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Monday, June 23, 2014

Grace Cottage Part Two

Welcome back to the extraordinary Grace Cottage
Today you will see the side herb garden, the back yard limelight hydrangea garden, 
the log cabin, and other out buildings. 
 All filled with my friend's brilliant primitive style.

It is a photo heavy post so HANG ON.
Get some ice tea. 

The prettiest chicken feeder I have ever seen holds court in the middle of the herb garden.

Behind the fence is the back yard. 
The stone patio area was a recent addition.

She has lots of fun decorating inside and outside these buildings.

I apologize for not catching the hydrangeas in bloom and 
that I was out taking photos in the blasting sun. 
This image and all following ones are inside the fence.

A washboard fountain.

I hope you enjoyed this wonderful home and gardens and it's delightful details.

To see Grace Cottage Part One click here.

To see interior Country Christmas House images click here.

In Olive Out news Joe and I have been going to scads of doctors appointments.
 I had an MRI on my shoulder as my Rheumatologist was shocked
 that one had not been done.
 Joe had really bad health news which I cannot go into now. 
We are still mulling his test results over. 

I am one week late with this promised post and am afraid I will be away again this week.
I have Grand Jury duty starting in the morning.
Say a prayer for me that it will not be a long session as I am not feeling as good as usual.

joy and peace

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Grace Cottage

Grace Cottage has been lovingly restored by two friends of ours. 
They have filled it with colonial antiques. 
It is brimming with charm, wit, and country inspiration.

Let's look at the exterior and cottage gardens.

The owners are incredibly talented. 
She is a brilliant decorator and gardener.
 He is incredibly skilled at restoration.
They are the nicest people too.

There is a fountain in front and out back.

A star.

The front flower bed details are quite well thought out. 
Y'all know I love the cloche.

Too see interior images of this home see Country Christmas House.

Come back here next week where you can see the back yard, herb garden, 
log cabin, and out buildings. 
Yes, they have all that on a small city lot.

joy and peace

Monday, June 9, 2014

Dripping Gardenias

Negligence on our part means we are literally dripping with dripping gardenias.

They are falling over from their own dizzy weight.
At the same time we have more blooms than we have ever had
 because they were not pruned in February.


If only y'all could catch their scent in the soft rain. 

Joe and Lesley Anne from Fairhope Supply Co.  think the green buds look like frogs. 
That cute discussion happened on Instagram.


joy and peace 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Consider Lilies

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these." Matthew 6:28

That is a verse I turn around and spin in my head all the time for I am a spinner.

peace and joy

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Flower Garden: June

Welcome to the June garden.
Caladiums grown from bulbs and an asparagus fern liven up
 an old plastic planter I painted green.

Begonias were added to this planter of caladiums.

Petunias are my favorite annual. 
When they get "leggy" simply cut them back and they will bloom once again. 
They take our heat very well.

Bee Balm is blooming in the middle of the flower garden. 
It is invasive as are many of my perennials.
Bee Balm attracts hummingbirds and butterflies so I do not mind it's spreading.
I like my perennials cosy together.

The Nikko Blue Hydrangeas that I propagated desperately need to be moved to a shady spot. 
It is now too late to do that. 
I will move them in the fall.

The flower garden went from part shade to full afternoon sun 
with the loss of our 30 year dogwood tree in the ice storm. 

Gardens are about patience, change, life, and loss.

happy gardening