On our road trip through the Midwest, we stopped at the Walnut Flea Market in Iowa and found great examples of creating something new from some of these great pieces that were once part of Victorian farm houses!
We even bought a cool zinc-coated cupola (they call them witch's hats) for use as garden art. This is what the witch’s hat cupolas looks like, this one is on a barn in Wyoming. They are kind of scarce because they get blown off by tornadoes in the Midwest.
What a find! A Victorian garden gate from Wichita, Kansas. It has extra hand-wrought iron at each junction, and is so heavy it took two people to move it. I hope we don’t overload the van…the trailer is already full!
North of Des Moines we picked through hoarder’s barns like you see on TV. This is such fun! Almost as fun as picking in Provence, France (which we are doing this September….we still have room for a few people to join us. Contact us for details, 530-275-4451)
'Sunset Strain' Gorgeous perennial jewel of the
Pacific Northwest is extremely hardy, long blooming and low
maintenance. Blooms May to September in sunset colors (apricot, tangerine, yellow) Lewisia benefits from some
dryness, plant them in a clay pot with some
gravel added, in the cracks of a rock wall or enjoy them in a well-drained rock garden.
This an Echium, called "Red Feathers".....Come to the Cottage to get this great
Echium, Blue Steeple. Electric blue-purple spires up to 12' tall! Generally blooms in spring of the second or third
year. Rising up from the seemingly innocuous foliage, the florescence
acts as a massive floral beacon for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds.
Renegade has glossy, chocolate-colored leaves. This super drought-tolerant plant is perfect for adding color &texture to
almost any garden. Grows 2-3’ high &
wide with long, broad, arching leaves emerging grass-like from a
central trunk that can reach up to 2’ high over time. In Winter,
small fragrant creamy lavender blooms
emerge on an airy, multi-branching flower spike.
And last but not least, Lepechinia
hastata: Heat & drought tolerant, evergreen & amazingly hardy (to 0°F), this unusual & easy to grow Salvia relative puts on a stunning display August-October. Plentiful, showy, 12” upright open spikes of deep magenta-rose create a cloud of bloom 3’ across above silvery, mint-scented, ground-covering foliage. Hummingbird favorite! Happy in poor soil with good drainage. It prefers full sun but can take a bit of shade.
Trachelium 'Hammer Pandora' Butterflies love to nectar sip from umbels & purple is said to be their favorite color. Here we have both! Blooming Summer to Fall (with dead-heading), these butterfly sweet-shops are held atop branching stems and gorgeous, darkest purple-black foliage. Wonderful in a corner or mid to back of border. Rich, shiny foliage is densely borne making a compact bush up to 3' tall by 3' wide. It loves partial shade and it's SNAIL PROOF!
These succulents are plastic (but you'd have to look to tell) and they hold up to the hot sun wonderfully. We have several varieties on sale now.
are delighted to have found some new wonderful pieces for you to take
French antique walnut night stand with a marble top has incredible
carvings. The antique Italian putti (cherub) is both gilded and
painted wall plaque in the background was used in a photo studio.
These arbors are great for visual impact in your garden, and they're easily re-positioned.
TO GROW, outrageously
cool pollinator party plant for the dry garden. Mid-Summer
to Fall blooms are
much loved by bees
& butterflies &
make different, fun cut flowers too – fresh or dried! Heat,
poor soil, & drought tolerant but
prettier with occasional Summer water.
Azurea Alkanet... You
could drive a truck over this long-lived awesome perennial without
doing more harm than breaking a few branches. Tough as nails &
long-lived, it’s heat & drought tolerant, deer & snail
resistant. Want more? Okay, lots of bright truest royal blue
“Forget-Me-Not” flowers display for months on sturdy
new shorter-statured "Butterfly Bush" only gets 5-6' tall
and is much easier to place in most gardens than the larger
varieties. Want humming birds and butterflies in your garden?
This is a favorite of theirs and it has a long blooming time (June to
October) It can take our low water restrictions in California; and
deer leave it alone.
for a good home, while happily blooming in the Cottage Garden, this
extremely hardy, long-blooming and low-maintenance jewel doesn't ask
for much other than good drainage. They actually benefit from
some dryness....and oh yes, deer don't like them!
prepared for clouds of exquisite, eye-catching, scarlet-red flowers!
“Pineapple sage” blooms late in the Summer
a nectar oasis for hummingbirds! We humans can enjoy the sight
& a sweet ripe pineapple scent (& taste!) from the crisp,
yellow-green leaves. This is another deer-resistant and
Missed the oil-tasting and art party? we have a selection Bocabella's products for sale at the Cottage... Both their silver-award oil, and their gold-award oil in gift packs.
We also have a great oil and lavender body salt-scrub from Boccabella. These and other items we carry make great Mother's Day gifts! And on Sunday, we will be celebrating Moms with tea and complimentary flowers, so bring Mom in for some pampering!
Tomorrow, Saturday, April 23....ART & OLIVE OIL at Antique Cottage & Garden!
Come see Eric Nanson's amazing Macro Photography show from 10 to 4.
Not only are his photos delightful, but he has invented frames from found metal items that are one of a kind! You will want to take something he has created home with you!
Taste award winning Olive Oil from Boccabella Farms from 1-3:30 pm.
owner of the business, Johnny, traded a life of success as a chef in SF
to buying & tending an olive grove. The first olive crush happened
last year and already they have won a Silver for their Extra Virgin Olive Oil (you know most of the grocery store kinds are not real don't you?) Johnny will
be serving some tasty bite sized morsels with the olive oil and selling his beautifully packaged Oil.
also serving lavender shortbread cookies prepared by Lindsay Johnson of
Lindsay's Home-baked Goods and Confection.