Welcome to Boxwood Cottage!

So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Sunday, May 18, 2008

New May garden pictures, Junque swap and my latest collage work

Welcome to my May garden dear blogging friends and readers! I just spent 14 days of vacation in my garden with splendid weather and it felt so good! It's the most wonderful time of the garden season when you can see everything growing fresh and sometimes even exploding! I took the picture of the Allium a few days ago and it has grown so much since then. Well let's start on my deck, I had to move the hard wooden bench away from the window to the left side of my patio because a huge hollyhock has selfseeded in a small gap between the terrace stones and it needed space to grow there which wasn't possible with the bench on top. I can't wait to see the hollyhocks looking directly in my living room window, but know there is only foliage so I haven't took a picture of it yet. So this is the new sunny space for my bench and I must say that I really like it there!

At this time of the year the wine foliage isn't that huge yet and you can see the morning light looking through the wooden fence walls which I find so pretty:

The only sad thing is that my Wisteria isn't going to bloom this year, it has a disease and I just hope that it will recover again!

These are close ups of my decorations on the patio walls, as you can see blue and terracotta are still my fave colors here:

I have got me a new addition for my patio at our Garden fair on 1st of May which is the iron shelf you can see in the next picture and which is hopefully clickable to enlarge for more details:

So what the beautiful morning light is to the left side of my deck and garden is the evening light to the right side where my neighbors huge Lilac is blooming beautifully in the background and the sun has illuminated the bush of Hibiscus Syriacus next to my blue trellis (where Clematis is growing) which is just getting fesh leaves:

A big blue delphinium is growing in a pot on my patio and since I took this picture at the beginning of the week it is already blooming today

To my great pleasure my Agaphanthus has finally got a flower too this season, just one so far but this is better than nothing.

Down in the yard there is still May green the defining color but more and more colors starting to evolve like the blue of my columbines and clematis for example and the white and pink of my bleeding hearts of which I will show you some close ups later in this post.

To the left side of my garden I just removed one of the two huge cherry laurels and have got so much more light and space for my flowers and roses that I think it was a good decision. There are 4 big roses growing between my booxwood hedges. Make sure that you don't forget to double click on the photos to see more details!

This is my first big clematis bloom of this spring (there are also the smaller clematis montana blooming at the fence to the right hand neighbors), it is called Multiblue and it isn't finished yet, it's going to become more blue in the upcoming days.

Another highlight of my May garden is the gorgeous Virburnum opolus roseum which always make me think of Hydrangeas.

Here is a close up of my beautiful white Bleeding heart with blue and white colombines blooming in the background:

And still there are lot's of pretty Forget me not's blooming between my boxwood hedges:

And my lawn is full of white daisies, I love them so much, I could never remove them, don't you juat want to start a daisy-chain when you spot them?

M pink bleeding heart is not that big this year because it was burried under the huge foliage of some new white Alliums and it took me a while to find it and remove some foliage so that it could get enough light to evolve.

My Alliums are all doing great and I have 6 different sorts this year but I restrain myself to post just one more picture and will take more, when their heads have grown bigger than the ones of these Purple Sensations. I grow Allium since 4 years now and I'm hooked to their beauty. The Allium Globemaster is going to get the biggest blooming heads as big as a child heads, can`t wait for them to get to their full size and beauty!

So that was it of my May garden photos today and I hope you have enjoyed them!
Now to change the subject my fab swap partner LiLi is back to her Dutch home from a vacation in Florida and has finally got my swap parcel from Heather Pretty Petals "Junque in my trunk" swap and so it is save for me to post some pictures of the wrapping without spoiling her the surprise. Heather asked us to pack and wrap the parcel so beautifully that we would not want to open it and this is something I love doing anyway and I tried my best without overdoing it. In my chair you see the packed parcel just before I brought it to the post office:

And here is what LiLi found inside:

Seeing her color scheme for her swap to me was pink and black, I chose aqua/turquoise/light blue, white and gold for my parcels to her:

Inside this parcel was the trunk I filled with junk which actually is a tin box I found at the Bremen flea market. I was drawn to it because of the beautiful colors, pattern and of course the little birdie on top:

Seeing how much I was spoiled by LiLi I packed a few more parcels for her, like this one which I decorated with millinery flowers and a vintage hat pin, inside is one of my big two sided round soldered pendants:

And this lil box that I filled with turqouise items such as baubles, a vintage hanky a pearl clip bird etc. and decorated it with ruffled borders, Dresden gold borders and trims:

Here are a few pictures of the wrapped content of the tin trunk box and I made a Welcome Spring sign for LiLi:

It was so much fun to pack and wrap it all beautiful!

