Time for a Change

Hi Everyone,

I've been thinking about this for a while, and have decided to make a big change.   I have started a new blog over at Wordpress.     I hope that you check it out and I hope that you enjoy it.

I have loved doing My Cottage Garden and really appreciate all the support of the wonderful bloggers (and others) who have supported me by reading it and leaving comments.

I really started My Cottage Garden to show the progress of my gardens from the beginning.  The gardens are all as big as I can make them, and so from now on I feel I wouldn't have as much new things to show you.

So, that brings me to my new blog.   It's going to be mainly a blog of photographs.   I will still show lots of photographs of my gardens and flowers, but there will be photos of many other things as well. I really enjoy photography and want to be able to show more subjects than 'just' my gardens.

The new blog is called Diane Pamela Photography.

I'm finding it a bit more user-friendly and the page is simpler to navigate as well.   I've been slowly transferring your blogs to my blogroll over there (now under a page called 'Garden Blogs I Love',   If you don't see your blog on there yet, it will be there in the next few days.  (That part isn't quite as user-friendly).

So again, thank you all for your support over the years, and I really hope you will check out and enjoy my new blog.


Open Garden Weekend at the Cottage Garden

July 12, 2015

I've been absent for the last while, because I've been really busy getting ready for my town's Open Garden Weekend that happened this weekend.  It's a fundraiser for our local horticultural society and ten gardens, including mine, were featured this year.  

We felt honoured to be a part of it.   Our weather has been so-so up until now and this weekend the weather person decided to give us our first taste of high temperatures and high humidity.   The gardeners still came out and it was lovely talking to them and showing them around.

The garden wasn't in full bloom (that comes in August) but  the delphiniums and sweet williams were showing off this weekend as well as some of the rudbekia, lychnis and evening primroses.   Some of the peonies were just holding on long enough for people to see what they looked like.

I'm posting a lot more photos in this post than I usually do,  but it's the easiest way for me to share the day with my family and friends out of town.    I hope you enjoy.

Sweet Williams (grown from seeds from my Dad's garden) 

'King Arthur' delphiniums and 'Bowl of Beauty peonies 

chair planter with dwarf morning glory and lantana

Blue Jay chimes that my late Mom loved, that now hangs
happily in my garden
(still listening to the music, Mom!)

sundial, from my Mom and Dad's garden, that holds a
special place in mine

planter on our arbour, with million bells and thumbergia

back border with sweet williams in bloom

newly painted old bench with baskets of annuals

bike with baskets of ivy and begonias

pale yellow marigolds that I am in love with

baskets on the deck

view from the fire pit of back border

front steps

hosta bed

back border

some visitors

Murphy standing guard

rudbekia loveliness

side border with delphiniums in full bloom


shady front garden