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Old 03-22-2010, 07:11 PM
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Anything you or others would like to share.I spend most days alone and i think it would be awesome to have a little something from as many as possible.I will plant anything and everything sent to me.
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:26 AM
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Sheila, I consider myself to be a country cottage gardener. I word it like that because I live in a very small town on the prairie and previously lived on a ranch. Typically, today, cottage gardeners tend to surround their yards with white picket fencing, most have no lawn, all flowers etc. Living in the country I use all natural ornamentation. My beds are lined with rocks very old bricks or logs. My trellis' and arbors are mostly made with western red cedar because it is plentiful. Often I fashion necessities from farm related things when I need something in a pinch. Use what is accessible to you and don't worry about the pretty magazine pictures.

Cottage gardens generally include flowers, herbs and edibles. Plants are placed both inside and outside the fence if you have one. Most entries to the yard have an arbor over the gate. Climbing roses are usually dripping off of the arbors and grown on fences. Clematis are frequently mixed in with the roses or are grown on their own. Spring bulbs, iris, daylilies, daisies, hollyhocks, tall delphiniums, larkspur, foxglove, tall phlox, shrub roses, scented geraniums, achillea, ladys mantle, annual alyssum, jacobs ladder, coneflowers, black eyed susans, alliums, sunflowers, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, oh the list is exhaustive!! Trees if you have any room, fruiting or flowering usually. Shrubs especially those that bloom or bare edibles either for human consumption or for the critters. Evergreens for winter interest if you live in a cold winter climate. Herbs, any and all (but be sure to plant mints in a pot). Annuals are essential and are used to fill in any blank spaces that your perennials don't fill out. The great thing about cottage gardening is that you can throw out all the rules. You can plant in odd numbered groups or you can have one of everything. When you're looking for plants or seeds, think heirlooms and then plant them or their hybrids for more variety. Some people plant canna and other tropicals, some don't. It depends on the area you live in. Some plant only pastels and blue flowering plants and others go for the gusto and plant any color under the sun. It's purely a personal choice. I generally tell newbies to start small and then extend their beds as they can fill them. Rome wasn't built in a day as they say and a garden is never done. Just take your time at and enjoy the journey! Here are a couple of pics of my garden at the ranch. I moved to town this spring and am starting over.

[IMG]<a href="http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/rvinmemo/?action=view&current=Picture022-1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/rvinmemo/Picture022-1.jpg" border="0" alt="A Corner of my garden"></a>[/IMG]

<a href="http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/rvinmemo/MeMo08/?action=view&current=Picture104.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/rvinmemo/MeMo08/Picture104.jpg" border="0" alt="Red English Rose"></a>

<a href="http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/rvinmemo/MeMo09/?action=view&current=Picture022-2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y216/rvinmemo/MeMo09/Picture022-2.jpg" border="0" alt="My 2009 Garden"></a>
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:27 AM
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Sorry


Could someone enlighten me as to how to post pics from Photobucket, please.

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Old 05-04-2010, 07:43 AM
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Hi Memo, I can't wait to see your cottage garden photos.

Once you are in photobucket, put your cursor over the picture that you want to post on the thread, and a drop down menu will appear. Copy the entire contents of the last box, which is entitled "IMG Code" into your browser. Then go to your post on Plantswap and just 'paste' it in!
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:39 PM
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Testing...Thanks MiamiPanda
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:45 PM
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I didn't get all my annuals planted last year as I bought a new fifth wheel and traveled most of the summer. The perennials were pretty though.






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Old 05-04-2010, 03:29 PM
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Memo, just beautiful.... and even more impressive considering that you didn't add annuals. Traveling sounds great... it must be a self-weeding garden. LOL!

What are the names of the tall pink lilies and purple round flowers along the fenceline?
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:45 PM
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Thank you, MiamiPanda! The tall pink lilies are either asiatics or orientals. I have both kinds. Very hardy in zone 4. The little purple balls are Alliums. They are available in small to giant sizes. Mine are the small ones.

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Old 05-04-2010, 06:51 PM
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Hey, MeMo! Beautiful pics! I'm with you...there's no rhyme or reason to my gardens...I just stick stuff in the ground and pull out the bermuda grass around it and hope it goes! I am enjoying this soooooo much!
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:22 PM
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Memo, I thought they looked like alliums, but somehow they look different. In the picture, are they just buds waiting to bloom?

Mcole, another cottage gardener, YAY... pictures please!
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:25 PM
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let me see what I can do......
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:05 PM
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No, MiamiPanda, that is the full extent of their bloom. When they go to seed, these look a lot like a dandelion going to seed. I've never had them self seed but the clumps I have are pretty good sized after five years in the ground. I need to split them when I move them.

Looking forward to your pictures, MCole66!!

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Old 05-05-2010, 09:01 AM
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Sheila....that is the same type of gardens that I am putting in throughout my entire yard. I absolutely love the whole carefree concept of the cottage garden. Think of it as a hodge podge of anything and everything you love. That's the beauty of a cottage garden....you don't have to stick to any theme or color or rhyme or reason. LOL Right now my plants and seedlings consist of.........

Bertinii Begonia, Cascade Begonia, Gladiolus, Chinese Wisteria, Honeysuckle, Ferns, Ranunculus, Mexican Heather, Lemon trees, Moonflower bush & vines, Hoards of Morning Glory, Sunflowers, Amaranthus, Trumpet vines, Loads of Zinnias, Toad Flax, Bat Flower, Varieties of Milkweed, Hollyhocks, St. Vincents Lilac, Daisys, Sweet Pea, Hyacinth vine, Marigolds, Cypress Vine, Cosmos, Bells of Ireland, Adenium, Money Plant, Maltese Cross, Chinese Lanterns, Yarrow, Coleus, Butterfly Pea Vine, Butterfly Bush, Coral Vine, Scarlet Runner Bean, Corkscrew Vine, Portulaca, Foxglove, Clemone, Snow on the Mountain, Balsam, Bleeding Hearts, Moss Rose, Hostas, Double Impatiens, Lantana, Petunia, Calibrachoa, Diascia, Ornamental Kale, Geraniums & Ivy Geraniums, Creeping Jenny, Rose Bushes, Border Roses, Asiatic Border Lily's, Iris, Amaryllis, Scabiosa, Stock, Vinca, Chenille. I'm sure i'm missing something LOL Some are established, some seedlings, some still waiting to germinate. (This doesn't even include the cuttings i'm trying or the banana trees, coffee beans and olive trees......that are in baggies in peat moss on top of my fridge...Lorax!!! lol)

My gosh, how's that for a fanatic?? If everything actually grows and makes it, next year i'll be in business for sure!! The sad, sad life of a gardener right???


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