The weather has certainly been amazing this past summer here in Seattle! We have begun to prepare our gardens for fall by beginning the process of cutting everything back. This past week ~ I found myself eliminating the spent blooms on astilbe, hydrangeas, phlox, heuchra and significantly cutting back my rose shrubs. Of course leaving many blooms to still enjoy! We are also prepping our picket fence in the front yard for a fresh coat of paint! As you can see in the photo’s below it is very weathered…as much as I love the look of tattered wood, I know painting it will keep the wood from rotting for years to come!
One tattered look I’m loving are these succulent filled bird cages that I shared with you earlier this summer. A fun project I put together after seeing some Pinterest inspiration. I am surprised at how slow growing the process of these succulents are in these cages, but also really enjoying seeing them finally poke out of the wire sides. If you missed that original post, you can check it out here.
Here are just a few photo’s of my favorite flowers in bloom right now! Still blessed with the ever so gorgeous roses, Four o’clock clover, and the flowers of Heather are beginning to appear.
Because we are painting the fence soon, I am about to start cutting back these Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas a little earlier than normal ~ so I thought I’d show you one last time the glorious blooms they give the front of Fishtail Cottage.
One last thing I’d like to mention, I decided to finish out the garden season by going back to my own Garden Party that I host on Thursdays. I hope to see you share your post this Thursday 8/28/14! xoxo, tracie