Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tea on Thursday and a Tour of Lavender Cottage Gardens


This week for my garden journal I'm going to take you on a tour of Lavender Cottage, a 50 x 120 foot lot in a subdivision pocket village surrounded by tranquil rural beauty.
The view from the road, driveway to the left.
Coming to the front door, the lavender hedge is a little beat up from rain a couple of days ago.
Behind you, the butterfly garden bursting with colour and the butterfly bushes just starting to flower.
 The rest of the front yard. See the Annabelle hydrangea in the distance...
One of those huge blooms brought me the 'Best of Show' ribbon at our garden club flower show this week.
From our front door.
Looking down the north side of the house, two rain barrels here.
Heading towards the arbour into the backyard, the Japanese garden is on the right.

Bird garden and trial bed for Proven Winners shrubs.
The garden shed hubby built me with electricity and running water and the friendship garden to the left of the path.
The moon garden, planted with white blooms has to undergo a change as it has transitioned to a shade garden with the backyard trees maturing.
Pond and waterfall, prolific with water lilies. The reading garden is in the upper left corner where the bench is.
The tea house that hubby also built me, a delightful place to sit for afternoon tea listening to the soothing sound of the waterfall.
As we head back towards the house, a hosta garden is nestled under the dwarf cable apple tree. This year I've started adding a few heuchera and astilbes.
The south side of the house leading back to the front will be ablaze in golden blooms on the left when the drifts of goldenrod 'Fireworks' open. The third rainbarrel can be seen in the top right corner.
Do come back to the teahouse where we can sit and chat. This photo of course is from earlier when the peonies were flowering.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour around our home. My husband is a handy guy and did all the grunt work to create the gardens, pond and structures...thank you honey!
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea.


42 comments:

  1. Wow! Judith your property and gardens are gorgeous. It goes to show that a sub division property doesn't have to be all lawn. You and your hubby have done a beautiful job of all the garden beds and structures. I realize it's a lot of work to keep up but doable on a city lot. Thanks for the lovely tour. Your tea table is very inviting too!

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  2. Hello Judith, your gardens are just lovely. You and your hubby have a done an amazing job, everything just looks gorgeous. I enjoyed the tour and the lovely images. Have a happy day!

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  3. Your garden(s) are exquisite and so well designed. You are a master gardener and your husband is a talented woodworker! The tea house looks like a delightful place to sit and enjoy some peaceful time each day.

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  4. What a lovely garden tour! Your gardens are just beautiful!

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  5. Judith, your landscaping and gardens are beautiful. What fun to take a tour of them. Love the tea house Glenn built for you in such a tranquil and lovely setting. I thought about you when I attended a Lavender Festival last Saturday [it's today's blog post]. Thank you for sharing this fabulous post!

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  6. Judith, this is fabulous! I could move in and not change a thing! This URL is going into my gardening/landscaping file for inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Absolutely beautiful. How wonderful it would be to just sit and take in all the beauty. Hubby is quite the handyman. You are very lucky to have someone who also takes interest in your garden! Have a wonderful day!

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  8. How totally lovely. You have done an outstanding job of creating a paradise!

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  9. I assumed your gardens would be beautiful, but they are well beyond that! You and your husband have created amazing spaces! Your garden should be featured in Canadian Gardening or some such publication, Judith.

    Karen

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  10. Hi Judith. Your garden is just gorgeous, and so artfully done!!

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  11. I did enjoy my tour of your gardens, Judith! I love the iron archway at the beginning and the meandering pathways. You have beauty around every nook and kranny, and it's your own piece of heaven right in your yard. I don't know what I love best, but I do love your tea room, your shed, and your delightful pond and waterfall. Oh, what joy it would be to see it all in person!, and enjoy the sights and smells!

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  12. Oh my, yes, the chats we could have! Congrats on the win with your beautiful hydrangea. So much going on in your gardens. It must be a continual delight for you. I am only wishing that the daylilies weren't so stingy blooming one at a time...makes for a sparse look. Kudos, too, to your beloved for creating these wonderful garden rooms and this tea room where we are chatting. Very calming. (I want a rain barrel, too! I have had to water today for the first time this summer. Water costs us twice be pcause we pay for the water and the sewage rates are based on water usage. Yikes! )

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  13. It is beautiful. Thanks also for the tea.

