Friday, May 27, 2016

Cottage Garden 5/27/16

My favorite week of the year is happening this week! its the week where both the Polar Joy Roses are in Bloom along with the peonies up the front walkway! 
Check out how stunning the Polar Joy Rose Tree blooms are! I love these trees because they are own root (not grafted).  I found them at Christianson's Nursery years ago when I was researching what to put in my garden.  I feel so lucky to own these beautiful rose trees, as I have never seen them available since my original search.

Last year I planted these snapdragons because they are my daughters favorite! Love that they are in the same color pallet as the other blooms in the walkway!

Okay, now for an honest confession....I have always thought and listed these beautiful peonies on my front walkway as "Sarah Berndhart" - I am honestly not sure why I thought that is what I planted...but it was what I had in my mind that I planted.  However, I was recently told an unnamed peony that I have in a different location is a Sarah Berndhart.  Sure enough when I compared online photo's I've been quoting the wrong variety all these years.  So I went back to my garden journal to see what I originally ordered back in 2007 and found that the peonies I planted are in fact "Peony Sorbet".  They are just stunning and glad I can finally share the correct name with everyone.  As you can see, the different stages of these gorgeous peonies are so pretty! Interesting though, it looks as though some are thicker in their petal numbers and size.  The mixture is breathtaking!


A few other blooms happening here in the garden this week are as photo'd; Freesia, Pink Flowering Dogwood, Chives, Lavender, Japanese Snowbell Tree, Japanese Pagoda & Spirea.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend! xoox, tracie

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Old books….

I picked up these old books recently while out antiquing. When I picked them up, my heart told me that they had to come home with me.
“A Forest Pathway”, by Arthur L. Salmon  is a sweet little book that only has four pages.  A poem and beautiful illustrations on each page.  But what I love most about this tiny book is the cover and the tassel bounding that holds it together.  There isn’t a date on the pages of this book and I couldn’t find anything on the internet to identify this book.
“Gems from Lowell” is a 1904 gift book of poetry by James Russell Lowell. Inside this book hosts 31 days of beautifully written poetry with pretty illustrations. 
Lovely little vintage books that I am so glad I brought home. If anyone out there has any information on these two gift books ~ please do share what you know! xoxo, tracie

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cottage Garden 5/14/16

The peonies have appeared this week which is so very exciting!  Only a few have truly opened and shown their beautiful blooms, and I am excited to see the rest of them in the next couple weeks! I don't know the name of the first one pictured, but its definitely my favorite bloom in the garden right now. The second bloom is Bartzella Itoah Peony and the last peony shown is a Festiva Maxima. So many more Peony's to share with you next week!


The roses are what has really took center stage this week! So many gorgeous blooms in so many shades of pink! Sharing the names of the roses in order of the photo's. Abraham Darby Rose, Boscobel Rose, Leander Rose, Mary Rose, Nicole Carol Miller Rose, Cottage Rose, Augustine Guinoisseau Tea Rose, Wisely Rose, Mme. Isaac Pereire, Vinyard Song, Gertrude Jekyll Rose, Winchester Cathedral, Blush Noisette Climbing Rose and the Mayflower Rose.    


After six weeks of waiting for permits, they were finally approved this week and Riccon Construction has began the renovation of our patio renovation! Here is a video I took today so that you can see where we are in the process. I promise to share more as this project progresses.
xoox, tracie