Cottage Style Party #44

A mishmash this week...

This week I have a mishmash of things to chat about.

Why the mishmash?

Two reasons:

1)  I've been saving these stray photos for awhile and

wanted to post them but didn't have enough for an entire post.


2) I had a ladder in the middle of my kitchen all weekend and

couldn't even move let alone *think* about a cohesive blog post...gah!

Is anyone else like that?

I can only think when everything is in its place.

Yep, its weird, but its my little weird issue!

After moving the ladder to get in the frig, to use the oven to bake a pie for Mom,

to do the dishes and laundry, I was more than ready for that ladder to MOVE out of the kitchen.

Which it finally has...whew!

Moving on....

A couple of weeks ago when it was starting to warm up outside,

I cracked the back window and put a stool there for the kitties.

Someone really wanted to go outside!

Update: the kitties have been outside briefly tho no pics yet.

My veggie garden is coming along.

Tomatoes are planted.

Radishes and lettuce are just about ready to harvest.

Peas, in the pot upper left, are coming along.

Those are blueberries that look like sticks behind the tomatoes.

And my ornamental perennial leeks are huge!

Can't wait for their blooms!

That grassy stuff outside the bed is the reason I switched to a raised bed.

It's quakgrass and its a real pain to get rid of, but

I have plans for it this year...

The flower garden is moving ahead slowly.

Alliums, barberry and native daylilies.

The coral bells in my window boxes finally passed on to the eternal garden.

I've replaced them with a dark spike and orange million bells.

It should be pretty when it grows in, I hope!

I love that I can see the spike when I walk by the window inside.

Much better than looking in my neighbors sons window...yeesh!

My potted herbs in pots on the patio are looking ready to use!

From the top: oregano and chives, pineapple mint, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

Seriously, just like the song.

Not a song-theme planned pot of herbs, but it just worked out that way!

I'm still loving my free cottage fence in the flower garden.

So far, it looks just like how I pictured it would look.


My weekend exhausted me and it looks like everyone else was busy too!

This was our biggest week yet with so many new cottage style friends!

Let's get to it...

This is a stunning container garden!

Everything about it is so lovely including the hanging basket!

This is just one of many adorable container gardens 

you will find on Diane's blog An Extraordinary Day.

Go find some inspiration!

What a cute idea to use all those mismatched 

china bargains you find at yard sales and thrift shops!

Stop by Helene's Legacy to get ideas to 

make your own adorable cake stands!

Is anyone else feeling the need to kick back in this wicker swing?

Maybe stretch out, for a rest, snuggled under the quilt, 

with one foot dangling over the side to push with?

Yeah, me too!

To see more of this lovely porch and surrounding gardens, 

drop on in to Brooke's blog Creative Country Home!

Don't forget to pick up your button on the side!

Thanks for stopping by!

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and their fabulous blogs 

to see what they are up to:


  1. Thanks for hosting! Beautiful garden pics :) Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  2. Love the features Judith and your garden is looking lovely. The cat sitting on the stool is so cute! Glad you will be sharing with SYC.

  3. Your garden is lovely, you are doing a wonderful job with it! The features are nice. Thank you for hosting. Big hugs,

  4. Thanks for another fun party.

    I am loving coming home from work each day and seeing the color bursting in my garden. Today my coreopsis bloomed.

  5. What a delightful surprise to see that you featured my container gardens this week! Wow!! I am so blessed...thank you!! [hugs]

    Pure loveliness in your garden!! I especially love the white fence with the Allium...stunning!! Glad you got your ladder moved...is there a fun post coming?

  6. Thanks so much for featuring my cake stand ideas! Today I am sharing a delicious chilled cantaloupe soup - great for the warm days that are coming :)

    Lisa @ Helene's Legacy

  7. Your garden is beautiful, the veggie garden and your flower garden are so cottage-y.

  8. I love the photo of the kitty looking out the window on the stool!!! Gorgeous plants!

  9. I have definitely had those days - seems like it has been that way for me for a couple months - since I have been working an odd schedule covering for my co-worker. That SHOULD come to an end at the end of May - and I can devote more time to my blog, visiting and home projects. Love your kitty at the door - too sweet. The features are amazing -I'm really excited about the cake stands - I have dozens of mismatched dishes!
    I appreciate you sharing and hosting,

  10. The kitty image is so adorable! Your beautiful garden evokes spring! Hope you have more time for yourself in the new week.

  11. Deb, thanks for hosting the party today, especially with all that's going on! I totally understand how you feel! Sometimes it's a push to blog!
    Have a blessed day!
    Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

  12. Loved seeing and reading this again - should share this cat photo on Facebook - too precious! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


Thank you!