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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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05 August 2011

August in my Cottage Garden

It was overcast this morning, so a great photo opportunity in my garden. Every year, I take photos and with a cottage garden, it amazing how things change and come and go, only to reappear a couple summers later. Below is a picture of my half moon garden. The tree in the corner is a Lollipop Crabapple, it is dwarf so it is a perfect addition to the cottage garden.
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To frame the garden, we collected boulders for the last 6 years, many we found at the farm across the road.
The hollyhocks put on quite a show this year. I started with one plant from the nursery marked "mixed". It was white the first year, then the next I had burgandy. Since then, I get several shades of pink too. I love the surprise they bring. I just let them reseed naturally...along with everything else!

In the back, are "Kiss me over the Garden Gate" They are not booming yet--that will be a new post in a couple weeks, The daylilies will need to be divided this fall, they did not bloom well this year.


Amongst the coreopsis, one of my favorite features, a shepherds hook with a watering can appearing to be pouring into the bird bath. I have actually put large chunks of ice in the can when we have outdoor parties. The water slowly trickles into the birdbath. I just finished adding some heirloom Balsam seedlings for some end of August color.

My most prized clematis! Betty Corning . She never disappoints me. She spreads her wings and blooms all summer lovely little lavender blue bells.

This is one of my newer small gardens in another part of the property, I have a young Eden rose and a butterfly bush in back. I am hoping for a spectacular show next summer.

I hope you enjoyed this tour, cottage gardening is one of my passions and I love to share.


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19 comments:

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Your garden is truly gorgeous!!
Dont you just love reseeders??!!
*hugs*deb

romance-of-roses said...

Oh how I love your garden, wish I had this space for my garden. I am limited to my patio, but guess it's a blessing in disguise because I have so much work with my husband. Those hollyhocks are gorgeous and the newer small garden will certainly be an attention getter.
Thanks for visiting my garden.
Hugs...Lu

Liz said...

WOW! Your garden is so beautiful. It is a picture perfect Cottage Garden. I bet you spend so much time there. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it for Fresh-Cut Friday. I'm so glad you did!

~Liz

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your gardens are beautiful, love the hollyhocks-enjoy:@)

ornamentsbypink said...

Debbi what a beautiful garden you have! I love rocks around the flowers. Your hollyhocks are so pretty too! Mine didn't come back this year. I'm going to have to get some next year, I just love them!
Mary

Puumuli said...

Your garden looks so wonderful this time of the year! I hope you have a nice weekend!

Sari from Puumuli

Pamela said...

Debbie your garden is fabulous!!! I am so sad that I have not been able to plant anything this summer. It is sooo dry and hot everything is just dying. My lil' old oak trees in the front yard are even pitiful.

Shirley said...

Dear Debbi,
I have always enjoyed my visit here and your garden is a pretty place to visit...You have a beautiful garden. And I love the music that plays as we visit, touches the heart..

Tamara Jansen said...

Your garden is AMAZING! Love the watering can idea :)

A tale from toadstool house said...

Wow ! just found your blog and my, what a wonerful garden you have.I will be checking back to see how it changes over the seasons,have a super day,juliexxxx

June said...

Debbie it is all so lovely. I love hollyhocks are yours are so pretty! I can imagine the smile you have when you gaze on all this beauty.
hugs from here..

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Your garden is SO beautiful. I had to look again and see where you are from to have such beautiul flowers. I'm following your blog, Love, Linda

Lady Linda said...

You have such a lovely garden, as well as a lovely blog. Fun to read your post!
Enjoy the last of summer.
Lady Linda

lindacreates said...

Your garden is lovely!

Angela said...

Wow what a beautiful flower garden! Love all the tall ones :) Have a great week!

Sandra from Sydney said...

I have just found your blog and will be visiting you often to drink in the beauty of your garden - it is just like I dream of having but will never achieve! Love your blog, it reflects the beauty of your garden. I can see that I'll be back to spend lots of time to browse through and enjoy much more of it.

Auntie Em said...

Your garden is so pretty!
Thank you for sharing the lovely pics of it! :)

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Oh my gosh, I love your Betty Corning - I've had clematis but have never seen one like that! I've always wanted a moon garden too. Thank you for letting me visit. Love, Linda

Diane said...

Such a pretty garden...loved seeing your hollyhocks as mine didnot do well this year...this year was the year of roses for me...they bloomed wonderful...fun to see others gardens...love the watering can idea...my biggest problem is...my gardens are way too big and loaded with way too much....yours look very well attended...beautiful!

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