September 15, 2021 – Wednesday Albert Camus said: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” In several ways, I do agree with Camus that the leaf-turning time of year is another spring-like celebration of color, but
This is the third time that I have launched a Cottage Garden Living website. I began garden blogging at least 10 years ago, but for one reason or another, I would repeatedly suspend that effort. Yet, I have consistently been
In my garden, I am continuously searching for the plants that my German grandmother probably grew in her magnificent garden, and I am almost certain that she grew Pink Brandywine tomatoes, which are currently considered to be Heirloom cultivars. My
I have grown heirloom and/or antique roses for many years, but for some reason, I have never grown Damask roses, and today, I discovered that they are precisely the types of roses that I need to make rose perfumes, waters,
As far back as antiquity, people have been adding rose petals to water to harness the rose’s fragrance. “Since ancient times, roses have been used medicinally, nutritionally, and as a source of perfume. Rose perfumes are made from rose oil,
Alternatives to Knockout Roses: I have never bought a knockout rose, and I never shall. Knockout roses may have knocked out a few of the diseases that plague many roses, but unfortunately, they simultaneously also knocked out the fragrance, too.
Zephirine Drouhin Rose – Bourbon Rose from France – 1868 Zephirine Drouhin [pronounced: Zeff-e-REEN Drew-HEEN] is a nearly perfect rose. It is beautiful. It climbs. It is almost disease-free. It attracts butterflies, and It produces moderately in slight shade. Although
I have a very distinctive taste in gardening–it is a bit like me. My garden is loud–in a prayerful sort of way. The colors in my garden clamor for attention and as they call, they challenge each other. But during