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Spring Blooms in the Cottage Garden

 

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Containers planted in the fall bloom lushly in the warm spring air. Petunia

mixed with white stock and lilac snapdragon

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A tri-colored primula stretches toward the warm sun.

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A simple yellow petunia adorned with intricate red stripes.  Petunia’s tend to be very

hardy in the winter months if the temperature does not dip too low.

 

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A typical cool spring day in the mid to low 70’s is a good time to bring out

the seedlings and starter pots

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Daffodils say HELLO Spring!  Goodbye winter!

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  I highly recommend Gaillardia (Arizona Sun)for beginner gardeners. They sow easy and fast

and soon spread and bloom all season long and into the winter.

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I have never seen an Iris bloom all winter, but this little jewel never stopped blooming not even for a week, I have divided it 3 times and even the divided rhizomes bloomed within 2 weeks.  I can’t even give you a name for it, as I bought it at some nursery on clearance. I will definitely put more re-bloomers on my “to buy” list for next year. 

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I planted this little grouping to hide my air conditioning unit and it has not failed in that regard. I picked apples last year from my 2 year old tree. The bush green plant is rosemary, and under the apple tree is the ever faithful gaillardia. 

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If I had a larger yard I would plant more apple trees. They are such a pretty site when in full bloom. 

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I have never seen a plant grow as fast and bloom so quickly as the ever blooming gaillardia.   

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I added a little whimsy with yard art. At the base you can see the green

of the opium poppy not yet blooming but soon they will pop their little heads up

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Bokchoy anyone?  

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Window box of succulents

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An old time Cottage Garden Favorite, Nasturtiums whirly bird. The unusual markings add interest to this plant.

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Spring blooms add interest to the walkway and enhances the curb appeal.

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Pansies, a Cottage Garden must have.

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The cottage garden will have an assortment of plants. Here I have nasturtium,

stock, daffodils, asparagus, roses, lavender, coneflower.

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