Cottage Garden Style


There was a full moon last night.

Sammy-Bear couldn’t make up his mind whether he wanted in or out.

Previous to this photo I had opened the back door for him twice to go out, whereupon he ran around to the front of the cottage and jumped up on the window sill, as you can see here!

DSC09962It’s always a strange time when the moon is full.

I’m sure you each have stories about weird happenings at this time!

DSC09961This May moon has cast it’s brightness over Ireland, presiding over an extraordinary time of growth.

DSC09960DSC09959 All around the cottage there are flowers opening, plants growing, seemingly overnight and trees now heavy with leaf and blossom.

DSC09958Where would an Irish cottage garden be without the beautiful and traditional Perlagonium?

DSC09957And, of course, every cottage garden has a little spot for Succulents…I plant these in terracotta pots and here in this old planter.

They love dry conditions!

DSC09956DSC09955Always lots of tasks to complete as in painting the old Buddha, so he may survive another winter!

DSC09954DSC09953DSC09952As in all cottage gardens, famous for their mish-mash of flowers, vegetables fruit and just about everything else, edibles share potager beds with their close relations!

DSC09950I have had to move many plants from pots and plant them in spaces wherever I can find them.

For, as always now at this time of the year, there is a drought…sometimes prolonged, but dry enough at the best of times!

DSC09948The nursery bed, essential to a cottage garden, is being cleared fast, with plants going into the long beds down by the road.

DSC09946DSC09943Pieris and Poppies…as always, flowers are squashed in beside the most unsuitable bed mates…the Poppy is planted in with Flowering Currant!

DSC09931And sitting in my chair on the veranda, looking up…the classic cottage garden rose.

DSC09941The all-forgiving Cottage Garden will tolerate just about everything one wants to “throw out!” Except, of course, I throw little away, favouring a good old re-purpose, as in this old, but very comfy, fireside chair!

DSC09937And…the beautiful Wisteria…tougher than it looks and essential “cottage garden!”

DSC09936DSC09933DSC09932Nothing pristine here!

No manicured lawn or well-placed fountain or garden ornament…yet everything knows how to behave itself without supervision.

DSC09930Even Jack…unlike Sammy-Bear!

DSC09927DSC09924Oh Jack, you are a little beaut!

DSC09923Opening my backdoor this morning I see the Fairies have tidied up again!



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  1. Stunning. My dream garden. Thank you for sharing your magical place in the world. Blessed be x Justine in New Zealand x

  2. Hello from Southern California! Love your cottage and gardens. You inspire me to get out in the yard and make it beautiful. Even though I live in an area where rain is scarce. I’ve learned to stick to a Permaculture garden and also learning about Hugulkultur beds. My chickens are a great addition for my chicken poop compost, and even getting in there and turning the pile for me!

  3. It is all beautiful. I’m continually amazed at how quickly the fullness of summer takes over from springs’ tentative starts. As if Mother Nature cannot wait to reveal her abundance of beauty……….
    As for Sammy, I once read that a cat is always on the wrong side of a closed door and my experience bears that out.
    Blessings to you for taking the time to be an “Earth Angel” for many of us!
    Sherry in Alaska

  4. Little Sammy Bear is such a little tinker….but cute and Jack is a little darling. The garden is looking beautiful Colette, it just looks so natural, you do not realise how much I have learnt from you, and how much I enjoy ready your blog. I feel I have known you for ever. I call you my Earth Angel. Thank you so much. Xxx

  5. Beautiful! One question, though. We have wisteria all over my neighborhood and it has become invasive, especially in the fence line area in my back yard at the power line conjunction. And it mixes in with 4 other noxious types of vines, and now it has been joined by poison ivy! They say Wisteria is almost IMPOSSIBLE to tame once it gets established and this is an old neighborhood. How do you keep it under control at your cottage?

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