I had the pleasure of visiting the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine a few weeks ago. An amazing botanical garden that was packed with beauty in every square inch.
Among my many favorites was the Digitalis ferruginea that was clearly among the Bee’s favorites too!
The days have been hot and steamy around the garden. The Swallowtail Butterfly have been fluttering around all the flowers that have finally popped in the garden.
If you have followed my Blog for awhile, you know that life around the garden has included; dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, a mini donkey and a horse.
Her name was Flame.
She joined us for Lucy’s 11th birthday,
I recruited hard to add a horse to our life in the country.
We loved her.
She was the voice of the yard.
She loved being groomed, scratches on her forehead, her grain bucket being delivered and watching over Jimmy, the mini donkey.
Best of all, she loved getting her soft grey nose kissed.
We said good bye this week, way to soon.
We know she is running in green pastures; happy and free.
When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.
— Minnie Aumonier
Dovecotes have a fascinating history dating all the way back to Roman days. Though many have disappeared over the years, during the 17th Century England had over 26,000 dovecotes on the grounds of monasteries and manor houses. Doves at that time were considered a food source, for both the eggs and the birds themselves.
My interest in having a Dovecote in the garden came from years of reading garden books that often focused on beautiful Cottage Gardens in the South of France. I loved the gardens often featured in the magazine Victoria. Dovecotes were often a focal point featured in charming flower filled gardens.
Generally working on a budget and from materials that I have around here, I fashioned a farmhouse Dovecote with clay pots for the potting shed.
You will need:
10 -4 inch clay pots
10 washers with small holes and 10 screws.
Starting at the top; center the first pot and place a washer and screw through the drainage hole in the pot. Screw securely into the siding but avoid over tightening, as this can crack the pot.
Continue adding pots making sure they are just touching each other.
Wait for your Doves or feathered friends to find their stylish new nesting place!
I’m still waiting!
The lesson I have throughly learnt,
and wish to pass on to others,
is to know the enduring happiness
that the love of a garden gives.
Two days of sunshine and warm temperatures helped me make progress on the painting and staining of the greenhouse and Rabbit Run Cottage-potting shed.
So much more to do and finish, but waiting for spring to return. It’s hard to paint in a winter coat and gloves!
I’m happy with the changes and can’t wait for the plants and flowers to fill in the canvas.
Kokedama is the Japanese art of string gardens with the roots wrapped in a soil mixture and moss.
I have been working my way through a tray of little plants, removing most of the potting soil and replacing with a mixture of Akedama soil and peat moss.
After forming a nice ball of soil around the roots, I wrap the entire root ball with wet sheet moss.
Waxed string is used to bind the entire moss and soil ball. Tightly but not too tightly.
Tie on additional string to form a hanger for you string garden.
Water when it feels light by soaking in a vase of water for 5 min.
Then hang in a pretty spot!