A cottage garden in spring.

my garden. spring rain.

It’s not really a cottage garden, it’s my garden made to (kind of) look like one. This is totally self indulgent but I want to record what the garden looks like at the moment because I think it’s pretty. Apart from round the side to the left, that’s a mess (mostly leftover stuff from the fancy pants new patio and kids stuff).

my cottage garden

It’s frequently changing and next week it probably won’t look the same at all. And then I’ll take more pictures and do another post…and I’ll become obsessed. I’m already a tiny bit obsessed.P1110436


We did the garden five years ago and it’s my job to keep the plants maintained. I kill quite a lot of plants but thankfully, most seem happy. The plants that die are most likely to have have poisoned by me because I was too liberal with fertiliser. Some of them definitely don’t enjoy overdosing on it. And other stuff just doesn’t like the soil, I guess. I don’t know what kind I have.P1110431


I am just getting into container planting at the moment. Pots look great in number but they do get thirsty. I’ve got a lupin in a pot and he seems to be enjoying it. Loads of flowers are going to pop up soon. The lupin in the bottom bed is already in flower, this guy is behind. If it’s got flowers, I suppose he is really a she. Whatever.

yellow rambling rose

This yellow rose is the first of what will be many on the rambler. Last year in a February storm, we chopped it back to a foot high because it was torn from its moorings. It spent the rest of last year recovering and growing. This year I reckon it’ll be fabulous. That’s If the green fly don’t attack it too much. And it does have a little bit of black spot and a touch of mildew too. I keep forgetting to spray it. Oops.P1110493


The alliums aren’t happy with me. They’re being drowned by a japanese anemone. I’ve pulled up some of the anemone to give them room but a few have given up and decided not to bother growing anymore. Fingers crossed I get at least five. Mind you, it’s not as if I planted any bulbs last autumn, they’re from the year before. More will have to go in this year.

Crikey, I never thought I’d geek out about gardening. I’ve started young. This is what old people do. harrumph.

flowers on my crochet doily

Still using my doily too!

In a few days I’ll put up some crochet pictures. I’m working on a blanket that’s not behaving itself.

9 thoughts on “A cottage garden in spring.

  1. The garden looks lovely, very springy! I am having a lupin for the first time this year, not sure what colour as it is not quite out yet and I can’t remember what I bought, I also have a holly hock (again not sure what colour ) and some pretty pinkish foxgloves all stuff I planted when I revamped my border.
    Pots are a good way to go, you can get colour all the time then. Look forward to the next pictures. I love the doily.

    1. Thank you very much! As long as none of the flowers turn out to be bright orange or red then I’m happy. I’m not sure if my hollyhocks will be any good this year. And I’m not sure what colours they’ll be either!

  2. Beautiful garden! I’m also a gardener but having a bit of trouble with some sort of mildew this year. It’s true- the garden is constantly changing! That’s the fun of it. Well… Sometimes it is 😉

  3. A Cottage Garden in Spring” beautifully captures the essence of this charming season in a cottage garden. The author’s vivid descriptions and vibrant imagery transport readers to a blooming paradise, where nature’s symphony unfolds in full force. Through this piece, one can almost feel the soft breeze and catch the fragrant scents. It serves as a delightful reminder of the rejuvenating power of nature and the simple joys it offers. A must-read for anyone looking to experience the magic of spring in a cottage garden. Ole777

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