Cottage type gardening seems almost accidental and somewhat carefree; none exactly alike. This is why I love them! Each cottage garden is as different as the people who create them! My vegetable garden is sprinkled with flowers,cosmos, zinnias, marigolds, daisies…hummingbirds,bees, and butterflies.
I love the way a cottage garden beckons a closer look…behind the picket fence that captured the old-fashioned charm.
Creating a garden that encourages visits from tiny workers is a priority. Every garden needs pollinators and bees and butterflies are among the best…cottage type gardens are extremely important for honey bees and bumblebees(and vice versa)because of the wide variety of flowers they provide. Bees need flowers for sustenance, and flowers need bees for pollination…stings, you ask? No worries…most bees are gentle creatures that are simply in search of food and water for themselves and their young; just don’t wear perfume-y scents lest they think you are a big flower asking for pollination.
My largest garden here at the farm is located on the edge of the woods with a secluded(think briers and vines)pond nestled there,offering birds, butterflies and other creatures protection and shelter – a big plus! Because of the mysterious decimation they are going through, I am even more concerned with having flowers in my garden to draw them in.
Here are some plants in my cottage garden:
Roses, old-fashioned and rambling; delphiniums,Gladiola- if you plant these amongst other tall plants you might not have to stake them,Peonies – the more the better..one of my favorites(ants be darned),Iris – I have many varieties;flower in the spring and so always a treat.
Dianthus,smell so sweet. Geraniums fill my antique wheel barrow,and herbs, herbs, herbs. Cosmos – has a very long flowering period, their feathery foliage a big plus! Canterbury bells with tall blue pink or white flowers, and of course sunflowers, I watch the birds feast on the seeds.Climbing beans on a tee pee like structure for an architectural interest…I could go on, but you get the picture.
Do you have a cottage garden? What do you plant?
Riley cat, a beautiful old soul.
Does any one know what type of “bee” this is..or isn’t?
Be Well, bloom where you’re planted!
PS Can you help me come up with a great name for a photography studio? Oh yes, I am!
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I LOVE peonies (agree with you – ants, not so much)! My gardens are a combination of perennials and weeds. No time for anything else. Love your photos.
Thank you Teri!
That’s the beauty of cottage gardening; weeds are snuffed out by close plantings…sometimes weeds are pretty too! I prefer perennials, particularly the self sowing varieties.
Peonies smell soooo good. I bring them to work so I can “enjoy” my garden on my desk! Daylily plant are a favorite this time of year. I have iris in the spring that actually smell like soda pop….grape…rootbeer..and orange 🙂
Soda pop Daylilies…YUM!
I agree Peonies are hard to resist!
Your blog takes me to a beautiful place after a long day of work.
That makes me happy! 🙂
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