I know it is only January but I am thinking spring. Spring flowers, spring weather and spring gardening and more. So today for Favorite Things Friday- we are looking back at the English Cottage Garden we put in last year and dreaming up how we will add to it this year.
I know I said this week that Friday Favorites would be about Modern Farmhouse style- between spending several days helping my son and his family move and set up house (and cuddling Juliette while her mom organized everything) well, the week just got away from me folks. But stay tuned for that post and a couple favorite things for that look next week.
English Cottage Garden
This garden speaks my language. Rambling and mingling plants full of pretty flowers on repeat. That winter storm that just came through and did all that damage to the cottage and landscaping wreaked havoc on this area as well. And so, some landscaping refreshes will be on the project agenda this spring too. Including expanding this garden area even more.
What We are Planting Now
At the moment- not much haha. After that winter storm- we are mostly doing clean up and waiting for the leftover snow to go away. But I am ordering things to plant- which is always fun too. It is a perfect time to order garden roses and spring bulbs- most won’t ship until it is time to plant in your garden zone but you can get the order in early to make sure you will be able to grab your favorites.
I love Allium and so that is definitely on the list- along with dahlias and ranunculus. All are easy to grow bulbs and you can plant them in pots and place in a window if you would like. You can shop for a lot of the bulbs at local garden centers and Home Depot, etc and online at places like Eden Brothers, Michigan Bulb , Dutch Bulbs, etc.
Getting Ready for Landscaping
Winter gardens are quiet. Those plantings are looking a tad bare at the moment- but such is a winter garden. The foundation plants stand out- while those pretty blooms take a bit of a nap for the season. It is in the starkness of a bare garden though that you can find some inspiration for what to bring in, maybe move or make a change. One way to gather up fresh garden inspiration is by taking a look back at what the area looked like in full bloom- it can show where you may want to add something more, remove something or start fresh. Of course, when putting in a new garden area- you have a clean slate to work with and anything goes.
English Cottage Inspired Garden & Potting Shed Reveal
So while looking through old pictures of the garden areas to get ideas and inspiration- here is the link to look back at this garden area Before- and After. You might be surprised at how much changed in just a couple of months.
Happy Friday Favorites all!