Welcome to Boxwood Cottage!

So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Special moments and beautiful garden days

This post is about special moments. One very special moment for me is to see the first rose of the season finally opening it's buds. This year my historic rose "Rosa Mundi" which you see in the first photo won the race between my roses. Hm you should smell her, she has a divine scent!
Well come on let's do a lil stroll through my May garden before the month is over and I'll share some more special moments with you, not only in the garden. This post has over 30 pictures I gues which took during the last week so maybe you better make yourself comfortable with a cup of tea or coffe so that you'll hopefully stay with me until the end of this long blog post?

Another special moment for me is to go out in my garden in the morning because the light is always so beautiful then. The picture above is from my potting bench and below you see part of my deck. The photo below is from this morning, we had such wonderful weather today, well actually the weather was quite beautiful during the whole month of may with just one rainy day that I can remember.

As always you can click on the pictures to enlarge them and see more details. Below is another picture from my potting corner

On my patio it's blooming beautifully at the moment, the rose Wenlock has opened it first two buds today and foxgloves, lupine and delphiniums are in full bloom among many other summer flowers

My cat Sammy is always enjoying these special times and moments in the garden with me.
Here is another summery photo from today

And here another photo of Rosa Mundi which meanwhile is in full bloom

The rose in the next photo is my darling Eden 85/Pierre de Ronsard which has opened the first few buds this week

And this is my dear Constance Spry, an English David Austin rose which has just started to bloom at my old rose arc

This is the rose arc glowing in the sun, I took this photo at 11.00 this morning and until dawn Constance Spry had opened several more buds, she has practically exploded in todays heat

This is a picture of my foxgloves which have self seeded in the spares between the stones of my deck and I love them there

I took these next pictures one morning last week, when my pansies still looked beautifully, they have suffered a bit from the heat we had the last days with temps around 30 deegrees celsius, but I just had to show you these last photos I took of them before they are over and I can use the pots for summer flowers which are already waiting impatiently to get planted

I so love the radiant colors which came from the gorgeous morning light that day, a very special moment for me again

In the next photo you see some of my Alliums which are now in full bloom. Planting Alliums since 2004 it's the first time this year that I have a white variation which is called Mount Everest:

The Alliums Purple Sensation in the back of the next picture are almost finished now but the Globemasters are still growing

More white and purple Alliums in bloom and in the background is my Peony which has got 5 huge buds this year, yeah!

I took this picture from the very back of my backyard. Looking in the garden from there always gives me this "Secret Garden" feeling which I love! This year I hung another iron chandelier in my tree than last year, this one is shabby white and has some gorgeous curls hich you'll see better when you enlarge the photo:

The glorious Clematis in the next picture is a newbie to my garden of which I first heard from my friend TWT in Canada, so when I found her last fall I just had to buy and plant her and I have not regretted it, she is such a pink filled beauty when in bloom like right now:

And I just have to show you another photo of my ruffeld Rococo pansies, which are very special to me

Since this week my purple bellflower/Campanula Punctata Sarastro is blooming. See their big and gorgeous purple bells in the foreground of this photo? Their color fits so well with my Lavender and Pansy colors on the deck

Btw you may have spotted this gorgeous fabric bunting in some of my photos posted above. I hung it out on my white parasol today, these buntings give me that special feeling of summer and are made for me by my creative garden and blogging friend Anita from http://ein-stueck-garten.blogspot.com/

We recently finished another private swap which indeed was a very special moment for me to get and open it as well as to create, wrap and send my part to her. The next picture is a close up of Anitas wrapping. After our last swap she felt a bit ashamed because she didn't thought about pretty wrapping so this time she took a great afford to it and it really shows, don't you think? She also added some of the gorgeous rose papers she wrapped her parcels with to my swap and wrapped it around cardboard rolls (from kitchen paper towels) and then closed it with gorgeous lace and satin borders. They looks so pretty now here in my studio that I don't think that I will ever be able to open one of these gorgeous rose paper rolls

Make sure to click the following pictures to enlarge so you can see all the wonderful details, everything was so beautifully wrapped, the big white envelope where the fabric bunting garland came out was adorned with two of her enchanting yoyo's which I love to use in my creations and a lovely border which says Vergiß mein nicht which means Forget me not in English

When I had unwrapped all the pretty parcels above this is what I found. See the delicate wire basket? I so love it!

