Category Archives: in the garden

Cottage Fix summer garden and white blooms

Well hello there Cottage Fix friends! All is good here, things are moving right along. I’m feeling much better after flopping on the sofa for all of last week—that summer cold took me down. I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever wear anything other than pajama bottoms and a raggedy old T-shirt again. While I’m not feeling in tip top shape, I’m definitely feeling more like my old self again (which certainly wasn’t anywhere close to being in tip […]

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happy summer

Last week was crazy, the end of the school year always is. It’s crazy busy, but fun too. My kiddos finished up their last day on Monday. My son is a rising Junior in high school and my daughter graduated from the eighth grade, there was a ceremony and all. It was quite a big ta-doo, I don’t remember them making such a big fuss out of graduating from middle school back in the day. Well anyways it was nice. […]

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garden in the mist

Well guys, that on and off rain I mentioned has settled here on the coast and we’re getting all day mist with heavier rain falling at times. It’s really lovely and serene. I enjoy rain in the warmer months, it’s so romantic. The gardens turn lush green, and if it’s hot enough, the steam wafts from the streets. This is what it must be like living in Seattle, I’m craving nothing but café mocha and chai. Paisley and I walked […]

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5 easy ways to add cottage charm to your garden

What’s in a cottage garden? They come in all shapes and all sizes, but share one common thread… loads of that sweet cottage charm. We have beautiful breezy sun filled skies here on the East Coast, and one of my favorite activities when the weather cooperates is long leisurely bike rides through the neighborhood. I like to check out what’s blooming around town and see what’s new. It’s like my Pinterest board of “charming exteriors” come to life. What better […]

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redbud and eastern hemlock

Salutations Cottage Fix friends! Last week was the kiddos spring break and honey took a couple of days R and R too. Despite the start of our holiday beginning with the removal of one teenage boy’s wisdom teeth, it was a relaxing, easy going week for us all. He only had one really bad day and then it was a week of sleeping in, computer games, and milkshakes. A few days of downtime is just what he needed!The weather turned […]

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simple fall gardening

Hola! It’s my favorite time of year here on the East Coast of Virginia, early fall. I can’t get enough of the crisp cool air, sunshine, and hearty suppers that go along with cool fall days. This is also my favorite time of year to work in the garden, but I like to keep things simple and sweet. I like to fill my fall garden with lots of green. I love the way all the greens look when the leaves […]

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Sunday morning with Paisley

Miss Paisley and I had ourselves a fun little Sunday morning, and Honey too.  There’s nothing like a nice walk with Paisley, followed by a “I can barely make it” jog to jump start Sunday morning!  And then honey was off to do yard work while I scrubbed the cottage doors and worked a bit in the garden. I’m just finishing up now and I’m beat.

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bright pink beauties

I generally like to stick to a cottage style garden with roses, herbs and daisies, all of the classic cottage style plants and flowers mix nicely with our evergreens.  The box woods, azaleas, hydrangeas, and English ivy all seem to get along nicely out there. But in the thick of Summer when the days are long, the air is hot and muggy, and we’re all wishing for an afternoon storm it’s nice to look out our back window and see […]

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