An Enchanted Evening Summer Stroll Through the Cottage Garden

As summer continues to come to a close, I look forward to enchanted evenings like this, when I can stroll through the garden and enjoy the beauty that my cottage garden has to offer.

Things are changing so quickly now that fall is fast approaching, so I’m trying to take advantage of these stunning blooms as much as I possibly can.

Here are some of the best pictures that I’ve ever taken all in one summer evening.

dahlias in a picket fence garden with greenhouse in the background

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Evening sunset sky view from the garden looking at the Puget Sound

These views of the late evening sky are not edited. They are most likely a result of the California wildfires.

Evening sunset sky view from the garden looking at the Puget Sound
Enchanted evening view of the picket fence garden and flowers

This is one of my most liked photos of all time. This evening view with the bistro lights we added this year gives the picket fence garden a whimsical appearance.

My cutting garden is in full bloom and gorgeous as ever.

dahlia garden

The dahlias are the star of the show in my late summer garden.

Their leaves at the base of the plant are turning colors a bit, but we should have a strong and consistent show of blooms into mid-October. It will all depend on the amount of rain we get.

dahlia garden
cottage garden

The Black-eyed Susans continue to outperform most of the cottage garden flowers this time of year.

dahlias and Black-eyed Susans against a white picket fence

My raised garden beds look like they are in full bloom, but they are winding down.

greenhouse overlooking the Puget Sound and flower gardens

And you know I can’t have a garden blog post without a view of my greenhouse overlooking Puget Sound! This evening garden view is just magical.

Birdhouse with sunflowers growing on it

The sunflowers finally graced us with their presence. They love their home next to the birdhouse.

Enchanted evening stroll through the garden

The Sedum Autumn Joy has been teasing you all summer. I promised it would start changing its color to more of a rose tone.

As much as I love the interest it provides in my garden throughout the summer, it’s a game-changer now with an incredibly strong statement!

Enchanted evening stroll through the garden

The phlox has started its second bloom cycle for the season. I cut them back at the end of July once their blooms were spent, and now they’re back.

greenhouse with summer flowers

I hope you enjoyed the views on this enchanted evening as I strolled through the cottage garden.

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, please share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these gardening tips useful.

Until next time,

Happy Gardening!

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  1. Oh my goodness! I can not get enough of scrolling through your photos and dreaming of a yard like this! It’s absolutely heavenly! I live in the panhandle of Texas where it is so hard to have this kind of beauty but it doesn’t stop me from trying. Thank you for sharing your lovely place with us!!

  2. I just stumbled across your post, your garden is amazing! My question is about staking your dahlias, what technique do you use? I’ve tried tying them and used plant rings but they haven’t been very successful. Thank you!

  3. This is my dream garden, would love to know if you have a good resource for a newbie gardener to plan out flower garden beds. I am hoping to do this without hiring a professional landscape designer. You are truly blessed and gifted with your location and what you’ve done in your gardens. That greenhouse it just too adorable.

    1. Hi Jocelyn! Thank you for the compliment. I basically read the Floret Flower Farm’s first book about cut flower gardens and everything else was just trial and error. Email me at kim@shiplapandshells to let me know what you want your garden to be…cut flowers, cottage style, traditional, etc. and I can share some info and resources. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Kim,
    I’ve been lost in your post all morning! I can’t wait until my garden looks like this. Ha ha. Not going to happen here in the south. But I can dream. Such a beautiful post.

    1. Thank you Rachel! That means a lot, I am so glad you have a greenhouse this year. You are going to have so much fun!

  5. Your garden and greenhouse and home are my absolute favorite. I never tire of seeing any of it. You are truly blessed to have found a home in that beautiful area. Its like heaven on earth. And you have worked so hard to make it amazing*
    thanks for always sharing


    1. Thank you for the kind words Deezie. We are truly blessed to have found the perfect home for us, our forever home. It was basically a blank canvas and has been so much fun to create what we have. I can’t tell you how happy I am that you enjoy me sharing our home and garden. I am planning on sharing some before and after posts soon, you will love that! Thank again for the sweet words. They mean everything to me.

  6. Oh wow! I. So happy to have found you! I loved your walk around your garden! I would love to see inside your greenhouse! We built one this year. I have dahlias growing in my veggie garden. I love them and so did the slugs In the beginning! I enjoyed reading all your tips on growing them! Next year I’d like to grow more flowers for cutting! Thank you!?

    1. Thank you for being here Lisa! I have shown my greenhouse on Instagram, but not really here on the blog. I really appreciate the request because I tend to forget to share it. I will work on a post for the next week or two showing my greenhouse and the different things that I do in there, Thank you for the inspiration! I love mixing flowers and veggies together. It makes for a most interesting garden! Good job! I will be going through the entire process of planning and starting my seeds for the next year here on the blog. I can’t wait!

  7. So cozy and welcoming. It’s beautiful. I know right now we are buried in the smoke here in redmond, WA. So it’s wonderful to see the beautiful flowers.

    1. Thank you Brenda! We are too. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I took these pictures the day before the huge windstorm, and the smoke that came in after that. My flowers have definitely been affected by the wind and there is a big mess to be cleaned up. I just don’t want to go outside until everything clears up. These west coast fires are such a tragedy.

  8. When trimming the pulls at the end of July, how tall do you leave the greenery above the ground?
    I didn’t trim mine and they have lovely blooms but are about 5 ft tall. Help! What and when?
    Give a post on solar fairy lights; which size bulb to use and how to determine?
    Want to wrap some branches on a purple leaf plum and don’t know how big a bulb to use?
    Any help.will be appreciated!

    1. Great questions Ethel! When trimming the Phlox back at the end of July, I was taking off the spent bloom and cutting it down a few inches until I got to another set of leaves. Most of the greenery still remains. It is amazing to see them bloom another time before the end of the season! It took about a month. I love your idea for a solar light post. I will do that soon! Keep your questions coming! You are keeping me on my toes!

  9. Kim, this looks like such a lovely time of the evening, and of the season to take such a stroll through your garden! Your dahlias are amazing! I have yet to learn gardening in Florida and miss my favorite plants from Ohio. I will master it yet! Of course, I am just ready for it to cool down enough to get outdoors here! I hope your air quality hasn’t been affected too much by the fires.

    1. I am so happy to have you here Chloe! I can’t imagine the different between gardening in Ohio vs. Florida. But I’m sure it will be a fun challenge for you to learn about a new climate. I hope it cools off for you soon. We have not been able to be outside for a few days because of the smoke. And we had a huge windstrom before that, so there is quite a mess waiting to be cleaned up for sure.

  10. You know I love your garden Kim! It looks even more lovely with all the twinkling lights and the shimmering Puget Sound in the background!

    1. Thank you so much Jayne! I couldn’t believe the amazing pictures I got that night! Twinkle lights for every garden!

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