|Anne Hathaways cottage at Stratford-upon-Avon by Richard Peat: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtpeat/219375900/in/set-72157594243313821/|
It's windy and cool at my mountain cottage today, but this photo warms me. I imagine myself strolling along that stone path amongst the beautiful blooms. Can we ever get enough of cottage gardens?
Recently while cyber-searching for garden inspiration, I came across the Heidi Claire blog by floral designer and owner of The Nesting Company Florist in Burton, Texas Heidi Matthies-Jaster. I found her backyard garden and flower arrangements enchanting, and since I'm not a bit shy when it comes to introducing myself and asking if I can share with you what I've found on other blogs and web sites, I contacted Heidi. I asked for permission to feature her photos, she graciously said "yes", and here we are. I'm very happy to introduce you to Heidi and her florals
Let's begin with Heidi's beautiful roses.
Secretly, I'm a little jealous of her Souvenir de la Malmaison roses blooming in March.
Heidi's backyard has special charm.
Her neighbor made the tripod from pieces of antique wrought iron cemetery fence. Heidi sells the the purple German Bearded Iris plants, as well as Yarrow and Periwinkle at the local Farmers' Market.
Texas is recovering from the worst drought in recorded history, yet through it Heidi's garden survived. She says, "Choosing hardy, heirloom or antique variety plants are my secret to the success of my garden."
Isn't Heidi's dog, Jack, cute? Heidi calls him her "alarm system".
On to Heidi's floral shop.
Very charming and festive decor last Christmas. Love the punch of the black and white doors against the pale yellow.
Obviously, December doesn't get as cold in Burton, Texas as it does where I live. The gorgeous flower arrangement on the table wouldn't last five minutes here in the Colorado Rockies.
I have a thing for painted chairs and this periwinkle blue is a beauty. Especially with that gorgeous flower arrangement sitting on it.
This white bride's bouquet is exquisite.
For more views of Heidi's wonderful arrangements, hop over to The Nesting Co.
And for the amazing story of Oreo, her neutered male cat turned Foster Mom, see Heidi's other blog: Heidi Claire.
Thank you, Heidi, for allowing me to share your beautiful photos and introduce you to my cottage friends.
Last week I promised the next time I posted I would show you photos of my new shop. I mean to keep that promise.
|Dennis put a fresh coat of paint on the shop's front. I wanted to make it look like a cottage, but. . .well, we're on a budget. Maybe next year.|
|Watercolors by Dennis Reinke. Hobnail glass sits on the little Stickley desk.|
|Hall teapots, Hull pottery, hand made birdhouses and planters, and that fabulous table fill the front of the shop.|
The table is made of all recycled materials by a local artisan. He made the bookcase, planters and birdhouses too.
|Dennis' oil paintings hang above two lovely wing back chairs. Van Briggle pottery is displayed on the occasional table.|
|I love this primitive possum belly cupboard and the armoire next to it.|
|Original watercolors and a primitive chest.|
We've only been open two weeks, but already we have some wonderful consignments to compliment Dennis' lovely paintings. And we've had some sales. I'm very thankful for the Lord's provision and for the wonderful people I get to meet every day in a job that I am truly enjoying. In fact, it hardly feels like a job at all.
Hope you have a joyful weekend in your cottage.