Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cottage Wannabe still exists

Well this is an official post.
Short but sweet
I am still a cottage wannabe !
I still love the style and all that goes with the name "Cottage"
I'll be back soon.
Thanks for hanging in there.
just me jo

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Traffic sources

I was viewing reader and traffic sources. It's surprising sometimes just who does view my blog. I think I should mention that when I clicked on one traffic source there was an indication of malware at that site link. I didn't proceed. So anyone who sees anything on my page that refers to Farns or Farms,  worth,  Hose,  usa words don't go there.
It's surprising just how many page views there are.

It's sad that in this world it boils down to dog eat dog. I mean that people have to sabotage a good blog with their own attempts at making  money.   Rather than invest in their time and efforts they resort to ways and means of ruining it for someone else.
thanks for reading my little bit of vent.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

~ A Country Cottage Wild Garden ~

Can you sit awhile, I'll show you

Part of my cottage garden.

We're getting closer.

Here we are. See. Silver, blue, lavender, gold,white, peach. My daughter gave me a package of glad bulbs in assorted colors. I divided them up and planted them into different places. I am so proud that these look so nice next to the beautiful blue Chicory.

I'm hoping the chicory seeds properly for a bigger impact next year. Maybe I can move some of the silver plants a bit further in. They are wild and have a mid of their own. The only thing not wild in the country cottage garden are the glads. [smile]

I had a few more, but I planted a few in some pots, so I could have them near the house. One of them bloomed in another bed about the same color, but there is nothing next to it as nice as this.

Thanks for stopping by to get a glimpse of the glads in my little wild cottage garden.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I am checking my lists at the right. Some are no longer in running, so out they go. Some are not what they seemed and others serve no purpose that they once did. So I am editing it.

As a result of viewing Design Stars first episode, I googled for Bohemian style, chic, decor or what ever title it brings. I have added a few blogs on those interests.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Art of the Victorian Conservatory Display

I thought you might like a look at the Sunken Garden, The Fern Room, The Palm Room. Sit a bit and I'll show some of my photos. My daughter did such a good job with most of these. I took a couple.

....The Sunken Garden - Spring View.....

Below is the Tropical Views, Lots of Glorious Ferns and rocks. I just love Ferns, [moss], rocks, and Water.

It always is nice to hear the sound of falling water, whether it is a trickle or a dynamic falls.

The Ferns look just like they are well adapted here. Hardly a brown mark on them. Love the dark rocks, dark water with the ferns. You know one can dye your pond water black. I suppose only certain tropical plants do well inside even in a conservatory. Such as that bush with yellow Flowers.

I love Maiden Hair Ferns, and little ferns, but I see nothing to complain about with these with Large fronds.

This is definitely a different Perspective. It gives one an odd feeling, doesn't it?
I just can't say enough about the sound of a bubbler, or the trickle of a fountain. Or the use of the calm water in a stream or pond as a break from all the busyness of so many different kinds of plants. A statue always enhances everything around it in the garden.


This isn't the best shot, but there is something about the right side of this photo that I love. The shade plants are enticing, aren't they against the dark of the trees. If it were a natural looking pond with rocks as the edging, it would be nice, but somehow the simple look here of the smooth pond and edging of the cement is a nice contrast with the many shapes of leaves under the trees.

I have stretched and skewed these picture here at the time of posting, which makes them a bit grainy, I suppose. I think this bottom one was better before I did it. I don't know how to get a larger size without you having to click for it.

For some reason I had expected the Jungle views to be a bit more colorful, They tried with the tropical plants with what I call the Modern or Contemporary looking blooms. Actually they were the popular house plants of the forties and fifties that I have seen in the very old issues of magazines. I found a plant like that with red flowers and heart shaped leaves at a box store before mothers day. I don't particularly like those kind of blooms nor the large leaves.

At times I find that I appreciate the green and brown of a calming scene. I suppose with all the variations of the green leaves and textures it is distracting enough, without unloading lots of bold colors there. I still can't help but feel that it would have been nice to see more orchids hanging here and there especially in the fern room. Maybe they are reserved for show in the summer.

A few years back this conservatory was shown on Good Company by Steve and Sharon Eddelman before Hgtv came into being. Or was it Victory Garden. In either case, what I remember was a total different look. I don't think there was a sunken Garden, either.

I know from googling a little that the Sunken Garden has changed from time to time, I have seen pictures of flowers showing a good deal of glorious pink. A lady told me the other day that the view she saw one summer was with red roses. It will be fun to google and see what the changes are for the summer view, for when I go back.

You have seen the general views. I have saved back a couple special ones for next time. [ Smile]

When I mentioned the orchids and ferns for a tropical look, it remind me of a little story I just have to share now. I had escaped from my family group at Disney land in Florida to tour a orchid conservatory nearby. Gushing and sighing, while browsing and showing my enjoyment, I had a little conversation with couple who claimed they were from St. Paul. I am sure when they first spoke to me, they had no Idea I was from back home, either. Perhaps I had a Minnesota accent and they guessed. [tee hee]

You know how it is, You always have to leave home to find someone from back home!

