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November 18, 2017 / Linda Hartong

The Cottage Garden at 5 Casanova Street

Over the past 20 years, we have seen many changes in Carmel. Shops and restaurants come and go. Mayors come and go. And cottages change owners and personalities.

One of my favorite homes is 5 Casanova St. which I blogged about in 2012.

I hang over their gate countless times because this garden is breathtaking in every season.

5 Casanova

In August 2007, hydrangea, alstroemeria, lilies, and fuchsia bloom exuberantly.

5 Cassanova

In May 2008, salvia, roses and foxglove wow me.

5 Cassavoa

October 2009 It is utterly charming.

5 Casanova

June 2011 still has me snapping pics.

5 Cassanova

So on our trip last week, I prepare to see my garden again.

5 Cassavoa


I AM IN MOURNING. The house is being remodeled and so is my garden. A new roof is going on but it looks like the path is being rerouted.

I will keep you posted. Sometimes change is a good thing.


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  1. Barbara H. / Nov 19 2017 4:01 pm

    Yikes! How distressing. I hope it comes back to life in a good way.

  2. Clay McCleery / Nov 19 2017 4:18 pm

    Clearly, undereducated people, with too much money, and no taste or imagination! Little by little, one house at a time, Carmel loses its charm.

    On Nov 19, 2017 10:41 AM, “Once upon a time..Tales from Carmel by the Sea” wrote:

    > Linda Hartong posted: “Over the past 20 years, we have seen many changes > in Carmel. Shops and restaurants come and go. Mayors come and go. And > cottages change owners and personalities. One of my favorite homes is 5 > Casanova St. which I blogged about in 2012. https://talesfromc” >

  3. Zoe / Nov 19 2017 4:28 pm

    How good they are not letting it slowly go to pieces. Hopefully a garden will be planted that will be better than before.

  4. Stanley Ruggerio / Nov 19 2017 5:49 pm

    This Texan is so happy that you have renewed posting. Carmel is paradise, indeed.

  5. Annie Westlake / Nov 19 2017 5:58 pm

    I feel your pain. We stayed in Carmel in September and I found out that five of my favorite places were gone –Candlesticks of Carmel, Em Le’s, Off the Wall, Jane Austen at Home, and A Great Place. At least I can go back to your blogs on these places, and relive the memories. Sorry about your garden. Hope all is well.

    • Linda Hartong / Nov 19 2017 6:15 pm

      so good to hear from you again. Yes, we are doing much better.

  6. Claire Claise Hammerbeck / Nov 19 2017 6:33 pm

    Linda, the beauty in your pictures always makes me smile. Thank you sharing with us again. You and your pictures have been missed. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours….Gobble, Gobble.

  7. Margaret Robinson / Nov 19 2017 7:00 pm

    Welcome home; no matter how long you’re here! Happy Thanksgiving – MMR

  8. Patricia Tetzlaff / Nov 19 2017 7:50 pm

    I have downloaded your photos of this house in previous posts. Yes, it is a shock to see so much removed. Perhaps it is a new owner who wants less to maintain. Keep us posted if you can. Patricia

  9. Allison / Nov 19 2017 7:56 pm

    Well at least it’s not being knocked down and replaced by some monstrosity! That’s what is happening in Vancouver as the property is worth more than the house. It’s happening in my Eastern Canadian city too. The cute 1930’s bungalows with their leaded windows are being bulldozed for the ugliest post modern semi detached houses. People don’t want to rehab or renovate or remodel anymore…..don’t want to spend the time remodelling an old beauty and adapting her to the 21st century….they just want instant gratification.
    As much as this is quite a shock to you I am sure it is being lovingly and thoughtfully remodelled but sometimes sacrifices need to be made. Hopefully it will arise looking refreshed and as lovely as those earlier photos show. Please keep us informed.

  10. Philip A. LaVoie / Nov 19 2017 8:01 pm

    Thank You for your posts and the photos. I love them.

  11. / Nov 20 2017 9:50 pm

    that is terribly sad

  12. Bob Condry / Nov 21 2017 1:52 am

    Dear Linda, So good to see a post from you!!! Miss them! I sure hope this lovely home and garden emerge still beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving to you 🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃, Mary

    Sent from my iPad


  13. Kathy Good / Nov 21 2017 11:05 pm

    can’t wait to see it finished. It will probably be just as beautiful. Keep us posted

  14. jeanette sclar / Nov 24 2017 10:37 pm

    I’ve always heard “You can’t go home again” but never dreamed you couldn’t walk past the neighbors!

  15. leilani / Nov 26 2017 1:37 am

    Oh my. I hope they just dug up the plants for safekeeping until the construction crew leaves. Or at least passed them on to the neighbors!

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