Sunday, September 4, 2011

Show Off Your Cottage Monday

Welcome to my cottage every one!! Are you ready for some cottage love? Me too! Remember, our cottage love celebration extends to our cottage gardens, to our life, our creative soul and each and every aspect of who we are! So Welcome! Let's celebrate life and the things we love, and meet others who might share some of your same interests. So please do come in... I hope you'll feel happy here!

The House in the Roses

DID I ever take you down the enchanted ivy path to my garden last year? I didn't think so...
I love ivies; dark green ivies put my imagination in gear. Ivies make me think of gloomy English gardens and foggy mornings under the shadowy wings of ancient castles... ivies underneath dark stone bridges and into the most sumptuous of forest...
The entrance to a garden is so important. It sets the tone and says so much about the personality of the gardener... thus, I wanted the little pathway which constitutes the entrance to my garden all covered in ivy. I've always wanted a house covered in ivy. Unfortunately for me, my lovely ivy was literally destroying my walls, so they had to be removed... Early at the beginning of this spring I removed all the ivy growing in masses in borders along the wall to the entrance of my garden... I added a pergola on the other end and planted a New Dawn rose by it--this is the door to my garden now... The ivy was replaced by several Shasta Daisies and Black-eye Susan’s to entice the butterflies... To cover the wall where the ivy was already climbing I planted another grape vine along with a lovely dark red rose climber... I’ve been waiting all summer for they to grow... dreaming with the lovely mingling of large green leaves of the grape vine and the scarlet red of the roses... not a stunning sight yet, but eventually it will be... I don’t like bare walls. They’re like dolls without hair to me, or a cat without a tail, so every wall in my garden must be covered in lush greens, or glamorous oranges or bright yellows and peaceful whites... If this is your first time here, take your time and follow the winding path to our enchanted little garden... and world ;) Or you can sit here and take to unwind, refresh, and stay still for more than just a moment. Whether it’s a cottage, a cabin, a beach house, or a shady spot in your own backyard, find comfort in that well-loved place that reflects your personal style. Show me what you are celebrating! Link! And please don't forget to link back to The house in the roses! Gracias!


  1. Wow your garden and path are just magical!! White rose petals under your feet! What bliss!! Thanks for hosting!!


  2. It is just beautiful, Cielo! I wanted ivy so bad on this house but we have learned what it does to siding! Even brick can be compromised by it. Sad because it is so beautiful.

    Do you know that I tried to find a NewDawn rose everywhere this year? I called all over and one could not be had for love nor money here. That is one of my very favorite roses and I always loved my old New Dswn bushes that scrambled up and over my old garage.

    If you get a chance pop by my blog and see the yard work/house that my son and his wife are just finishing up. The gardens are going to be lovely when they are done. I think it was yesterday's post. xo Diana

  3. New Dawn roses are my favorite! I am so jealous because I would love to have one in our garden! Nice post, Cielo, and thanks for hosting Show Off Your Cottage Monday!

  4. I'll have to check out this New Dawn rose. Your gardens are awesome, Cielo. You create magic & beauty wherever you touch.

    Have a beautiful holiday ~
    TTFN ~

  5. Your garden is always lush and wonderful, Cielo! Thanks for hosting another Cottage Monday!

  6. Your garden path is spectacular...I can't wait until it cools off a bit and I can plant some things too!!

  7. Your path looks very inviting indeed! I love ivy too, but I know that it has to be controlled. How can something so beautiful be so destructive? I've planted it at the back of my side yard flagstone area. Not a problem yet, but that day may come.

  8. How beautiful, magic Ivy... Lovely... *.*

  9. Sunny yellow daisies,I love them,your blog is gorgeous, I'll be back x

  10. So very inviting, I wish I could follow your garden path..

  11. Hi Cielo,
    I love your garden path! I always enjoy seeing your garden in all the seasons.
    Thank you for hosting,


  12. Hi Cielo!
    Your garden entry path is magical!
    I want to come and sit on that chair and read a book and stay for a while.

    So pretty.
    Love that line you used.... a blank wall is like a doll without hair!!!
    Or a cat without a tail?!!!
    OMG. Laughing out loud.

  13. Oh how PRETTY!!! Thanks so much for hosting this fun party.


  14. a garden path to fall lovliness...


  15. Such a pretty Garden path! I really love the look of Ivy as well, it's just so pretty! Thank you for hosting, Marcia

  16. I love Ivy too especially growing on walls...but as you said it is a lot of work and needs constant attention, but so pretty!

  17. Quel ravissant jardin. J'aime beaucoup le petit chemin.

  18. Such a romantic place you have!

    Regards Janny (Rozen van Papier)

  19. Hi, your garden path is gorgeous. I love ivy too.

  20. What a beautiful space you've created. I love the ivy and your flowers are enchanting. Thanks for hosting.

  21. Love those New Dawn roses-they just keep blooming! Thanks for hosting the linky party.


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