4.09.2014

garden walk





I have always felt a little bad that the name of my blog is The Gardener's Cottage.  It implies that I am a some sort of great gardener.  Most of you know that this blog was named after the house and its past tenants, not me.  But I am glad that we were able to get this place growing again. The truth is that it mostly involved watering things and bringing them back to life and then lots of clearing debris. The end effect is that there are stunning antique roses here and I get to take care of them. This garden will never be a neat and tidy place.  It's old, quirky and pretty messy and to be honest I've had to get used to that.  I've always had a neat, trimmed and buttoned up landscape.  There is no hope of that here which is part of its charm I suppose.  It really has taught me how to relax...about a lot of things, not just gardening.






This past week has been long and lazy and pretty perfect.  We got much needed rain which is so nice since we only have 2 sprinklers here.  Thank you Mother Nature.

















The roses are still not quite at their peak yet.  I think by this time next week every bud will be in bloom. In the early morning and late evening the scent dominates all the others in the air.






This unidentified rose has a scent that will literally overwhelm the house.  I have to put it on the porch after only a few minutes inside.  Wish I knew its name.





Front beds are filling in too.




The entrance to the yoga garden.





It's slowly coming along in here. I seeded the grass and the next day it rained so I'll have to put some more down.






























The scent of roses competes with this huge honeysuckle vine and the orange blossoms in the grove across the street which explains my allergies.



















So it has been really nice taking this internet break.  Initially I was shocked at how compulsive my internet use was but now that I've stepped back, the relief is flooding in. If you have a blog maybe you can relate?  Normally, even when I'm not actively blogging, I'm still thinking about blogging. Thinking about what would make a good post or cursing myself that I had forgotten my camera or thinking of recipes to share.  It really was something I needed to step away from.  So I hope you will bear with me until I get this figured out.  In the meantime, I hope you liked this little garden walk and I hope you are all well. x


53 comments:

  1. Good lovely morning ~ thank you for the walk....I so enjoy my yard too this time of year - it's wild and wooley and bursting with color from Azaleas that are over 9 feet tall - I walk thru my Azalea tunnel every morning and afternoon. I agree....It's nice to step away from technology (computers, phones, TV)...I love to listen to music and just sit in the beauty. Thanks for sharing! Pam Atk

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  2. Beautiful photos, love the entrance to your yoga garden, and that you even have such a thing;).

    I wholly understand the need to step away, and quiet the voice of the Internet. And then how to step back, and keep that voice quiet still. <3

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  3. Love your roses! I don't grow them here on Cape Cod anymore. It's waaaay too humid here and they end up with all kinds of fungal problems so I gave up. I can relate to your learning to "let go" and relax by gardening. I too would rather see the garden all tidy and orderly with nary a dead leaf or spent blossom in sight. But Mother Nature doesn't work that way and neither should we. Don't know about you but I'm still learning.......
    ~ Martha

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  4. p.s. That pic of the path makes me want to walk down it to explore!!
    ~ Martha

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  5. Your garden is so beautiful, how fortunate for the previous owners who loved the roses that you are giving them tender loving care and carrying on the tradition. I don't have roses here (too hot and humid) but I remember the ones my mother had, lots of varieties and they smelled delicious. And lilacs. I get you about the blogging, we all need a vacation from it now and then. Sometimes I just don't have anything to say and have to stop for a spell. I always enjoy reading yours.

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  6. Your garden is lovely. My azaleas and camellias have been spectacular this year and I suspect our colder than usual winter is why. I have ivy in my borders like you and I think it grows 2 feet in a day after a good rain, so I'm constantly trimming it. Roses are my favorite but don't do so well here in South Carolina so I look forward to seeing yours.
    Thanks for the garden tour!
    Betty

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  7. such a beautiful walk, the roses are amazing!!!!

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  8. I adore your garden. I don't think I've ever been keen on roses until I saw yours. xxx

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  9. It is hard for me to imagine that there are places in the world that are not buried in snow! You have made me both happy and sad with this post, Janet! xoxo wendy!

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  10. Your roses are fantastic! It looks like your hard work pruning earlier really paid off.