Anita not only sent me the delightful fabric bunting garland no she also sent 2 of her fabulous Lavender filled hearts from her latest Welcome Spring collection and one white quilted and red stitched heart. These are all so precious to me, as well sweet birdies that are hanging from a chandelier in my living room. Thanky you so much dear Anita!

When I took these photos the fabric bunting was still hanging in my living room window and I really like it there too:

Now you may probably like to see what Anita got from me for of all these hand sewn treasures? Well handmade items all the same, here is the whole bunch packed up prettily and ready to go. Anita became a huge pink lover during the last month (cause when I first met her she wasn't that keen on pink lol) so I mainly made her pink things and packed it all in a pink rose tin box:

She wished for one of my paper cones and for a change I chose one which is not pink lol

Then she asked for this pendant from my last bunch of finished soldered pendants:

and she also wanted one of my soldered paper weights which I costum made for her with her initial and of course PINK

I also put some pieces of my satin borders with lovely french words from Andreas 100 wishes shop in her parcel

And lastly I made her a garland too, but a paper garland and of course all in PINK. This is the way I packed it:

It's not easy to get all 7 dresses in one photo lol

Okay here is nother try ;-)) click to enlarge:

The garland is two sided so at the end I embellished 14 dresses, all different but all in soft shades of pink. I've posted some more pictures of the 7 Victorian paper dresses garland here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/boxwoodcottage/
Wouldn't you agree with me that this was one special swap, always to be remembered? I'll sure do!
Lastly I like to thank everyone who commented on my last post because I so need your feedback here and reading your comments is another special moment for me every time again.
I'm currently thinking about another blog give away because I haven't had one for quite some time, so stay tuned!
Tomorrow I'm off to a fabulous garden party at my middle sis Cordulas country home and I'm really looking forward to it. Happy Birthday to you dear sister!!!!
Now I'm wishing happy and sunny days to all of you my dear readers and blogging friends and a fab start into the month of June!
Carol(a) xox

Sunday, May 18, 2008

New May garden pictures, Junque swap and my latest collage work

Welcome to my May garden dear blogging friends and readers! I just spent 14 days of vacation in my garden with splendid weather and it felt so good! It's the most wonderful time of the garden season when you can see everything growing fresh and sometimes even exploding! I took the picture of the Allium a few days ago and it has grown so much since then. Well let's start on my deck, I had to move the hard wooden bench away from the window to the left side of my patio because a huge hollyhock has selfseeded in a small gap between the terrace stones and it needed space to grow there which wasn't possible with the bench on top. I can't wait to see the hollyhocks looking directly in my living room window, but know there is only foliage so I haven't took a picture of it yet. So this is the new sunny space for my bench and I must say that I really like it there!

At this time of the year the wine foliage isn't that huge yet and you can see the morning light looking through the wooden fence walls which I find so pretty:

The only sad thing is that my Wisteria isn't going to bloom this year, it has a disease and I just hope that it will recover again!

These are close ups of my decorations on the patio walls, as you can see blue and terracotta are still my fave colors here:

I have got me a new addition for my patio at our Garden fair on 1st of May which is the iron shelf you can see in the next picture and which is hopefully clickable to enlarge for more details:

So what the beautiful morning light is to the left side of my deck and garden is the evening light to the right side where my neighbors huge Lilac is blooming beautifully in the background and the sun has illuminated the bush of Hibiscus Syriacus next to my blue trellis (where Clematis is growing) which is just getting fesh leaves:

A big blue delphinium is growing in a pot on my patio and since I took this picture at the beginning of the week it is already blooming today

To my great pleasure my Agaphanthus has finally got a flower too this season, just one so far but this is better than nothing.

