Today’s photos are of Gail Cortese’s new garden. Having to downsize from a large, beloved garden is difficult, but these pictures make it clear that you can go from a large space to a small one without sacrificing having a wonderful, flower-filled space!
We lived on five country acres on the north Olympic Peninsula of Washington state for almost 25 years. Age and health demanded we sell out and relocate to a smaller place. However, I told my husband that I wouldn’t go if I couldn’t take my house and gardens with me! We located a new development on a hillside 35 miles east where there wasn’t so much rainfall, in the little town of Sequim. We found a nice corner lot that had space for a nice little version of my previous English garden, and the builder agreed that I could design my home to fit. I divided my beloved perennials, located nurseries where I could find the roses I had left behind (since I couldn’t dig up my roses), and thus began the move!
We have been here now for three years. The gardens are flourishing so well that our local garden club came to visit and loved it!
Here are a few photos of our lovely little garden. What was Brierwood Farm became Brierwood Cottage.
The new cottage. It doesn’t sit on a large farm, but there is a lot of beauty in this little lot.
The style is classic English cottage garden, full of soft, romantic perennials and roses.
Blossoms glowing in the sunshine.
Could anything be more romantic than an informal gravel path surrounded by abundant flowers?
Bright California poppies (Eschscholzia californica, annual) bloom like sunshine you can touch.
It is hard to believe that this garden is only three years old; it already looks so full and mature. I hope Gail will send us an update in a few years to see how it continues to evolve!
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