    I hope you find the balance you're looking for . . . I can certainly relate to that need. :)

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  11. So understand about the computer break - I spend way too much time online, and I'm starting to re-examine it.
    The roses are beautiful. Wish I could identify the pink one - maybe bring a bloom and leaf to a garden center?
    I am just starting to clean out my yard for spring.

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  12. Oh, please Janet...wherever I end up, please come work your beautiful magic in my yard. I bet you feel like you're in heaven on a spring day with the windows open and the scent of honeysuckle and roses breezing in. I want to walk through the gate of the yoga garden and never leave...

    I'm glad you are feeling some relief with your break. blogging is funny...sometimes you can get so caught up on documenting for the perfect post that you forget to live your real life. so relax and enjoy yourself and those beautiful gardens. ♥

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  13. Gorgeous garden!!! Such wonderful colors ... really wish I could smell those roses!

    Cheers! Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  14. I think it looks wonderful J!!! Enjoy your internet break! xxxxx

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  15. Roses, honeysuckle AND orange blossom - how absolutely heavenly divine! I can just imagine the scent. I have to admit, I did miss your blog this week. You write so well Janet - I would love it if all your writings and photos were compiled into a book. Computers are great but there's nothing like holding a book in your hands and being able to browse through it! Julie in NZ

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  16. When I looked online today your post popped up!
    Your garden is gorgeous and I adore roses. Your growing season starts about a month before ours does so I have some blooms to look forward to. In the meantime I am enjoying looking at yours.
    My family is quite sick with pneumonia...my son, wife and two grandchildren so I have let the blogging thing go for a bit so I can focus on them. It will be there when they get better and maybe I have been getting a bit obsessive about it because I think of it a lot too.
    Take care Janet.
    XO

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  17. Beautiful roses! All that garden work you did early has paid off. Love that you posted your thoughts of gratitude as well. Thank you for sharing. What you share on your blog inspires and refreshes me. I do hope you are able to find the balance between your inner peace, and blogging. xx

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  18. Your garden is looking great! It will be a few more weeks before flowers start blooming in my part of the country. Till then I'm loving peeking into other people's gardens.

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  19. Your un-named rose looks beautiful and the perfume sounds spectacular - I wish I knew her name! It's all looking lovely, Janet.

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  20. Wellll you may say you're not a spectacular gardener, but your spectacular garden says otherwise.

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  21. Beautiful. I only have a few rose but they are not antique and have no smell. So disappointing.
    Connie

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  22. Strolling....
    **lazy blink, low smile**
    Enjoy the break.

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  23. The white rose breathes of love...
    (John Boyle O'Reilly)

    Beautiful picture!

    ~skye

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  24. I wish I had a blog. I truly do. If only I could think of something that others would be interested in, I wouldn't hesitate. Until then, I will live vicariously through yours. Your roses make me nostalgic for the ones I had when I first moved here. They were all destroyed by a fungus brought on by excessive moisture. Since then, I have been hesitant to start anew. Don't know where I will go from here, but I am inspired by your garden and pictures from Hostess of the Humble Bungalow. Time will tell.

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  25. yes we all need to stop and smell the roses - literally and figuratively.

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  26. You are so lucky to inherit such a beautiful rose garden. It must be heavenly right now to be outside with all the fragrance that those roses possess.

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  27. Thanks for taking time to share the beauty of your garden. I appreciate how honest you are in sharing bits of your home and life. I truly enjoy my visits to here. I always leave inspired thru reading your experiences in making wise changes in your life.
    I am anxious to know more about the project 333 I believe, that I saw mentioned in a previous post. And I adore the bench with the floral cushion and pillow where does it reside on your porch perhaps?

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  28. Looks like Heaven to me! And I'm so glad you blogged again, I was beginning to suffer withdrawal.
    I've been wanting to thank you for so many wonderful ideas. One I've been using is you Olive Oil as moisturizer suggestion - it works wonderfully on my dry skin. Thank you!

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  29. This post just made my heart sing!

    Barbara in Northern California

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  30. Your rose garden is beautiful, Janet. I completely understand what you're saying about blogging - it's addictive, and not always in a good way! Enjoy your break.

