The Secret Garden

Every since I watched The Secret Garden years ago I have wanted one.  Dreamed of one.  I never thought I’d have one.  Since May though the Man and I have been working on our garden area and transforming it.  We’ve taken out the four raised beds that wasted alot of room.  The Man built a picket fence for me to keep the chickens, children, and dog from getting into our special garden.  We dug, moved, moved again, and then turned over again loads and loads of soil.  We amended it with compost of various sorts.

Now the garden has little paths through it.  Admittedly, it is smallish for the amount of soil in it so paths aren’t that varied.  More like snaking.  And I love it.  This year, to give the garden a break from vegetables I have planted alot of medicinal plants and well…different plants.  A few include:

  • Gypsywort
  • Wild Calendula
  • Yellow Calendula
  • Orange Calendula
  • Solis Calendula
  • Giant Turkish Plantain
  • Belladonna
  • Datura Inoxia
  • Datura Stramonium
  • Henbane
  • White Sage
  • Tobacco
  • Xhosa Dream Root
  • Our Lady’s Bedstraw
  • Alehoof
  • Woad
  • Greek Mullein
  • Hopi Sunflowers
  • Wormwood
  • Rue
  • Lavender
  • Comfrey
  • German Chamomile
  • Motherwort
  • Arnica Montana
  • Meadowsweet
  • Hops
  • Gravel Root
  • Fireweed
  • Mugwort
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lovage
  • Sage
  • Viper’s Bugloss
  • Various Bergamots

Everyday I go out to talk to them and look forward to late this summer when places in my garden are hidden from view.  I have an arbour for the hops to encompass and they are doing a good job so far of spreading out.  I’ll make an altar to Airmid and Miach here.

This year the secret garden my look a little bare but each year I’ll add, move and build up in areas that didn’t do so well.  I can’t wait!  At the moment we have one beehive in the garden, next to a small strawberry patch which was there from last year.  Along the back fence there are already raspberries that produce all year.  I planted the greek mullein where the mullein naturally grows every year in my garden.  The hopi sunflowers and calendulas are definitly the eager growers and were sprouting up within a week of being planted.  Considering this June has only had 68 hours of bright sunshine I’m happy anything has sprouted or ripened at all!

Now to add bits and bobs and magickal things to my garden.  I foresee many projects with the children this summer…

Look for photos of my garden bliss in the next couple of months!!

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