Of all the gardens I have known, one of my very favorites is my daughter’s in Oregon. I delight in seeing Meg’s personality and creativity reflected in the garden and little cottage which she painted herself. A bit Bohemian with a twist of English Cottage Garden thrown in for good measure, her double lot is becoming a sustainable garden of fruits, vegetables and flowering plants. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, apple and fig trees are interplanted with eggplants, tomatoes, kale, leeks, squash and leafy greens. Drought tolerant plants and bee-friendly blooms for pollinators are mixed throughout her yard and abuzz with activity.
Sitting beneath the mimosa tree named Albethea is a wonderful shady spot to survey the garden with the added benefit of sweet scented blossoms. Window boxes filled with succulents and herbs frame the front windows, and clematis is trellised up the porches. Roses climb the branch arbors on the walk towards the house where blooming succulents and a sweet jasmine vine greet you. A trumpet vine is climbing up a dead Laurel, making it beautiful once more.
A visual treat for the eyes, pretty potted plants, interesting succulents, window boxes and blooms of all kinds create a cacophony of cottage garden colors. Stones collected on hikes become a rock garden filled with succulents by the garden shed. Nothing is wasted. Pruned branches become rose arbors, vegetable garden trellises and twig fencing for the flower beds. Bamboo screening envelopes the garden and gives it a sense of enclosure. And tiny lights welcome you home as the day turns to dusk.
Flowering trees, shrubs and perennials fill her yard with color and scent! The Mimosa tree, named Albethea, perfumes the air and is a delightful place to dine in the shade.
Meg’s lovey pets will keep you company in the garden too! Her male cat, Mogey, was out and about during the picture-taking and missed his photo op!