Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Remembering the Garden

This was not the post I planned on but the computer ate my photos. I imported the photos and poof they disappeared. I hate tech problems! Another photo session tomorrow, hopefully there will be more sunlight than there was today. Low lighting today because yes, we had more snow. 

So when all else fails, browse last summer's garden photos! I found a grouping that I liked and had not posted before. It always helps to review last year's photos when planning for the upcoming spring garden.

These are the flower beds that line my driveway at the cottage. Pink petunias along the edge of the bed with snow crop daisies. Different varieties of roses next to the house.

There really is a walkway to get to the side door, it is lined with pots of geraniums, lobelia, alyssum  and hens and chicks.

A bunny peaking out….

The roses are up against the side of the house, they are happy there facing south.

This is a partial look at another flower bed on the other side of the driveway. The flowers are dianthus, commonly called pinks. I love these because they are easy to grow and reappear year after year.

The pinks are mixed with snapdragons, begonias, and zinnias. I also have lamium, the common name is spotted deadnettle, which comes in white, purple and pink of course! It is a wonderful flowering ground cover.

On paper, tomorrow is the first day of spring, in reality it still seems very far away. But these pictures remind me that summer will be here soon, I can hardly wait!

Please stop by our garden giveaway there are a few day left to enter, Garden Giveaway.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Peat Pot Upcycle and Giveaway

I'm so weary of winter!!! We had a little more snow today and it is back down in the 30's, spring can not come fast enough. I've been looking through new garden magazines the last few weeks and making plans for my planting. I have piles of garden magazine and save them for a few years much to my husband's dismay. 

Since I can't plant yet I've been gathering supplies and thought I'd share some with you in a Garden Giveaway. I took a peat pot and gave it a new look, it is amazing what a little paint can do and a graphic from the Graphics Fairy.

One of my favorite magazines this season has been a Garden Gate issue on backyard retreats. I've included the magazine, peat pot, garden gloves, seed packets of alyssum, herb stakes for oregano, basil and rosemary.

The Garden Giveaway is simple become a Cottage and Broome follower (let us know you are now following) and leave a comment. If you are already a follower let us know and leave a comment. If you mention the giveaway on your blog come back and leave us another comment for an additional chance to win. Closing date for the Giveaway is Friday, March 22nd, midnight.

I hope you are a winner and this will give you a little jump start on your spring plans and planting!

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