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22 May 2014

Late spring in the cottage garden

The first flowers of the cottage garden make living thru the dismal grey rainy winters of the Pacific Northwest all worth it. When I was growing up I used to hear the adults say this is "God's country" but I thought to myself that there is so many other beautiful places on this planet, why would one say that? I came to realize as I got older that the reason Oregon natives called this slice of earth "God's Country" was because of the rewards springs holds for us putting up with dismal winter months.




So here is the first tour of my cottage garden of the season. What is so unique about a cottage garden is that it never looks the same year to year with so many surprises.


When I mulched this spring I was able to get "mushroom compost" from a local Organic Mushroom farm. Very different in texture as it has a sawdust base, and the color is light brown rather than black as other compost mulches. But mushroom compost is supposed to be the ultimate for vegetable and flower gardening as well as highly regarded by landscapers as a base for sod. So that will be a later post on how well it does for me.

I no longer have any pink columbine, they have cross polinated with the yellow with this interesting combination. 

The lupines have reverted back to the non-hybrid colors and are reseeding freely like the those in the wild

This is the really "green" part of the warm season. This is the view from my house. Large fields of young wheat against the foothills of the Cascade mountains.


By August these fields will be completely gold in color


3 comments:

Kathy said...

Loved seeing your garden. I live in the PNW, as well, and this is the most beautiful time of year. Totally agree it is our reward after the long, wet, winter!

Kelly_Deal said...

Beautiful Debbi and that view is amazing! I'm interested in that mushroom compost, because I hate mulch. How does anything seed with thick mulch that my husband insists on having in our gardens.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Beautiful garden! I love the pink and yellow mix on the Columbine! So pretty!

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