Down in the yard there is still May green the defining color but more and more colors starting to evolve like the blue of my columbines and clematis for example and the white and pink of my bleeding hearts of which I will show you some close ups later in this post.

To the left side of my garden I just removed one of the two huge cherry laurels and have got so much more light and space for my flowers and roses that I think it was a good decision. There are 4 big roses growing between my booxwood hedges. Make sure that you don't forget to double click on the photos to see more details!

This is my first big clematis bloom of this spring (there are also the smaller clematis montana blooming at the fence to the right hand neighbors), it is called Multiblue and it isn't finished yet, it's going to become more blue in the upcoming days.

Another highlight of my May garden is the gorgeous Virburnum opolus roseum which always make me think of Hydrangeas.

Here is a close up of my beautiful white Bleeding heart with blue and white colombines blooming in the background:

And still there are lot's of pretty Forget me not's blooming between my boxwood hedges:

And my lawn is full of white daisies, I love them so much, I could never remove them, don't you juat want to start a daisy-chain when you spot them?

M pink bleeding heart is not that big this year because it was burried under the huge foliage of some new white Alliums and it took me a while to find it and remove some foliage so that it could get enough light to evolve.

My Alliums are all doing great and I have 6 different sorts this year but I restrain myself to post just one more picture and will take more, when their heads have grown bigger than the ones of these Purple Sensations. I grow Allium since 4 years now and I'm hooked to their beauty. The Allium Globemaster is going to get the biggest blooming heads as big as a child heads, can`t wait for them to get to their full size and beauty!

So that was it of my May garden photos today and I hope you have enjoyed them!
Now to change the subject my fab swap partner LiLi is back to her Dutch home from a vacation in Florida and has finally got my swap parcel from Heather Pretty Petals "Junque in my trunk" swap and so it is save for me to post some pictures of the wrapping without spoiling her the surprise. Heather asked us to pack and wrap the parcel so beautifully that we would not want to open it and this is something I love doing anyway and I tried my best without overdoing it. In my chair you see the packed parcel just before I brought it to the post office:

And here is what LiLi found inside:

Seeing her color scheme for her swap to me was pink and black, I chose aqua/turquoise/light blue, white and gold for my parcels to her:

Inside this parcel was the trunk I filled with junk which actually is a tin box I found at the Bremen flea market. I was drawn to it because of the beautiful colors, pattern and of course the little birdie on top:

Seeing how much I was spoiled by LiLi I packed a few more parcels for her, like this one which I decorated with millinery flowers and a vintage hat pin, inside is one of my big two sided round soldered pendants:

And this lil box that I filled with turqouise items such as baubles, a vintage hanky a pearl clip bird etc. and decorated it with ruffled borders, Dresden gold borders and trims:

Here are a few pictures of the wrapped content of the tin trunk box and I made a Welcome Spring sign for LiLi:

It was so much fun to pack and wrap it all beautiful!

This was such a fun swap and LiLi and I both felt like Christmas and Birthday when we received eachothers trunks:

This is a pair of earring I made for LiLi:

I also gave her one of my fave living and garden magazines which I filled with Dresden borders, a vintage Bird card, sheet music and more emphemera for her to use:

If you are interested to see more pictures also of the unwrapped content you can just hop over to LiLi's blog here http://lilimsadventures.blogspot.com/ where she have posted lot's of pretty photos! Thanks again dear Heather for matching LiLi and me you have done so well! :)
Now lastly I'd like to show you one of my latest creations. This was a simple cornflakes box before I collaged it and made it into a wall box to store some of my wallpapers, ledgers and such:

I used Vintage sheet music as the base then some pieces of Vintage wall paper (thanks again Nicki to spoil me with it!!) Dresden borders in pink and gold, a cameo and a plastic bird, some fabirc flowers, a pom pom fringe and a yoyo I got from my friend Anita to embellish it.
Now this was a very long post and I'd like to thank everyone who stayed with me until the end and hopefully enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to read your comments and will visit all your beautiful blogs too.
Have a great week and enjoy your gardens!
Hugs Carol xox


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