Friday, August 7, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 8/10/15

Since this is my weekly gardening post, I am very excited to show you a new antique oil painting rose print that I just added to my collection.  I started collecting these a few years ago and because they are so difficult for me to find, I get super excited when I come across one!  Isn't this just so pretty?  I love the torn spot and tattered edging of the canvas print.  These are being hung in my sitting room where I am enjoying all things roses!

I wanted to also thank so many of you who reached out about Ashley's story and sent prayers for good results of my biopsy after my post last week.  The results were not what I had hoped for -  the biopsy showed the tumor to be Stage IIa Spindle Cell Melanoma.  The next step is to get in next week to see a specialist and schedule another surgery to remove more tissue where my tumor was removed and have my lymph nodes checked under my left arm. I will let you know how that goes.  Just trying to keep good thoughts and keep my moments of panic and overwhelming thoughts of "what if" to a minimum! I found this quote on Pinterest recently and put it on my phone to remind myself to stay positive!

Okay so onto this weeks garden and flowers here at Fishtail Cottage!  Our temperatures have persisted to stay in the 80's here in Seattle. Which means watering is a constant task and the progress of the landscape seems to be moving at faster pace than in years past.  The front of the house has continued to stay gorgeous with the changing colors of the Strawberry Vanilla Hydrangeas.  They are showing all three colors at once. 
Now don't laugh, but I purchased four more of these beauties to continue along the picket fence line. About three days after I planted them, all of the leaves shriveled up and fell off and so I cut the blooms off so the plant could focus on rooting itself and getting established.  It's been almost two weeks and look, they are already showing new life! Now I just have to wait about three more summers for them to look like my current ones. I guess that is why (for me) the garden is always fun to share, because it is always evolving and changing! 

A few cheerful blooms that are loving this heat is the Stella de Oro Daylilly, Malibu Yellow Poker Plant and Arum italicum 'Marmoratum'.
Also, Guara, Prairie Mallow Knautia Thunder and Lightning and French Perfume Rose.
I finally have identified a couple of my roses through you! I am still hoping someone can help identify this rose - here are three different stages of its color.  The blooms have lasted for weeks and weeks - starting out in a pinky orange color and then fade to white.  Any thoughts?
Thanks for coming over and taking a look at my garden post for the week xoxo, tracie

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 7/27/15

You can see in the photo below, I have some new roses from Heirloom Roses that need to be planted.  I've been keeping them watered and I excited to get them in the ground soon so they can start getting established here at Fishtail Cottage. I've been enjoying the garden from a distance this past week and haven't been able to do my weekly chores, because of a bump on my arm that I had removed last week. 

 As most of you know I lost my friend Ashley Trenner to Melanoma two years ago and because of her, I am not only crazy about sunscreen when I am gardening but also very proactive when I see something on my skin that is new and concerning. I just saw my dermatologist on January, however,  I had several new spots appear on my skin this spring and summer that made me nervous.  Of course all the ones I worried about were fine, but at last minute I showed my dermatologist something 'different' a little white bump that was on my forearm.  He didn't like the looks of it and scheduled a surgery for the following week (meaning last week).  I am still waiting anxiously for the results...tomorrow the stitches will be removed.  So because of my recent week, I think it's a good time to share with you Ashley's story again click here to see the video.  One thing that I have been using when I am out in the garden that I absolutely love are these Sunscreen Bands  can use them for any type of outdoor activity, safe for both kids and adults.  All you do is slip one of these bands on and apply sunscreen and watch the band change color, as the sunscreen wears off, the band alerts you to reapply sunscreen or get out of the sun.  It has come in very handy for me because I get busy out in my garden for hours and forget how long I've been exposed.  However, using these sunscreen bands have been a fabulous reminder for me! And I am hoping it will prevent more surgeries and scarring on my skin!

I hate that all that sun exposure so many years is affecting me now and there is nothing i can do about it other than be diligent about having my skin checked.  Do you get yours checked?

If you would like to order some of your own Sunscreen Bands click here
Okay, so now for my weekly garden post.  I have certainly enjoyed taking a week off, however when I walked the garden this morning I see my chores are multiplying by the day! 
We had a great deal of rainfall (not complaining) a few days ago which has allowed most of the grass to become green again, and watered areas I just can't get to. Not to mention the deep soak for the entire garden is essential now and then. The Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas have turned a deeper pink this week and are so pretty! 

The David Austin Boscobel Rose has bloomed this week and it's so fragrant. An addition to my garden I can already say I will not be disappointed in.

Also have a couple unnamed roses I am hoping someone out there can help me identify? Suggestions are so helpful...and I dislike having unnamed roses in my garden.

And a few more pretty blooms that are occurring in the garden that I must share with you this week. Rose of Sharon towering over my patio area (both pictures one and two). Then the gorgeous Baronne Prevost, Gladiolus and lastly the dainty Johnny Jump Ups!

Thank you so much for coming by today to see what is going on in my landscape, I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful week! xoxo, tracie

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Also, here is the link again to order those Sunscreen Bands.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 7/20/15

So this started happening today...
The Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas are starting to show a slight bit of pink! I absolutely love this shrub so much that I added four more this past week to the front of my landscape.  For almost a month the blooms on this shrub have been a stark white color, and as of today the show of pink hue's begin.  
As the hydrangeas welcome anyone driving by, I recently filled this salvaged container with Calibrachoa and hung it on my front gate to welcome any guests.  As long as they are getting watered daily it seems quite happy. (It's been in the 90's the past few days here in Seattle).
A few weeks ago (click here to see that post) that I picked up a few new roses for the garden and after nurturing them and allowing them to get established, all of them are leafing out and a couple already have a couple blooms to share with you! The Nicole Carole Miller Grandiflora Rose and The Alnwick David Austin Rose below are blooming. Both are stunning in the garden.
Also returning is the rose terrace roses, Winchester Cathedral and Brother Cadfael. I am not sure I mentioned that to you that I completely cut all of these to the ground as they were so full of disease (mildew and black spot) I figured I had nothing to lose by doing so.  They are coming back beautifully! Brother Cadfael grows upwards and then points its heavy blossom toward the ground while the Winchester Cathedral points its face to the sky's above...anyone know why this is?
A few other pretty blooms to share with you this week are Gladiolus, Alpha Wedding Phlox, Stargazer Lily's, Double Blooming Daylily, Yellow Crocosomia, Rose of Sharon and Queeny Purple Hollyhock.
Because I cut back my hydrangeas last fall, most of my blooms did not appear this year.  I have a few to share with you though... Sister Theresa, Pistachio and Forever Pink.
And lastly a few more 'unnamed roses this week! If you have any ideas what the names of these could be, I'd love your ideas...
Thanks so much for coming to visit! To see more photo's of my home and garden, please follow me on Facebook and Instagram as well! xoxo, tracie