Gardening Delights

Dear Bloggers, Blog readers, Family and Friends,

Did everyone have a good weekend?? Here, we had amazing weather, but it is raining again this morning.

Today I thought I would share with you a little garden loving. Mine isn’t so photogenic right at the moment, being I was on a hiatus last week (…and the week before),as I’ve been inside sewing & quilting so much. But I thought I would share with you another, very beautiful garden.

A few weeks ago I visited a friend at her home in the country. She lives in a very traditional Swiss farmhouse, typical of her area.wpid-2014-07-29-16.47.15.jpg.jpeg

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This little guy is a worker! Just like my friend, who puts in lots of work to make her garden, as pretty as it is.

This little guy is a worker! Just like my friend, who puts in lots of work to make her garden, as pretty as it is.

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Real Swiss Edelweiss

love visiting her house as it is so different from the 1980’s build that I live in, and I especially love her garden: a typical ‘Bauerngarten’, in English this would be a ‘Cottage Garden’ or a ‘Kitchen Garden’.

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Full of a combination of both utilitarian, vegetables and fruits, and both medicinal and completely ‘aesthetic’ (for lack of a better word) flowers.  I love the ‘Bauerngarten’ garden style which is dominant here in agricultural Switzerland (Bauerngarten,  translates directly to ‘Farmer’s Garden’).

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Her pride and joy, gorgeous cosmos, the hot pink ones are enormous and certainly my favorite!

Her pride and joy, gorgeous cosmos, the hot pink ones are enormous and certainly my favorite:  Cosmos Bipinnatus Sonata

To identify the plants mentioned in this post I used the following references:

New Book of Herbs

One of the books that I have on my bookshelf and which I find a great reference for the Kitchen/Farmer’s Garden is Jekka Mc Vicar’s book published by DK “New Book of Herbs” You can visit my Good Reads page on the book with further information, ratings and reviews here.

RHS Plant Finder

Online, I find the Royal Horticultural Society’s website an amazing resource, especially their Plant Finder which you can access here.

Well I hope you enjoyed the tour! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you and I will be sure to pass on any questions or comments to my friend, if you have any for her.

I wish you a very creative and beautiful week and Happy Quilting and Creating!

Jodie