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Thoughts from the Cottage…

…and how does your garden grow?

glass bird bath

Ready for bath time?

Mid Summer Dreaming…

July 2015

Life of a roses ..from bud to wreath

Roses have a reputation for being difficult to care for, but with water, sunlight and a little bit of grooming, your roses should thrive. After enjoying them in the garden - you can recycle into  beautiful wreath!

Watering roses: Rule of thumb is to make sure roses get about 2 inches a week - deep soakings are best.

Fertilizing roses: Use an all-purpose garden fertilizer and always water before applying fertilizer so the plant is plumped up and stress free.

Grooming roses: Using sharp clippers, spruce up your rosebushes whenever something unattractive catches your critical eye.

Deadheading: The plant looks better when you get rid of spent flowers.

Pruning roses: Early spring is the best time to prune.

Air drying: Gather the flower stems into small bunches. Hang the bunches, upside down, from the ceiling, so that the stem don’t bend from being top heavy.

Wreaths: Wreaths provide the senses with many delights. Perfect summer decoration for your home…from your garden!

From bud to wreath…

rose bud

The summer season is perhaps the favorite of all seasons to most people. We refer to the start of the season with the coming of hot sunny days. Since ancient times, the summer has been associated with holidays and fun time for people of all ages. Summer is a hot season associated with fresh air and bright colors. It is the time people spend most of their time outside engaged in various interesting and fun activities. The summer days are usually longer than the days of other seasons. It is a season of many festivals and celebrations.

The dog days of summer: This is a common phrase that is used to refer to the hot sunny days of summer. There are not many people who may know these fun facts about summer referring to the dog days. It refers to the weeks in July and August named after the dog star Sirius in Canis Major.

Frisbees and summer: Frisbees in the past were actually greased pie plates, which people began to throw to each other in parks during summer. This is how frisbees evolved into an interesting game and they became fun facts about summer season.

Ice creams and summer: Ice creams are perhaps the most sought after delicacy during summer. Fun facts about summer season include the fact that summer is the time during which the most number of ice creams are sold.

Backyard barbeques: This is among delicious time for trying some fun facts about summer season. Summer is the best season to invite your friends and family to your house and host a barbeque party in the backyard.

dog days of simmer

Dog Days...

Summer Fun Fact…

Cranbrook Garden

Cranbrook Garden

…and where have you been?

Now is the time to relax (at least a little) and enjoy the scent, sounds and sights of your garden. What are the moments of enjoyment in your garden? Watching a bird bath? Looking at the daylilies opening? Smell the lavender? The list goes on.

Mount Rainier Summer Meadow

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the USA, spanning 6 major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano for a few short weeks in summer while ancient forest cloaks the lower slopes. Wildlife abound in the parks ecosystem.

Cranbrook Gardens

Visit Detroit’s oldest English manor home, Cranbrook House, built in the Arts & Crafts style. As the oldest manor home in southeastern Michigan, Cranbrook House offers a distinctive glimpse into a time when décor, artistry and nature merged. The surrounding 40 acre of gardens, tended by hundreds of volunteers throughout the year, are filled with colorful scented blooms and a tapestry of greenery, side by side with exquisite fountains, sculptures, shaded dells and mossy bogs.

Chihuly Gardens

Chihuly Garden and Glass is an exhibit in the Seattle Center showcasing the studio glass of  Dale Chihuly. The exhibit opened in May 2012.. The project includes three primary components: the Garden, the Glasshouse, and the Interior Exhibits, Wander through a spectacular wonderland of wildly complex and colorful glass sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Admire the amazing blown-glass works as you explore the eight-room exhibition hall, the jaw-dropping glasshouse and the whimsical garden where nature and glass merge.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Located within the Washington Park Arboretum this is a 3 1/2 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960. With  the stone bridges, stepping stones, and rough terrain necessary, preserving the authenticity of the Japanese landscaping it is regarded as one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens in the United States.