Spring! Time to get out in the garden and feel the earth between your fingers. My plants are starting to stir, and buds are already opening. Tulips and daffodils are reaching for the sunshine, and everything is so green.
One thing I do need to do is replenish my herb garden. I can never over-winter my herbs, I think my small back yard just doesn’t get enough sunlight during the winter to keep them alive. So one of the first things I do in Spring is to buy some new herb plants to see me through til late Autumn.
Popping along to my nearest garden centre, I headed to the herb section, refusing to be swayed by the spring bulbs and other beauties! The herbs are all laid out by size of the pot, by choosing the smallest sized container at £1.90 each, I can get a little herb garden going quite cheaply.
To help me with my new herb garden, Farrow & Ball sent me a wooden apple crate and some of their latest Spring paint colours to play with, as part of a new seasonal campaign called #crateoutdoors. Oh these new colours are just lovely, vibrant and fresh like Spring!
I decided to paint the crate in two of my favourite; Studio Green and Hay, as I thought these would compliment the rest of the garden.
Studio Green is the colour used on the exterior of the original studio at Farrow & Ball where many of the very first paints were mixed. It is usually best used outside where is magically appears to be much more green than on the colour card. When used in interiors it will look virtually black unless in very well lit rooms where you will see the special nuance of this shade.
Hay is not a hot sunny yellow. Like the crop from which it takes its name, it is more modest than the cleaner Yellow Ground and less intense in colour. It has a distinctly green undertone which gives it an established soft feel, creating peaceful spaces especially when contrasted with muted Slipper Satin woodwork.
For the garden, I chose two Snakes Head Fritillary plants, not a herb, but a native wild flower. These beautiful nodding purple and white heads with a checker board pattern are so unusual I couldn’t leave the garden centre without buying them. I planted these in the centre of the crate, for height and interest.
Around the outside I added all the herbs I use in my cooking regularly (all except the strawberry, which I thought was cute!); Oregano, Thyme, Mint, Sage, Wild Strawberry & Rosemary.
The other two colours Farrow & Ball sent were;
Radicchio takes its name from the distinctive colour of Italian chicory. Although tempered with magenta, it contains less blue pigment than Eating Room Red so is brighter and more modern in feel. It successfully fills a room with energy without having the brashness of a true clean red.
All White is exactly what it says! It unusually contains no other pigment except white and creates the softest most sympathetic white with none of the uncomfortable cold blue feeling of a brilliant white. It is often used on woodwork and ceilings to bring out the colour in other soft whites like Dimity or Strong White or with stronger tones to create a fresh clean contrast.
I painted small pieces of ply wood in all of the colours and used them as plant labels. So, in theory, I can send the boys out to snip the herbs for cooking and they will know which plant is which. A great way to get them involved in both cooking and gardening.
So there we are. A cute little apple crate herb container. Fresh and sweet, and the colours really suit my small back yard.
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Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.