Monday, March 30, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 3/30/15

This week the tulips have begun to opened up in our landscape – but to be honest only a handful have returned. Most of the tulips are only showing the green foliage – so this weekend while cleaning up a few of the beds, I couldn’t help but start to dig up the tulip bulbs to store them for fall planting this year. The ones that are blooming are certainly beautiful!


Over the weekend I focused on a few much needed garden bed areas that needed attention – one being the front garden.  Last fall I pulled up everything out of this area so that I could start clean this spring.  I decided to plant Halcyon and Gold Standard Hostas along with my favorite Cottage Perennial the bleeding heart of the garden.  Now any time I plant an area of the garden – I know that it will take a couple years to get this area established to what my future vision is.  I know that this area will be fill in with the English Bluebells, Sweet Woodruff and other seeds that scatter on their own. I love the look of an organized yet whimsical cottage garden.


On the other side of the fence is where I focused more of my attention – I had removed a huge mock orange and a “Belle Isis” rose that has decided to ramble its way through this area and comes up wherever it’s runner desires.


It was a pretty rose, but I didn’t like that it only bloomed once and also that it was taking over this area choking out very carefully placed plants. I know it doesn’t look like I have organized chaos in my garden but I definitely do! I ended up digging up more roots of the Belle Isis Rose and planting a few more white bleeding hearts and peonies. 


I will plant more blooming perennials as they appear in the nurseries! I am on the hunt for a “Keiko Peony” for this area, Lupin, Poppies, Guara.  My only color right now that I have in this area is the beautiful Hino Crimson Azalea to share!

A couple spots in the garden that I am happy to share the beauty that is appearing is my front walkway with the explosion of Bleeding hearts next to my fountain.


The backyard patio and walkway area is one of my favorites!  Seeing several trees and shrubs budding out. Its just so amazing seeing everything waking up on a daily basis! A lot of green right now, but in a few short weeks more and more colorful blooms will be appearing!


Happy to share it with you! Thanks for coming over and visiting – xoxo, tracie

Friday, March 27, 2015

Winner of the Amazon Gift Card!


Heather! Congratulations! you are the winner of the $50. Amazon Gift Card!  I will contact you shortly!

oxox, tracie




Monday, March 23, 2015

Invisible Dog Fence…

mccall and ally (1)When I first began to get serious about gardening ~ we owned a yellow lab named McCall.  To be honest, she was an unwelcomed pal of mine when it came go gardening…she would get right up in whatever I was doing and would destroy the area as soon as I would move on to the next section.  That would mean digging up what I had just planted or rolling on an area I had just weeded ~ all endearing memories now, but at the time I would get so frustrated!  Being a home owner, you learn that there are products out there that can simplify our lives and easily alleviate stressors like what I am talking about.  A product called “Invisible Fence” – not only can you do this outside in your gardens but inside as well.  To keep dogs like McCall from jumping up and eating a wedding cake you had spent all day baking…um, yes – that really happened.
062Although, McCall passed away four years ago, at the age of 14, We now have three shih tzu’s, Charlie, Sophie (pictured) and Millie, who cannot be trusted neither in the garden or having 0f free roaming rights of the house.  We have found that the less area they have of the house, the better at housetrained pooches that they are.  And like McCall if they are allowed to follow me into the garden beds, they too would be little helpers terrors in my landscape! IMG_2728I was recently contacted by Dog Fence DIY to share the benefits of using a invisible dog fence for your home.  I was also excited about the opportunity because of the peace of mind that having an invisible fence has given our family.  No more worrying about them running out of the yard and getting lost, having them confined to areas of the house and garden that are appropriate and enjoyable and stress free for not only me, but for our dogs too!

Using an Invisible Fence to Deter Your Digging Dogs Do your digging dogs wreak havoc inside your garden? How can you stop them from uprooting your plants and causing damage? An underground dog fence is one way to protect your garden. While it doesn’t stop other animals from entering your garden, an electric dog fence is a very reliable method for containing your dogs to the area of your choice. Read on for more information about using this system in your gardens or flower beds. Why Dogs Dig Many breeds of dogs have a natural desire to dig. Terriers, for example, were bred to hunt small prey, so they’re inclined to burrow to find animals like gophers. Larger hunting breeds like bloodhounds, vizslas, and weinheimers also tend to dig. Huskies, chow chows, and other large dogs will dig into the ground to stay cool. Dogs who are not neutered may be more prone to digging, too. In fact, any dog can develop a love for digging if they’re bored enough, or if they’re determined to get to something in the ground or on the other side of the fence. A wired dog fence combined with a physical fence can help you manage a digging dog. Enclosing Your Garden Digging dogs love gardens, because the soil is excellent for digging. If you have a compost pile in your garden, they may also be attracted to it because of the food scraps. In order to keep your dogs out of your garden, you’ll need more than a traditional fence, because they’ll easily dig underneath it. An electronic dog fence will stop your dogs from digging up your garden and keep them safe from the compost pile. A DIY underground dog fence or wireless dog fence will warn your dogs when they’re approaching the garden perimeter with a mild, annoying static shock from their e-collars. They’ll be unable to get close enough to dig underneath the wire. Additional Benefits A DIY electric dog fence is a reliable solution to the problem of keeping your diggers out of the garden or flower beds, and it has some additional benefits. An electric dog fence will not block the view of your garden the way a traditional fence would, so all your hard work and prized plants will still be on display. You also won’t have to worry about opening and remembering to close the gate every time you enter or exit your garden. When you’re carrying garden tools, not having to fuss with a locked gate is definitely a plus. Also, the total invisible fence cost is up to 80% less than a traditional fence. Reinforcing a Traditional Fence If you already have a fence in place around your garden or yard, an electronic fence can still be used to add an extra layer of protection. Because digging dogs tend to be stubborn, they won’t stop attempting to dig underneath the traditional fence, especially once they’ve done so successfully. Escaping from your yard will put your dogs’ lives in danger, and possibly open you up to liability if they get into trouble during their adventure. Reinforcing a traditional fence with an electric fence will ensure your dogs are safe and your garden is protected no matter what. Remote Training Containing your dogs to one area of the yard will protect them and your garden, but it won’t stop them from digging as long as there’s ground underneath their paws. Remote training with an e-collar can help stop their digging anywhere. In essence, you’ll train your dogs by using a remote to send an annoying vibration to their e-collars anytime you catch them digging. This will reinforce that digging isn’t allowed, and before long they should stop altogether. Some invisible fences also have remote training capabilities. The Innotek dog fence review, for example, will tell you that the e-collar can be used to both reinforce set boundaries and as a remote trainer. If you decide to install your own invisible fence, there are plenty of online resources to help you choose the best system for you, your dogs, and your garden. The PetSafe YardMax is a popular electric dog fence, and there are plenty of reviews and instructions to help you out. Anyone can successfully install an electric dog fence over the weekend. Consistent, thorough training of your dogs will then take 15-30 minutes per day for two weeks. After that, you can rest your mind at ease that your dogs and your garden are safe from harm. Published in partnership with We encourage you to share your experiences with a variety of dog containment systems in the comments section.

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xoxo, tracie