Saturday, June 14, 2008

Cottage Garden Tour

You are invited to our Cottage

Come on up the road
Keep comin

Almost there
Come on in..... I want my flowers to meet you!

Yellow Peony tree
Pink Peony
Our side porch and court yard
{summer of 2007}
I have pretty plates planted in my garden
Burgundy wine monarda... a wonderful treat for the bees
This shabby flamingo lives under the hydrangea bush
{one of the many statues that grace our gardens}
A precious cherub sits at the top of the waterfall, getting her feet wet to stay cool!
Love the contrast of the siberian iris and the orange crepe paper like poppys!
Do you hear the sound of water trickling down the waterfall?

This is our pond before
{my mothers day gift from my sweet hubby Mr. Cherry Heart}

The waterfall creates such a soothing sound!
We enjoy it inside the house and outside when on the porch and working in the yard!
The pond and waterfall are not finished but coming along slowly!
Mmmm..... Pink peonies are one of my favorite flowers!

The inside of a poppy looks like velvet!
My poppys did very well this year!
I have'nt bored you yet!
Ok keep walking there is more to see!
Jumping jacks {viola}
jump about the flower beds planting themselves wherever they desire!
Lilacs.... an old fashion favorite
Cottage hollyhocks remind me of my grammas' garden!
Do you see what I see?
This is a head board from an old iron bed!
I planted it in the flowerbed to pose as a gate!
{a fake gate}
I am looking for 2 birdies to perch on the knobs and a sign to hang on the center of the heart!

Hubbys aunt gave me this cute lil rocker!
She knows I am a chair lover {hoarder}
Our courtyard and porch in 2006
Notice the pillars are one color, no pond and all the plants are so small!
This was our 2nd summer in our new home!!
I love using mirrors in the garden!
Do you use mirrors in your flower beds?
The fairies love it!
Frances William hosta!

Purple cone flower {echinechea}
My first rose of 2008
The east side of our courtyard!

My latest and most favorite flea market find!
When I saw this vintage shabby chippy pram I knew it would be perfect in the garden!

I hope you enjoyed my cottage garden tour!
Thank you Miss Deena for hosting the garden tour for a cure!
Visit Deenas blog for more beautiful blogland gardens!

While at Deenas blog Please take a minute to click for a cure!



Lori said...

Dolly, your garden is SOOOOOOOOO beautiful!!! i LOVE what you did with the headboard and the pram, so so sweet...your flowers are really all very gorgeous!!! thanks for the tour:)

Charmingdesigns said...

oh Dolly, that was a wonderful tour!!! Love the headboard and plates! Laurie

Kai said...

OMG! Yesterday I was sooooo tired and stressed! I just WISH I'd visited your blog THEN because it would have soothed my soul so much! I love your garden & house and EVERYTHING!!!!! All the touches like the pram, mirrors, and plates - as well as the headboard gate - are unexpected and absolutely MAGICAL! How beautiful your surroundings are.

T=ME said...

What a lovely garden party! The stroller was one of my favorites! Such a talent! Hugs, Terri

Lola Enchanted said...

What a gorgous tour! Thank you! I adore your garden and home! The pond is simply amazing!!!!!~

LiLi M. said...

Ooh your garden is so lovely!! You have so many beautiful flowers and I love what you did with the plates and the mirrors!

celestina marie said...

Dolly, your garden is awesome and I feel like I just took a stroll through heaven. I love that buggy and the gate is gorgeous.
Everything is picture perfect.
la rea rose

Sweet Treasures of Home said...

Oh my good night, your garden is beautiful. Beauty around every corner. I have soooo many favourites but my all time favourite is your PRAM. I love and collect them. You must visit my blog and you will see. I would have yours in the house. I would not want the weather to get to it. But it sure looks beautiful in your garden. Thank you soooo much for the garden tour. It made me smile. Blessings

Robyn said...

OH DOLLY! That is such a darling cottage! LOVE IT! ANd those flowers are mind blowers! Thanks friend!
Hugs and come for a visit!

Victorian Lady said...

Great pics! Love the peonies...I had never seen one before today...not exactly a desert flower! My mom bought 3 of them at Safeway...very pricey! :) Your pictures are so great I can smell them!


Cathy said...

Dolly, that was one of the most gorgeous gardens I've ever seen. I adore the way you added all the fun stuff like mirrors and plates, chairs and the doll carriage. Where do you live? Your garden and home are so beautiful and big.

I live on a tini tiny plot of land and my garden is very small, but I do love it here.

It was a great visit. I really enjoyed it all.


Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Dolly, your garden is absolutely delightful! It is hard to pick a favorite...I love them all! And I have never seen a yellow peony!

Great post...enchanting tour!
~Rhonda ;)

KimmyJ said...

Your garden is amazing!

cindy said...

Enchanting indeed. I love all your little special touches. Thank you for the wonderful tour.