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  14. Wow I knew you were a serious gardener but your gardens are amazing! So beautifully and thoughtfully laid out. I bet it shines like a star on your street! thanks for showing us and tea in your little teahouse would be such a pleasure. I love your lamppost in the front of your garden.

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  15. Lovely walk around your garden Judith. Your husband and you did a wonderful job, I should like to have tea with you in your teahouse talking about our plants and our garden plans.

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  16. How lovely for me to view after a long day at the office. My spirits have been uplifted from your tour---Absolutely wonderful!
    Congratulation on the ribbon!

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  17. Your home, gardens, garden shed, tea space - wow wow wow beautiful. I *adored* this tour, thank you so much! I needed it desparately! The color, the sunny day - all so pretty.

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  18. I'm echoing the others' "WOW!" comments. Thank you for taking us a tour of your beautiful oasis! Love the Buddha with the blue and white teapot and of course, the tea house!

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  19. You're correct - Glenn is a very handy guy! Your gardens are absolutely spectacular! I loved this tour. It is so nice to see not just plants, but garden design. Your lavender and your butterfly garden look beautiful. I like the urn on the north side of your house. The Japanese garden is tranquil; I like your Buddha. Your arbor with the clematis on it is beautiful too. And your garden shed! Wow, even with electricity and running water! Of course I love the teahouse and the pond. This post brings back happy memories for me. Thank you! GREAT POST, my friend!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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  20. "Oh goody," is what came to mind when I read the title of this post. I was prepared to be impressed, but more than that, I'm really wowed by your garden(s). Love the idea of naming them for various areas. What might be in a reading garden? Literary plants referred to in books? And the friendship garden - is that composed of plants from friends? Purely delightful and I'd love to join you for tea in the tea house.

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  21. It's all so beautiful, Judith. I'm sure your neighbours love to stop and take it all in on their walks. Congratulations on the ribbon. It's gorgeous. And, I love the shed so much. It must do the soul good to spend time there. :) Have a good day, Hugs, Deb

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  22. It's so beautiful, Judith! What a lovely treat for your neighbors too, to have such beauty to look at!

    Deanna

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  23. WOW I cannot imagine all the love and work that took. I Loved seeing your haven from my kitchen perch

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  24. What a delight to join you for tea Judith. You have a gorgeous garden but I know just how much hard work that a garden like your's can take. It's a labour of love.
    My peonies are only just opening here in Bonnie Scotland. We've had terrible weather here so far this summer.
    Enjoy your cuppa ;D

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  25. wow Judith!! this is absolutely incredible! I've never seen your house and gardens; they are stunning. You have created a beautiful oasis of beauty and calm. I'm so glad I stopped by to see all the loveliness.
    And congratulations for best in show for that hydrangea.

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  27. Thank you for your beautiful garden tour! I enjoyed your lovely tea time too!

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  28. Oh Judith, your gardens are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this tour with us. I can almost smell the blooms and hear the birds happily singing...

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  29. Your passion for plants shows at every turn...I love the idea of differently themed areas, and the slightly oriental bits (well, I love all of it!!)...so much tranquillity there...So much effort has gone into this! A truly lovely garden.

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  30. It really is so very very beautiful!!!! I love the arch in the front garden, and all of the little details tucked in here and there. You must love the out there and enjoying it. A lot of work I know, but with spectacular results!! xx

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  31. Stunning, judith, one of the prettiest gardens ive ever seen!! What a lovely and peaceful retreat!

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  32. I am awestruck by your gardens ! If I lived nearby you'd probably think me a stalker because I'd be stopping to gawk at your home and gardens every day.

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  33. Absolutely amazing and oh so beautiful and I"ll say about him being handy! I loved the tour :)

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  34. What a pleasant spot for tea time, Judith! I haven't used my Cream Lace teapot in a while and I shall have to take it down one of these days.

    You have a fabulous home with splendid gardens. What a beautiful haven you have created! It is a blessing that your hubby can build. I love my guy to pieces and he has many talents but building is not one of them. I guess one can't have everything. Thanks for the tour and Congratulations on winning for your fabulous hydrangeas! They're something else!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  35. Oh Judith I absolutely adore your gardens...just breathtaking and magazine ready my friend....amazing the creativity and beauty you have created. I wish I could eliminate our grass.

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  36. Hi,Judith
    You have such a lovely garden! Again, I realize that you are a great gardener.I deeply admire the way you have created your garden.
    I loved to walk your garden today.Thank you for sharing.

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