Friday, February 16, 2018

Helleborus in the landscape...

I everyone! It certainly has been quite awhile since I blogged here on Fishtail Cottage.  I've really missed interacting with my gardening friends here on blogger, but I certainly was fine with taking a break.  Sometimes I feel like I just share the same photo's over and over, year after year and wonder if anyone out there gets bored?  I have continued to share my garden on Facebook and have really found Instagram to be an extra special place for me.   But honestly I truly miss sharing my garden here on blogger.  So here I am back to recommit myself in 2018!  It's been cold here in both January and February with temperatures ranging in their forties. The rain here in Seattle hasn't felt as debilitating for me as it did last year, sporadic days of sunshine has certainly brought the spirit of spring to us earlier than last year.  A few days of birds flying through the gardens and bulbs peeking out of the ground is always a welcoming site. 
What has caught my attention this year, is the amount of Helleborus, also known as Hellebores and Lenten Rose I have been collecting over the years.  They have come up in masses this year and they are absolutely wonderful!  These beauties are the one of first to appear in my landscape....a winter blooming flower. When I have planted mine, I have chosen small plants as they are less expensive.....However, doing so takes a few years to establish and bloom these types of prolific blooms I am sharing with you today. So many colors are available so it's very easy to grab a few each year. I had a yellow one I added years ago, but still have not seen a bloom in the garden of that variety since I planted it. 

Growing tips from me..... (I am in Washington State, Growing Zone 8)
  • Hellebores are a shade plant  (a little sunshine is okay)
  • They prefer some moisture but not soaking wet. 
  • The plant itself will grow approximately 2 feet by two feet.
  • No dividing is necessary, the older the plant the more blooms you get. Some of mine have close to 25 blooms right now. 
  • I don't cut these blooms and bring them in the house because I love having color in the garden right now, if you want to you just need to wait till the stamens fall off (otherwise they will wilt really fast)
  • I've noticed that they aren't happy to be moved around in the landscape, so be picky about where they are planted. 
  • These gorgeous plants will reseed, but will take several years to bloom.
  • Super low maintenance plant. Cut last years foliage off in November to avoid disease in spring.
  • Leave the foliage after blooming as a good filler in your garden (also so you don't accidently dig where you have this plant)
  • Deer, bunnies and other garden pests leave these plants alone.
  • I do sprinkle a little slug bait during bloom season around these plants. 
  • These are poisonous so keep pets and children away from them. 
  • be aware that many of these blooms point down to the ground, very few are upright...
  • Great companion plants (for me) is Heather, Pigs Ear, Daffodils, Primroses, Lungwort.
  • WARNING! they can be very addicting as you can tell! 
Thanks so much for coming to visit me today, Please do comment so I know someone out there is reading this and share with your friends!  Happy to answer any questions if you have any ~ I will always try to share my personal knowledge and experiences! xoxo, tracie

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fishtail Cottage Garden in May

So many beautiful flowers appeared in May!  First one to share with you is just a few of my lilac's.... these are some of my most favorite cut flowers to bring inside.

As you can see the landscape came alive in the front yard area where I have a darling little feeder and bath for the birds. The Hanaki peony trees, Adirondack Crabapple Trees and the Northern Highlight Azaleas are amazing when they all come into bloom as other early spring blooms start to fade out. 

I originally only had this one Northern Highlight Azalea in my back yard landscape, however the fragrance was just so amazing I added several more to my gardens in both the front and back yard.  I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this shrub is.

Some other favorite shrubs in my landscape that came into bloom during May was several varieties of Rhododendron's, Mexican Orange and Snowball Shrub. All of which make excellent cut flowers as well.


So many perennials returned with their beauty like the Cornflower, Columbine and Bearded Iris. 

Seeing the landscape evolve each year and how everything fills in is one of my favorite pleasures of my garden.  Look how beautiful the Sandwort ground cover has taken over below this sweet little Maple Seedling that I started a few years ago.

And just one more cottage flower favorite that appeared in May is the Foxglove ~ a wildflower that I've allowed to self seed and take over wherever it desires!  Definitely another favorite of mine that I had to share. 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Fishtail Cottage Garden March / April 2017

This gorgeous photo of Nicco Pearl Camellia is what I have been waiting for since purchasing it almost a year ago for my patio planter.

Thank you so much to so many of you who have reached out privately wondering if I am okay and really appreciate hearing you've missed seeing my cottage gardens this spring!  I'm finally here today to share what has been going on here at Fishtail Cottage! We had a very cold and wet winter and spring, but finally this week we are experiencing sunshine, in fact it's forecasted that we will have dry weather and lot's of sunshine over the next few weeks.  With all of this sunshine, I feel like everything is blooming at once instead of have a spread out bloom season that I tried to plan out so very carefully.   I thought it would be best to share with you my earliest of Spring blooms and work my way up to what is blooming in March/April! There are just too many pretty flower and garden photo's that I have to share with you!

The first of my blooms was this Raspberry Splash Lungwort, I keep transplanting new starts throughout the landscape to bring color where early spring color is missing.
Another favorite first to bloom are the beautiful Hellebore, which come in so many colors and shapes now days, you cannot go wrong with any you find out there in your local nurseries.

Seeing all of the gorgeous trees begin to leaf out here at Fishtail Cottage brings so much hope to ones soul.  I especially love this Acer Japanese Maple Orido Nishiki.

Bergenia / "Elephant ear"

Love the bloom of Bradford Pear Trees, but the fragrance of them is just awful...just so funny how something so beautiful can produce such a horrible smell.

Seeing the Hino Crimson Azalea in the landscape makes my heart so happy!

This "Gold Heart" Bleeding Heart isn't the easiest to find - but with the chartreus foliage it makes it  a favorite bloom in the landscape.

Hosta's opening up is a good sign that summer weather is on its way.

So much opening up on the front walkway, but the "Impatiens Omeiana" (in the front) that almost glow in the dark at night is a favorite among guests here at my home.

The arbor going up to the chicken coop is beginning to see life of the Blush Noisette Climbing Rose and the Autumn Sunset Camillia.

The Japanese Acer that spills over the pondless waterfall is looking so pretty this time of year.  Birds love visiting now that the waterfall is getting some shad. One thing I do to keep my pond from algae is pouring a jug of vinegar in the water...it definitely keeps everything clean.

The Robar Camellia is so pretty lining the flagstone pathway this month. even when the petals fall to the ground they look just gorgeous!

As you can see so much evolved in the month of March and April ~ Can't wait to share with you more that has happened here at Fishtail Cottage in May!

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