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


  1. I love your whimsy, your sentimental elements, and your hosta bed! Wonderful job, Diane!!!


  2. I have never been in a garden tour, but can imagine what work it must be. It all paid off though. Your garden looks wonderful and I am sure everyone enjoyed all the whimsical touches.

  3. What an honor to show off your garden, Diane. I love the blue chair and bench. The peonies and delphiniums are pretty. I really enjoyed seeing your artistic touches i.e. garden art. Beautifully done!

  4. Lovely colour on those benches and chair! You are like me,in that I have brought a few plants and ornaments from my late parents garden to continue on in mine! Your delphiniums are beautiful as is the whole garden!

  5. Nice to see your gardens Diane and I know how stressful it can be in preparation to be on a tour. The best part is the conversations that evolve between gardeners on the day and although tiring, a gratifying experience.

  6. Diane, I love your blog and also your garden. Glad so many people turned out for the garden event. The newly painted aqua/black bench is wonderful.
    Donna (Ducks & Daisies/Flickr)

  7. Oh I love it. You have given me a few ideas to shape up my garden. I have an old bench looking very tired and was going to throw it out, but think I will paint it a fresh colour and let it sit with some flower pots. I too have a sundial from my parents garden I treasure.


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