Cottage Style Party #55

Rita's cutting garden.

Rita is my neighbor two doors over.

She is a lovely elderly woman with 

a daughter who likes to garden.

Her daughter plants this wonderful cutting garden every year.

Wikipedia defines a cutting garden as this:

"A functional garden used to grow flowers for indoor use. It is typically placed out of 
public view and is not artistically arranged, as it contains flowers for cutting."

I think Rita's cutting garden is just as lovely 
to look at as it is functional too.

Her rows of zinnias are volunteers that come 
up every year...so nice!

I love how this garden path leads to a bed of daisies.

More volunteers!

I stopped by here early Sunday morning to enjoy her exuberant blooms!

Hummingbirds and butterflies were flitting about but

I, of course, was too slow to capture them with my camera.


I love this bed of Shasta daisies!

So pretty!

I love the short wall that adds a bit of structure to her garden.

Her yellow native daylilies are still blooming!

I'm not sure what this rose is but
it was covered in lovely flowers!

There's even a little bench for Rita to sit on and enjoy her flowers.

I hope you enjoyed this visit to Rita's garden.

Sorry, no photos of Rita...she is camera shy!

Hello Friends!

Welcome to this weeks

Cottage Style Party!

Last weeks party was so much fun!

We had some lovely party pics including

our first photo of a dog and cauliflower!


Let's get this party started...

And speaking of a dog and cauliflower...

I couldn't resist!

This pups name is Nikki and she is showing off some mighty fine cauliflower
she grew with her own two paws!

To see more of Nikki's garden's and watch her hanging with her "chicks"
drop in to Highland Monkeys blog!

How cute is this bike with flowers on it
and around it?

I love that little bird on the basket!

To see more of this cottage garden tweak,
stop by Debbie's blog Debbie-Dabble!

Now who doesn't love a little cowgirl chic?

This is definitely the softer side of cowgirls with those pretty pastels!
Can you believe those pink and turquoise horseshoes?
Love them!
Go by The Porcelain Rose to see more of her new cowgirl inspired wreath!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Such beautiful gardens! Thank you for hosting :)

  2. How wonderful to have a neighbor with a garden like that! Beautiful!

  3. Beautiful cutting garden. I have never planted Zinnias and i love them! I see lots of gardens in NH and Maine with these:) Maybe next year:) Pinned!

  4. What an amazing garden!! Thanks so much for the feature!! I will give you a Shout Out in my next post due out tomorrow! What a surprise!!

    Thanks again too for hosting!!


  5. I love Rita's garden and Debbie's new bike is so cute! Thanks for hosting.

  6. Thank you sweet friend for the terrific party! I DIYed the cake stand and the cake, of course. The cake plate with pedestal I glued a lovely Italian blue platter with a small blue bowl I had for the pedestal and I found a better use for the blue plate. Big hugs,

  7. Ah, the garden pics are divine!! Thanks for hosting, Debi :) Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  8. Hello Debi! Thanks for hosting this fun party. LOVE the cutting garden pics and the sweet bench to sit and ponder the flowers. Very pretty. Enjoy the end of July :)

  9. Rita's garden is amazing. It must be so easy to spend a lot of time there.

  10. Thanks for letting me join in!


  11. Oh I'm so glad you posted this great pictures! I am having the worst flower summer EVER! I rescued a couple pots of Shasta daisies from the reduced bin at Shop-Rite. Daisies are just so homey. Thank you for hosting! So Happy to be joining up!

  12. Suzanne at Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hello! I'm so happy to have found you through Jann Olson.
    Your feature garden is gorgeous!
    Thanks so much for sharing,

  13. Gorgeous garden ! Love all her flowers !

  14. Love the flowers - I need to be outdoors cleaning my garden! So delighted to join your party this week - I appreciate you hosting,

  15. I'd love to have a neighbor like that-so gifted!

  16. Such happy summer flowers! LOVE zinnias, daisies and daylilies - the pup is precious! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  17. Volunteer zinnias?! How jealous am I?! They are one of my favorite summer flowers for sure. Great photos!


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