|my cottage garden went up for sale in early october 2012|
i do not abide the shift key, boring landscaping, blah tan, grey and white interior design, or needless waste.
so i will be chronicling, sans capitalization, the evolution of our new garden, an interior design that pops and delights while maintaining the best of 1967ness, and up-cycling everywhere possible with cast-off oregon shakespeare festival theatre sets.
the new house comes with newly regained healthiness. after six years of feeling poorly i am once again skipping down the entrepreneurial path, with the square footage needed to produce my pressed flower and calligraphy art (aka 'in full bloom'), linoleum block prints, organic cut flowers for sale.
up first, some images and stories of the door we just closed:
|my garden and little home on the day i turned over the keys to the new owner|
|the new house on our first morning|
|this last view of the willow arch i created from two bare root corkscrew willow trees, framing the dormant tomato raised beds, the raspberry and marionberries ripped my heart out.|
cottage interior with color wash blue walls that looked like clouds, an effect that was beautiful and accidental. perfect bamboo floor.
|the first tree planted was a nordman fir that failed as an indoor xmas tree when the root ball got saturated with cat urine. it had failed as a tree, too, having several leaders which stunted its growth. so the nursery, Plant oregon (it is a great place http://store.plantoregon.com/prostores/servlet/Search and this tree is the first plant on their list!) sold it off at a cut rate as an indoor xmas tree. it struggled and then thrived on some extra water and dose of chicken manure. it was the first thing my husband and i planted together. someday it will be spectacular. i could not bear to leave this tree.|
|passionflower 'blue crown' in one season. looking vibrant- this is in december. it will be ok in the cold as it is sheltered under the eaves. how rare and sweet it was to have blue sky on the last afternoon in my garden. i left behind a jungle of vines. my favorite place to get them is http://www.roguevalleynursery.com/retail-clients.html. it is not a super pretty retail garden center. it is a handful and people that really love plants, the know plants best for our area and take good care of their stock, which is affordable, too.|