Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cottage Garden Glory

Our cottage garden is truly in it's glory this summer.

There's an old saying about perennial garden plants - 
The first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap.  
Well, this must be Leap year, because our garden is absolutely glorious.  

It's so much fun to have a garden that gets such abundant sunshine!

I love our house on Grand, but as you can see, we have deep, deep shade
and we can't seem to grow anything but green!

We have lost several large shade trees near our cottage and the result is a very sunny garden.
You may remember from past posts what this little old cottage used to look like...
Here's a reminder.

Really, really bad.  
Fast forward a few years. 
We have remodeled everything.  
Yopu can read this post about the replacement of the sidewalk 
that has allowed us to plant a garden in front of the cottage.

Here's the before view of the row of cottages.

Here's what it looks like now!

Another view, before

And after!

I can't really take credit for the garden design.
I just looked around at the wonderful gardens in our neighborhood 
and selected plants that I knew were doing well in our climate. 

We should continue to have flowers through the fall 
as the Hydrangeas open and the Rose of Sharon plants bloom.
And we have a Hibiscus that has blooms the size of dinner plates! 
 I'll share that in August.  They are fantastic flowers.

We just added this hydrangea - A gift from a friend.
Just wow.

I couldnt resist a little playing around on Waterlogue...

Hope your summer is beautiful too!

Linking to 
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
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  1. Love love love!! That's truly what a cottage looks like in my mind. :)

  2. Lovely cottage and garden too! Isn't Waterlogue so much fun?

  3. Gorgeous. Hope you are getting some r&r there!

  4. Love your cottage gardens . . . Seeing the before and after of the row of cottages is amazing to see the changes.
    I hope you are enjoying some relaxing days on the lake. Very cool here right now, I hope you have some warm sweaters with you!

  5. I cannot get over what an amazing transformation this is!!! What a beautiful cottage.


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