Welcome back dear readers and fellow blogging friends to another White Wednesday at Boxwood Cottage!
First of all I'd like to thank each of you who left me such heartwarming comments on last weeks White Wednesday post so much, it was such a great pleasure to read them! It's so much more fun to blog and share when you got such lovely response!
Well today I'd like to share with you my new wooden window shutters! Seeing that my big living room window has no real curtains to keep the sun out when whished or nosey eyes, I thought some flexible wooden shutters would be just the right thing and indeed it works out great! They are made from wooden lamella doors that you can buy in your local "do it yourself shop" and just paint them in what ever color you like. Of course I chose my fave creamy white again.
I can put just one in the window on the window seat or two. In the middle of my window is growing this enormous Hollyhock, so noone can look in there anyway, so for now I chose two pieces of shutters for either side of the plant. Notice my gorgeous new brocante bird cage in the picture above!
Oh I have such a thing for bird cages!
So this is what it looks like with both shutters put in place from further away. There is still enough light coming in, but noone can look inside and the sun is not blinding me anymore and the best is that I can still peak outside between the plants leaves he he.
So come on out on my deck, this is the view through the door:
Then when you went out and turn around you can see the huge soft yellow hollhock which wants to grow there directly in front of my window, in the little space between my terrace stones, every year. And the flexible blinds don't look so bad from the outside either, don't you think?
So if you'd like to see some more from my little cottage garden in August you might stay with me for a while longer. Some of you may remember that there were two large bushes down there in front of the rusty rose arc, so I could not see much of it from this angle, so last month we cleared the space complete with roots and all and filled it with fresh flower soil and compost and planted new perrenials and roses in the new flower bed.
Before we keep going further down in the garden let's turn around again and have little look at our tomcat Riley who found a comfy pillow on the bench and of course had to lay down there for a little nap :)
And also the roses are through with their first flowers now and it still takes a bit before most of them will bloom again, there are still so many other flowers in bloom!
I just love this view down my back yard and even better now that both of the big bushes are gone.
The Agapanthus or African Lily is my favorite at the moment and this year it even blooms in two different colors, in white and in blue! It bloomed only in blue last year and had only 4 stems, this year it has got 7 stems yay. Well I must have unconciously potted two different plants in the big pot, it's the only possible explanation I think. The white one is the only one fully in bloom right now so I think I'll have these gorgeous big flower heads blooming for some more weeks to come :)
Right now I'm also tending my neighbors garden because she went on a little vacation, so I took some pictures from the view she has - through the wonderful viticella clematis "Prince Charles" which is growing along our properties border - peeking into my garden. Right behind the clematis were the 2 big bushes of a mediterranean snow ball and a cherry laurel that we just digged out. They really became to large for our small gardens and everything looks so much better and lighter and brighter now that they are away.
There you can see a bit of my blooming delphinium/larkspur and phlox in my new flower bed and do you spot the pink plants in the right upper corner of these pictures?
It's Cosmos and the here so called Spiderplant Cleome Spinosa which I grew both from seeds I had sown on the 30th of May in my zinc cold frame.
Oh and some of the cosmos flowers are even filled and I find them quite amazing! It's so fun and rewarding to grow annuals from seeds! I'm currently waiting for my Zinnias to start blooming too!
Well enough of the pink, let's have a look at something white in my garden again, my white trellis. See the soft high flower beside it? It's a chinese Thalictrum delavayi, a quite amazing plant that I have for a long time but it never grew so high before. It contains out of many very small soft purple tiny bells.
And further down the trellis beside of my Annabelle Hydrangea, my clematis Piilu has finally started to bloom:
It's one of the best summers for garden flowers in a long time here in Nothern Germany! :)
Well my friends, I'll stop here for today and if you're still with me, I suggest you to visit more White Wednesday participants over at Kathleen's blog Faded Charm!
Have a beautiful summer month of August everyone!
P.S.: My 5 years of blogging anniversary is coming up soon and I'm currently thinking about a give back, so stay tuned my friends!