Now that the fall season has arrived, I’m sharing my cottage garden year in review, from seasonal transitions to my favorite garden pictures.
It’s been a year like no other. With so many life changes, and so much time spent at home this year, my garden was a true sanctuary. It was a place to get away from it all and just escape. As the weather continues to cool down and the flower blooms fade, I will miss this little piece of heaven and the therapy it provided. Yes…garden therapy is really a thing!
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Fall is the time of year when I look at the prior season’s successes, as well as challenges, and plan for next year. I was actually really happy with my cottage garden for the most part. I’ll most likely change some of my annual seed choices up a bit, and add more vegetables to the raised bed garden.
The Very Beginning of the Season
And this is where it all started. The perennials were just starting to sprout up out of the ground. The seed starts and geraniums were still in the greenhouse. This was also the time when I divided perennials that were overgrown, and transplanted them to other areas of the garden before they got too big.
The geraniums spent the winter here in the greenhouse for protection. Each year, I’ve been starting more geraniums from the cuttings taken off of each plant. This saves me hundreds of dollars every year in annuals for my containers and window boxes.
I began the process on the first day of spring this year, but I didn’t feel that this time frame was sufficient enough to establish new roots before I transplanted them. Next year, I will start my cuttings in late February.
I transplanted this hydrangea, which I realized afterwards, it got to much sun in this spot. So I will be moving it again next spring. The day lilies are one of the first early spring perennials to grow.
Tulips and daffodils were blooming in early spring. I’ve decided to grow more daffodils than tulips next year, due to the deer issue. Daffodils get bigger and can be divided and transplanted to other areas of the garden every few years. Tulips tend to act more like annuals and produce less and less blooms as the years go on. For more information about when to cut back spring bulb blooms and foliage, click here.
This is my very favorite clematis plant in my cottage garden. It has the most gorgeous pink blooms I’ve ever seen, and they start showing in May. There are so many clematis varieties available. I have a mix of plants that bloom in the spring, others bloom in the summer. Then I have some that are evergreen, and I love that they don’t lose their leaves in the winter when just about everything else does.
This rhododendron is my VERY FAVORITE perennial in the garden. I always get so excited for it to bloom, and it only lasts a couple of weeks. But it is magnificent! The PNW is known for them, along with azaleas, and they come in so many amazing and vibrant colors.
My Raised Bed Cut Flower Garden
This is such a fun time of the season, when I it’s finally time to transplant my seed starts to the raised bed gardens. I love mixing veggies and flowers together in the beds for added interest.
We attached a 1″ X 2″ piece of wood on the sides of the raised beds to support any netting that we were using for the taller flowers like snapdragons and lupine. It was also used to make clean squares to plant my seed starts.
Here’s a fun view of a before view, when the sweet peas were just starting to grow, and down below, once they started blooming.
I always love capturing the gorgeous pink skies. We had just put up a strand of lights around the picket fence garden. Later we would finish the project, wrapping them around the entire garden.
Late-Spring in the Cottage Garden
We put up our new birdhouse from Good Directions which created such an amazing focal point in the garden. Things are starting to fill out in this view, but I really didn’t have many blooms at this time. This is one of the biggest opportunities I have for next year. I need some show stopping throughout the month of June. Any ideas? If you have a garden in the PNW, what are your favorite flowers during this time of year?
Another one of my favorite sunset views.
Early Summer in the Cottage Garden
Now it’s starting to get fun! As you can see, the sweet peas, phlox and daisies are blooming beautifully. I absolutely love how the white daisies pop, they are practically the only white flower in the garden at this time. The good thing about daisies is that they are a wonderful plant to divide and transplant to other areas in your garden. The only minor issue I have with daisies is that you have stake them so they don’t fall over.
All About the Dahlias
If you don’t know this about me already, I am the biggest fan of every dahlia out there. You will probably realize this as I share picture after picture with you of the dahlias growing in my yard.
Why Do I Love Dahlias?
- There are so many gorgeous varieties of colors, shapes and sizes.
- The more you cut them, the more they bloom.
- Dahlias will bloom until the first frost. There have been a couple of occasions when the heavy PNW rains have wiped them out before the frost though.
- They make the most gorgeous addition to a flower arrangement.
It’s always fun to see the transformation in the garden when a flower such as a black- eyed Susan starts blooming. They add such a pop of color to a cottage garden. I started out with ONE plants about 5 years ago, and I have divided them and transplanted them throughout the garden. These are one of my very favorite plants.
Summer Cottage Garden Views
This is one of my very favorite pictures I took this summer. I spent an evening strolling through the garden, taking in the gorgeous view with the magical outdoor bistro lights.
The dahlias along the split rail fence are in full bloom.
Here’s another spot where you can see how one month makes a difference in your garden.
Coneflowers are such a pretty perennials. They are another great plant to divide and transplant to other areas.
I will plant these gorgeous snapdragons year after year. This variety is called Sherbet Toned Chantilly Mix, and the seeds were from Floret Flowers.
This strawflower variety is Apricot Mix, and they make the most beautiful dried flowers at the end of the season. The marigolds in the barrel are Tangerine Gem.
I really hope you have enjoyed my cottage garden as much as I have throughout this year. I can’t wait to continue planning for the next gardening season. I’m currently working on a gardening blog series for those of you that have asked me to share some tips on starting a cut flower garden of your own. Stay tuned. I will start sharing them with you soon! I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment!