After a bit of umming and ahhing, I decided that, no, the rosemary was not going to survive. Particularly as I am not in the IoW all the time and so don’t have time to tend it carefully. I cut off what I could and put the springs in a freezer bag in the fridge. I hope they don’t go mouldy.
An upside (as pointed out by Kal) is that I get to start again. So here it is.
You are looking at:
Garlic chives (sometimes called Chinese chives);
Oregano (Aureum and Hot&Spicy);
Thyme (Common – looks a bit messy – and Golden);
English mace; and
Some of these, I know what to do with. Some I don’t. I’ve never used chervil but it seems to be one of the few herbs that survives in shade. And it has pretty leaves. I’m a bit short of thyme generally so I really hope that the thyme survives in the herb garden. English mace is a different thing from the outer husk of nutmeg – although the sign said it could be used instead of nutmeg – and is meant to be quite strong tasting.
At the same time, I bought some more rosemary to go in a sunny, dry bit at the back of the rose garden, hyssop to replace some that died in one of my flowerbeds and a lavender (Edelweiss) to go in the spot where the builders stood on my rosemary.
One advantage of having had that tree cut back is that it has revealed a lot more of the garden. My husband suggested that, as the top is on a steep slope and is full of tree roots, I could plant wild flowers in that spot. We had a bit of a chat about this – the problem with wild flowers is that they are, well, wild and my husband will be sad if they get into the main bit of the lawn. Ideally, I would put foxgloves in the spot but they are so poisonous, I am a bit loathe to have them in a spot where the children run around. In the end, we settled for primroses so I went and bought five, all in different colours.
As well as primroses, I bought a golden thyme (as I only have one really good ball of non-lemon thyme), three heathers (to go on the bank) and a French tarragon (because they had it at the garden centre). I put the tarragon in the rose garden (as it is walled and therefore a bit more protected), the thyme in the flowerbed at the back of the garden (lots of sunlight, not much water) and shoved the heathers in where a load of heucheras had died (probably too much sun and not enough water).
The children helped me plant them, until I picked them each a stem of winter flowering heliotrope and told them to chase each other round the garden.
Quite a lot has died but quite a lot is still going. Once we get into Spring, I’ll plant some more dill, golden sage and chervil (all of which has died). This rosemary is looking okay – it hasn’t flowered yet though (which is a pity). The tarragon at the back is Russian tarragon – I did have some French tarragon but of course it is dead.