I love reading the Real Estate Section of the Pine Cone.
House hunting is such fun. This is my latest find appropriately named “Dreams Do Come True”.
The website shows the floor plan.
The main living area has an open floor plan . The living room features a vaulted, beamed ceiling and stone fireplace.
I love the dining room with its built-in hutch and window seat with storage below.
Red being my current color of choice, the kitchen really feels cozy.
Who would not love the stainless steel appliances, farm sink, hardwood floors and quartz countertops.
There is even a great pantry area.
This floor also has a half-bath and
Master Bedroom with fireplace
The master bath has handsome cabinetry. I love the plantation shutters throughout the house.
Stairs off the kitchen
lead up to a single bedroom
With an ocean view
And another half bath.
And down to the laundry room
Three more bedrooms
A full bath
A galley across the back of the house works for a small office.
Looks down on a professionally landscaped yard.
There is even a garage ( I like the flower box and shutters on the garage window- that is real attention to detail).
The cottage is on Casanova 5 NW Ocean which is a great location to walk to the beach and town and is Brokered And Advertised By: Sotheby’s-Clocktower Listing Agent: Weathers
List price $2,995,000.
Now that the “bones” of our cottage garden are in place, we are ready to go shopping for flowers.
When you buy,think in terms of odd numbers 1,3,5,7 and try to mix flower shapes. I like to start with the tallest flowers first. It’s rather like casting a movie with the taller flowers as the STARS. On Carmel’s small lots these taller flowers might be planted in ones or in clusters of three.
Now we begin to add height with:
Look how it calls attention to the gate at Hob Nob.
Acanthus -Bears Breeches
Works like an exclamation point to draw our eyes down the path toward the garden door.
Standing on tall stems the graceful blooms flutter in the breezes.
A real attention getter, some gardeners plant these in the strip of earth outside the garden fence.
Cleome- Spider flower
A self-seeder, I love the way Mother Nature sprinkles it around the garden randomly. The seedlings are easy to pull it you don’t like where they land.
Loves Carmel’s sandy dry soil.
knocks your socks off in its vivid colors. Here it splashes its color around with carnations and two colors of Bougainvillea.
Wow. Doesn’t it work well with the Agapanthus and mexican sage to emphasize the view through the gate?
Digitalis ( Foxglove) – a cottage garden favorite.
Here its vertical spires echo the vertical lines of a rustic tuteur.
and Lions Tail.
is another graceful bloom to mix with some of the more rigid ones. It seems to do well with neglect.
Pride of Madeira
and Red Hot Poker
make bold statements.
while Surprise Lilly
and Verbena bonariensis
add a softer touch.
allows itself to be tucked in almost anywhere.
Next week we choose the Best Supporting Actors or the mid – height flowers.
When I plant my gardens, I start with some shrubs and small trees for height and bulk. They provide privacy where it is needed and reinforce the importance of your focal points.
Shrubs really call attention to the front door of this cottage. I can not even imagine it without them.
Some great shrubs and small trees for Carmel are:
Japanese Maple in every season
New Zealand Tea Tree
Breath of Heaven ( feathery foliage and a sweet smell)
Sweet Pea Shrub
Cottage gardens take advantage of vertical space. So remember to cover trellis, arbors, and fences with such climbers as
Ablution -Chinese Lantern
Be patient. Next week we actually start to plant flowers.
We have now established boundaries , an entrance and paths in our Cottage Garden. Examine the view from both inside the garden and inside the cottage. What view is pleasing and should be left open and what views are less than perfect and could be improved by creating a better place to look, a focal point. Focal points also work to draw one’s eye around the garden.
Create focal points such as
A spot to sit. This spot in front of the cottage window hides the view of the street beyond and creates a charming view from within.
This one works to draw the visitor through the garden
A birdbath anchors a planting bed.
A fantastick birdhouse
A feeder to attract wild life
Or special planter
All work as places for the eye to rest for a moment.
I especially love a bee skep
To attract the bees