Finished Herb Wheel

Well it’s done, the wheel has developed more than I imagined but I am so pleased with it.

I have the 8 compass lines in giving me 8 segments, one for each festival.

Imbolc, the first festival of the year is in the North/North-West segment with the other festivals following round clockwise.

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The herbs in each section so far are:

  • Imbolc – basil, chive.
  • Ostara – curry, coriander, oregano.
  • Beltane – sorrel, spearmint.
  • Litha – thyme, chamomile.
  • Lughnasadh – verbena, fennel.
  • Mabon – parsley, sage.
  • Samhain – chocolate mint.
  • Yule – rosemary, sage, eau de cologne mint.

My middle son kindly made me some plant markers by stamping old spoons, some of the plants are quite small and new so needed some identification. I have also planted some lobelia around the edge of the wheel to give it some pretty colour.

 

However I still felt something was missing. The center was empty and crying out for something special. I thought of planting a bay tree or olive tree there but instead decided to let my creative juices flow and go with and idea I had seen on Pinterest. A sign post!! Well doesn’t every garden need one?

So began a weekend of cutting arrow shapes, sanding them smooth (courtesy of second son again), choosing places from my favourite novels, drawing the names onto the arrows, painting them, varnishing and finally attaching the arrows to a post in the center of the wheel. It is amazing what you can do with some old pallets.

We now have directions to Winterfell, Narnia, Hogwarts, Avonlea, Wonderland, Hundred Acre Wood, Rivendell, Pemberley, Ankh Morpork and Magrathea, I love it. A small bit of whimsy in a restful space.

I am so pleased with how my herb wheel has turned out and fresh herbs just outside the kitchen is pure luxury. I still have a herb wish list but that will have to wait until the spring seed planting I think.

Thank you for stopping by,

Bright Blessings,

Helen.

 

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And rain stops play!

So work has started on the herb wheel but we have had four seasons in one weekend with rain, sun, sleet and hail.

I managed to get the wheel dug (well I supervised and hubby did the actual digging!) and then the 4 main quarter lines in. I am using old bricks that I found using Freecycle. I love Freecycle, I get things I need for free, I rehome items I no longer use to other people who will use them and less rubbish ends up in the landfill sites. It’s a win/win situation. Big thanks to all the volunteers who run the various sites up and down the country.

Anyway I digress,  the 4 cross lines you can see in the picture below are pointing to the 4 main quarters, north/south/east/west. Looking at the  pictures the circle looks a lot smaller than it actually is, 300cm across. Hubby was concerned that the photographs do not fully represent the amount of physical labour that actually went into the task and to be fair he did work very hard.

We managed to finish the center to east line just as the rain turned to a torrent and decided enough was enough. I want to get 4 more dividing lines in so that I have 8 sections, 1 for each festival of the year, with the herbs panted in each section as appropriate for that festival.

Just to explain, the 8 festivals in the Druid calendar are the 4 solar festivals of the  summer and winter solstice, the spring and autumn equinox, then there are the 4 fire festivals of Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain.

Any thoughts on which herbs fit best with which festival are more than welcome, please just pop me over an email.

Thanks for stopping by, Bright Blessings,

Helen.

Herb Wheel