painting "Outside the Cottage" is a dream come true! We,
too, can surround our homes with an abundant amount of enchanting
flowers. What could
be more satisfying then creating your own living piece of splendor?
Gardens envelope your
senses with color, fragrance and natural beauty. It makes you pause
from the rush of the day and brings you back to the simple things
that truly matter. These truths are rooted in the ever unfolding beauty
of the flower bed. We need our gardens more than ever. It is why year
after year we come back to plant something new again.
The cottage garden
is playful and spontaneous! The plants are not difficult to grow and
the beds are jam packed, helping to keep unwanted weeds to a minimum.
Perennials come back year after year and the annuals often reseed.
Some gardens are grand, some are simple and small but all cottage
gardens beckon the visitor to come take a closer look.
Cottage Gardening is a balance between
reliability and surprise. In our garden, we take for granted that
there will always be the stalwarts: Delphiniums
bellflowers and Lupines, Monarda
and Lobelia, Rudbeckia
and Shasta Daisies. They anxiously await their moment to shine. Then
there are the nuances that we tuck into the border and forget about
until one morning we wake up and see the lovely rose cups of Lavetera
or the sky blue stalks of the "blue cloud" Salvias
pushing through the well established older perennials.
Their blooms last the entire season.
In spring and early
summer there is burst after burst of colorful blossoms from primroses
and violas to the delphiniums
and foxglove. Then come the "dog
days of summer": high temps and often never enough rain. But
in the cottage garden the loyal ones bloom on: helenium,
and echinacea. In our garden, they bloomed
for weeks on end. When the nights started getting cool, we found our
old friends from spring, violas and pansies,
salvias and dianthus,
and our favorite the delphiniums, blooming
So go play in your garden
and pack it with the plants that do best for you. Try something new
or toss in some annuals to fill in the gaps. It's a recipe for beauty
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