I love the romance of a cottage garden, but in our dry climate it's a real investment in time and water. A patio garden has been a more realistic solution for us. As much as we love growing things, our time is really spent elsewhere, and our small patios are close enough to keep a good eye on things and appreciate just a few plants at close range.
As small as it is, a tiny container garden still creates a challenge. A few things here haven't been re-potted yet. Our petunias got invaded by something already and are on their way back. We would love everything to look lush, but at our stage of the game we congratulate ourselves on keeping everything alive and fairly healthy. . . so far.
This is a fairly sheltered area, but maybe you can get a sense of our intense New Mexico sunshine on a ninety-two degree day. There is little hope of a brief rain shower until July.
A few kitchen herbs keep us well supplied. This is a new darker leafed basil Mr. C&C is trying out.
Thank goodness for low maintenance geraniums! They like to dry out between waterings. We do THAT pretty well! :o)
In order to get some shots from inside I grabbed a bit of vintage cotton that I had torn into strips for a tieback.
When I found that the fabric of an old vintage pillowcase had finally given out I almost tossed it on the scrap pile, but then- DUH- remembered how many times I had seen these strips used as ribbon and embellishments for things. I'm sure you will be seeing them again!
Well that's the cottage living report for now! Summertime. . . , and the livin' is easy. . . . Enjoy the official start of summer this week! Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi!
P.S. I'll be getting back to you soon with emails, phone calls, comments, answers, and requests. I have my days set to the standard summer time zone! Thank you so much! xx
Join me at