I make it a point to walk by KINGSCOTE and admire the cottage and garden.
The mistress of the house is almost always hard at work in the garden. She waves hello or we chat about some change she is making to the plantings or structure.
Today I decide to ring the bell and ask if I may take some photos. An ivy covered planter contains a “Bloom” stake and knowing just a little about her, I know this is not a request but a command to the plants.
She answers the door in her apron, beautiful white hair piled on top of her head, busy cleaning house in preparation for company.
Graciously she steps outside and answers questions in her “English?” accent. She does not “do the internet” and does not feel her garden is at its best, but allows some photos. I must wait until she brings out a cushion or two for the chairs.
While I wait, I snap some shots of the seating area she has created at her front door. It filters the view of the house from the street and must offer a pretty sight from inside the living room.
She has cleverly created an island bed in the center of the yard and so can offer four distinct vignettes. I know from my walks that her garden ornaments move around the garden as if they had legs of their own.
At the heart of the island is a vine-covered trellis sheltering a bench.
Evidence of her work is everywhere. An hibiscus waiting to be planted.
A watering can waits on the path.
She reappears and plops a dragonfly pillow into a chair.
As we chat , I get tentative approval to come back in the spring when her roses are in bloom.
I am snapping away as I leave. Lots of great details.
Scaveola filled planter
And hose guards.
The north side has a long covered porch.
I am planning my return trip, when I see KINGSCOTE is for sale.
Broker: Sotheby’s International Realty
Listing Agent: Kirk Probasco
The listing agent has wonderful interior shots.
This room with the window seat appears to look out on the front garden. I love the oak plank flooring downstairs,the beamed cellings and the antique and period furniture and details.
leads to the back yard with its wooden deck, topiary,
And fountain. What a welcoming space.
The dining room has bay windows
And the Kitchen!!! Wow. Aga Range and Ovens, blue tiles and shining copper just steal my heart.
Dutch door, farm sink, plate rack. What impeccable taste.
There is a half bath down.
And a bath.
Perfect order now reigns in the front garden.
The listing describes this home as an idyllic English country cottage exuding charm and character. I so agree.
At this point, most gardeners find all sorts of wonderful ,whimsical touches to make their garden unique.
We add ornaments such as an old ironwork screen
A mirror “window”
Small home for the garden fairies
Unusual planters like this bench and
And my favorite
Watering cans with character.
My latest ornament is a “thank you” from some guests who stay in our cottage. A loving “helping hand”
By definition, an ornament is extra. Its only function is to enhance the garden’s beauty, and most gardens are too small and crowded to be improved by more than two or three items like statues, gazing balls and rusted tractor seats.
So when you thrill to the way that one gazing ball looks tucked into the foliage
Source : Pinterest Repinned from lura cook
You may find yourself looking for more great gazing balls
One way to deal with your new obsession is to group items together so that many items appear as one to the eye.
But when door to door salesmen come peddling more gazing balls
Turn them away.
That prevents one perfect gnome
From becoming a gnome brigade.
But in the end, it’s your garden and “Personal taste will be the last judge.”