Hello Charmer friends! After completing our two major summer projects I finally had some time to play! Saturday is July 4th, a day I love celebrating. Did you know for the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in… Read More
Archives for June 2015
I’ve been missing in blogland the last two weeks, it’s been crazy busy and we’re involved in back breaking hard work. This week we’ve been working on changing the color of the Charmer from yellow to a mix of grey/yellow with white trim. We hired a painted to stain and paint the trim on all of the Charmer’s six very… Read More
Here in the Midwest, Illinois, we weren’t able to put out our annual flowers until the first week in June. It was, and still, is a cold and rainy season so far. I can’t remember such a rainy June, ever. It’s the 21 of June and it’s rained all but 5 days! In the last 12 days we’ve gotten 10… Read More
Welcome to my Summer Cottage Garden Tour! It was a no brainer, the Charmer is a cottage home, and she is surrounded by the cottage gardens I lovingly created and maintain. It’s my first time participating in such a great event and I’m thrilled to be a part of. First, let me tell you a little bit about how… Read More
Welcome friends to my Cottage Garden Journal for the second week of June. I’m so busy, busy, busy with the Cottage Garden Party tomorrow, so today is short and sweet with photos only.. Beadstongue A few remaining pink blossoms from a climbing rose Viola’s hanging in there White Astilbe Pink Astilbe Heirloom Valerian Hosta bloom Karl Forester plumes another… Read More
source There are times my soul and spirit are heavy, the joy somewhere, deep down inside, I’m sure? There are times I feel overwhelmed, exhausted and the journey is more than I’ve got, or life demands more energy, where there really isn’t anything left, within me to give, to care or to share? There are times I wonder why we… Read More
Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by! It’s been raining non-stop here in IL. It has rained everyday since June 8th and the weather predictions are that it will be raining everyday through June 21st? I am almost at a point that I’ll be pulling out plants to keep them from drowning!
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day, well most of it! The chives in our garden are in full bloom. I love herbs but I always look forward to my chives growing tall and slender. Then the chive blossom appear with its lovely light purple color and an awesome ingredient to be used in so many dishes making them special without being… Read More
One of last year’s MG series was about shrub pruning. There are two pruning types: 1) rejuvenation and 2) renewal. If you would like to learn the details on how to do the pruning, click here. In my back garden beds there is an Arrowwod Viburnum shrub.
Hello dear friends! Up until today we did NOT have any rain…4 gorgeous sunny days! With the sun out, and my back’s intense pain subsided, I’ve been working non-stop in the garden. At the end of each day, after a long hot shower, I found myself crawling in to bed with aching muscles I never knew I had. Upon waking… Read More
When the weather finally breaks from winter… The Spring has come again For the grass is growing green, And among the fields of clover Bright butterflies are seen. The little birds are singing sweetly As they fly from tree to tree… The busy bees are gathering The honey from the flowers, And the merry birds are building Their nests in… Read More
I’ve never understood America’s love affair with their Blades of Glory, but here’s a few Tips For Healthy Lawns! Oh green, vibrant rich thatch of earth, so perfectly cut, each blade precise; As tufts of cyan and amber sprout wild and feral in an unruly tangle. My hapless endeavor, with tool in hand, against weed and root I wrangle. The… Read More
Hello dear friends! It was so sweet of all of you to take the time to comment, and congratulate us, on our 3rd year Blogiversary! It really meant a lot, it really does! Its flattering to know that you enjoy the blog and what is shared at the Charmer. Its unbelievable that so many friends/visitors stop by, many leaving such… Read More