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Creating the Garden Cottage

Updated: May 14, 2022

In 2018 we bought our new home and 5 acre property. The property came complete with several outbuildings (wood shed and storage shed) but they were devoid of any architectural character. One was an open-sided drive shed, and the other resembled a large shipping container plopped unceremoniously in the center of our yard.

I have the good fortune of being blessed with industrious and talented family members who helped me transform the former structure into my "She Shed" and the latter into my "Garden Cottage". How lucky am I?

In 2020, Garden Cottage Blooms was born. It largely grew out (excuse the pun) of my love of dahlias and the large dahlia garden I planted in front of it and around its perimeter. In other places on the property I also grow narcissus, tulips, anemones, peonies, roses, glads, hydrangea, sweet peas, zinnias and cosmos.

While I get to enjoy the beauty of nature while I'm working in my garden, having a pretty space to condition and arrange flowers, take notes, save seeds, etc, required that I "fluff" the inside of the garden cottage too. Enter some pretty floral fabric and some solar-powered string lights used to light up the interior, to help take the edge off our gloomy grey PNW skies this winter.

I plan to spend lots of time this fall and winter sitting at my little desk inside my garden cottage making plans for 2021. I hope you'll join me on my adventures.

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