A cottage garden

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We live in a higgledy piggledy Victorian cottage.  It’s not one of those beautiful chocolate-box, Lark Rise to Candleford type cottages; rather it’s a bit run down and quirky but we love it.  One of the things I’m trying to cultivate is a real cottage garden feel.

We have had to re-do the entire garden since we moved in ten years ago.  The ground was uneven and full of nettles..then we had a Japanese knotweed breakout from the road adjacent to us.  It just wasn’t a family friendly space…and because my children were so little, free time to work in the garden was very limited.

Now they are older and can join in and help more, as well be more self-sufficient whilst my husband and I roll up our sleeves and get stuck in, we are beginning to see the more established plants fill out into lovely, eclectic cottage-garden type borders.  There’s a way to go, but I love this border especially…

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As I was getting close to writing this post, I was worried I wouldn’t have much to add since last week…well how wrong can a girl be?  At this time of year plants and flowers are emerging daily – hourly in fact.  The other morning I was pootling in the veg patch and spotted three pea shoots had emerged.  That evening as I was putting tools away, there were six!

Here are some of my favourites from this week in the garden:

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LONDON PRIDE ~ THE TINIEST, CUTEST FLOWER

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I’VE NO IDEA WHAT THIS IS BUT I LOVE IT! IT WAS HIDING IN THE NORTH FACING FRONT GARDEN!

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CARROT SEEDLINGS WITH *PROPER* CARROT LEAVES NOW ~ TOO EXCITING

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A FAIRY RING OF SUMMER BULBS AMONGST THE MAPLE BLOSSOM CONFETTI

(I planted a whole host of summer bulbs around the garden, and thought to myself, ‘I won’t need to write down what I’ve put where, I’ll remember’….guess who forgot?  No idea what these will be, but I look forward to seeing them blossom.)

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APPLE BLOSSOM

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ACER GOLDEN SUNRISE

You may remember last week’s stunning photo of this beauty?  The leaves are really softening and greening up now.  It might have lost some of the ‘wow’ impact but it’s still a firm favourite.  And on the subject of acers…well after our tipsy ordering of plants online a few weeks ago, I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more plants for now…then I saw these:

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THIS ONE IS CALLED LITTLE PRINCESS – LOVE THE PINK EDGING, REMINDS ME OF MY LITTLE PRINCESS SO I WOULD HAVE BEEN A BAD MOTHER NOT TO GET IT, RIGHT? OR THESE TWO:

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FEATHERY GORGEOUSNESS

(I think I am to acers what you are to hydrangeas, Annie!)

I loved Gemma’s post last week on creepy crawlies in the garden.  I managed to snap the first of this season’s bee photos in my garden:

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As usual I’m sharing this with other green-fingered lovelies at the beautiful Fable & Folk’s How does your garden grow?

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7 Comments

  1. May 12, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    fantastic photos, your garden sounds lovely.
    I love the pink princess. Hope we have a summer to enjoy your lovely garden.

  2. May 12, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Absolutely love all of your photos! And your border is looking really lovely. We have been working on a cottage garden too and it look as if we have a lot of the same plants. Our London Pride popped up this week, so much detail in those tiny flowers when you look at them closely. Thanks for linking to my creepy crawly post, your bee photos are much better than mine 🙂 Also, I read you can eat Japanese knotweed — although I’ve never tried it. Sorry for such a mega comment!

  3. May 13, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Everything changes so quickly at this time of year doesn’t it – and it’s so lovely to see too! Love the aqualeiga shot at the top #hdygg

  4. May 15, 2016 / 8:04 am

    So lovely – and that bee! Your garden is looking lovely, I really like the traditional English Country Garden look (now I’m humming the song!)
    It’s a look that I’d love us to work towards here – we only have one border in the whole gardens, and that’s a whole row of lavender. Must get to grips with the garden!
    Thanks for joining in again – loving these pics!

  5. May 15, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    nature does not wait for us and it does happen so quickly. these are beautiful shots of your very lovely garden. you have done such a wonderful job. i get that cottage feeling from here

  6. May 18, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    So much to love about this post!
    The bee in flight is just amazing, but then the London Pride looks fabulous! A cottage garden would be a dream, sounds like you are well on your way to creating it. I’m terrible with remembering what I’ve planted, but then again I rather like the fun of searching and learning them all over again.

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