Post 6: The Cottage Garden Room


Note: I would like  to share with  you  through  these few words, photographs and hyperlinked websites, a 3 Dimensional  experience as though you were  actually there with  us. Click on any photograph and it should enlarge to  different size ….. at least half screen or size full screen. It will be clearer in detail than the photo on the post. It will be as if you were  really there looking at the actual  scene. You are an arm chair traveller with us.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The cottage garden is a distinct style of garden that uses an informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. English in origin, the cottage garden depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure. Homely and functional gardens connected to working-class cottages go back several centuries, but their reinvention in stylised versions grew in 1870s England, in reaction to the more structured and rigorously maintained English estate gardens that used formal designs and mass plantings of brilliant greenhouse annuals.

The earliest cottage gardens were more practical than their modern descendants — with an emphasis on vegetables and herbs, along with some fruit trees, perhaps a beehive, and even livestock. Flowers were used to fill any spaces in between. Over time, flowers became more dominant. The traditional cottage garden was usually enclosed, perhaps with a rose-bowered gateway. Flowers common to early cottage gardens included traditional florist’s flowers, such as primroses and violets, along with flowers chosen for household use, such as calendula and various herbs. Others were the old-fashioned roses that bloomed once a year with rich scents, simple flowers like daisies, and flowering herbs. Over time, even large estate gardens had sections they called “cottage gardens”.

Modern-day cottage gardens include countless regional and personal variations of the more traditional English cottage garden, and embrace plant materials, such as ornamental grasses or native plants, that were never seen in the rural gardens of cottagers. Traditional roses, with their full fragrance and lush foliage, continue to be a cottage garden mainstay — along with modern disease-resistant varieties that keep the traditional attributes. Informal climbing plants, whether traditional or modern hybrids, are also a common cottage garden plant. Self-sowing annuals and freely spreading perennials continue to find a place in the modern cottage garden, just as they did in the traditional cottager’s garden.



….. The view from the  arbour  where you look down into a small amphitheatre.

On the topside of amphitheatre is the cottage garden area. We have

only fully put this in July 2015. Before that we were dependent on a weekly

supply of sullage water. Since September  2015  we have put down a bore

to 36 metres and struck abundant water. With a  branching irrigation pipe,

bore water can now  be brought to taps on the topside and bottom  side

of our house.  Sprinkling can be left on different areas for several hours at

a time for minimal cost. Having abundant  water for our garden, has greatly

changed how we do gardening ……


….. Since September  2015  we have put down a bore to 36 metres and struck abundant water ……



….. Different areas of our cottage garden shown above and below ……






  Specific  Cottage Garden Plants:

….. Specific  plants  are not named but the photos show the  rich changing colours and

the low growing plants ……







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Pansies in a big clay pot in the  middle  of  winter = June in Australia ….



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Sweet Peas as sprouted  seeds had been given to us by a friend in late August 2018. I had planted them out as a line of planted seedlings. At the same time I constructed a frame of wire I had left over from another job.  With my new battery  powered drill, I was able to drill holes in the existing post for screws which I could screwed  in with the drill.  Fastening a braced post at the other end, I then had a wire frame over which the sweet peas  could grow as hanging colourful flowers which you would see as you walked up the steps to the house. In mid October 2018, they were satill

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Storm Lilies as part of Cottage Gardens:

For months on end, there were numerous storm lilies planted amongst

the low garden plants. They were whorled grey-green straplike 300 mm

long-limped leaves. It had been many months between heavy rain. A big summer

storm came and in a week the whorled grey-green straplike leaves suddenly

became very erect green straplike leaves. A central flower stalk emerged

with a bulbous flower head. In several more weeks the bulbous flower heads

burst open into the pink trumpet-like flowers shown below. In another

couple of weeks, the flower heads formed into rounded seed pods. A month

later, the seed pods split open and released many flat windborne seeds.

These seeds then produce abundant supply of new storm lilies wherever they fall.




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See this website: Images for storm lilies Australia


Roses in the Garden

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Dietes in the Garden:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dietes is a genus of rhizomatous plants of the family Iridaceae, first described as a genus in 1866. Common names include wood iris, Fortnight lily, African iris, Japanese iris and Butterfly iris, each of which may be used differently in different regions for one or more of the six species within the genus.

Most species are native to southern and central Africa, with one (Dietes robinsoniana) native to Lord Howe Island off the coast of Australia. A few species have become naturalized in other parts of the world.[1]



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