Friday, July 15, 2016

Cottage Garden 7/15/16

The Gardens here at Fishtail Cottage is certainly keeping me busy these days. I can't believe how much I have been cutting back and maintaining to keep everything orderly.  As you can see the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas are finally showing their white blooms along the front of my of the house. Tucked in at the base of each hydrangea is Pink Supreme Carpet Roses peeking out with their showy blooms.
I just noticed today that the middle of the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea bloom in beginning to show pink.  I never noticed that before, this must be the beginning of the pink stage!
So many Hydrangeas are blooming in the landscape this week so I'm just sharing all the pretty colors and glory that they are displaying. If you are interested in the name of a certain variety, please message me as I keep a garden journal, and am sure I have the name of everyone of these somewhere.
 Thank you for coming over to see my landscape this week! Hope everyone enjoys their upcoming weekend! xoxo, tracie

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cottage Garden 7/8/16

Hoping everyone had an amazing 4th of July with friends and family! My front porch turned out to be more festive than I could have hoped with all of the hydrangeas in bloom! Staggered along the front of the house on each side of our porch is both Sister Theresa and Forever Pink Hydrangeas.  In the front lining the flagstone pathway is a collection of bugbane, hostas, astilbe,  heuchra and spent primroses (I love their foliage).
Shown below is "Impatiens Omeiana", a favorite {filler} peeking out among the plants I mentioned above.  It almost looks as though it glows in the dark at night.  This pretty plant will get a yellow flower in later summer. It likes wet soil and shaded areas. It is so unique and definitely one that is overlooked when you are roaming the isles of a nursery.  
Here is an up-close photo of Sister Theresa Hydrangea, the blue centers are so pretty!
My Secret Garden is in full summer blooms right now, the combination of Daylily's and Hollyhock make it spectacular.  Other free seeding blooms in this area are  bellflower, Yarrow and Shasta Daisy's.  Although I have decided to pull out any yarrow growing in the landscape because it is too invasive and takes too much time to maintain. I spent a good part of my weekend doing so!
We are about to get a second flush of roses appearing in the garden ~ here are just a few that I was able to capture in their beauty today! (Names of them in order are, Nicole Carol Miller,  an unnamed rose found at a local grocery store,  Baronne Prevost, Blush Noisette Climbing Rose, Heirloom and Winchester Cathedral.

Thanks for coming over to see what is blooming this week in my garden.  Please leave a comment to let me know you've stopped by! xoxo, tracie

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cottage Garden 6/9/16

Just barely two weeks ago, I shared my front entrance with you and already so much has changed in the front walkway.  The prolific peony blooms have already come and gone and I've already had to dead head them to allow the pretty (and tall) snapdragons to put on their own show. Arent they so pretty?

Souvenir de la Malmaison Rose is always my favorite rose to bloom in the garden. It is so magnificent in my landscape climbing over the picket fence ~ both the blooms and the fragrance are impeccable. The color is just stunning! Easy for me to grow and not a lot of fuss with disease for this rose.  I can keep it as large as I'd like, yet cutting it back doesn't seem to make this pretty rose unhappy.

Another of my favorite roses that have appeared since the last time I shared my garden is The Fairy Roses....along my rusted fence at the top of my Rose Terrace, they look amazing!

Also blooming on the Rose Terrace is the gorgeous violet tall Siberian Iris. It's been three years since I planted these and each year they meet my expectations even more!

The colors this time of year are just so gorgeous...I love the combination of the perennials and roses everywhere!  Some of the roses blooming new this week are...(labeled in order of photo) Gertrude Jekyll, Queen of Sweden, Gruss an Aachen, Ruffled Cloud, Scepter d' Isle Rose and the last set of roses photo'd in a square are all unnamed roses purchased at the local grocery store. 

Hydrangeas are beginning to appear too in the landscape ~ I always get excited to bring hydrangeas in as cut flowers and allow them to dry inside.

To see more of my garden photo's ~ please follow me on Facebook and Instagram! Hope you all are enjoying your week...xoxo, tracie