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June 6, 2012

nooks and crannies in the garden

Good morning.  I have to tell you, I wasn't so sure how good it was going to be when I first got going.  If you are like me, your mornings are sort of on automatic pilot.  I roll out of bed...hit the restroom...then head for the kitchen to start the coffee...while the coffee is brewing I do a quick check of my emails.  This morning was no different except when I went to pour my first cup of coffee there was only hot water.  It seems I forgot to put the coffee in the filter before I pressed on.  I am sure none of you has ever done anything like that, right?


I've mentioned before that we live in an older neighborhood with many mature trees.  I love the charm and shade that they provide but their large bulging roots can be a pain to garden around.  I have had some success with low growing annuals like alyssum and lobelia but wanted a little height to show off the beautiful trunks of the trees.


This Spring I took this little wooden wagon plant stand from the porch and tucked it in as close to the trunk as possible.  Then I surrounded it with pots that I had scattered on the back patio.  I love how it turned out.  If gives me a pop of color I can change out seasonally, and the added height that I wanted as well.



One of my favorite things about cottage gardens are the little added touches of whimsy that make them unique. Anything from old ceramic plates to pretty little fairies add so much charm to your yard.  I know you've heard it before but think of your garden as a series of rooms.  In doing so, it not only looks fun and inviting but it is less daunting to create one vignette at a time than an entire garden space.


I am off to my mom's for a couple of days of sewing and time together.  I will be back tomorrow with the next installment of our housekeeping series on the topic of pantries.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

xo, Patty

32 comments:

  1. I may beg you to come across the country just to love on my yard!

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  2. LOL! YES! I have done the no coffee in the filter thing more times than I care to admit:)

    Such lovely pictures here. Did you change your blog header again? It's so pretty!

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  3. Beautiful garden shots Patty. Yes, I have done this with my coffee too! I set the coffee pot up the night before, and put it on timer, because I want my coffee ready and waiting for me!!! But I have on occasion, forgotten to put the coffee or the water in!!!! Have a good time sewing with Mom. How is she doing?
    : ) Kris

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  4. I love your yard, I might have mentioned I wish I could hire you. Have a great time with your mom. xo

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  5. Your garden is beautiful!! I love the way you incorporate the little signs and things in your flowers. I also think that sweet, little charms around the yard adds a sense of love. :)

    (I also have mature trees in our new place, so you're giving me some ideas.)
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  6. Patty, you are managing in the root filled space so beautifully. We have that issue under our tall pine trees. I love your whimsy. I just placed a large white bunny in the front yard and CC finds him sinister which I find amusing. hugs, olive

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  7. Your garden vignette is lovely!

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  8. Patty,
    You're so clever at dreaming up pretty ideas for your garden. I like your new header as well. Enjoy your time with your mom!
    -Karen

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  9. Your gardens are beautiful. I live in one of those older neighborhoods with lots of trees.....spruce and pine trees.....it used to be a Christmas tree farm. Not good for gardening. ANd I forgot to mention .....lots of deer.
    Have a fun time with your mother.

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  10. Hi Patty!

    I always love your gorgeous garden photos and all the bright colors! And that is such a good idea to place the garden pots around the tree for extra height! Those tree roots can be hard to garden around for sure! :) And I chuckled at your morning coffee story! I have one of those stories, too...actually more than one! So no, it's not just you! :)

    I hope you have a wonderful time with your mom, sewing and spending time together! :)

    Blessings,
    Jenni

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  11. LOL! I forget the coffee all the time :) Your garden is so lovely!!! I can tell lots of time and love went into it! xoxo Debbie

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  12. I have totally done this with my coffee...or I forget to turn it on! You haven't lost it!

    Your garden is so pretty, the reds really pop out. Love lobelia, it seems to glow. Very pretty!

    XO,
    Jane

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  13. I love these peeks at your garden. The pottery mushrooms are fun. I saw some Sunday at a garden display. They were cute and they're one of the items I would love to have purchased, and now wish I had.

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  14. Beautiful gardens!
    I love all the charming touches that you've added too.

    Have a wonderful time visiting and sewing.

    Smiles :)
    Kerin

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  15. Patty. I love what you have done around your trees. I have 2 big trees in my front yard that I need to do something around. I am on the lookout for interesting things to use there.
    Have a great day with your Mom.

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  16. It looks great, Patty! I have one old tree in my back yard. It has massive roots. I won't even be able to put a privacy fence over there. No way to go around the roots.
    Brenda

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  17. Hi Patty! I love the toadstools!

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  18. I've been gone all day to, at my parents. I'm reading quickly and mostly looking at the pictures, but when I read your last sentence I thought you were going to talk about "panties" tomorrow. Oops. I need to slowwwww dowwwwwn.

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  19. Your garden looks so pretty...I love how you used the little shelf. I use pots around my garden to get some height too when I have some space...I love layering everything in my garden too! Have fun sewing!!

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  20. very eye soothing.. i'm watching the pictures again n again..

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  21. I don't think I have ever forgotten to put the coffee in...I have, however forgotten to put the pot back in the coffee maker. *sigh* not pretty.

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  22. Your flowers are just beautiful.. for some reason this year nothing really wants to bloom for me.. everything is just "green". Have fun with your mom..make great memories!

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  23. Does Lobelia stay all year. I have tried to grow some many times and they always die out. And for the coffee...I've had trouble thinking about sugar and cream. One morning I just looked at them both and thought...what am I doing. I say I was still asleep. Have fun with your mom.

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  24. What a great idea! I love how it layers everything up there. What wonderful old trees you have there, too.

    Your morning routine is identical to my own...except I may walk to the bathroom faster!;>) And, even worse than not putting the coffee in-did you ever forget to replace the basket before hitting start? NOT pretty! xo Diana

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  25. Love your cottage garden touches . . . What is the fuzzy, fern like plant in the left corner of photo? Enjoy your visit, time away!

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  26. Oh, yes, I've forgotten the coffee. I've forgotten the water. I've forgotten the filter. I set it all up the night before, now. Much better results! ~ Maureen

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  27. You have a lovely garden and a lovlier blog. I liked it a lot. Its a cute cozy place to wander into. Came here for the first time.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Aishwarya

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  28. I look forward to a post about your sewing projects. Enjpy!

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  29. Please post more of your garden where you have those colorful mushroom ornaments! The cyan and orange ones give such flavor to your garden shots.

    -Oscar Valencia
    Tree Service Queens

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  30. Patty,
    NOT being an out~of~doors person, I'm learning the JOY of being in our garden through your blog. Thank you for sharing your JOY as an inspiration to us all. Enjoy your time with your Mother, dear friend!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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