Saturday, August 17, 2013

Gathered from the garden

The summer has almost slipped away and though autumn is one of my favorite times of the year I shall miss the flowers of my garden. I am truly grateful for the bliss they bring with their blossoms. We sowed the zinnias and the celosia was a volunteer from my compost pile. We planted pink knockout roses 3 or 4 years ago in the front yard and red last year in the back border. The black knight butterfly bushes were divided this season so lots of brilliant colored blooms from those. There is a single cleome bloom sown from a pack of seeds perhaps we will have better luck next year with those. What is growing in your garden?

 On another note Artie at Color Outside the Lines blog has a spectacular series on the
 home collections of Ralph Lauren. If you are a fan of Mr. Lauren you will not want to miss it.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Gathering garden ideas are one thing but narrowing them down to something I can actually manage to implement is yet another.  Adding a clematis at the base of a tree is one thing I am committed too. Having realized the one on the old bell needs more shade for its roots so it is out of necessity moving on to bigger and better things.
Terie Rawn's garden Newfield, New York

Once upon a time I moved to Wisconsin and purchased a new home sans any type of flora and fauna except grass. A wonderful guy came to call who ran a landscaping business that created a plan which was designed to be implemented in stages. We liked his plan and since neither of us was familiar with what was hardy for that area of the country realized he was a godsend. Wish I remembered his name or the name of his company but I have looked back fondly on that time and garden and wondered why no one else offered this service. He also returned at the appropriate time to prune and fertilize another service he provided. At that point in my life with three children under the age of 4 seeing his smiling face there to tend to my space was so very, very welcomed. These days the children are grown and the garden is one in a much more familiar clime of South Carolina. I can lose myself for hours and bliss is my companion.

Rathmichael Lodge ~ DUBLIN



I am also going to continue working on the borders in my backyard adding to the knockout roses, columbine,yarrow and lavender.

  Lastly we are endeavoring to grow more that tomatoes this year with melons, squash, beans, cucumbers, peppers and hosts of other veggies and oh yes several varieties of pumpkins.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fall at MacGregor's Cottage

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How to handle two story windows

One of our recent projects was to design treatments in a two story space. We used a large scale print in one and colored blocked the other. Taking the treatments all the way up makes all the difference.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

MacGregor's Cottage Sunroom: a work in progress

the coffee table is an English farmtable that was cut down purchased in Franklin, TN antique store

the trunk belonged to my husband's grandmother

the wood dough bowl is a Helena, Montana estate sale find
I have been searching Craigslist for a loveseat. This is the perfect size for my
cozy sunroom. Ok it is small like 14 x 17 but it suits me just fine. Last month I
lucked out and found this little beauty. Actually there were two pieces the sofa
and this loveseat. Got a friend to take the sofa and I made off with the loveseat.
     It took me four 9x12 dropcloths. I washed each one 3 times to and dried them with
 6 or 7 sheets of fabric softener. I am in love. Sometimes you just have to wait for
  right piece. And I must admit I have to thank Shannon Bowers for the inspiration.
So hey Shannon "thanks".

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