My wife and I worked hard to create a special ‘cottage garden’ at Meadow View Cottage, that would be worthy of the name we had given our home.
Even though we rented all the homes we lived in during the 16 years we lived in Germany and England, we took great pride in taking the very best care of them that we possibly could.
We planted birch trees, roses and annuals in our courtyard’s flower beds around our front yard, in order to add color, greenery and a vertical dimension to Meadow View Cottage.
The pink-flowering clematis we planted loved the Mediterranean micro-climate that our south-facing front courtyard had, and it was quickly growing up the guide wires I installed to lead it along the roof line.
Even our front side-yard was springing to life in color, which made a nice contrast to the ever present green backdrop of Bridge Street Hamlet and the English countryside.
Sunshine was often fickle in England, hiding behind partially cloudy and overcast skies, and was welcomed anytime it showed up for a visit!
We especially loved all the roses, which grew eagerly and with an abundance of blooms, each competing with the next for position in the sunshine.
Flower gardens are a joy to see with their colors, sizes and shapes all merging into a texture and pattern of natural vitality and beauty.
Our birch trees were now beginning their second growing season, filling in and helping to define the natural separation the fence created between our front and back yards.
Our small and often overlooked front side yard began to come into its own as well, no longer playing second fiddle to the more visible and prominent front flower bed.
Our front side yard was becoming a ‘destination’ to itself; while not a very large space, the short wall created a cozy surrounding backdrop that helped define it as a space to itself.
The irises were growing tall and enjoying the sunshine they were exposed to, while the birch trees slowly matured and filled in all the space both around and above them with their fresh, new leaves.