cottage garden autumn

Cottage Garden Autumn

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Autumn has arrived in my cottage garden, along with a new addition to the family.  Mason, our baby English bulldog, has brought a lot of joy into our home.  He is a rascal, that’s for sure.  He was simply too thrilled that I opened the elusive garden gate to sit still for this photo. This section of our yard has poison ivy in the woods, hence the reason I keep this particular gate closed.   I managed to get one photo that wasn’t blurred at least.

This is my favorite time of year, but it’s also nostalgic in many ways as preparations begin for winter and the days become shorter.  Frost arrived yesterday  and the perennials in my garden have begun to die back. It’s those cool nights and warm days that turn our maple leaves glorious shades of red. Nature is such an extraordinary thing, and as one season passes I like to remember the last.

As promised, I’ve put together a photo tour of  my cottage garden this season, a scrapbook of sorts, and a simple reminder that spring is just a winter away…

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YellowRosesandBlackEyedSusans

These yellow tea roses and black-eyed susans are new additions this year. My husband keeps telling me there’s no room for more flowers, but I always manage to find some.

FrogPrince

The Frog Prince guarding the nasturtiums.

TomatoCages

The best tomato cages EVER! I will try to post the pattern before next spring.

FallImpatients

I fell in love with impatiens this year.

 

 

 

Welcome to my cottage garden. This  is my favorite gate entrance

Welcome to my cottage garden. This  is my favorite gate entrance.

This is just a little nook in my garden. I hope the clematis will climb the trellis eventually, but it’s taking its time.

A favorite garden nook.

A hare that often visits my garden.

A hare that often visits my garden.

SunlightThroughAutumnTree

Sunlight through a maple tree in my yard.

 

 

 

 

butterfly

Every year I have wildlife visitors in my garden and butterflies seem to love the hanging pots of lobelia.

ClearwingMoth

This little creature reminds me of how magical a garden can be. It’s a clearwing hummingbird moth and they are not intimated by humans. This one landed on my hand and had no problem posing for the camera.

 

BrynmorCottageInBackground

The pixie house, inspired by Ms. Hafwen, a character in my Celtic Wolves series, continues to survive our Maine winters.

Brynmor cottage received a few upgrades this year, with a light in the turret and a wreath on the door.

Brynmor Cottage received a few upgrades this year, with a light in the turret and a wreath on the door.

 

 

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Well, that’s the end of the garden tour, but I will leave you with a few pictures of our new addition. Meet Mason, our new English bulldog.  He is so sweet, and Willow is adjusting well to her little brother.

WillowMasonReally

If you can’t read Willow’s expression, I will translate: “Really? This is a joke, right?”

WillowMasonSnuggledInBed

Mason is learning my writing routine and he seems to like my office just fine.  🙂

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And then it’s snuggle time.

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As always, I hope you’re reading something just for fun!
Happy Autumn,
Jan