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