Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 6/29/15

Another beautiful week here in Seattle. I've taken two trips to the Snohomish Antique Rose Farm and have added six new roses to the garden... you are probably wondering where on earth I've found a spot for them?  Believe me I am right there with you (and so is my family)! Happy to share that I've managed to plant all six from my first trip, but the one I just bought called, "Mercury Rising Tea Rose", I honestly might just keep it on the patio for awhile.  I am really enjoying the colors of it and seeing the light glow through it, makes me think I need to plant it close to where I sit and have my morning coffee!
Along with this heat we are enjoying here in Seattle, comes beautiful roses that are just thriving so once again I can't help but share many rose photos with you! 

 Roses don't always have to be planted front and center ~ I actually love them blending in with the green landscape and bring color and romance to the gardens...

 Some other blooms that have appeared this week are a few of my cottage garden favorites ... Bee Balm, Hollyhock, Shasta Daisy, Penstemon, Salvia and Snapdragons.

And excited to share that the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas are beginning to return.  They are starting their cycle of white blooms ~ between the hydrangeas is the gorgeous "Pink Supreme" carpet rose.

Thanks for coming and taking a peek at this weeks garden!  I have become a HUGE fan of IG lately and love posting and getting lost by browsing!  Hope you come follow me there if you are on it.  Here is the link! xoox, tracie

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Repelling Mosquito's - This really works!!!

We love sitting out on our patio any chance we can.  My morning coffee is usually enjoyed out here as well as just relaxing in the evening. One part of being outdoors we do not enjoy is the mosquitos, and neither do our pets.  It's difficult to avoid those pesky mosquitos because I have birdbaths that host still water and well, mosquitos just seem to like me.
I was offered to try this 8 hour Insect Repellent "Natrapel" and we have found it so incredibly helpful during our evening hours spent outside.  My husband actually sprays it on the cushions instead of directly on us and it works great.  We've been watching my newborn granddaughter this year and it seems to be a safe alternative rather than spraying her directly and or the pets. No one has to miss out on lounging on the patio because they are afraid of getting bit.  I also have been known to disappear into the wee hours of the dark watering the garden or getting caught up in weeding or cutting back plants. It is then that I spray it directly on my skin/clothing to repel those unlovable mosquitos.
My husband plans to take this up to Whistler Canada when he goes mountain biking next month....I see on the website they have on the go wipes too for outdoor adventures!

If I happen to forget to apply the treatment - using the "After Bite Plus" for me and the "After Bite Kids" is a great alternative for us. But we haven't needed it often because the Natrapel is doing its job!
To read more about great and informational bug topics click here.  I don't know about you, but seeing so many being diagnosed with Lyme disease from a tick bite - it's good to get reliable information from those that know!

I know we are enjoying the patio areas much more now that we know we safe!

To order your own Natrapel Insect Repellent and After Bite 'itch eraser' ~ Click here.
They have so many great products ~ our family (pets included) loves the outdoors and they have all sorts of survival type kits for people and pets that would be beneficial for us to have on hand.  Let me know if you've tried any of their products before & if you have any suggestions?  Love learning about the latest and greatest essentials! xoox, tracie

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 6/22/15

The garden is full of yellows, reds and oranges ~ I used to be a fan of only using the pallet of pinks and purples and shades of greens but over the past couple years I've definitely branched out with a little bit more color to offer in the landscape. Ladies Mantle and I have sort of a love hate relationship!  I love it when it's in bloom and I love how it fills the garden with it's beautiful foliage, however, I hate how it goes to seed and it's roots take over so easily.  Last year, I pulled so many of new starts of the Ladies Mantle plant to keep it contained ~ yet now that its in full bloom I miss having it everywhere...

Another prolific bloomer in the garden right now is St. Johns Wart. I've found that no matter how far I cut it back it will decide that it's going to get huge and happy before it blooms.  I love pretty the reds, pinks and yellows are of this sweet shrub.
Some other gorgeous yellows and reds to share with you this week in bloom are as follows... Lily, Bee Balm, Coneflower, Moon Beam Coreopsis, Poppy, and Blythe Spirit Rose.
This Pink Supreme Carpet Rose has layered the area between the street and the picket fence while we await the upcoming show of the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas.

Even with the not having the intention of yellow in the garden ~ it finds its way in the most curious of places... I love how it helps soften and scale the colors in the garden!

Astilbe's have made their appearance this week too! I love seeing them bloom ~ they certainly make a great filler in the garden beds.  Although I don't think they will ever be as beautiful and prolific as they were back in 2001. Click here to see that post!

Some rose pictures that I can't help but share!

 While I was taking pictures of my garden, Gizzy popped her head up and said hello!
Here are some other pretty pictures of some mid summer bloomers listed in order. Bleeding Hearts, Invincibelle Hydrangea, Alyssum, Mallow and Lavender.

 Hope you are enjoying your week! Here is one of the garden pots that is filling up nicely with rescued plants from around the garden that needed a little tlc this year.  
 xoxo, tracie