Do you love spending time outdoors on those sunny spring days? I’ll show you just how I am spending my days in my coastal cottage garden and outdoor spring spaces.
The spring cottage garden is coming to life with every tree blossom and beautiful flower in bloom. I’m transplanting my seedlings from the greenhouse to the raised beds this week. Planting the flower annuals in the window boxes and containers throughout the yard will be next on my list.
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Spring Into Summer Home Tour
I’m so happy to have the opportunity today to join a group of 29 blogging friends and share our spring home ideas with you. Whether it’s outdoor living, home decor, recipes, or craft inspiration, we’ve got you covered! At the end of this post, I’ve provided links to the full group, so be sure not to miss all the amazing inspiration.
A Shiplap and Shells Cottage Garden Introduction
Welcome! For those of you that are new to my blog, let me first say thank you for stopping by for a visit. I’m so glad you’re here. I am a hobby gardener in the Pacific Northwest, about 60 miles SW of Seattle, WA. You could say I’m a flower girl at heart and am known for my little greenhouse overlooking the Puget Sound, and for my small but beautiful cut flower garden.
Cottage Garden Magazine Features
My garden was just featured in the Better Homes and Gardens Cottage Style Magazine Spring Issue. Wait…there’s more! You can see even more in the summer issue of Country Home Magazine and the June issue of The Cottage Journal. Yes, I’m still pinching myself.
The Cottage Garden in the Spring
Here’s What’s Blooming In Early May
It’s surprising how much the garden transitions from the end of March until the beginning of May. As I was taking these pictures last week, I knew that everything would look a bit different in this first week of May.
Here you can see that our new planter is full of primroses and violas, with bright yellow daffodils planted behind. I’ll be replacing them with geraniums, salvia, petunias, and more this week. The daffodil blooms shown here have already finished blooming.
Here’s one of the lavender topiaries I bought at Costco to add height and a pop of color to this garden space. If you’re not familiar with my garden, this will eventually become one of the fullest and brightest spaces in the yard come summertime.
And speaking of color, here is one of my blooming azaleas in my spring cottage garden. We are known for our rhododendrons and azaleas here in the Pacific Northwest.
The tulips are beautiful this time of year. At this point, we are on our third phase of tulip bloomings.
I have a confession to make. This is what the arbor filled with Montana Ruben clematis was supposed to look like right now in the garden. Isn’t it absolutely beautiful?
In fact, I couldn’t wait for this tour, because it was going to be one of the prettiest views of the garden at the beginning of May. But the plant on the left NEVER BLOOMED this year. I was heartbroken. I’ve cut the clematis all the way back in hopes that it will make a strong comeback next year.
Vintage in the Garden
Vintage yard art throughout the garden creates so much interest. Did you know that this vintage bike was given to me by a neighbor? That’s right, it was FREE! I added a cute little thrifted basket and planted some white violas for the final touch.
Our Porch is Not Like the Others
We used to have a porch. But we added a deck to the front of our house years ago. We have a quirky little set-up where the Puget Sound water view is in the FRONT of our home. And of course, we wanted to be able to enjoy an outdoor living space, which I’ll share with you in a bit.
So now I decorate the greenhouse porch instead!
A basket of flowers always hangs here.
This vintage galvanized tub is always filled with flowers.
Here’s the other side of the greenhouse with annuals planted in vintage containers.
The Greenhouse is Officially Empty
If you haven’t been following along, I’ve been sowing seeds inside the greenhouse since the last week of January. I’ve been hardening off the seedlings for the last couple of weeks and now I’m working on transplanting them into the raised beds.
Here are all the geraniums I was overwintering in my greenhouse enjoying the sun before they get planted in containers and window boxes around the garden.
Enjoying the Puget Sound Waterview
The outdoor deck furniture is out and we are definitely enjoying it on the warm and sunny days here in the Pacific Northwest. Have you met puppy Ollie yet? He loves this outdoor space. We live in a 1600 square foot house so we are so happy to have an extended living space during the warmer (and dryer) months.
Many people think that we live on a lake, but it’s actually the Puget Sound, located along the northwestern coast of the US state of Washington. This is a sound of the Pacific Northwest, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and part of the Salish Sea.
The tides move in and out throughout the day, as you can see in the picture above and below. All of the green land you see in the picture below, between the sailboat is covered by saltwater at certain times of the day.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of my coastal cottage garden and outdoor spring spaces. Be sure to keep checking back through the spring and summer. You will not believe how the garden transforms in the summer months. You can see last year’s Cottage Garden in Review for a sneak peek!
Until next time,
Spring to Summer Home Tour