“If you would have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden.”
I want to share one of my favorite Carmel Cottage gardens with you. No matter the season, the time of day or the weather, I can not walk by #5 Casanova without stopping to photograph its perfection.
The cottage is charming but I can not imagine it without its front garden . The cottage is ,in fact, the focal point of the garden.
In April , the Clematis “montana” already drapes itself artfully over the corner of the house.
I point my camera over the fence . The narrow winding path is in perfect proportion to the size of this cottage and garden.
I love the potted pansies by the door and the white wisteria. Globe flower blooms in the window box.
Fuchsia drips from an umbrella-shaped trellis
And the frog atop the trellis seems to soak up the warm spring sunshine.
Spires of Delphinium stand at attention.
The pink, peony like flowers of ‘Pink Picotee’ Ranunculus make an eye-catching addition. In Kansas, I can only grow this as a house plant.
This is a wonderful example of a modern-day cottage garden- informal and densely planted with a wide variety of plants .
Creamy viburnum flowers over the fence.
By late May, the viburnum flowers are fading. Pastel snap dragons, peruvian Lilly, and petunias are now blooming.
This garden is in its full glory by late August when Lilly, and Hydrangea add even more variety.
I walk up the path admiring the ground cover. What wonderful texture.
Roses add their scent
and daisy shaped flowers tumble over the walk.
I ring the door bell,
place my card in the door and step aside to admire the scene.
A small rabbit huddles by the door step. White bacopa spills from a planter and
the frog looks up prayerfully.
Geranium now fill the window box.
The gardener has used repetition of plants throughout the design to help create visual lines. I see three varieties of Alstroemeria or peruvian Lilly.
This garden convinces me that I am really missing out by not growing Hydrangea in my garden. They repeat themselves in many colors to add bulk to the garden. Pink,
blue and lavender.
Even as the blossoms fade they are lovely.
I go out the garden gate. The Frog in charge of guarding the cottage seems to be taking his duties lightly.
I am sure this is not the last time I will stop to admire this scene.