Inspired Tokens said...

Oh Dolly! Your garden is absolutely spectacular. It's beautiful, it's delightful's gorgeous. I love all the little touches that you have incorporated and the flowers ...well, they are stunning! Thank you for letting me take a walk through your lovely country cottage garden.

Cindy B said...

I really enjoyed touring your yard and garden..very tastefully landscaped..can come do mine any time..and bring along that old wicker buggy! ..thanks for the tour!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Dolly, Dolly, Dolly!!!!! I L-O-V-EEEEEEE your garden and home. What a joy and a treat to get to look at each beautiful photo of the things that surround you on a daily basis. Love the stroller - just toooo dern cute for words. Tired yet? No indeedy. More, please!

Thank you so much for sharing and I am glad to know that I helped you find some oil cloth. Their service is fantastic and easy peasy lemon squeezy!


vintage paper bella ~ andrea said...

Oh my , I love it all ..Hollyhocks are my favorite ! Thanks for sharing , come by and enter my giveaway!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

LOVe your garden!

Fete et Fleur said...

OOOHHH! So very beautiful. The pond is amazing.

Hugs! Nancy

SweetAnnee said...

Oh Dolly..I love your garden..and I don't use mirrors
but I have a gazing ball
I love the's almost too
lovely for the outdoors

Your garden looks luscious
woohoo..thanks for the tour

Lallee said...

Dolly, thank you for the delightful tour. All is beautiful!!!

Jillian said...

Hi Dolly,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering the 100th post giveaway!

Your garden is lovely! You must never want to leave home...

:0 )


NeereAnDear said...

Ohhhhhhhhh my goodness.... STUNNING!!! ELEGANT!!! WHIMSICAL!!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that darling pram... and your use of mirrors and plates.. fabulous idea!

I have a headboard that I plan on using for the exact same thing

Do stop by for a visit



Brenda Kula said...

Your yard is stunning!

Lynne Laura said...

oh what a beautiful garden you have! And that bed/ fake gate is to die for...just perfect. The heart really makes it...fantastic job.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Christa said...

What a beautiful garden.....the pram is very sweet! A lot of great pictures....loved the frog!

Chloe Rose

vivian said...

oh my dolly! I love your cottage and cottage garden.. just gorgeous! You are quite blessed dear!
I want a cottage... I keep telling my kids to get rich and buy me one!
I just spent last weekend at my aunts cottage.. such fun!
hey, just posted about the pinkeep swap if your interested.. stop by! well stop by anyways!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Ohhh, I adore that vintage baby pram. Lucky you for finding that!!



Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

How heavenly & peaceful your garden is, Dolly! I'll be right over for cherry turnovers & iced tea!!!

Love you,
Angelic Accents

Lolly said...

What an enchanting garden! Thanks for sharing! I think I may have to use the idea of the planted clever and absolutely adorable. I am having a little giveaway on my blog, so stop by if you get a chance!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Beautiful photos, fabulous tour!!

kari & kijsa

AuntE said...

I love your cottage gardens! One could sit for hours and hours having conversations with God! Pray that Georgia receives rain to protect our plants, trees and gardens. Thanks for visiting my garden tour. Hope to be back soon.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Now THAT is what I call a gorgeous garden!! WOW Dolly! I need you to come an help me with mine, lol! I just love your home too. Those pillars are just too sweet :)


Diane said...

The garden is beautiful, i too have a pond my hubby just replaced the pump for this summer (:
Hugs, Diane
Loved the tour

Pieceful Bits said...

What a gorgeous tour of your landscaping and home. It is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing:)

Jann said...

Your garden is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing those wonderful photos! I enjoyed my visit very much. Cheers, Jann

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

That was so lovely thank you for the grand tour I enjoyed it very much!
Have a good weekend,

Kathleen Grace said...

Dolly, your garden is spectacular! Do you get hummingbirds at your Bee Balm? They love mine. I so want a porch like that:>)

Mrs.Kwitty said...

OMGosh Dolly!!!! What a dreamland you have made there!! Beautiful...I enjoyed every single step of your tour--thanks for inviting us!
Smiles, Karen

Rhondi said...

Hi Dolly
The colors of the flowers in your garden are wonderful!! And I love sll the little whimsical touches you have incorporated. It's a beautiful spot.
Hugs, Rhondi

Pinkie Denise said...

OH Dolly,
your yard is stunningly beautiful.Thanks for the beautiful tour. I love the little pram so much!
Pinkie Denise

Linda said...

Hi Dolly, you have the most beautiful home and garden. All the flowers are just gorgeous and the colors are so pretty. I love the heart head board and oh, the little baby carriage is the sweetest. I loved my visit and now I would just like to sit on your porch and enjoy for a few moments, Hugs, Linda

Roses and Lilacs said...

