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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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19 March 2012

Cottage Garden Party~March

I had full intentions of sharing a seed starting method I use this month. I am fully a week behind this mid March project. I use a very frugal method these days with egg cartons on the window sill, and usually just a few tomato and sweet pepper plants. But I have not always used this method.

my greenhouse 2002
There was a time when I was really into greenhouse growing. I mean BIG TIME. I grew all my own flowers and veggies from seeds and cuttings. I took 2 years of greenhouse practices classes at our local community college...I was really really into it. I found some old pics, not very good, back then I was just learning to use a digital camera and had no idea how to correctly edit. I thought I would share a few of them since I was not ready with the frugal egg crate method...and we no longer live at the house with the greenhouse....Oh I still love to cottage garden, but I was pretty burned out when we sold that house. It truly was a lot of work. I had started my online textile art business and having both passions was just too much.






My only regrets are I wish I could have picked up that house and moved it to the little town we live in now. It was a lovely cottage style with lace curtains and floral wallpaper. When we moved my husband politely asked me if I would cut down on all the lace and florals in the new house......




join us for the party!

10 comments:

Marydon said...

What a darling house & gorgeous gardens, Debbi. I love growing from seed in the house ... pull up geraniums yearly & put in garage under lights. Hard to part with my flowers ...

Happy Spring!
TTFN ~
Marydon

Melody said...

Oh Debbi! How beautiful. I am jealous. Always wanted a greenhouse, but now I'm glad I don't cause I'd have worse troubles with mold and fungus allergies. You have a definite green thumb 8)

Marilou of Lulus Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

I can tell you loved your garden Debbi, Reminds me of myself in my younger days. Lots of work you are right but so beautiful, thanks for sharing, Hugs Marilou

ByLightOfMoon said...

What a fabulous home inside and out with your patio and greenhouse!

Smiles, Cyndi

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Just loved reading this. My husband just surprised me with a green house about 3 years ago and I have been learning so much. I love it! The yard photos and the house are charming! blessings,Kathleen

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Debbi, Truly a gorgeous home and gardens. I just love that you grew your own flowers from seeds and cuttings. I bet it was hard to cut down on the lace. It would be for me. LOL

Happy Spring, Celestina Marie

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

I often think it would be great to pick up houses and put them elsewhere! Your greenhouse in that first photo looks like a airstream shape or am I imagining it?

HUGS and do pop by and say hi if you get a sec. Love your blog!

xxx Lorraine xxx

patchworkandlace said...

Lovely house and the garden looks amazing,i too love to grow my own flowers and veg ,i have a polytunnel and i love pottering about in there x

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What an absolutely stunning home and garden! I can understand though how much work it must have been to maintain...

Hugs,
Debbie

Sharon said...

I love gardening even though my body says no. I usually win the fight. I had a dried flower business for years. But the elk got the best of me. I now have my flowers closer to the house. Having a little better luck. Your gardens were beautiful and very nice in your new home too. I live in the cascade foothills in WA.

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