Thursday, March 21, 2013

LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING IN MY BEATRIX POTTER COTTAGE GARDEN for "Open House"



Spring comes late in Colorado!  I follow many of your blogs so I know from previous years that your gardens will be up and running before mine.  Right now the northwest has daffodils blooming.  We can still have a snow in early May.  We are so desperate for moisture.  So today I am sharing some "memories" from the last 2 summers.  Of course, I look forward to my favorite time each week when on Tuesdays we will have "Tea In The Garden" instead of "Friends Sharing Tea".  


ALL PHOTOS FROM 2012



The left side of my garden will be 5 years old this summer, the right side 4 years old and the middle 3 years old.  This used to be a heavy lawn area years ago where the family dog ran.  After he passed I began this project so this should encourage you to try a small garden.  Like the little girl said in THE SECRET GARDEN - "could I have a piece of earth sir"?  And oh yes - I have made my share of mistakes in the learning process too.  I prefer anything perennial and I am not big on annuals.  I love the cottage garden type flowers and style.


I have 4 large cast stones figurines in the garden - I call them Miss 
Tabitha,  Jeremy Fisher, Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck.  They are from Campania International in Pennsylvania.  You might find a local fun nursery that carries them.  I don't bring them in side in winter as they weight like 75 pounds each.  I probably should.  You might also notice the birdbath with a cat at the base which is also from Campania.




My husband has been applying a good exterior paint to some of my wooden pieces because they were getting really bad - in fact I was hoping to have a DIY project to show you today - STAY TUNED!
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Bernideen's Tea Time Blog!





Please join me for "OPEN HOUSE" and link something from your blog about home, garden, cooking, baking, sewing, crochet, crafting, the list goes and goes....just make sure it is related to home.  Please include a link to this post on yours as well!

I will also be linking to:Thursday Inspiration at Little Red House and Home Sweet Home and Cottage Style Party and Saturday Showoff


29 comments:

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

I love your garden! It's sooo enchanting! And I am so looking forward to blossoms and blooms, too.
But...we awoke to snow on the ground again. Hoping it all passes before we have to drive north this weekend.

Deb said...

It was so nice to look at your garden while it snows outside my office window. :(
Your garden is so pretty and I love the stone rabbit holding his carrot. How cute. I'll try to be back to link up. Must go kitty-sitting again. Hugs. Deb

Ruthie Miller said...

Oh Bernideen,
You say, Beatrix Potter and my ears perk up. I love your joyful garden and the little characters that inhabit it. It is so wonderful and then you make such lovely bouquets to bring in when they are in full bloom. Looking forward to another season.
xo Ruthie

Terra said...

Your garden is so charming that it speaks to me, in fact it SINGS to me. Yes, it is fabulous, the tall animal sculptures, the table cloth and those fox gloves.

G said...

Hi Bernideen,
Your Beatrix Potter Garden is beautiful and inspirational. Love the character collection, they complete the theme. I, too have a Beatrix Garden, I call it the Mr. McGregor's Garden, Secret Garden and a Kermit The Frog Pond Garden. I started working on them May of 2012'. The plants are growing and will post about them in the near future. Happy Day!

kitty said...

I loved seeing pics of your pretty garden, Bernideen! I love whimsy in the garden and I would have such fun visiting yours in person. However, seeing it in your blog is the next best thing!! Thanks for hosting!

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

Your garden is beautiful---I'm so inspired! Thanks for the party. I've just posted this week's Homemaking Linkup and would love to have you join, if you'd like.

Blessings,
Mrs. Sarah Coller

Heather May said...

Thank you for hosting!LOVE the garden...I too see snow at my home so it was nice to see a glimpse of thigsto come! I will be hosting tomorrow at www.frugalfitfamily.com and the link is up so please sop by if you can!

8)(8 said...

Gorgeous and magical!

NanaDiana said...

My gosh- that is just a beautiful garden there. I looks like an enchanted place for sure- I am so jealous and I do believe that Beatrix Potter wuld feel right at home there- xo Diana

Sarah said...

Bernideen, you know I've long admired your sweet Beatrix Potter figures. I once had a darling Peter Rabbit for my garden, but someone helped it hop into their car one night. ;-( Love your English garden look. I long for that for my garden, but haven't achieved it yet. Working in that direction! Thanks for hosting. ~ Sarah

[email protected] said...

You have such a beautiful English garden. It gives me hope that one day, mine will look like that... At least, a little! Spring is on its way here in Brittany but we have a lot of rain, so having tea outside is out of the question this week!

Miss Jane said...

I thank you for hosting my blog!
I follow and love your blog! your photos are always wonderful!
Thank you for your visit :)

Vee said...

What a beautiful secret garden you have!

Maria said...

Oh wow what a BEAUTIFUL garden!!!! Just gorgeous! It looks like it's from a fairytale! I would love to sit down and have a cup of tea there! Beautiful!

On Crooked Creek said...

Bernideen,
I love your "piece of the Earth", dear one!!! I, too, took a piece of Earth last year and am trying desperately to have a Fairy Garden! The past two Seasons we have experienced drought here on the South Central area of the Prairie! Your birdhouse is exquisite...mine MUST have a new roof this Spring if it is not to meet its demise. . .according to "Mr.Ed"!
I L O V E your concrete statutes...especially the bunny!!!
I'm joining you from Mary's Thursday's Inspirations!!! Happy Spring, dear one!
Fondly,
Pat

Micupoftea~ said...

So charming! I can see you enjoy the outdoors and your sweet piece of earth :)

~ Liz ~ said...

What a fabulous place. You have such style. It warms my heart to see all that beauty.
Liz @ Quirky Vistas

podso said...

Your gardens are lovely and show a lot of hard work. Love all your Beatrice Potter.

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Your garden is just beautiful, Bernideen, with or without extra paint on those pieces. I do like the green color you have on some! I hope I can come back to CO and visit sometime!

A Garden of Threads said...

Gorgeous garden!!!

Marilyn said...

Such a beautiful garden.

Susan said...

Foxglove and Columbine--two of my favorites! Can't wait for the weather to be warm enough to dine outdoors again, XOXO

sandy said...

Your garden is beautiful! I love the statues and the cottage feel of your garden. It all looks so magical! Looking forward to seeing it this summer!

Jann Olson said...

Bernideen, Your garden photos are gorgeous! I adore cottage gardening and strive for it in my own garden. Thanks for hosting. Happy to be joining in the fun!
hugs,
Jann

Shelia said...

I just adore your precious garden! Can't wait to see it this spring! Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Sweet Auburn Life said...

Oh my goodness, your garden is amazing!! This is the garden I dream of! Isn't it funny, you are wishing for moisture and here in Ireland I am wishing it would stop!

Lady Linda said...

Such a beautiful lovely blog post! I love all the flowers.

Chel C said...

I have just come across your blog and so glad I did. Your garden is just beautiful. I used to own a cottage garden and grew heritage plants. Your blog has taken me back to those very very happy days. I am looking forward to following you through the seasons and will now join your party. Thanks again for sharing such beautiful photos. Take care. Chel