Mar 24, 2017

The First Weekend of Spring...

 I am just popping by
to wish you a wonderful first weekend of Spring!
 
suddenly after so many lazy Winters days
there is so much to do...
 
Spring Cleaning,
 
Garden Clean up,
and the part of garden clean up
where you just stop and get lost admiring the tiny blooms
 and the way the greens are suddenly greener,
 
I get lost watching the baby squirrels outside my kitchen window,
 
then there is that antsy feeling
 of just wanting to go out and socialize...
 
the anticipation of road trips...
 
its all bliss,
my mind and heart are full...
 
I hope yours are too...
 
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“It was one of those March days
 when the sun shines hot
and the wind blows cold:
 when it is summer in the light,
 and winter in the shade.”     
 
 
 
Happy Weekend!

Mar 22, 2017

The Sea of my Childhood...

I am so lucky
to have my brother in town!
 
last weekend we took a trip to
Oak Harbor, Washington...
 
a small town on Whidbey Island
were we spent a few years of our childhood...
 
 



before
I moved to Washington State
I lived in Los Angeles,  California...
 
the beaches there so different
than the almost still waters of the Puget Sound...
 
each beautiful...
 
the beach is my happy place...
it moves me,
it humbles me,
it  grounds me.
 





the snow capped
Olympic Mountain Range in the background...
 






 
We are tied to the ocean.
And when we go back to the sea,
whether it is to sail or to watch -
 we are going back from whence we came.
 John F. Kennedy
 
It was an amazing weekend...

 
Thanks for stopping by,

Mar 20, 2017

Vernal Equinox...

Take the Winds of March with Beauty...
 

 
right on cue
Spring hath Sprung...
 
 
its hard to believe these sweet
tender blooms are out there in the cold wet garden..
 
they give me cause to put on a coat
and awaken my soul...
 

 
 
this beautiful calendar
which celebrates Edith Holden...
 
was given to me years ago
by my dear blogging friend Jacqueline
 
my kindred spirit
 

 



 
the beautiful drawing are pure delight...
 
and I feel connected
to Edith in some small way,
to see
 that I enjoy the same garden blooms as she did...
right on schedule... 
 




Daffodils that come before the swallow dares
and take the winds of March with beauty.
 
SHAKESPEARE
 
 
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Mar 16, 2017

Sprung....

 
 

No Winter lasts Forever;
No Spring Skips its Turn...
 
Hal Borland
 

 
on this beautiful day,
of blue skies and sunshine..
 
Spring has Sprung..
 
It was a welcome day,
glorious...
 

 
Daisy and I spent our afternoon on the porch...
 
Iris and Cosmo,
busily explored the garden....
 


 
 
It's the girls Birthday Sunday!
 
they will be 6,
time flies...
 
 
I have a guest coming into town...
so I will see you next week.
 
Have a Great Weekend...

Mar 15, 2017

My American Rose Society - guest post

I am excited to share 
that I have had an article published 
in The American Rose Society Newsletter... 

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Garden Tour - Cottage Garden 
 
At the turn of this century I bought a home that was built at the turn of the previous century. A run down storybook Victorian Cottage, that would eventually become my "Rose Cottage".
 
Not only did I fall in love with my home, I fell in love with the half acre of lawn that with a lot of work would become my garden and planting lots of rosebushes was an obvious choice.
 
 
 
I am a “hands on” person. There have been many trials and errors along the way but failure is growth if you can take it in stride and learn from your mistakes. I love companion plantings and feel it is important to attract the right balance of beneficial insects to the garden, and on the same note I keep an organic garden.
 
I feel good about the fact that all creatures great and small can stop by for a safe sip or nibble in the garden.
 
 
 
 
My cottage-style garden was built before I was clear what the meaning of that even was. I have planted more than 100 rosebushes mostly of the english variety by David Austin. They mingle and dance among dozens of different perennials and annuals creating a whimsical world. It just wouldn't be my style to have a formal rose garden with tidy borders. I am newly excited each year to see what will flourish, be it an abundance of foxgloves or endless varieties of columbine.
 
For me gardening is all about enjoying the journey and allowing myself to be enchanted by it's gift of perfect imperfection.

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the weather here is warming fast,
we hit 60 degrees yesterday 
and little blooms began popping everywhere...

just in time for Spring,
I'm so excited to dig in...
 
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Mar 14, 2017

My House History part two...

I am so glad
 I have finally gotten around
to making these posts of my houses history...
and I am so glad you are enjoying them!
 
I hope to do some more posts soon
 before and after shots side by side...
a big post showing the gardens progress...
 
for that I am going to have to dig through actual photos!
I moved here 17 years ago
and not everything is on digital!
 
Are you ready for
part two?
 
if you missed part one it is HERE....
 


here I am
the proud new owner!
 
at this point of life
I had only owned a brand new house...
 
