones on the west side of the steps.
Herb garden layout in progress in late April. Lavender plants went in the quarter-circle at the northwest corner, surrounded by an arch of wildflower seeds. Strings are used to lay out the sections of the garden.
All the dirt is down, and some of the plants in. Rather than trying to dig through the clay soil and toss out the grass, the existing green stuff is being covered up by newspaper, then layers of composted manure, half-composted mulch, then a layer of top soil/compost, the latter of which came from Lawrence's biannual compost giveaway. This view is from my balcony.
A view of the garden from ground level, looking southwest. The green box in the corner is a transformer serving two buildings.
North side, near the steps. Irises are up, and the peonies. And the chrysanthenum plants survived the winter in the pot, and may get transplanted into the ground.
Tiny, woodland crested iris. Just planted a couple of weeks ago, in a shady spot next to the north porch. Very pretty little bloom, sorry it's out of focus!
All the dirt and mulch is down. Needs some more seeds and plants, which all have to grow.
Another picture from 5/8, taken from the landing, halfway down the stairs.
5/8/8 - The herb garden from ground level, looking southeast.