I think a cottage garden is one of the most beautiful things there is. I love the hodgepodge look of flowers, herbs and vegetables growing together. Once the garden area is finished, I hope to start on my own this year. Does anyone else share my love for this style?
For most of my life, my work has been bookkeeping, accounting or management related in which I cannot function without structure and organization. I guess that's why I prefer cottage gardens over formal gardens.
lisaann, Right now areas that were formerly flower beds look like uncontrolled Vietnam. Too many years of not enough time to tend them. At least now I know which plants can survive neglect.
Wanted to put a picket fence around the front yard and put in a cottage garden. The city highway department did an inspection of the sidewalk out front and said that since city trees cracked it, they would replace it for free. Sent in the paperwork. Can't put in that fence or they will tear it down replacing the sidewalk. After I waited for three years years, the Parks Department, which does the sidewalks, started working in my area, but skipped us. Called and they said the inspectors didn't send the inspection report over. Asked them if they could request it. No, it's a different department, so they will need to start over with another inspection and several years wait time. So stupid. They said if I wanted, I could pay for it myself. Ha, ha, ha, I said back. Hope I get the cottage garden before I am too decrepit. Maybe they will speed it up for the joy they'll get telling me the garden will need to be dug up to remove the oil tank or replace pipes or something. I know if I go ahead and put up that fence, they will be right there to tear it down, somehow.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
Every year my garden takes on a new look. It's a hodgepodge of organized scatterings. Flowers here and there among the veggies. I just do it as I go, never any real planning. Some volunteers get to stay, others are irradiated. I have cardinal vine coming back after 4 years! Cleome can be another nuisance. Last year I tried to keep up with cutting off the spent blooms to prevent seed drop. It worked somewhat. This year I'm only letting a couple of those grow. I also have feverfew still popping up here and there after 10 years of not letting it grow. Chamomille is another one that self seeds, which I didn't know it would!
centralilrookie, somehow I missed this thread, but I too am impressed and in awe of what your mother does! The last picture is really stunning. I think that would be a lovely place to sit and nurse a cool glass of lemonade while losing oneself in the beauty of the flowers.
Post by breezygardener on Nov 7, 2020 17:19:38 GMT -5
What lovely photos of a lovely garden. I love "cottage" gardens, & they're one of my favorite parts when watching British tv shows & films. They seem to have such a knack for putting those together - rambling, but still with a sense of order. I have a feeling I'd just end up with a tangled mess.
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