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My cottage garden

is in it's second summer.  It's looking pretty good although there are still a few bare spots.  Three weeks of 100 degree temperatures have made it challenging too.  Never the less, I love it. 

You want to take a stroll through?


At our old house, we had landscaped beds with summer annuals.  It was always pretty but I have found  perennial gardening completely different.  It has a carefree casual feel, I think.  Sweet surprises await you every  few days as something new comes into bloom.  Other flowers are going out of bloom too meaning not everything looks lovely at the same time but I find that I enjoy the constant change.


It's a work in progress.  Let's not compare it to Country Gardens just yet.

I painted the little bluebird house blue in hopes that the sparrows would realize it wasn't meant for them.  They didn't get the hint.

Just a few of my favorites are purple cone flower, verbena on a stick, russian sage, and of course, the lilies.  My favorite lily is Fairy Tale pink.


 The knockout roses scattered throughout have created a colorful base to plant around. You can't go wrong with those ~ no bugs, no deadheading, no work ~ just constant flowers. 


The wisteria is just getting started.  It's about a foot away from the side of the garage so it won't get "on" the house.  See the little periwinkles that sprang up behind the rock?  I love it when things like that happen on their own.


This year I opted for elephant ears and white lantana in the old water trough that sits in the middle of the garden.   In another week they will be cascading over the sides.



And the garden goat ~ you never know where he will turn up.  He moves around on a regular basis.


And that's it ~ my little cottage garden.  You will find me wandering and working there pretty much everyday.  Join me to smell the flowers any time.


And don't miss my favorite flower of the week in the sidebar this summer.

Comments

  1. Very pretty! I've moved away from annuals too, except for the front door pots. I tried traditional roses when I first moved here but with the constant spraying I eventually gave up and replanted Knock-Outs too. You just can't go wrong with them. Funny, I never thought of wisteria in the yard. It grows wild in the woods around here. Thanks for the tour!

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  2. We have many of the same flowers in our gardens! ... yours is beautiful! This is our second season too, and we did lose a few plants last winter.. my lavender in particular.

    Love the garden goat! AND.. the trough. I must find something like it, great idea.

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  3. Thanks for the garden tour...I do hear that Knockout Roses are super. I have just the spot for them...I feel a trip to the nursery coming on! Oh, and I'm working on that farm sign design...what fun! -Mary

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  4. Beautiful! I love using the old stock tanks for planters. I have butternut and yellow squash in ours this year!

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  5. Very nice! I agree on the perennials; I need to plant more of those.

    I love the water trough planting. I am always on the lookout for things like that. Hubby found old sap buckets in the woods and I LOVED them for planters :)

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  6. it's beautiful. love the trough and the goat! :)

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  7. Love your garden! My fingers are itching to get to work on shaping a garden in our new place! I think my favorite thing in your garden is the water trough! What a great idea!

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  8. I really like gardening with perennials too, and you are really doing great. With the temps the way they have been , it is rather amazing that anything is alive, let alone thriving. Yours is pretty impressive for a second year garden.

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  9. Everything looks so "perfect". Really. Just beautiful.

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  10. You have to keep the goat moving or he will run out of grass to eat! ha! Love your blog....Pretty photos...

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  11. Very nice garden! I've planted some veggies where I used to have flowers. Some years flowers hit me a little more. I've killed plenty in my years! I do prefer having a bunch of perennials cuz even years like this where I don't feel very flower-y in the spring, they take over and fill in my gaps!

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  12. Oh how gorgeous! Stuff I could only dream of:)

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  13. I love your garden style! I have always wanted to try putting a garden in a water tank. Yours is perfect! Thank you so much for the tour! I also like the raised beds with gravel in between. Looks like a bit less weeding.

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  14. Love seeing photos of your home. It reminds me of the home where I grew up in Texas. Years later I enjoyed adding plants to my mother's flower beds when I would visit for Mother's day.

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  15. I enjoyed the tour of your lovely cottage garden!

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  16. Nice garden! I absolutely love your trough and "grazing" goat. I used to grow many perennials too ...until the chipmunks and voles attacked us. They tore up 80% of my plants. UGH! Now I have all bushes and grasses :(

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  17. Kim,
    When you put plants in metal buckets what do you put in the bucket first? Gravel? I'm learning about bucket planting.
    Thank you!

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  18. Jennifer,
    I just drilled holes for drainage in the bottom of the buckets and then poured in Miracle Grow potting soil. One year I put in crushed pop cans but I don't mess with that anymore. They drain just fine with just dirt. The red plasic feed buckets hanging on the fence I did the same way ~ drainage holes and dirt.

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  19. Drilling holes in metal buckets sounds hard to do. Maybe I can hammer nails in the bottoms and then pull the nails out. Thanks for your answers. I love your gardens!!

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  20. Your house and gardens are so pretty. I have terrible luck with roses. So those knock out roses are good? mmmm

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  21. This may seem strange...But it seems to work...My friend painted her house a salmon color with lavender trim no less & the "Blues" came! Boy did they come! They came to her eves & porch trusses too!...So she painted her Blue Bird boxes the same salmon color & low & behold the "Blues" have moved in to stay! Oh! she lives in South Carolina where they're famous for funny colored abodes.

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