Pink roses in the cottage garden

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A cottage with roses suggest different things to each of us, but for many…it means pink roses around the door.  Or climbing up over the window.  Pink roses are the traditional rose for the cottage garden and while all colors can be used, there is something almost fairy tale about pink.  Maybe because it compliments all the other colors of the cottage garden, usually full of blooms in white, lavender, blue, yellow, and all shades of pink.  While red is often used as well, it is often the dark purple/red.  So, if you want to start a cottage garden…consider pink roses, for your cottage with roses.

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Spring cleaning in the cottage and garden

Now is the time to get all the spring cleaning done, in your cottage and your garden.  In the cottage, it’s finally warm enough to open the windows for an hour or two in the afternoon and dust the bookcases, pare down the winter accessories and bring in some flowers.  Tulips and daffodils are everywhere at the store and will soon be up in the garden, too.  I like to change the fabrics and pillows this time of year and lighten everything up, to make it feel more like a garden inside and out.

In the garden, it’s a great time to pick up any garden debris,  rake up any old leaves and start pulling out those little weeds.  Now is the time to weed, before they get those long roots that are almost impossible to pull out later in the spring and summer.  I like to wait until I see the bulbs peeking up, before I start weeding.  It’s such fun to find a small hyacinth or crocus as you clear out the garden bed.  It’s too wet to dig in our clay soil, but by this time next month, the vegetable garden will be ready for peas and potatoes, with broccoli and cabbage to follow soon after.  This year, I want to move the vegetable garden to the other side of the cottage and add some roses.  Roses over the small seating area and perennials along the fence, to bring in the bees and other pollinators, along with hummingbirds and butterflies later in the summer.  The current vegetable garden is going to be an herb and tea garden, along with fruit shrubs and more flowers.

What are your plans for spring?

Spring cleaning in the cottage and garden

001Now is the time to get all the spring cleaning done, in your cottage and your garden.  In the cottage, it’s finally warm enough to open the windows for an hour or two in the afternoon and dust the bookcases, pare down the winter accessories and bring in some flowers.  Tulips and daffodils are everywhere at the store and will soon be up in the garden, too.  I like to change the fabrics and pillows this time of year and lighten everything up, to make it feel more like a garden inside and out.

In the garden, it’s a great time to pick up any garden debris,  rake up any old leaves and start pulling out those little weeds.  Now is the time to weed, before they get those long roots that are almost impossible to pull out later in the spring and summer.  I like to wait until I see the bulbs peeking up, before I start weeding.  It’s such fun to find a small hyacinth or crocus as you clear out the garden bed.  It’s too wet to dig in our clay soil, but by this time next month, the vegetable garden will be ready for peas and potatoes, with broccoli and cabbage to follow soon after.  This year, I want to move the vegetable garden to the other side of the cottage and add some roses.  Roses over the small seating area and perennials along the fence, to bring in the bees and other pollinators, along with hummingbirds and butterflies later in the summer.  The current vegetable garden is going to be an herb and tea garden, along with fruit shrubs and more flowers.

What are your plans for spring?

Welcome to Cottage with Roses

009For many of us, a cottage with roses brings back memories of our favorite childhood stories. The cozy cottage with the ivy-covered chimney and roses growing over the doorway, where one would be safe from worries beyond the garden. At cottage with roses, I hope we can recapture a bit of that magic while sharing our love of gardening, smaller homes and especially roses.

Why do we love cottage gardens?

July 2011 Garden pictures 006What is it about cottage gardens that make them so popular?  I would say it’s the mixture of plants we find in them, all growing happily together.  In one bed, there’s may be a fragrant pink rose bush shading a head of broccoli or cabbage.  Lavender and other herbs compete for sun along the garden border and bunches of lettuce and spinach are tucked in wherever they will fit.  Sweet woodruff and strawberries grow among peonies and daisies. A climbing red rose frames the gated entry, welcoming all into this charming space.  It’s such a magical mixture of food, herbs and flowers that it brings to mind all the fairy tale gardens we remember from our childhood.