This was such a fun swap and LiLi and I both felt like Christmas and Birthday when we received eachothers trunks:

This is a pair of earring I made for LiLi:

I also gave her one of my fave living and garden magazines which I filled with Dresden borders, a vintage Bird card, sheet music and more emphemera for her to use:

If you are interested to see more pictures also of the unwrapped content you can just hop over to LiLi's blog here http://lilimsadventures.blogspot.com/ where she have posted lot's of pretty photos! Thanks again dear Heather for matching LiLi and me you have done so well! :)
Now lastly I'd like to show you one of my latest creations. This was a simple cornflakes box before I collaged it and made it into a wall box to store some of my wallpapers, ledgers and such:

I used Vintage sheet music as the base then some pieces of Vintage wall paper (thanks again Nicki to spoil me with it!!) Dresden borders in pink and gold, a cameo and a plastic bird, some fabirc flowers, a pom pom fringe and a yoyo I got from my friend Anita to embellish it.
Now this was a very long post and I'd like to thank everyone who stayed with me until the end and hopefully enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to read your comments and will visit all your beautiful blogs too.
Have a great week and enjoy your gardens!
Hugs Carol xox


Scrappy Jessi said...

i want ot come live in your gardens.
so beautiful.
i love all your swap goodies too,
the wrapping was outstanding!!
lucky girl.
have a fab sunday!!

LiLi M. said...

Hi Carol!
Your garden pictures are gorgeous again! I think (too?) that May is the most beautiful garden month. That fresh green and everything starting and growing. Ooh that Viburnum, I think we call that a snowball, to die for! Love your pictures of the swap too. You sure now how to take pictures. And your box is magnificient. Nice to see that you have used some of the vintage wallpaper already!
Btw we discovered the shark in the ocean AFTER swimming, I'm not that brave at all! Have a nice week!

Lori said...

Carol, your garden is absolutely gorgeous!!! you have such a wonderful variety of plants and colors, they all look so pretty together!!!

i love the gifties you sent to LiLi for the "junque" swap,i know she was thrilled to get that wonderful parcel of goodness:)

LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with the cornflakes box!!!! eeeeeek!!! what a wonderful make~over!!!

Deb said...

Hi Carol
What a beautiful garden post! Everything looks so lovely in your garden. Wonderful swap goodies - the vintage wall paper box with pom pom fringe is gorgeous!

Naturegirl said...

Carola welcome back to your blissful garden! Everything looks as magical as I remember it! All is so lush..we are just beginning to see buds other than the early bulbs that are pretty well at the end of their season..the peonies are ready to burst..clean up has been slow as we have just returned from Arizona 2 weeks ago!
I now have a full time assistant..yes natureboy has retired from the corporate world and is now in my world!
hugs aNNa.

P.S. we are planning our tour through Europe..when are you going to be in Italy!! Where? Perhaps plans to meet up could be possible!

Lis said...

Wunderschöne Fotos aus deinem Garten, wir vermissen sie im Pausenstübchen so sehr! Im Moment scheint ja alles im Alliumfieber zu sein, überall sieht man diese tollen lila Blütenbälle in den Gärten stehen.
Erst gestern habe ich eine leere Cornflakesschachtel zum Altpapier gegeben und wenn ich jetzt sehe was du daraus gemacht hast könnte ich mich in den H......beissen :-))

Ich weiß auch nicht was uns da für ein Teufel geritten hat gerade für Mai/Juni unseren Urlaub zu buchen, aber so sind wir wenigstens zur Rosenblüte wieder daheim.
Du hast recht, es geht auch in diesem Jahr wieder nach Griechenland, diesmal auf die Insel Santorin. Noch bin ich ruhig, aber morgen ist es mit dieser Ruhe bestimmt vorbei *lol*

LG Lis

Kimberly Miller said...

