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Friday, July 15, 2011

WHY WE CALL OUR HOME SWEET BRIAR COTTAGE

This is a rose that transplanted itself after the old porch was removed.
A new  garden that I'm starting.  Not much grows in this area as the dirt is very compacted and it recieves the full force of the sun's heat.

This tumbleweed is a rose that I started from a cutting (I'll teach you how later) and a Sweet Autumn clematis which blooms in late August through October.
This is the entrance to the back yard.The roses are New Dawn.  As you can see I couldn't find an angle that didn't capture the neighbor's junk.  
Delphiniums, double petaled lilies and nearly wild roses.
This garden on the side of the house is my attempt at trying to capture autumn.  All the plants have names with "harvest" or "autumn" in them.
The cottage garden behind the garage is full of lilies right now.  You can always get those lily bulbs for next nothing at the end of the season.
Hydrangeas are starting to blossom along with lavender and Jupiter's beard.  This is just a sampling of my gardens.  I know that you thought I was exaggerating when I said I had thousand of blooms in my yard, but now you can see that I wasn't!

21 comments:

  1. I can't believe you WEREN'T exaggerating~ WOW!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  2. Beautiful tour of your gardens! I need an arbor! (some day, when I can sneak one past my husband). my hydrangeas didn't get any flowers on them this summer...maybe I trimmed them wrong. love,andrea

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  3. Told ya so Debbie!

    Andrea it depends on the type of hydrangeas you have. If they are the lacecaps or mopheads they bloom on old wood and should only be pruned in summer no later than August. The other types Peegees and Annnabelles it doesn't matter when they are pruned. I've pruned these back all the way to the ground as the blooms are on new wood.PS I just bought the arbor without consulting my husband. I have a vision for my gardens and he doesn't interfere.

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  4. Dear Jane,

    Ooooh, pretty! I love New Dawn roses, and hope to grow some once we're settled. And we want to have a little lily garden to remember our "Victoria Lily" who died at birth. You must want to linger all day outside and drink it all in!

    Love,

    Marqueta

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  5. Marqueta, I'm going to try and grow some New Dawns from cuttings this fall. I've had good luck with the rambler type roses. If I'm successful, I'd be glad to send you a few plants once you are settled and the plants have established themselves. A remembrance garden would be lovely. That is what my white garden is. Bless you Marqueta!

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  6. Thank you Jane! I never thought of researching how to prune them...and that looks like my problem. I have mopheads apparently. And I know I pruned them in late fall! So that is why I have no flowers! I appreciate your expertise.
    love,andrea

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  7. Hi Jane! Wow, your garden is absolutely beautiful! It is so bright and fresh, what a joy. Thank you for posting the pictures. It looks like such a lively and happy garden. I can tell that you really put your heart into it and that the plants are well loved and thriving! I love your sweet pink roses and the tiger lillies are breathtaking. I hope you have a restful evening ahead. Delisa :)

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  8. I used to have a hedge of hydrangeas Andrea. Unfortunately the got root bound disease and we lost most of them. I managed to save a few by digging them up and really pruning them back. I never planted any more. They are just to finicky for me. But I love how they look!

    Hi Delisa! Thank you! I'm knitting a Jane Brocket inspired pillow right now. Have you heard of her? She has the most cheerful color combinations.

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  9. So pretty! I love it, Jane! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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  10. You're welcome Sandy! I really love flower gardening. It's so much fun to see what will pop up next.

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  11. Your garden is beautiful!! I love your flower selection, the delphinium is so pretty, so are your Lilies and roses- very much fits the name Sweet Briar Cottage!! ~April

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  12. Thanks April! The reason I have so many lilies is because I always purchase the bags of them at the end of the season for a dollar. They are so hardy, you can plant them anywhere!

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  13. Hi, there. I came by here through Sweet Felicity's Birdsong Cottage. Just had to say how beautiful all those flowers are. What a wonderful and special place you've helped create.

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  14. Thank you! Don't you just love Marqueta? One day when I figure out how to scan a picture and post it, I'll show you what a mess this yard was just a few years ago.

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  15. You have an absolutely BEAUTIFUL garden! I am going to read up on your canning blog, it is something that I have always wanted to do. Thank you so much for stopping by my Blog. I will be back here soon for a visit. :)

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  16. I am indeed Brenda! They make the summer heat bearable! (Really kind of went on there on your blog didn't I? Sorry! Just was something that was on my mind a LOT lately.)

    Thank you Crickit! I really enjoyed your blog. Now I have to search out some Tijuana Brass music! Canning is easy peasy!

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  19. What lovely gardens to surround your sweetly named home.

    FlowerLady

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