I have shared a few posts in the past about my little garden cottage.
Ok, maybe more than a few.
I can't help it...I'm a little obsessed.
In this post I shared with you how much work was done to get it to the point when I took the above photo. There was a ton of work involved - this little garden cottage was truly a hot mess when I bought the house.
There was some big time organizing done in the fall to make the space function better.
And a bit of decorative puttering over the winter.
It's a great space for potting up plants and tinkering a bit....but I want more.
I dream of a a little cottage surrounded by gardens with a swing nearby where I can sip coffee in the mornings and wine in the evenings among the flowers.
There's still a lot of work to do here to even come close to my ideal.
I took the first step last spring by planting a very special lilac near the cottage. Mom and Dad brought me that lovely lilac as a housewarming gift last spring when they first saw my new home.
Thanks, Mom & Dad!
I placed the lilac where I could enjoy it's flowers and fragrance every time I go in and out of my little garden cottage. Which is a LOT in spring and summer.
In the fall I dumped all the dirt from the flowerpots in the area by the stone wall so I can start a wild garden there. I'd like to put in some bee balm, black eyed susans, milkweed, coneflowers, and who knows what else....anything that likes to go mad and will spread like crazy in that area. Flowers to attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.
When the garden cottage was leveled last summer using cinder-blocks, there was a huge gap left exposed underneath. My sweetie put some chicken wire around the base to keep the animals out but that's something that needs to be finished off properly this season.
Currently we have some pavers that were found in a pile by the woods stacked up covering the chicken wire and holding it in place. But I'd really like to have a little garden around the cottage so we need to figure out a better solution. I really have no idea where to start with this...the slope of the land makes it very challenging.
Meanwhile, I brought out all the pots that were overwintering in the garden cottage and gave them some water yesterday....there's not any sign of life but I'm still hoping.
The only pots that are looking promising are the ones that hold the Creeping Jenny.
I have a long way to go in order to create that dream garden cottage that's in my mind.
But that's ok, I'll keep on dreaming.
And searching for inspiration.
And drooling over all the amazing she-sheds out there.
And taking baby steps, one beautiful spring day at a time.
Right now I'm thinking of beautiful fragrant white roses to climb up the corner. And maybe some fairy lights.
And I'm looking for the perfect garden swing to put near the future wildflower garden.
I'll take bits and pieces from all the amazing she-sheds I find out there and create my own little dream space.
What a fantastic project I have ahead of me.
I can't wait.
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