Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fishtail Cottage Garden 5/18/15

IMG_0568I promise you  I’ve sat down every day this week to blog about the garden and think, if I just wait one more day there will be more to share! So now that I’m at the end of the week – I decided that I better get busy and just share what I have blooming in the garden!  Above the “Polar Joy” rose trees are in bloom and I am anticipating the “Sarah Bernhardt” peonies to open up right after I post this! You can see from the photo’s below that these Rhododendron’s opened up beautifully this week – these photo’s were taken just a couple days from one another. It’s unbelievable how quickly the landscape is changing.


Along with the rhododendron's most of the peonies are opening – not all of them, just a few! I love that the rain has stayed away so that I can take photo’s of these beauties!


An azalea that I completely forgot I planted years ago is climbing it’s way out of hiding!  It’s called “Everest” azalea.  It is blooming weeks after my other favorites ‘Hino Crimson’ and ‘Northern Highlight’ azalea. Seeing this beautiful plant finally peek out over the hosta’s next to it means it’s roots have finally established by the pondless waterfall and eventually the vision of seeing its potential of five to six feet wide and high with the hosta’s below it just might come true in a few more years!


I know this is a long post, but really it’s well worth scrolling through all of the photo’s! Below are the roses that are still appearing in the garden. please just ask if you need names of any of the plants I post – go ahead and email me! I’ve noticed sometimes blogger doesn’t forward the comments.  To see more photo’s of the garden you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram too.


Okay – now for a few miscellaneous blooms!


Wishing you all a happy and enjoyable Memorial Day! 

“Memorial Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of the more than one million Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedoms.” – General Norton Schwartz


xoxo, tracie

Monday, May 18, 2015

AirFree Air Purifier

IMG_1749_thumb7With the arrival of spring here in Seattle, we are finding our windows open for extended periods, doors wide open and kids and pets running in and out of the house throughout the day. We are not a family that suffers from seasonal allergies, and love the fresh air in our home.   Being a gardener, I am constantly out digging in the dirt and bringing in cut flowers. Even though we do not suffer from any type of airborne allergies we have still invested in a few fabulous air purifier for our home.  My husband is not a fan.  He doesn’t like the sounds it makes as it swivels and the air sound as it flows through the machine.  It interferes with his tv watching and his sleep (yes, he likes it to be quiet).

So when we were asked to try out a new air purifier for our home, we were a little hesitant.  But willing to give it a try.

Have you heard of the Air Free Air purifier? We did a little online research to learn a bit more, however – the truth really comes after trying it out for a few weeks. We only have glowing reviews to share. This cute little compact is pretty awesome.  All you have to do is plug it in to an outlet.  My husband and I had to laugh a bit because there is absolutely no noise whatsoever to this unit.  None…Zip! We kept putting our ear up to it to see if it was even working because it’s so quite.  There is a light that you can have on or off – since we chose to keep it in our bedroom we turned it off.  This particular model covers 650 square feet of space so having it in our room is a perfect amount of space.  It’s so tiny compared to others we’ve had in the past – it only weighs about three pounds. I fits nicely in a corner and isn’t noticeable at all. 235

Airfree is the natural solution to asthma, respiratory allergies and mold ~

Eliminates dust mites, bacteria, mold spores, viruses, pollens, pet dander, ozone and other microorganisms from the air. Airfree applies the same concept as boiling water in using heat to destroy microorganisms and attains 100% efficiency at the Airfree air outlet. The entire process is completely silent and requires no maintenance, not even the occasional replacement of parts. The TSS (thermo-dynamic sterilization system) technology destroys all airborne microorganisms at temperatures of close to 400 °F. Internationally certified microbiology labs and universities have tested Airfree and all confirmed its extraordinary efficiency. All you have to do is switch one the device.

Airfree's exclusive and patented Thermodynamic Sterilizing System (TSS) technology has been independently tested in “real life” working conditions by world renowned institutions and ISO 17025 laboratories in six different countries including the USA, Sweden and Germany. These tests prove that Airfree totally destroys up to 99.99% microorganisms that pass through its patented system, no matter how small or hazardous they might be. Airfree offers a detailed copy of the independent tests on its website assuring consumers of Airfree's outstanding efficiency in drastically reducing airborne microorganisms.

The problem comes in the air that you breathe, even at home!

Approximately 90% of our time is spent in internal environment where air contamination can reach as high as 100 times the level outside. The air in our homes is replete with microorganisms harmful to our health including mold, dust mites, viruses and bacteria responsible for a series of diseases and respiratory allergies. Through exclusive technology, Airfree naturally eliminates up to 99.99% of microbiological air contamination and thus guarantees you better air quality.

Airfree improves your health and clearly boosts your quality of life

We make sure we intake only filtered water and food meeting the highest quality standards. Why, therefore, do we not similarly pay attention to the air that we breathe? Airfree allows you to choose to breathe better at home just as you also make choices about what you eat and drink.

NO ozone, NO ions, NO UV light

Airfree emits no ozone. The Airfree TSS technology generates no dangerous emissions, NO ions, NO UV light and NO ozone. In fact, independent tests in laboratories in Sweden demonstrate that Airfree actually reduces ozone by 26%. Ozone is a toxic gas that according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) can trigger asthma and destroy lung tissue.

You can purchase one for yourself directly from their website and/or Amazon.  Here or Here!

Our experience has been so great with this item, we plan to purchase more for our kids rooms.  Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer for you! xoxo, tracie