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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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...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 7/13/15

Sometimes just starting over is a good idea.  Along our driveway and front entrance we have an awesome picket fence.  What has been growing in a very shallow area is the spillover of other plants that have spread over time and filled up this space.

Earlier this spring I decided to remove absolutely everything that grew roots in this area and fill it with new plants.  I alternated Halcyon and Gold Standard Hosta's along with Bleeding Hearts which have since died out for summertime.  I recently added Double Scoop Cranberry Coneflower (aka Echinacea) to this area for some summertime color and after weeks of waiting, they are finally blooming!  I always like to have blooms coming and going throughout the entire bloom season. This particular Echinacea has several stages of floral interest in the garden, don't you think?
Also blooming prolifically in the landscape is the white stage of Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas.  I shared with you what they looked like two weeks ago, when they first started to bloom. If you missed that post, click here. I wanted to share the progression of their blooms since that last post.

I know so many of you have shared the love for this plant since I first introduced it on my blog back in 2011. Now that the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is more readily available in the garden centers I am finding this photo from this blog post pinned over and over by my gardening friends. But I hope people will see the beauty of this plant prior to the pink stage! The perfect green foliage and the dark red branches with the white blooms - are such a spectacular stage too!!!  Last fall I trimmed all of my hydrangeas back to about three feet tall and the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas are now not just as tall as they were before I cut them but they also are full of blooms, unlike most of my other hydrangeas that will not be sharing blooms this year.
I feel like I've overloaded my blog posts with roses over the past couple weeks so I'll share with you only what is newly blooming in the landscape.  Crocosmia 'Lucifer', Daylily, Mallow, Hydrangea, Fuschia and Gladiola.
Hope you are enjoying your week wherever you are!  xoxo, tracie