Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 4/14/15

This week in the garden the peony trees beginning to bloom, but unfortunately the rain has also showed itself here in Seattle, so they’ve weighed them down a bit.  Every time I go outside to take a photo, I think that I just need to try again later…but its raining again (actually hailing) ~ so this is the best I’m going to get for now because I want to share this weeks garden post!


I have a few other peony trees but they are not in bloom yet.  But his one, I am so excited to share with you - I first saw this Itoh Peony “Kieko” at the Seattle Home and Garden Show.  I immediately put it on my wish list and when I finally found it, they only had one available, I hope to add another to the garden at a later date.  Isn’t this bloom breathtaking?


It’s an Itoh peony with large, semi-double to double flowers that measure up to six inches across, the foliage is dark green. Apparently as the flower matures, the dark lavender pink petals slowly fade to a soft pink, revealing a cluster of yellow stamens in its center. I just love the antiqued pink it displays.  The tag says it’s flower is lightly fragrant (most likely in the sunshine). It prefers full sun to dappled shade.

Also this week, I’ve started slowly to fill my patio planters, I have just a few that I’ve prepared for summertime.  Decided that I will take my time in doing so and enjoy it as I go.  Plus the longer I wait, the more options I will have when I visit the nursery! I shared with you a few weeks ago that I found a couple Fairy Blush Camellia that I’ve been nursing back from a harsh exposure to winter. Since that post, I have added pink marshmallow fuchsias and white alyssum to the base of that plant. If you missed that post and want to revisit – click here.  still hoping that I can help these plants recover ~ but they haven’t progressed very well.  I will share more photo’s of that planter when it looks pretty enough to share.

On the back patio, I decided on these darling purple Aubretia flowers and white alyssum surrounding the base of lavender topiaries. 

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IMG_9244In the pot just below the one I shared above, I have planted a light pink geranium, heuchra, white allysum and a rescued rose.  In time these should fill in nicely for summer!

My favorite so far is the simply potted galvanized pot with a geranium, white bacopa and white allysum. It sits on the steps going up to the chicken coop. 










Planting your pots earlier in the spring will help them get established in the plantere and allow the roots to take hold and mature so that they trail alongside the containers by the time bbq season arrives.


We had our first rose open up a couple days ago, this one is growing on the archway heading into where the chicken coop is.  It’s one of my favorite in the landscape.  Blush Noisette…so incredibly fragrant and easy to grow!


Another favorite flower in the garden is the darling little English Bluebell Flowers!  I have a few that have already appeared, but an explosion of them all over the garden is about to happen.  Every year when they are done blooming, I divide them and place them any place I can find a space that they do not appear.  I love lining each and every walkway with these little beauties! 


And this picture is just too cool not to share, my hostas are still upright and have not fallen open, but this photo just looks so cool to me as I look over the top of them watching their progress!


Thanks for popping over and would love for you to say hello!  If you are not already following me, I’d love for you to do so.  I am located in the Pacific Northwest close to the city of Seattle.  So if you love knowing what is coming up locally in the gardens – I’m your girl! xoox, tracie

Friday, April 10, 2015

Instagram Giveaway!

Giving one of these darling Bucket Bags on Fishtail Cottage’s Instagram!


This little SailorBag is a favorite. It measures 8.5” high x 8” diameter.  Just like the name says, it's a soft bucket -- carrying handle and all -- with possibilities limited only by your imagination. Use it to carry snacks or drinks, as a fun caddy for guest bathroom towels, a kindling carrier, shell collector, fruit basket, wet bathing suit bag, and on and on...I personally plan to use it when we hit the beach this summer!

Made from the finest materials and trim: Our genuine sailcoth exterior, super-tough webbing and signature sailmaker's zig-zag stitching are some of the things that make it easy for us to proudly guarantee SailorBags for life!


Click here to enter! Just be a follower on IG and tag three friends in your post. Best of luck! Winner announced 4/17/15 xoxo, tracie

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 4/6/15

The Garden Landscape is certainly waking up with the most glorious colors!  I am so excited to share with you this section of the garden that I have been relentlessly working on at any given opportunity that I have available to me. Last fall,  I completely removed everything in this section of the garden and placed a maple tree that I have grown from seed. It’s taken almost ten years to finally be allowed to be showcased as a focal point in the garden, but I believe it’s going to be an outstanding addition to this area.  Around it, I have planted a row of Felix Crousse peonies, intermixed with many of my favorite cottage garden plants. Plants like heuchra, lungwort, bleeding hearts, delphinium, bearded iris, daylily’s, foxglove and lupine…although the bunnies have eaten the lupine down to the ground so I had to cage what is left of them in hopes they will return.  I tried to divide and transplant most of the plants from other areas in the garden, whenever I do this, I tell myself it’s really for next years garden.  I love watching the garden evolve as I nurture it.  IMG_9153

Beginning to show blooms this week is the gorgeous Adirondack crabapple trees – definitely one of my favorite trees in my landscape.  I’ll share a photo of the entire tree next week when the blooms are fully opened. 


I read in a magazine a long time ago, to use your neighbors landscape as a back drop to your own landscape.  If you do this, your garden doesn’t stop at the edge of your property line. Something I have found true when trying to complete my vision of my garden! Look how pretty this view is even though my garden stops at the edge of the garden gate.


I love walking the garden early in the morning and seeing what is in bloom ~ this week I am sharing with you what is new! In order of photographs is Solomon's Seal, Fushia anemone, Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’, White City Spanish Bluebells, Ascot Rainbow Euphorbia “spurge”,  Muscari latifolium,  tulips and Bleeding Hearts.  Please let me know if you have any questions about growing these plants, I am happy to help!


A new addition I recently found is this gorgeous Sugar and Spice Foam Flower.  I saw it at the Seattle Home and Garden Show, and fell in love!  I know its not new to many of you, but it took my breath away when I saw it planted in masses.  For now, I just have this one! 


Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at what is blooming in the garden this week!  Would love to have you leave a comment about what your favorite garden flower is. xoxo, tracie

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