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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cottage Gardens Perfect for a Stroll



In the Heart of London Photo by Christine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigpinkcookie/255420031/
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Maybe it's because my own garden is covered in a blanket of snow. 




Or maybe the latest Burpee's catalog has inspired me.




Or maybe it's because today is hubby and my third anniversary.







Whatever the reason, I fancy a stroll through cottage gardens today.


"Agapanthus on Tresco" Photo by Rob 'n' Rae: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob_cornelius/4878141683/in/photostream/  Some Rights Reserved.


















I'm going to indulge myself, and take you with me. That is, if you want to come along.  

You do, don't you?  I thought so.



"Cottage Garden, Brittany" Photo by Torcell Trio: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stonechat/3452601620/
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What's prettier?  The garden, or those blue shutters?




"Show Garden 'Chocolate Orange'" Photo by Adheds: http://www.flickr.com/photos/flora_and_nature_lover/6031352525/in/photostream/  Some Rights Reserved
Beautiful color contrast in this garden, don't you think? 



"Cottage Garden" Photo by Daryl_Mitchell: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daryl_mitchell/6573600819/
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The little white cottage adds architectural interest to this perennial bed.  I believe that's phlox in the foreground.  Pretty pink.


"Cotswold Cottage Garden" Photo By Maia C: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maiac/4965107627/
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I love the patina on this sundial.  Paired with the delicate flowers the effect is very romantic.



"Cottage Garden" Photo by Rob 'n' Rae: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob_cornelius/4679884276/
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This photo reminds me of a cottage garden I once planted in Illinois.  




"Stone House Cottage Garden 5" Photo by Tony Hisgett: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/4779872249/
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Imagine standing on the balcony looking down on this lovely cottage garden. 



"Stone House Cottage Garden 7" Photo by Tony Hisgett: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/4779891413/
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"Rosemoor Cottage Garden" Photo by Howard Stanbury: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stanbury/3747037155/
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Cottage gardens can be soft and dreamy,


"Cottage Garden" Photo by Paula Bailey: http://www.flickr.com/photos/auntiep/4629640267/in/photostream/
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or bursting with vivid color.


"Faerie Land" Photo by Tairre Christopherson: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cttc/3481386559/in/photostream/
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"Garden Cottage" Photo by Bruce Fingerhood: http://www.flickr.com/photos/springfieldhomer/3649587614/
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I have a brown cottage with white trim.  Now all I need is a stunning cottage garden like this one in Hood River Valley, Oregon.




"Cottage Garden in Tissington, Derbyshire" Photo by UGArdener: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugardener/3479021553/  Some Rights Reserved

The pinks and reds in this Derbyshire cottage garden pop against the gray stone walls of the home.




"Rose Cottage Garden" Photo by Maia C: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maiac/2704068619/
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A beautifully blended cottage garden.  Like a Monet painting.





"YIP Day 171 Garden" Photo by Paula Bailey: http://www.flickr.com/photos/auntiep/3646901343/
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Striking purple and yellow blooms.  So cheerful.




"Garden Walk" Photo by Maia C: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maiac/3885563310/
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This is very much a "planned" cottage garden.  Stone borders and walkways lend formality. 



"Pink Hollyhocks at Charleston Farmhouse Garden, Sussex" Photo by UGArdener:
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Pink hollyhocks always say "old-fashioned cottage" to me.  I do like them.



Well, we're at the end of our stroll.  Did you enjoy the cottage gardens as much as I did?  

Today is Valentine's Day, and I pray yours is filled with beauty and joy.


"Mottisfont Abbey Rose Gardens, Hampshire, UK | The best romantic rose garden in the world (1 of 20) | Garden seat framed by rose pergola" Photo by Ukgardenphotos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ukgardenphotos/6813960007/in/photostream
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13 comments:

  1. Wow!!!!!! The pictures are amazing! I love the Stone House Cottage Garden and the lovely balcony!!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the gardens. :)

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  2. Happy Anniversary to both of you! How romantic! Your garden stroll was just what the dr. ordered. I am partial to the overgrown English country gardens, especially walled gardens with paths that meander and the soft dreamy colors. But that little brown cottage calls for the brighter colors and is charming. I do also love the Brittany cottage with those blue shutters and that lavender. And I would love to have that sundial.

    This was good, dreamy, I feel the sun on my back!
    Dewena

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    1. Thank you, Dewena. I am very blessed. So glad you enjoyed our stroll through the gardens. Hope your day is filled with happiness. Hugs.

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  3. Nancy, Thank you for putting some sunshine in my day. I just love cottage gardens and hope to be able to plan for one myself one day. Happy anniversary to you and yours. Hope you have a lovely day. Hugs Sue

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    1. Sue, thank you for your sweet comments. You are a dear. :)

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  4. What a wonderful stroll that was! We planted some of that pink phlox last year because our granddaughter loves pink!

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    1. What a sweet gesture. I love phlox. Especially pink.

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  5. Nancy,
    Oh thank you for this lovely stroll. Gardening is my first love (next to my family and faith) of course. These gorgeous photos surely brightened my day!
    hugs,
    Jann
    p.s. Happy Anniversary to you and hubby!

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  6. I love that photo at the top of your blog. What a great shot! All the pics are great, but that one makes you want to sit and linger there on the porch. It definitely captures a moment in time.

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    1. Thank you, Rian. The header photo is of a very special place. That's the Fawnbrook Inn in Allenspark, Colorado, where my husband and I were married. I love going there; especially when Mieke's garden is in bloom.

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  7. I am trying to just get a swath of my yard looking like your Monet garden. I visited Colonial Williamsburg this Fall - and, oh, my - each yard and the gardens - I fell in love! I took today to go visiting my bloggy friends - and I am so glad I got to visit your gardens and cottages - it is so refreshing!

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