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March 16, 2013 / Linda Hartong

CARMEL’S COTTAGE GARDENS – cont.

Now is time to plant the mid-height flowers.

Anybody with a “daisy” face adds cheerful innocence.  

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Alstroemeria- Chilean Lily   

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Beard Tongue  

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Bell flower

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Begonia 

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Dahlias  

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Dietes iridiodes  

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Fuchsia    

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Gaillardia

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Lavender  

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Nicotiana

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Pelargonium

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Poppy  

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Ranunculus

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Sea Lavender

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Sage  

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Fairytales do come true

And Zinnia  

her day in the spotlight

If you believe in the language of flowers, as they did in Victorian times , you can plant a garden of wisdom, innocence, amiability,good taste and gratitude. What a lovely thought.

Again remember to plant in uneven numbers  – most likely threes, and fives.  Plant in drifts when possible. Unlike English borders which place tall in the back and small in the front , cottage gardens mix tall, medium and small plants with some abandon.

Next week we focus on ground covers and small plants.

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  1. Sue / Mar 16 2013 4:25 pm

    Love all of the different daises, the bell flower, beard tongue, poppy; all of them. Great tip on difference between English garden and Cottage garden as did not realize, and can’t wait to see the ground covers next week.

  2. Elga Perez Rubio / Mar 16 2013 5:03 pm

    Lovely plant suggestions and great visuals-Cant wait to see more!!!

  3. KATHYSUE / Mar 16 2013 8:04 pm

    Linda this is a feast for the eyes!! So beautiful and I love the way you are walking us through the process of planting flower gardens, especially using Carmel gardens as examples, my favorite. I got my sofa yesterday, Kathysue is in love!!

  4. Kathy / Mar 17 2013 5:11 am

    So beautiful on a cold snowy day! Thanks for posting such great pics and ideas. I didnt know the difference between cottage and English gardens . So nice to learn that. Happy St Patricks Day!

  5. leilani / Mar 18 2013 1:48 am

    Feast for the eyes is exactly right, KathySue. Wow!

    Linda, you’re quite a talented – and accomplished – photographer. You need to do a coffee table book!

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