Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 4/20/15

Our temperatures here in Seattle have certainly woke up much of the garden.  We’ve had a few days of upper 60’s and the landscape is loving it!!!  I’ve been busy in the gardens any chance I can get!  Over the weekend I worked on my metal wheelbarrow ~ I enjoy changing this out every year and trying out new plants.  This year, I decided on all perennials and plan to place them in the garden beds as the flowers diminish. I planted a beautiful “Dalmatian Peach” digitalis surrounded by “Pino Gris” heuchera Sensatoin Deep Rose Salvia, Carnation and sandwort along with some white allysum seeds. I think it will flourish nicely throughout the summertime. 



I may have to replace the digitalis with something else in a few weeks as the blooms of these won’t last too long, but they are so gorgeous right now…I plan to save the seeds and grow more in the garden beds!  Maybe delphinium, or a lily of some kind? Who knows, I’ll decide when I’m ready! For now, I’m enjoying how stunning this wheelbarrow looks in the garden.



Its so fun to see what is returning and flourishing this year.  No matter how many photographs I share with you, and comparing them to previous years ~ the photos of the landscape are never the same…everything is always evolving and new shapes and color scheme to keep me interested and of course in love with the beauty all around me! I mail ordered three Florida Dogwood trees in 2007, when they arrived they were about four inches in height. I planted them in the landscape and after stressful areas for them, I ended up moving them a few times until I felt that they were finally in a happy spot.  I was told years ago that this Florida Dogwood would never make it in my area.  But I’ve been patient and waited in hopes of a performance like this one.


Last year I had maybe five blooms total on this tree, but look at it this year…can you see them all?  So excited! Unfortunately one did not make it past the first move, but the two I have are doing just fine.


I know you spotted a lilac appearing next to the dogwood ~ you are right! My neighbor across the street has had blooms on hers for a few weeks now, mine has just finally bloomed! So far only two of them!


Another fragrant favorite of mine is the Northern Highlights Azalea ~ if you are curious about how fragrant, think of a Daphne.  One you can smell when you are clear across the other side of the gardens! I started with one, and have accumulated six more. Only a couple blooms have appeared, but already can smell them when I walk out my front door!

IMG_9407More blooms such as pictured are “Centaurea Montana”, Columbine, a sea of “English Bluebells”, tree peonies (lighter pink one is “Paeonia Hanakisoi”), “Cunningham White” & “Jean Marie” Rhododendron’s.


This has got to be my favorite view in the garden right now – this photo is taken from my back patio where I sit and enjoy my morning coffee!  Everything is so green and lush, yet still so much to look forward to!


Thanks for coming over and reading about this weeks blooms at Fishtail Cottage!  xoox, tracie

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 4/14/15

This week in the garden the peony trees beginning to bloom, but unfortunately the rain has also showed itself here in Seattle, so they’ve weighed them down a bit.  Every time I go outside to take a photo, I think that I just need to try again later…but its raining again (actually hailing) ~ so this is the best I’m going to get for now because I want to share this weeks garden post!


I have a few other peony trees but they are not in bloom yet.  But his one, I am so excited to share with you - I first saw this Itoh Peony “Kieko” at the Seattle Home and Garden Show.  I immediately put it on my wish list and when I finally found it, they only had one available, I hope to add another to the garden at a later date.  Isn’t this bloom breathtaking?


It’s an Itoh peony with large, semi-double to double flowers that measure up to six inches across, the foliage is dark green. Apparently as the flower matures, the dark lavender pink petals slowly fade to a soft pink, revealing a cluster of yellow stamens in its center. I just love the antiqued pink it displays.  The tag says it’s flower is lightly fragrant (most likely in the sunshine). It prefers full sun to dappled shade.

Also this week, I’ve started slowly to fill my patio planters, I have just a few that I’ve prepared for summertime.  Decided that I will take my time in doing so and enjoy it as I go.  Plus the longer I wait, the more options I will have when I visit the nursery! I shared with you a few weeks ago that I found a couple Fairy Blush Camellia that I’ve been nursing back from a harsh exposure to winter. Since that post, I have added pink marshmallow fuchsias and white alyssum to the base of that plant. If you missed that post and want to revisit – click here.  still hoping that I can help these plants recover ~ but they haven’t progressed very well.  I will share more photo’s of that planter when it looks pretty enough to share.

On the back patio, I decided on these darling purple Aubretia flowers and white alyssum surrounding the base of lavender topiaries. 

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IMG_9244In the pot just below the one I shared above, I have planted a light pink geranium, heuchra, white allysum and a rescued rose.  In time these should fill in nicely for summer!

My favorite so far is the simply potted galvanized pot with a geranium, white bacopa and white allysum. It sits on the steps going up to the chicken coop. 










Planting your pots earlier in the spring will help them get established in the plantere and allow the roots to take hold and mature so that they trail alongside the containers by the time bbq season arrives.


We had our first rose open up a couple days ago, this one is growing on the archway heading into where the chicken coop is.  It’s one of my favorite in the landscape.  Blush Noisette…so incredibly fragrant and easy to grow!


Another favorite flower in the garden is the darling little English Bluebell Flowers!  I have a few that have already appeared, but an explosion of them all over the garden is about to happen.  Every year when they are done blooming, I divide them and place them any place I can find a space that they do not appear.  I love lining each and every walkway with these little beauties! 


And this picture is just too cool not to share, my hostas are still upright and have not fallen open, but this photo just looks so cool to me as I look over the top of them watching their progress!


Thanks for popping over and would love for you to say hello!  If you are not already following me, I’d love for you to do so.  I am located in the Pacific Northwest close to the city of Seattle.  So if you love knowing what is coming up locally in the gardens – I’m your girl! xoox, tracie

Friday, April 10, 2015

Instagram Giveaway!

Giving one of these darling Bucket Bags on Fishtail Cottage’s Instagram!


This little SailorBag is a favorite. It measures 8.5” high x 8” diameter.  Just like the name says, it's a soft bucket -- carrying handle and all -- with possibilities limited only by your imagination. Use it to carry snacks or drinks, as a fun caddy for guest bathroom towels, a kindling carrier, shell collector, fruit basket, wet bathing suit bag, and on and on...I personally plan to use it when we hit the beach this summer!

Made from the finest materials and trim: Our genuine sailcoth exterior, super-tough webbing and signature sailmaker's zig-zag stitching are some of the things that make it easy for us to proudly guarantee SailorBags for life!


Click here to enter! Just be a follower on IG and tag three friends in your post. Best of luck! Winner announced 4/17/15 xoxo, tracie