Monday, 28 April 2014

My cabin gets its cottage garden and final coat of paint.

We've been busy in the garden! At last the cabin is fully and properly painted and the Georgian window bars are now on too. ;o) 

The blue masking tape was an absolute nightmare to remove though. It had been on for months and I did wonder whether it would be a problem. It's easier to scrape the paint off the windows than remove this tape. So we are going to remove the little that's on the inside and clean the interior window and door frames up when finished with painting.

My main cottage garden has been planted up too. The new top soil arrived plus sacks of compost and well rotted horse manure has been added (mainly the roses and other gross feeders).

Firstly we sorted all the plants out into colours. There is a colour scheme throughout the garden, you won't find any yellow or red etc., here...only shades of pinks, purple's, lilac, blues, creams and white. 
Making sure the soil was fully firm is very important, as it is it will still sink down..so it's a case of topping it up.
With the soil flattened and level...sorting what goes where needs to be done!
 The plants (mostly perennials) were sorted out into colour groups and then their final height sizes. 
 The first of the Georgian window bars goes on..
 The roses positions were sorted out first..
We sat all the plants in their prospective new homes!
 Planting begins! 
 More Georgian window bars go on too! lol
A day after planting. It will take at least 2 years for this garden to look more mature (it's 5 years for a fully matured looking garden). Mistakes are always made and losses too are inevitable. These can be moved and replaced.  I plan on adding some annual plants..some are on order as we speak and some seeds too, this is to help bulk out and add to the cottage garden theme.   
One of the window boxes that my Dad has made, it needs its back and also a top edge to finish it off. They will be pink! I already have the plants that are being hardened off so they can come outside all the time when the weather is warmer.   
 All the Georgian bars are on!
 It's settling down today...
The side garden is not completed yet. I need more compost and manure before it can be planted up! The other smaller garden up by the other fence also needs to be completed, all the plants have been bought though. 
All we need now is lots of good weather! lol :o))

I hope you don’t mind my ramblings and madness! :o))

Michelle xxxx

22 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful michelle your choice of colours for the cabin go great together and i imagine once the garden has become established not only will it look great but i imagine it will smell great too :) Best wishes. Tony

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    1. Thank you Tony. :o)) I'm glad it's worked out, though finding that shade of green wasn't easy! The pink window boxes are on now too, I'm just waiting for the weather to break before planting them up!

      All the roses smell, and I have other plants that are scented too, so I hope it will smell great! :o))

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  2. I have good news, I have a cabin too..Rich took all his fish bait stuff out and now I have my own Studio :) I have never been so happy. I love your garden

    Hugs
    Marisa

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    1. Oh wow Marisa, I bet you over the moon and thrilled!!! I'm guessing you will decorate it to how you want it too!? ;o)

      The garden is growing and now the rest of the garden is planted up too, we are just waiting for the turf to come. ;o))

      Hugs,
      Michelle

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    1. Thank you so much Eliana! ;o))

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  4. It's going to be a marvellous place to be - open windows with the smell of roses wafting in!

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    1. I can't wait Irene! Even by the end of the season the garden would have grown..it already is. The roses will take a while though, but they'll get there with all that manure around them! lol :o)

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  5. Ok wow Michelle. This has turned out even better than I had ever imagined it would. You certainly had the vision and pulled it off. Imagine what it will be like in a few years.

    The paint colour worked so well and the bars, I didn't think they'd make a massive difference but really they do.

    Absolutely love it, well done my friend xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Jayne! I do love it and I am so thrilled it has turned out how I pretty much envisaged it.

      The window bars were something I really wanted for the look, without them, the cabin looks more of a work room and/or just too modern. I think I've always hankered after that Calamity Jane little house/cabin look! lol Yes, there will be blinds and a mini curtains too!

      Michelle xxx

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  6. Lovely green cabin. I am green with envy!!

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    1. Awww thank you Carol! :o))) I will be so pleased when the inside is completely finished too...just a few more things to do. I hope to get the fabric for the blinds and curtains next week. ;o)

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  7. It's going to look so wonderful..... <3

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    1. I hope so! We are willing the climbing roses to grow faster! lol We've had them before and to be fair they really need 18 months before they make significant top growth. :o))

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  8. Wow! It looks amazing! Wishing you a great weekend filled with beautiful weather so you can enjoy your cabin.

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    1. Awww thank you! Well we did have good weather for a few days, long enough to plant up the entire garden. Sadly the rain is back, but good for the new garden! ;o))

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  9. Hi Michelle! I stumbled across your blog a couple of weeks ago and I've enjoyed looking through your posts. Your dollhouses are gorgeous and inspiring. I'm also very envious of your workspace!! Beautiful work! I look forward to many more posts.

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    1. Thank you Angela! ;o)))) I have a rather depleted blog, it was once very filled. However, I hope to get back to that level soon! I've been busy painting the window boxes in my spare time so not so much mini work done. More mini supplies have arrived for the tea shop, so it's a case of now deciding what I want! ;o))

      I'm love my workspace, I have the radio on and I am in a world of my own in the garden. :o)))

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  10. Utterly Gorgeous Michelle xxx

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    1. Thanks awfully Lisa! I'm glad you've seen it, I will be showing the filled/fittedwindow boxes soon...painted in F&B's Nancy's Blushes coloured paint! :o)) xxx

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