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.
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,