An “herb spiral” garden accommodates for the unique needs of most culinary herbs. Made of stone, cement, brick–or another material with a high heat capacity–the spiral-shaped structure functions to create a series of different microclimates and drainage conditions.
Herbs that prefer dry conditions are planted near the top, where drainage is the best (ie. Thyme).
Herbs and other plants that prefer hot conditions are planted near the walls, where they take advantage of radiating heat at night (ie. Rosemary).
Herbs that prefer sheltered conditions are planted lower on the structure, where they are sheltered from prevailing winds (ie. Dill).
Herbs that prefer cool conditions are planted low on the side of the structure that receives less sunlight (ie. Chervil)
Herbs that prefer wet conditions are planted near the base of the spiral, to where the water drains (ie. Mint).
Right now, my herb spiral contains this baffling array or plants:
Mint (Moroccan, Spearmint, Chocolate, Garden, Water), Thyme (Lemon, Lemon Variegated, Lavender, English), Sage/Salvia (Italian, Purple), Chives (Garden, Chinese, Garlic, and Round-Headed Leek) Curry Plant, Lavender, Rosemary, Tarragon, Oregano, Parsley, Dill, Chervil, Sorrel, Black Cumin, and Coriander.
Drea’s ACHHD work is freaking phenomenal so I was really excited to see her town.
Mintvale is very pink - outside - and while I personally don’t like that color, I was smiling like crazy while wandering this town because it’s just So. Damn. Happy. I had visited a few other towns beforehand that left me feeling a bit meh, so this bright, pink, springtime town made me feel a lot happier and relaxed. Pink towns have never really been my thing, but this isn’t a pink town in the traditional sense where one is beaten over the head with the color in every aspect. It’s just the cherry blossom trees and flowers here. Everything else is earth toned and coordinated so well that it all blends into this comfortable atmosphere inside the houses and outside.
It’s also wonderfully laid out. Drea needs to make a landscaping 101 because this town was simply a joy to wander. It was also easy to navigate and I liked the freedom to wander wherever and not stick to specific paths.
FRUIT TREES ON THE BEACH! I’d not seen this done before and I loved it. Mayor Tsuki spent a lot of time playing with all the firecrackers available on the beach area. The crystals in the water was a nice touch as well. I love visiting towns that make me think about things I could incorporate into my own.
The house interiors are completely adorable. I loved the plant shop - especially the bonsai section - and the use of colors and patterns were amazing. That modern furniture room had me swooning as much as the rustic green furniture with autumn walls. Wood plank flooring everywhere really grounds everything and adds a nice cohesion to the houses.