Friday, August 12, 2011

A Rose Covered Cottage, Waterdown Ontario

If there was a recipe for a cottage garden, I think romantic flowers like roses, hollyhocks, delphinium and lavender would definitely be on the list of ingredients. Such a recipe would also call for a dash of colorful annuals to fill in window boxes and containers. Finally to add a bit of spice, a cottage garden recipe would suggest that you stir in of few whimsical touches such as a birdbath, a classical statue or a decorative stone bench.

In the town of Waterdown, Ontario, Sharon Roberts and her husband have mixed up a pretty courtyard garden at the front of their historic cottage. A wrought iron fence with posts toped with decorative acorns frames the small front yard beautifully. The courtyard is intersected with flagstone paths and filled with a combination of roses, annuals and perennials.


When we happened upon Griffin Cottage in late June, the climbing rose that covers the front of the small stone house was just finishing flowering. 


Tiny pink 'Fairy' roses were blooming all along the fence.
Delphinium 

Lavender was growing just inside the wrought iron gate.

Red begonias hang in baskets by the side door.

A small water feature hangs on the stone wall of the cottage near the back gate.


Pale yellow hollyhocks grace the side of the house.Today, I am going to link up to Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time. To see other great gardens please click the link.

19 comments:

  1. What a delightful little cottage! I could happily live there :)

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  2. A beautiful garden and a lovely cottage ! Thank you, Jennifer .

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  3. The roses are eye catching, but it is the climbing hydrangea and lovely gate that caught my attention. An interesting way to grow the climber!

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  4. What a spectacular place this is. It must have been so much fun to visit it.

    I'm really partial to those light yellow hollyhocks against the stone wall. (Hmmm, they might look great against my wood siding...)

    All the best for a great weekend,
    Diane

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  5. Jennifer,

    This is just an idyllic place, roses to dream about. Even the hollyhocks look so fresh, I have had problems with them here, leaves, etc.

    Eileen

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  6. What an enchanting building and gardens! Larry

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  7. That cottage is enchanting. Truly romantic! Love the flowers.

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  8. I agree with all the comments. The cottage and gardens are wonderful. No problem moving in for me either,

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  9. What an amazing garden. Love the stone and wrought iron and the hollyhocks are just the right plant for the cottage garden. Lovely.

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  10. I think the climbing hydrangea is spectacular and also the old gate is charming.

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  11. I assume that lovely cottage is in the old part of town? I would love a place like that....

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  12. That is my dream cottage!! One thing I always notice in your photos is how green and well watered everything is. No signs of drought or heat stress. I shouldn't complain since we're finally down to normal temps, but I am seriously thinking about becoming a part-time Canadian - summers only so I can garden with wonderful weather! My NY zone 4 garden was like that, too. Wonderful soil and mild weather!

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  13. I want to live there, too! Stunning.

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  14. What a beautifully charming cottage garden. I love all of those roses.

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  15. Those hollyhocks are so pretty. It feels like its a magical place over there.

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  16. Oh Jennifer, that Fairy rose is incredible. I had a couple in Virginia and really miss those tiny pink blooms. Love the pale yellow hollyhock is very pretty.

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  17. What an amazing home and garden. Those roses are gorgeous....... all the little touches make it a very unique place..

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  18. Thanks everyone for your comments. Yes, Patty, the house is in the older part of Waterdown and is set behind the main street through town.

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