Monday, May 22, 2017

Fishtail Cottage Garden March / April 2017

This gorgeous photo of Nicco Pearl Camellia is what I have been waiting for since purchasing it almost a year ago for my patio planter.

Thank you so much to so many of you who have reached out privately wondering if I am okay and really appreciate hearing you've missed seeing my cottage gardens this spring!  I'm finally here today to share what has been going on here at Fishtail Cottage! We had a very cold and wet winter and spring, but finally this week we are experiencing sunshine, in fact it's forecasted that we will have dry weather and lot's of sunshine over the next few weeks.  With all of this sunshine, I feel like everything is blooming at once instead of have a spread out bloom season that I tried to plan out so very carefully.   I thought it would be best to share with you my earliest of Spring blooms and work my way up to what is blooming in March/April! There are just too many pretty flower and garden photo's that I have to share with you!

The first of my blooms was this Raspberry Splash Lungwort, I keep transplanting new starts throughout the landscape to bring color where early spring color is missing.
Another favorite first to bloom are the beautiful Hellebore, which come in so many colors and shapes now days, you cannot go wrong with any you find out there in your local nurseries.

Seeing all of the gorgeous trees begin to leaf out here at Fishtail Cottage brings so much hope to ones soul.  I especially love this Acer Japanese Maple Orido Nishiki.

Bergenia / "Elephant ear"

Love the bloom of Bradford Pear Trees, but the fragrance of them is just awful...just so funny how something so beautiful can produce such a horrible smell.

Seeing the Hino Crimson Azalea in the landscape makes my heart so happy!

This "Gold Heart" Bleeding Heart isn't the easiest to find - but with the chartreus foliage it makes it  a favorite bloom in the landscape.

Hosta's opening up is a good sign that summer weather is on its way.

So much opening up on the front walkway, but the "Impatiens Omeiana" (in the front) that almost glow in the dark at night is a favorite among guests here at my home.

The arbor going up to the chicken coop is beginning to see life of the Blush Noisette Climbing Rose and the Autumn Sunset Camillia.

The Japanese Acer that spills over the pondless waterfall is looking so pretty this time of year.  Birds love visiting now that the waterfall is getting some shad. One thing I do to keep my pond from algae is pouring a jug of vinegar in the water...it definitely keeps everything clean.

The Robar Camellia is so pretty lining the flagstone pathway this month. even when the petals fall to the ground they look just gorgeous!

As you can see so much evolved in the month of March and April ~ Can't wait to share with you more that has happened here at Fishtail Cottage in May!

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Thank you so much for coming over and visiting today! I've certainly missed interacting with everyone here on my blog.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lac Bleu Lotion Co. Bath & Body Products

Um, yes please!  I received the most amazing gift in the mail from LacBleuLotionCo and couldn't be happier to share how amazing these products truly are.  Especially because, for me every season is technically "Gardening Season", and I expose myself to all sorts of weather conditions So I enjoy spoiling my skin with beneficial products. I have super sensitive skin so I need to be careful about what I use on my skin (especially if there is a fragrance combined).

This sweet little package arrived so darling ~ I love cute packaging and it's so nice to know if I sent this to a friend that it would arrive as though I packaged it and sent it myself.

Included in this basket is a French Lavender Nourishing Bath Soak, Magnolia Rose Hand Cream and the Fig Body Lotion.  The fragrance of each one is so beautiful.  

First I must share with you the French Lavender Nourishing Bath Soak - I am a total bath salt geek and had to try this immediately! Ingredients include magnesium, pink Himalayan sea salt and lavender ~ my entire bathroom and bedroom filled up with the most amazing aroma of lavender after only adding a couple of scoops into the water. I was so relaxed after enjoying the evening soak, I headed strait to bed and slept like a baby. Which makes total sense as the description in Tanya's Etsy Store, LacBleuLotionCo says the sea salt and magnesium used helps draw out toxins from the skin and relieve sore muscles along with the essential oils of Lavender calms and soothes the mind and skin.

