Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Seattle Times - My Garden feature in July of 2018

So excited to share the honor of being featured in our local Seattle Times paper. This happened in July 2018.  I knew that the photographer for the newspaper was going to come out in June to photograph the garden and suppose I was to prepare for it. However the honest truth is I didn't do anything different than what I have done in past years, just maintained each section, removed and replanted what was ready and added a few plants and garden structures of what I felt was necessary at the time.  

I hadn't told anyone, not even my own close family until I confirmation that article was indeed going to print. And until I saw it for myself I didn't share with the rest of my friends and family. The day it was printed - I posted on all social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) but am just realizing that I never blogged about it here.

When I saw the magazine for myself, in the printed version that I was holding in my own two hands  is when reality of being featured really hit me....was a dream come true. The magazine itself was five pages total and turned out so beautifully - my eyes welled up with tears as this was such a personal accomplishment to be featured locally.  

My friends and family cheered me on that day and were so proud of the feature, because they know how endless ideas, countless hours and many patient years, I have dedicated to my landscape.  

I even was recognized by so many people I did not know or chat with before.  The best part is I've met and stayed in contact with so many new gardeners both locally and all over the world through social media outlets. 

Please note: These photo's in this post were taken by Mike Siegel / Seattle Times and the article is written by Amy Pennington

Here is the link to the online article... click here
Again, here is the link to the online article... click here

Thank you for taking the time to check out this article featuring Fishtail Cottage.
xoxo, tracie

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Fishtail Cottage Garden - January 5th 2019

We've taken down the Christmas decorations here at Fishtail Cottage and the kids have headed back to their homes in Florida and Maryland and the rest of us here have settled back into our usual routine. The house seems so quiet and really bare...not as cozy and busy as it was during the holidays.  How about you? Are you still enjoying the Christmas decor and family time or are you like us? Honestly I am so ready to be one step closer to spring? I was folding laundry this past week and saw a solo Souvenir de la Malmaison rose blooming outside the guest bedroom window.  It just looked so beautiful with the sunshine pouring onto it, which made my heart feel so warm with the thought of spring flowers - I grabbed my camera and went outside to take some photo's of this rose to share.  It has been so cold and wet here in Seattle so I was surprised to see there are actually several roses in bloom. I've listed the names under the blooms - please note: the blooms look different than summer blooms due to seasonal conditions.

Souvenir de la Malmaison

Bubble Bath 

Wedgwood Climbing Rose

Sharifa Asma

Along with  the roses above I captured what I thought to be some pretty substantial photo's worth sharing of  garden plants and other winter interests that caught my eye.


Acer palmatum 'Bihou'


Terra-cotta bird sculpture

Even noticed my Snow Drops coming up and getting ready to bloom - signs of spring make me so happy!

 xoxo, tracie

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


I am in love with what my "Best Nine in 2018" showed were your favorite photo's of mine on Instagram last year.  

Looks like the favorite photo's were of the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas, a few of my Roses in the landscape, as well as your support of my Cottage Garden featured in the Seattle Times in July

Thank you so much for all the love you’ve shared this past year and look foreword to seeing what the garden will show in 2019
xoxo, tracie