cran·ber·ry
1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
cot·tage
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

More old things.....

Back in this post, I mentioned that I found another old gate at a brocante shop. I had wanted them both to use between the planting in our back garden. Neither made it there in the end. The bigger of the two was just right for this wall. I used to have a round metal piece hanging here but this gate was so perfect in size that we moved it to here instead. Jos created a planting area for me which has already grown nicely in just a couple of months. We planted a passion flower which is growing wildly but not blooming yet and two kinds of clematis which both bloomed. I did not take the photo while they were in bloom unfortunately.


We have three old oleanders planted in a large terracotta pot in the front area too. Last year, I decided to try pruning them as they were getting leggy. Suddenly this summer, we have a pink double flower among the white blossoms. I have no idea how it has happened. It is very delicate looking.


Last week while driving through the countryside back to Cranberry Cottage, we came across these storks in a field. Not so unusual in the north of Holland. They are often in pairs hunting for food. But this time there were ten of them in the same small field at once. What a pretty sight to see these beautiful birds. It is still summer here as they have not started their migration yet...


Heidi

16 comments:

  1. the gate looks great there. Made for that spot. lol. Well, maybe not.
    I love the storks. It was so neat when we saw them on their nests in France. Here we only read about them.
    Love you, Mom

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    1. Well...they brought me didn't they??? :-)

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    2. Beautiful. I love the surprise you got of the double-headed flowers. I think of you and your mom often and hope that life is treating you well. I don't get on here as much as I should but just wanted you to know that I think of you both and smile when I do!

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  2. Hello Heidi, I agree with your mom, that gate is perfect in that spot. It would be great for any climbing vines.

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    1. I was so surprised when I saw how perfectly it fit there. I love walking up to my door when I have been out and seeing it there.

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  3. I just love the gate and always love your garden...since I only have a green thumb when it comes to succulents and cacti. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie. I have one pot of succulents this year in the back garden. Of course, rain is never in short supply here in Holland. :-) Do you have a garden?

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  4. Misschien zien wij binnenkort ook weer deze ooievaars in Drenthe!

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    1. Dat denk ik zeker! Waaneer vertreken jullie?

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  5. Heidi, I love what you did with the flowers and with the gate-a perfect contrast that pulls everything together. That is very odd about the pink flower-a good sign or just a genetic miss? It is pretty no matter. The storks are beautiful. So much nature to see. Very therapeutic to enjoy. I hope you are doing well! Take care! - Amy :D

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    1. I am wondering if this one plant has not been producing flowers as there are three in a large pot. But it is strange as I have not had the idea it was not blooming before. It is very pretty regardless.

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  6. Love your gated garden spot! And loved seeing the storks ~ must have been amazing seeing them in person!

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    1. Even though we see the storks all season, I never tire of them. They are beautiful birds. It was unusual to see so many in the one field.

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  7. Prachtig staat het hek daar, een heel erg leuk idee.
    Fijne wek,

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  8. The gate looks wonderful. I love the way that you have used it in the garden.
    The storks are amazing.

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  9. Love the gate! Love the storks too! So pretty!!

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