I just took your garden tour and absolutely loved it. The very best thing about tours is seeing the wonderful ideas people have--like plates among the flowers and the baby buggy full of blooms.

Wonderful site!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dolly, I'm a new Blogger, found you as I was surfing around ;) Oh My! Your garden is so very very beautiful, I LOVE the way you use plates & mirrors outside, what a wonderful idea!!!....Ok so now I'm on my way outside to plant some dishes..hehe.

Karen said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is beautiful!

The strawberry tower is from a book by Jan & Michael Gertley called "Classic Garden Structures".

Anonymous said...

Hi Dolly,
Thanks for stopping by. I too have switched my living room with my dining room, almost did it again on Sunday night. We are a case aren't we???


Merci-Notes said...

I loved your garden tour! I have also seen Carol's of Boxwood cottage!:)
I love how you have your pond! I guess the liner is not HUGE.... but it sure appears huge when you look at and enjoy the finished project!!! Love it!

I also love your mirrors in the garden and plates...and... ok I loved it all!

With Kindness,

Peggi Meyer Graminski said...

Hi Dolly!

I wanted to say thank you so much for visiting my blog. It's wonderful to meet my Cupcake and Tea swap partner =)

I really love your garden photos. It looks like the kind of garden you could happily lose yourself in for hours - and all the little unexpected hidden treasures are darling!

Thanks for the tour!

Peggi xo

Nancy at ManicForMosaics said...

Dolly - The tour was grand! There was a surprise at every turn. Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden with us.

Stink Bone Jones said...

Just MAGNIFIQUE! I love your garden. I try to garden but with a two year old in tote and quite interested in the road, it makes things difficult. Yours is certainly an inspiration!


Grrr stoopid blogger lost my i have to remember what i said....
It went something like this....

*SQUEEELLLLL* i wanna come live at your place ! I knew this would be GORGEOUS and its beyond GORGEOUS! So much to look at, like being in a Candy store! Love the
'gate', youre a genius! It looks fab! Thanks for showing us around...but it was a long walk up that road you know....LOL.

hey i will reply to your email later on..about you-know-what *wink*

hee heee

Luvs Ya Bunches,
Shann :)


WOOOOHOOO it worked this time !!!
* ive emailed you too chickie licken *


Angi said...

Wow - I am at a loss for words . . . . so beautiful!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful garden..I see why the fairies like it :)

Thank you for the wonderful tour.


Hooked on Houses said...

What a lovely garden tour! I really enjoyed your beautiful photographs of it. I've never seen plates and mirrors in a garden before. You're so creative! Thanks, Dolly. -Julia :-)

She'sSewPretty said...

Dolly, Your garden is absolutely breathtaking. I've always wanted hollyhocks but can never get them to grow in my yard.

Lori said...

Dolly, I may have been gone awhile from reading posts but "WOW~SI~WOW" hon, that is one awesome garden! I so love all the goodies you have gathered here and there! The ponds are breathtaking and love the uwse of mirrors!! Oh we would have a blst being neighbors!!! i miss you so and would give anything to being sharing a cup of anything in your beautiful space!!! Sending my love and warm wishes for a joyous Fourth of July! Love,Lori

Karen said...

Dolly, How adorable! Love the white fence. Thanks for stopping by my garden last week. I've added you to my link list.

Thank You,

Joy said...

You have a wonderful garden and tons of great finds in it as well!
Love the pram and the waterfall plus all the beautiful flowers.

Patti said...

Your gardens are both beautiful and inspiring. Your flowers are so beautiful. Makes me wish for a cooler climate than 115 today!
Hugs, Patti

toothfairy said...

Miss Dolly,
Your garden is absolutely gorgeous!!! I thought I was looking in a garden catatlogue. I hope to someday have a garden that is as luscious. I still have a long way to go. I see you are quite the gardener and I love the plates and mirrors, what a great idea! Jan@daylilylane

Miss Rhea said...

Gorgeous !!! Wow, and more Wow !!!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Hi Dolly,

Great YARD and Gardens!!

The next time we are "tentatively" planning on coming to the cottage is the 18th, 19th and 20th!!! I'm trying to talk hubs into making it a morning thing and after your market stopping by "Fred's" in Gladwin too.

Hopefully, this time will work well for us and the weather will cooperate. How was the 4th of July weekend for your market? Do you have fresh fruits and veggies for sale too? I hope so.



Back Through Time said...

I love your gardens and I hope you had a great 4th of July!

Bella said...

Sooooooooooooooooo pretty! Love your garden art, too, you are very creative and everything is gorgeous!

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Dolly,
I just found you through Kathy's Cottage. Wow, do you have a gorgeous garden! I'm just the littlest green with envy. I love the idea of planting plates and mirrors. SO pretty!
Patricia :o)

Jenn said...

What a beautiful garden and beautiful pics! I LOVE the buggy, it looks like it has always been and meant to be there:)