Wednesday, 2 April 2008

'In an English Country Garden' and Easter Basket Swap

Hi All, What a lovely spring day it is here at Priscilla's Cottage! Today I was able to get out into the sunshine and plant some of the flower seeds I have been wanting to sow as soon as the weather would let me. I am a beginner gardener and mainly concentrate on seeds and plug plants, with quite surprising happy results! Cottage gardens inspire me and that is the look I am trying to create. This year I am in a new home and have started to think about what I can do to decorate the front, I thought some nice containers and window boxes would do just fine ........ here is the front of the house so you can see how it looks at the moment...
Now not all of this is my house! The end cottage nearest to the camera is mine, The old plant pot was the previous owners which I have removed ready for my new ones..... Can you see how much more colourful it would look with some beautiful flowers? I don't think my neighbours are into much gardening!


Cottage flowers are so beautiful arnt they? very peaceful looking.....Today I planted Stocks, Candy Tuft, Larkspur, Cornflower, Chinese-forget-me-not, I also hope to plant Lupins, Hollyhocks and any others that I have........ here are some inspiring cottage gardens........

Last year I tried my hand at gardening on my parents front lawn, the flowers were grown from seed and went a bit wild, I was really surprised they all came through. I left the garden to itself......... here is what it looked like towards the end of summer. A lot of the flower heads were gone at this stage, I really wish I had taken the picture earlier! There were marigolds, Asters, Dahlia, Stocks, Larkspur, Cosmos(those were huge!!!! they are most of the green you can see, which had large Pink daisy head flowers! and many others I squashed in, ha,ha


This is my parents lawn before the plants really took off! I grew most of them on windowsills then transferred them to the garden..... I had no idea how much they would grow and they grew and grew and grew.....

I'll keep you posted how the recent seeds are doing.....

Now onto something different, my Easter Basket Swap

I am so pleased to tell you my parcel did arrive on the 27th of March, but oh how it was worth the wait! I can not believe the amazing things Lisa had put into the package, I am so thrilled, many of the items she sent I can not even get where I live.....craft items, material (cupcakes) how perfect is that! Chocolate, a Scrap book album, Scrapbook/craft papers, cupcake items/liners and lots more, also a beautiful hand made banner Lisa made herself, here are some photos!

All these craft goodies were contained within a beautiful tin with my initial on the front, Isn't it sweet, I love the cupcake tickets, thank you Lisa for such a wonderful basket....... I am really looking forward to making something with the materials, maybe some pillows, hearts, or an apron, I am not sure yet but I will be having a great time !



And finally I did want to add my literary Tea post, although I am very behind schedule for it. I think it would make this post way too long though so I hope to post soon, also with the next topic which I think is Tea as part of home Decoration


Have a great week and see you again soon
Priscilla x

16 comments:

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Amazing flowers you have there, girl! I went out and pulled some weeds and I was really itching to plant something. Maybe next time. My yard is bare because we spend all our money keeping up with the house. Waaahhh! I need flowers!

Happy Spring, Priscilla!

xo
Melissa

ohiofarmgirl said...

Everything looks so beautiful...we are still in the mud here! LOL Dianntha

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Priscilla, your cottage is so sweet, will look lovely with some flowers out there, your parent's flower border looks fantastic, you definately have green fingers, wish I did! What a fantastic swap parcel too, you must have been thrilled to bits with that.
best wishes,
Lucy x

Linda said...

Hi Priscilla, I love all your swap goodies. The cupcake fabric is too cute and I like your idea of an apron...I think that would be perfect. I think I'm probably partial to an apron....I have a collection and I wear one every day....I love them.
You have a green thumb! Your parents garden is so pretty. I love your flower choices and I really like gardens that just takes off and are full of color, I hope you'll post pictures when yours is in bloom. Have a happy weekend. Hugs, Linda

Eileen said...

Hi Prisscilla,Just popping in to say hello.Its been a while since i've visited your blog.
P.S.Your parents garden looks great

LisaLaughs said...

Hiya! What amazing gardens to play in!! I could never accomplish anything close to those beauties. Thanks again for swapping with me and I'm so glad everything finally arrived. You have to post pictures of everything you make with all your new goodies. Take care, Lisa Priscilla!! :o)

the feathered nest said...

I LOVE cottage gardens! I have so many books with beautiful English cottage gardens. Great swap package!

Manuela

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Vintage Tea said...

Priscilla,

Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm off for a nose around yours!

You asked me about the American magazines, I can't reply to your comments but if you want to email me at victoriaeales@hotmail.com I can give you the info I have on where I find mine!

Victoria x

Debbie from USA NJ said...

Hello dear Priscilla! Haven't been here in awhile. Looks like I popped in just in time to see these beautiful flowers you planted at your parents house. Wow, have you got a green thumb. I can just picture all of these beautiful flowers at your little cottage.

I love that cupcake material you received in your lovely basket! That would indeed make a cute apron! How befitting for you! Happy planting!

Linda said...

Hello and a happy day to you. Hope all is well...hugs,Linda

Wild Rose said...

Hello Priscilla

I love cottage garden flowers and think that your garden will look fantastic later in the summer. This time you will be able to get photos before the flowers go to seed.

Good luck with your garden.

Marie x

Lynne Laura said...

Hi Pricilla, just love your garden pictures. I truly love a cottage garden! Your swaps are wonderful too.

Lynne Laura

Gillian L. said...

When I was a child growing up in the country side in Canada I used to garden alongside my father. I remember often seeing these beautiful mixed seed packets labelled " An English Flower Garden" Your photos remind me of them, not just because the flowers are the same, but also because they look more natural in the way they have been planted. I really enjoyed your beautiful photographs. Thank you!

Eileen said...

Hi there, I tagged you.So if you want to join the fun and play come by my blog.

Gillian L. said...

I have always wanted an English Garden like the ones in your photographs. It looks natural and beautiful!

Gillian

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