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  31. Your garden is so utterly romantic, if I'm lucky I get 4 roses a year, pffft.

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  32. All of that perfect pruning really paid off!! I think your mystery rose is Yves Piaget. I buy it at Market for its scent. I saw it growing at Rose Story Farm in Carpenteria and it looked just like yours.

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  33. It's nice that you had a long, lazy week. I was awakened by earthquakes in the middle of the night and couldn't get back to sleep. So here I am enjoying this little garden walk. So I do hope you continue blogging. I think one of the key aspects to blogging is finding your niche, and you've certainly done that. You are like the perfect neighbor. That nice lady down the street in the charming cottage with the beautiful roses, with whom you just love to set and chat. It's my little escape. So please don't stop blogging. I would miss my virtual neighbor.

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  34. And one more thing. I've been meaning to ask, have you read or heard of the book "Elizabeth and her German Garden" by Elizabeth Von Arnim? It's mainly about a woman who loves her garden. It's a great read for anyone enjoys nature and appreciates the beauty and respite of a garden.

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    1. One of my all time favorites! I love the way she refers to her children as the April Baby or the September baby. Elizabeth von Arnim also wrote the very sweet All the Dogs of My Life and An Enchanted April, which of course inspired the beautiful movie of the same name.

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    2. thank you michelle and mrs. white. i'm going to see if my library carries it, sounds perfect!

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    3. oh i just checked. they don't have it but i found a copy for $3.99 on amazon. i'm thrilled b/c i see she wrote the enchanted april. one of my favorites!

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    4. I'm so glad you found this book Janet. Yes, she wrote the book Enchanted April that inspired the movie. And it's one of my favorites too. Let me know what you think. And Mrs. White, I am so happy to know that there are others out there who are a fan of this author. I just love her work. A Solitary Summer is good too.

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    5. Thank you, ladies. Now you made me totally curious and I finally have to read "Verzauberter April" (the German title) which I got years back from my sister.

      As for your garden Janet, it is beautiful and cosy. Like a well lived in home. Thanks for sharing!

      Tanja



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  35. Thanks for the post! I like the look of your yoga garden.

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  36. Thank you for the beautiful walk in your garden. It is so beautiful.

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  37. Janet, I disagree...you are a great gardener and your rose garden is looking just fab! Love the entrance to your yoga garden...beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    Looking forward to your return.

    Linda
    xo

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  38. Lovely, Janet! Your garden is beautiful, easy, relaxed…when combined with a breeze, the sounds of chirping birds…perfection!

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  39. Simply beautiful, just like it's keeper! ~ Catherine

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  40. Love your "mini"blog post Janet and just like children hard work eventually pays off with gardens! Lynne

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  41. What a lovely rambling walk we've taken with you. Just beautiful. Thank you.

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  42. Lovely roses- thank you for a view and we'll imagine that fragrance. you are gardener enough, m'dear.

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  43. Loved it Janet.....thank you for brightening my day:-)

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  44. Wish we knew the stories of your plants. They are obviously rich and deep. Interesting the pics of your garden are rustic/romantic and pics of your interiors are crisp & sharp. Fascinates me, the bifurcation. Now we are in Isak Dineson territory ! Love & am enriched by all you share. Garden & Be Well, XO T

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  45. Thank you so much for not disappearing completely and leaving us hanging after using the phrase "hundred of buds."

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  46. You have a beautiful garden! Enjoyed looking at the photos! :)

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  47. Gorgeous , gorgeous roses. Mine never seem to perform well. I think I'm pruning at the wrong time. Enjoy your break! I feel the need for one coming on myself. xoJennifer

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  48. Sometimes, the best thing that one can do for a garden is to support it and let it shine. I'm so glad to hear that you did this with your garden. I get calls and messages all the time from people wanting to know about their roses, mostly old and antique ones, and I am always glad to hold their hand and help them preserve the old plants. History, that's what it is. Gardens are history, along with houses and people. Anyway, I will bet that there is someone local to you who can give you a hand identifying your roses. A local rose society, or chapter of Heritage Roses Group will probably be best. I don't remember exactly where you are, or I would make better suggestions.

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