I had never came face to face with
dry rot
plaster
or mastic..
 
I had a big education coming!
 
but
 I was grinning ear to ear,
and that feeling has never stopped!
 

 
 
I moved in in September
so it only seemed fitting to
take advantage of the scare factor
and do it up for Halloween...
 
I met many neighbors that night.
Many told me tales of my house...
many believed it was haunted...
 
a lot of children wouldn't even come up onto the porch...
 
this is hardly the case now
with its pink exterior....
 

 
so I set into what was a good five years of hard labor
it was a labor of love...
 
Winters I worked inside
Summers outside...
 
The house was very outdated,
many rooms had no electricity
except for a ceiling light...
 
the floors were all covered in layers of linoleum...
this was good and bad!
it was a lot of work removing the linoleum
but the fir floors below hadn't been used!
 
when I pulled the first layer of sheet linoleum from the kitchen floor
you could see a paths worn into the linoleum below...
a path from the woodstove to the sink,
and to the countertop...
 
The Kitchen Work Triangle
was plainly worn right into my floor... 
 



wallpaper came down
to expose the plaster walls...
 

 
 
this was a couple years into the garden design...
 
a brick wall was added in the alley,
and I laid brick paths...
 
I started on the left side of the yard
knowing I want to add a gazebo and pond...
 
the table sits were the gazebo is today
and to the right of it you can see where
 I cut a line in the grass to outline the ponds edge...
 


I worked the perimeter
making flower beds...
 
it was my goal to have no grass in the back garden...
 
I would cut the grass very short
lay cardboard over it to smother the grass
and top it with about 6 inches of compost,
then let it set.
 
each year I try to add
a few inches of compost to the garden.
I have never used any chemicals...
 


 
Mike and I dug the pond by hand!
 

 
 
the process was not pretty!

we put in plumbing and a liner
the pond is 8000 gallons...
 

 
 
then the gazebo!
 
one of my very favorite additions...
 

 
I thought I would end this post showing a few pretty photos
of the finish projects...
 
this Mount Rainier Cheery tree is the tree behind me
in the photo above
when I was building this flower bed....
 

 
 
the gazebo on a perfect Summers day....
 



 
this photo of the house
isn't too new...
 
the door and shutters have now been painted...
 
I really need to work
 on getting long shots of the house and garden...
 
its on my list for
this year....

 
 
I really do need new photos..
this little cherry three is huge now!
 
Thanks for coming along
on my tour...
I hope to make more posts like this soon!
 
 
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Mar 13, 2017

The History of My House...

 This is a post
I have been meaning to write
for years!...
 
today I am going to share with you
 my houses history...
 
I think when you own an old house
you feel the history...
 
the walls do indeed talk,
you wonder about the lives
 who shared these walls with you...
 
it's all so romantic...
 
it also turns you into a sort of Nancy Drew,
maybe my title would be
"The Mystery of Bella's Rose Cottage"
lol
 
 
 

 
it all began with this snapshot...
I just loved old houses
and would often take photos of them...
 
this was the first time I saw it...
 
and I thought to my self
I really would like to buy this one
 take it back to its glory
to fill all that empty space with a garden...
 
 
I kept my eye on it
for quite awhile...
 
made an occasional detour just to drive by it,
hoping to see a real estate sign...
 
there was a joke
that this was my War of the Roses house...
Remember Barbara Rose Just had to have that house?
 
ironically...
with my recent divorce
maybe this whole movie played out before my eyes...
 
 

 
well it happened!
A dream come true!
 
you have no idea how excited I was!



while I toured the my house
(I knew it would be mine the moment I walked in)
 
I saw this book
of the towns history....
 


the book was 
opened conveniently to this page...
 
is that not amazing?
 
you did notice the first lady of the houses name
was ROSE!
 
fate!
 


 
as I read on
I learned the town
is one of those small towns
with stories...
 
the kind that get passed down
and might be exaggerated....
 
but, oh that second paragraph,
there is that romance...
 


 
more interesting town facts....
 

 
 
Rose must be here somewhere....
 
aren't they beautiful!
 


I found this and the above photo
 in a local antique store...
 
this was my town in 1947
 
my house is there in the lower right hand corner....
 



see it here?
 
and my little shed you know from my photos
is there to the left of the house,
it had a false western front back then!
 
the building behind that was still here
 when I bought the house...
it was so run down and leaning so hard
I had in burned down...
 


an amazing photo
of old Main Street...
 
wooden sidewalks!
 
which I also found in an antique store...
 

 
I also used to collect
books of old floor plans
and old interior design...
 
I bought this one about a year after my house...
 

 
imagine
how completely thrilled I was to see this
the floor plan to my house!!!
 
Did you see Rose Freeman there in the drawing ;)
 
I will be back tomorrow
with The History of My House Part Two...
 
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