After I said that I had never seen anything like it, with all kinds of orchids displayed through out the tropical views. I said that later in summer they would line a board walk and at night with candles with all kinds of Orchids hanging all along the walk. After I finished gushing, the couple said, "Well you have never visited the Como Park, then." I had to admit, I had come there to especially to see this and I had neglected to view Como Park close to back home. They of course suggested that I do so, when ever I get a chance. Maybe then too, Como Park did not rely on donations for funding like I think it does now. [I wonder if they are feeling the economic crunch.] Now I can say I have seen it if it just happens to comes up in conversation again!

Cruising for Parks in a Western City by Hudson. Wi.

My daughter and I went for a little drive before going back to her place. She wanted to show me her favorite places, which we did in a hurry, cause we had pizza ordered for delivery. I must say we did time it right too.

As we were driving around looking for a certain entrance I spyed this beauty. I just had to get a shot.

I loved it cause at first sight it has the look of the older Victorian homes that are tall and large. I think there is actually humor in this little cottage. I would think the creator of this remodel would be a wonderful interesting person to know.

Even the fencing and the arbor seem to be of the period. Actually, I snapped the shot to show the little cottage next door which is probably replica from which the brown cottage once was.

Below then is a full shot of the remodeled cottage.
I wonder if it was from architectural pieces taken here and there. Often times you will be driving through smaller towns and see that someone has stashed such tops to churches and schools and other buildings. Where the bells once stood, etc.

I had wondered how much light the little tower gives. I myself, think maybe it was done to let in the light or give some sense of height inside the little house. If the owner were me, I wonder how it would be to add little windows all around the tower to let light in even more.
Perhaps, the person has put in a new window and still has to paint it.

And then we went home and watched all the pictures on her blue ray. One easy instant view.
I hope you can click to get these larger.

Monday, October 5, 2009


Can you stand the idea. Can you do it with out a hesitant hand.

Can you paint over oak.

I value yellow golden oak. So I ask even more pointedly.
Can you paint over golden oak?

I just don't know if I can. I read one of my favorite blogs tonight and saw a woman ready to do so. It was so beautiful too.
I am still deciding on this one.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

For fall interest how about a blog from Acorn Cottage

At this time of year, do you get the urge to browse for fall ideas?

Well I do.

So Yesterday, I treated myself to a little Sunday blog cruising.

And it's even better a cruise, if I can stumble on some new to me blogs. So I think the next few days, I will share some I found from my armchair with my cups of Mint Tea.

Yesterday after viewing a few fall blogs, I went outdoors to my pine trees to get a few pine cones before I would be left picking in the bitter cold snow if I left the job too long. I eventually ventured over to the park with the idea that those cones would be larger. They weren't. but easier picking, I think. I came home with a small sack full due to a half an hours work. Not bad.

But amongst the pine cones are some acorns I picked up as I happened to see them laying there. "Pick me, Pick me up " they seemed so say. Some were still in the shell. It occurred to me how much they resembled a minature candle in a holder. [I may have to do some painting soon. ]

I had been wondering how I could paint the pine cones and the acorns, so I guess today at the start of blogging, the Acorn Cottage was still in my mind. I browsed it for some fall ideas. I found it such a pleasant relaxing blog. So I thought I would share that blog with you. Nancy has been at it barely a year with nearly eight hundred visitors. it was so new that I wasn't able to go to last years fall for her ideas. I am sure there are many more good fall posts to look forward to seeing. It should be fun keeping track of her and her blogs.

Another cottage blogger to rave about - An Enchanted Cottage

I naturally would love a fellow blogger who also loves these pumpkins. And she says she does.

I especially love that she says she was once in Modern decor, but moved to a shabby chic mode. From there I am not sure, I was off looking at her pictures. This blogger evidently belongs to a circle which means further blogs to investigate as the time occurs. She has almost two hundred followers. There was also a magazine which you click on. Which I intend to do soon. So I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

She has a nice stream of ideas, of not just fabric pumpkins, but other interesting takes. I wonder if those are the old white doves back in my day that dissolved at a drop of a hat. Now isn't that a great idea. And these are a gift free to the lucky winner if you do it all right and your lucky, of course. [Just follow my link and or if it works click the picture.]

I have found this to be a fitting blog for viewing at the beginning of the fall season. I see here her cute fabric pumpkins one could create no matter what the material one wanted to use.

Good luck if you enter her contest!

just me jo

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Not been around lately, sorry. I have been at wor.

My Shabby cottage roses.

Nasty Bug war.
They are winning too.
I will see if I can do better later with more pictures.
Hows that for nearly wordless Wednesday.