Sunday, August 7, 2011

My Cottage | Entrance After Weeding

My cottage from front driveway. There is a small room to the left that sits back with a white picket fence that doesn't show in this photo.

The area that is down to the dirt was a tangled mess of weeds, crabgrass, forget-me-nots gone to seed, buttercups, variegated pineapple mint and who knows what else. Note to self: pull up the forgetmenots next spring immediately after they begin to look like weeds. I usually do this but this year I did not and they had turned into wire mesh hairnets. I'll definitely have an unwanted bumper crop next year.

I wish it would stay just like this but I can see that the buttercups are already coming right back. They like to play hopscotch and see how fast they can take over an area where they are unwanted.

I haven't tackled around the bend yet. These weeds come up very easily so I will do that area when I clip the boxwood.

This is the only thing I like. I bought 4 small plants of this ground cover at a garden club plant sale around Mothers Day. It has spread wonderfully and I only wish I'd bought more. It's more like a turf that weeds can't permeate. I've weeded so much there is hardly any soil left and it is a step down. This is nice when there is snow on the walk. I can just push it aside.

Here is the plant marker I saved for the Laurentia. It was covered with the sweetest little lilac flowers in May, June and July. Only a few remain. I'm going to look for more locally or order some from this place next spring.


Dawna said...

Your cottage looks beautiful! I love it!! the yellow with green shutters is perfect!! Everything always looks so nice when it is cleaned and trimmed up. Great job! It is a cool, cloudy and windy day here on the prairies.

LANA said...

I love your house, especially the eyebrow windows. Are they above the ceiling inside or part of the same room? Good day to relax. We had a break today no rain from 12 noon but humid as can be. More rain tonight. I'll be watching more Doc Martin episodes. Hope you have that relaxing evening that you planned.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Your cottage is truly picture perfect. I love the colors and the wall and the landscaping.
Your home is so beautiful!
Now I can really picture the horses walking by the front!


Susie said...

Hi Rosemary,
We had a couple pop up storms today..1/2 inch of rain. So I'll be having to weed this week. It's been so hot that I have let the flowerbeds go . I have to say, your flowerbeds look great and your home is beautiful. Good job !!
Smiles to you. Susie

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors said...


I love your cottage...Lovely.
I also adored looking back at the royal's. Even the photo's look royal!!
Lazy Sunday's are the best!!-))
Have a great week. ~maureen

Bonnie said...

Rosemary, it all looks fabulous! If it would just cool off a bit I might get motivated to weed. Your walk is lovely. I see why you are "content". Have a great Monday! Bonnie

Bonnie said...

Rosemary, It is obvious why you are so "content in your cottage". It is all lovely! Hopefully it will cool down a bit soon and maybe I will get a little motivated to once again weed. Hugs! Bonnie

Anonymous said...

I love your home too! What year was your cottage built? I too have eyebrow windows. From outside it looks of my home it looks like the windows are on the second floor but really that area my small living room has a cathedral ceiling. It always surprises people the first time the come in. I was wondering if yours are on the second floor like the very old homes? I have the same ground cover.

Thanks so much for showing the label now I will know what to ask for next time I go to the nursery. This is about the time they start to discount everything.
Lovely home!

TheSimpleLife@GnomeHollow said...

A job well done! All your hard work has definitely paid off. It looks wonderful.

pilgrimscottage said...

How pretty! Love your cottage!! The shutter make it even lovelier. I'm all for pretty ground covers. Especially the ones that bloom tiny flowers like yours. The surroundings around your home is sooo nice! Love it. Don't you just love trees?!

Shelley said...

Of all the houses I've seen on your blog...your's is the most wonderful.

Cynthia L. H. said...

Love your cottage and your plants!!! ;^) Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I was so delighted to see the exterior views of your cottage. It is amazingly neat and tidy...I know you work very hard to keep it looking so nice. You're an inspiration!
Best, Judy

The Queen Vee said...

Rosemary, just got back from a 5300 mile two week trip and your cottage post was the first that I viewed. Wow, so charming and lovely, just perfection and weedless too. Thank you my dear for sharing this visual treat of your special place. Your cottage is truly dear as are you.

Millie said...

I adore the cottage but you already know this!! Any chance of taking the exact same shot but in the deep depths of your Winter? I'd love to see the contrast dear Rosemary.
Millie x

Stacey Snacks said...

my favorite house!

Anonymous said...

How kind of you to take us on a garden tour. Thank you, dear Rosemary. A personally guided walk through a friend's garden always is a joyful experience.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rosemary, I've been following your blog for about six months and I can't tell you how much I enjoy it. I was thrilled to finally see the outside of your cottage. I also live in a yellow cottage (well actually a run down farmhouse in Hunterdon County) with green shutters. I am really jealous of your barn. I can only hope that mine will someday look like that. You have a wonderful eye but also seem to be so down to earth. Thanks so much.

tammy j said...

i am slowly but surely visiting your entire archives.
i love this one of your cottage and gardens. what a gorgeous setting for your adorable little cottage. the tall trees just make it perfect.
i miss the east country.
i'm in a hot flat dry land whose only outstanding characteristic is the frequent tornados.
oh dear! or maybe i should say
oh darn!
love to you and webster,
(and your darling mom)
tammy j