The Fig Body Lotion is so nourishing!  I only needed a little dab for my dry skin - there was absolutely no extra residue or greasy feeling after putting it on. Its a clean fragrance and I totally agree with the description of the fragrance on her site.... "apple, lemon and ginger, fig, caramel, and cinnamon".  My skin has felt super hydrated since I began using this lotion and I have not had any of my typical "sensitive skin reactions" to it at all.

Last, to share is the Magnolia Rose Hand Cream... perfect for your nightstand and or handbag. Between gardening, cooking and cleaning - I personally wash my hands so many times a day and rarely find relief for them, especially in this dry winter weather. I've kept this lotion next to our kitchen sink and am loving the calming fragrance and how soft and less dry my hands feel.

I know so many of you are careful what you use on your skin too ~ so I am enjoying sharing my honest opinion of these products I have personally tried. I am also happy to share that it looks like all of these handmade products are "Paraben Free" and "Cruelty Free" (not tested on animals), also many are labeled as "Vegan". I love that Tanya uses her own herbs and flowers that she grows in her personal garden in these handmade products.

Please check out LacBleuLotionCo and let me know what you'd be interested in trying and leave a comment! Even though these products are very reasonably priced, Tanya has offered to give an additional 20% discount (ends March 31, 2017) to Fishtail Cottage Blog readers!  You can share this post via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with your friends (they will thank you)! 

DISCOUNT CODE at checkout is Fishtailcottage 

Also, be sure to check my Instagram page for a Magnolia Rose Giveaway Basket!
xoxo, tracie

Monday, January 9, 2017

Social Print Studio Review and Discount Code for you!

Happy 2017 Everyone! 

I am totally willing to skip this time of the year! Some people say the worst time of the year is the week between Christmas and New Years. Personally, the most difficult time for me is the extended time between New Years and Spring. 
We have finally taken down all of the Christmas decorating and the house is almost back to pre-holiday organization.  I intend on reorganizing several closets and cabinets to keep me busy until I can get back out in the garden.  Would love to hear any plans you have to spark a good idea to do when I cross everything off my current list.

For a few years, I've been interested in creating a book of flowers that I host in my garden landscape. I have never intended it to be more than my own coffee table book to flip through and remind me of what will be again during this time of year.  I wonder if someday I will actually figure out how to put this little dream of mine into play - I love looking back at old photo's on my Blog, Facebook and Instagram to see what my garden will once again look like in a few months. I just keep thinking I should "wait just one more year" to see the landscape just a little more mature. 

Recently, I thought it would be fun to print a bunch of my square photo's and fill a newly purchased vintage bread bowl that I bought from Through the Porthole. I asked around for recommendations where I can print from Instagram and finally decided to try Social Print Studio. Not sure what to expect, I anxiously waited for the order to arrive, and honestly more than pleased with my purchase.  So much so, that I want to share with you my amazing experience. 

The photo's were super easy to upload through their site.  Shipping price was reasonable and the delivery was quick. When my package arrived, I immediately opened it to find sets of individual packages of 24 hard cardstock of my beautiful photos.  Packaging is important, don't you think?

You can see that the color is pretty rich in this photo below, and the quality of the photo seems to depend on weather it was a photo taken with my camera or my phone.  Obviously the ones with my camera were higher quality.  I had an iPhone 6 before, so I can only assume the portrait setting on my iPhone 7 plus will be even more amazing this upcoming summer. 

My sweet little vision of filling up my wooden bread bowl of my garden flower photo's and landscape has been fun. I set it on our great room coffee table this past week.
Our family has enjoyed going through the garden photo's and our friends who have been over wanted to do something similar with their family photo's.  My daughters want some for their rooms to hang on the wall with the starry lights we used at Christmas time.

I reached out to Social Print Studio and they offered to give my friends $5 towards prints - a great deal!

How it works:
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