My cottage garden experiment

A few months ago I started planting seeds with a view to trying out a mini cottage garden.  I’ve never planted flowers from seed before … veggies yes but not flowers.  I didn’t share this with you all at the time as I was a little worried that it wouldn’t work, however, I’m pleased to say it has and next year I plan on having a much bigger cottage garden :o)

I started out with this rather sorry looking patch in April.  I dug it all up at the same time I did the veggie patch and kept it covered whilst pampering my seedlings indoors.

A few weeks later … May 29th to be exact, I planted out all my seedlings and it began to take shape.

Then the sun shone, followed by lots of rain and it turned into this …

It’s mainly made up of cosmos …

and a few sunflowers at the back (the only ones that survived my gargantuan slugs and snails!!)

It’s all edged with lavendar but that didn’t come out so great in the pics.  It’s amazing what a difference a bit of sunshine and rain does.  Unfortunatley there are quite a lot of weeds too but that’s the joy of a cottage garden … there not so noticeable :o)  Next year I plan to fill a whole area with these as they were super easy to grow from seed and so much cheaper than buying plants in the garden center.  Not only that they are great for cutting too.

It’s a bank holiday here in Ireland so I’m taking a few days off to catch up with friends.  Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for all the great comments about the hen keeping :o)

2018-11-08T19:01:40+00:00July 31st, 2010|Categories: cottage, garden|


  1. A Melbourne Girl 02/08/2010 at 8:19 pm

    Oh Michelle, I love Cosmos….reminds me to get some and plant them. I remember the last time I planted them they ended up sprouting in the lawn and every other garden bed. Tooki ages for them to finally leave us.

  2. Busy Bee 02/08/2010 at 8:19 pm

    Wow it looks so lovely, I love the sun flowers and your Verbena looks a lot more healthy than mine in its pot on the patio, I am thinking they don't like pots due to being so tall…

  3. Suzanne 02/08/2010 at 8:19 pm

    Your garden is wonderful!
    and so is your blog
    I'm a new follower

  4. Scented Sweetpeas 02/08/2010 at 8:19 pm

    It looks fab! I love cosmos and lavendar.

  5. Shelley 02/08/2010 at 8:19 pm

    Love your little garden…its wonderful……blessings

  6. swedishouse 02/08/2010 at 8:19 pm

    Hej Michelle

    It looks beautiful well done…i've been experimenting a bit here too in Sweden but you have been more sucessful.
    EnJOY your bank holiday weekend
    Julie x

  7. Avdelingen 08/08/2010 at 4:08 pm

    Looks lovely. You've doon well 🙂

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