Hi Carol,

Your photographs are very beautiful. You have a really great eye for pictures. I am so jealous at your beautiful cottage. It's the kind I've always wanted to live in by the sea. You are really doing such an artistic decorating theme,that I just want to invite myself over for tea. LOL.

Beth Leintz said...

You ended your beautiful post with a real BANG! The wallpaper cereal (!) box is just wonderful- hard to believe it used to hold Cheerios!

Anonymous said...

Carol, such a pleasure for me to walk your May garden and see all your swaps. A delighful post. Always good to visit with you.
Carolyn (from tumbleweedsandthyme)who has forgotten my sign in info and wanted to leave you comment to say Hi.

Mariella said...

hello, your blog is an inspiration. It is the yard that I want to have is precious, I love the corners, flowers. The Clematis are fabulous in climbing, allium simply beautiful. Let me add on my list of favorite blogs:) best regards.

She'sSewPretty said...

Carola, Your garden is just gorgeous. I am going to have to look around and find something to paint that beautiful blue. It really pops in the garden. I've been thinking about planting some agapanthas in mine too. Our bloom here in the summer.

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Oh my word! Your garden! Your swap!
your creations!!!! Amazing!

M ^..^

Karin A said...

Your garden is really beautiful and inspires alot! Love how you display flowers and other beautiful things.

Schönes Wochenende! LG aus Schweden :)

IcePuppet said...

You have a nice patio and garden, very cosy and full of plants, which I like :-)

Greetings from The Netherlands,

Joy said...

What a beautiful backyard and patio you have. I love all the flowers and decorations you have.
I will have to come back often!

prettyshabby said...

hello carol, your garden is so lovely and interesting..just my cup of tea! I think we have similar tastes when it comes to plants as I can see lots on your blog that I have too...gorgeous photos...and blog!
Thanks for your message about the hens..its a real shame for some of them isnt it.

Luna said...

Ach du meine Güte, wie schön ist die Gänseblümchenwiese!!! Ich glaube ich muß hier mal ein paar implantieren, bei uns wachsen nur 2 (!!!)
Mein Blauregen will auch nicht blühen, schade.
Du hast einen schöne Terassendekoration. Schöne Bilder von deinem Mai Garten!
Klasse Idee mit der Cornflakesbox !
Liebe Grüße

Espirito Campestre said...

Congratulations!!!! You have a wonderful garden.
Greetings from Madeira Island

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Your garden is stunning and breathtaking. So many gorgeous varieties to look at! I really like how you have displayed your garden decorations on the shelf and on your patio. Lots of texture there!!

Great pressies for the swap and who would have thought that a Cornflake box would be so pretty. Awesome job!!


BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Carol, your gardens are just so beautiful! I love your virburnum and bleeding hearts very much! And your alium is stunning... I could never get mine to blossom properly. Your swap gifts are gorgeous! I love how you decorated your goodies with dresden! Happy Monday!

Mrs. Staggs said...

Oh no, not the pink wisteria! I hope it recovers Carol. It was so beautiful last year.
Your garden continues to be was of the nicest that I've ever seen.

I love all the beautiful swap presents, and that corn flake box was truly an inspired idea!

TattingChic said...

Wow, I got so lost in your beautiful garden and swap goodies I completely forgot where I bloghopped over here from. Beautiful stuff, I loved every minute of reading your post.

Trish said...

Hi, I have just found your blog, I love you garden, its beautiful xxx

Tammy said...

It was very easy and joyful to stay with your blog. The pictures of your garden are beautiful. I can't believe you made a cereal box look so beautiful and useful too. Your packaging and gift were inspiring.

Thanks for sharing.


Anita said...

I would love to take a seat on your deck, Carol and admire all your treasures over there, your roses and clematis!

Yes, Lilli must have been thrilled when she opened your parcel - just like me! You are right, it feels like Christmas and Birthday on the same day! ;-)))

Have fabolous week-end!

Annemary said...

je suis encore à admirer !!!!bisous bonne semaine !

Bev said...

Love your blog but sorry to say the coloured font so hurts the eyes am i the only one to mention this ...


Terrence Flendersen said...

Amazing! cheap garden decor is hard to come by. especially good looking decor!

MaryK said...

You have exquisite taste, Carola. Looking through your blog is peaceful and beautiful. Makes me wish I was in your garden.


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