Cottage Garden Journal Mid July

Morning Charming friends!  We’ve been working on our new girl, our 1959 Shasta Trailer.  If you haven’t seen her yet click here.  She’s really in pretty good shape but some repair is needed. I took a few moments to take photos to share with you our cottage garden journal in mid-July.  It’s almost the end of July and I haven’t… Read More

Cottage Garden Journal June’s 3rd Week

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

Summer Cottage Garden Party

Welcome to the Summer Cottage Garden Party! A Summer Cottage Garden Party showcasing eight cottage gardens.  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,… Read More

MG: Rejuvenation Is A Good Thing

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.

Early June Garden and Other Garden News

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

MG Series: Best Tips For Healthy Lawns

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

Late May Garden Blooms

I was so happy to be able to work a bit out in my garden today.  My method was crawling around like a baby on all fours in the garden…it’s getting the job done!  I can only do this for about two hours, which in the size of my garden is gonna take awhile to get it all done. Mr…. Read More

Lilac At The Charmer

Last week our Miss Kim lilacs (dwarf) began blooming on the Charmer’s south side.  Even though they bloomed a little later than usual they are still spectacular.  It was fun to clipping the blossoms to bring inside the Charmer.

MG Series: Prune Now For More Fall Blooms

It’s late Spring and I’m already thinking about my gardens Fall blooms (perennials).  Why? Because what I do now will give me compact flowering plants in Fall such as Asters, Sedum and Chrysanthemums! For behold the winter is passed;the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing come, and the voice of the… Read More

MG Series: Hydrangea Care and Pruning

Last week I started working on designing the front gardens of the church I attend. The beds are not that large but one bed has many undesirable elements (plagues that can’t be covered, a HUGE memorial stone of a founding founder and a few more).   I’m also donating all the herbaceous plants and the church is covering the cost… Read More

Out In The Front Yard And Out Greenhouse

The rain has been falling the last few days, some light gentle rains, and some severe storms the other night.  With the generous amount of rain everything in the gardens is popping…so are the weeds:-{.  Yesterday and today it stopped raining long enough for me to catch up on some weeding in the front yard beds and taking care of… Read More