Potager Gardening

and

Cottage Style Gardening

 

I believe the French kitchen and the traditional English cottage garden completely compliment each other and I’ve always featured both in my outdoor spaces. While I adore the formality of the Royal French potagers, the artists and cottage gardeners Beatrix Potter and Tasha Tudor are my gardening heroes and thus, I find myself desiring to mix the two styles.

The Potager is a place to grow vegetables and edible flowers. Perennials may also be used to add structure and additional beauty to the potager and the cottage garden is where I can express my love for a layered, every blooming garden full of heirloom quality perennials. Here at Sur le Rocher County House and Gardens, both styles are being developed in an open setting surrounded by lush forest. We’ve built rock walls, rustic wood fencing and laid gravel to compliment each style of gardening and help to blend the two seamlessly. These posts will follow my gardens over the years, from my first potager garden in town to my farm style potager at Half-Way Farm and finally, to our dream garden space here at Sur le Rocher in Door County.

What to do in the Garden Before Winter – Find Out!

What to do in the Garden Before Winter?   Gotcha. This isn't your typical gardening post. No, no... come back! Read on! It's a fun one! I mean, come on. We all pretty much can figure out.   What to do in the garden before winter. You can let it lie till...

Ten Year Old Boy Birthday Party Ideas

Ten-Year-Old Boy Birthday Party Ideas Five kids.... That's a whole lot of outgoing cash five times a year via birthdays. But not here. I'll let you in on a little secret... the way we do birthdays around here... First...Birthdays are a BIG deal to me. It's the day God...

French Country Christmas

 This is a repost of a blog post written about two years ago... to get into the Christmas Decorating/Pinning Spirit I thought I'd bring it back front and centre. French Country Christmas: The Parisienne Farmhouse... Noël Unbelievable: it's our second Christmas here at...

Potager Week Five

Oh my goodness. Where has four weeks gone! I have SO MANY video clips and photos to share and I am behind, behind, behind. Well, that happens with exploding cats.  One gets behind with her hobbies. So forgive me.  I'm delayed and thus for a few weeks while I get...

Potager Week 4 – How to Cut Lilacs

Big Daddy's Birthday Weekend always comes when the Lilacs are in bloom.  This year the children did as they always do for daddy.   They gather little somethings from around the house... things they think he would like... things he has misplaced... they creatively wrap...

Potater Week 3… Loss on the Farm

Parenting is hard. In fact, hubby and I have come to the conclusion that if it's not hard every single day... you must be doing something wrong. (Like letting stuff slide that shouldn't). I need to write more on this. -------------------------- Getting out the door is...

Potager Week 2

Today it's short, sweet and cold. Like... freezing. Like the tarp that goes under our pool is covering my precious strawberries, the rosemary are draped in beach towels, the leeks covered by vintage tablecloths and I am just plain saying a prayer for all the lavender....

Week by Week in my Potager

It's that time. The temperatures are leveling out, the wind has mellowed and the spring plantings have called. Our whole schedule changes now as a family as we switch from "Hit it Hard" - our motto for the first quarter to "Get Outside" our motto for the second...

The Budget Gardener Strikes Again

Gardening is a wonderful, addictive and... expensive hobby. You always think you can show restraint but come late spring those flowers and veggies... seeds and brand new gloves beckon you stronger than the pastel colored purses and at Nordstrom counter. And the worst?...

FLOWER POWER… Flower Pepper!

If you are like me you are busy planning your garden... tossing and turning at night... thinking about the new things in your garden that you want to try. This year you MUST grow everything you need to make Flower Pepper. I know I just included this in my savory steak...

How to Select Your Seeds

The time is here.  The black Sharpie is out... and the graph paper too.  I'm rounding up all the seeds I saved from last years plantings and pouring over my notes from last year and my dreams for this year. It's seed time baby. Once the Christmas tree is out with the...

Today in the Kitchen – Fried Egg with Asparagus & Prosciutto

Eggs.  Eggs.  Eggs. It's so funny because I "am not an animal person" but let me tell you...  If you are an animal that offers my family something -  I love you. My chickens are WELL taken care of.  Dare I say - spoiled.   (Which is why I am so mad at them right now....

A Late Summer Morning on the Farm

 Sometimes but not often enough I get to escape outside to do the chores in the early morning.  Before children are running up and down the driveway... before the chickens have been let out...  It's so peaceful...  I'll load the baby in the stroller and we do the...

How to Ferment Vegetables – Simply.

The long hot days of summer demand that we eat light and they inspire us to hold on to what we can from our gardens for when the warm weather fades and cooler temperatures are on the horizon.   Canning vegetables is in itself a noble skill for any cook to attain but...

My Sweet Goats

In memoriam... My "herd" is finally complete.  I've been waiting to introduce you to my sweet goats but today is the day. We now have four goats on Half-Way Farm, la ferme a mi-chemin.  They can now re-produce.  I'm calling that a herd.  Don't laugh. It all began last...

My Blue Heaven

  Are there many enjoyments in life as fine as a porch? I wonder what the history of the porch is?  Surely a place to hide from the sun and relax for a few moments during a time in history when people worked from dusk 'til dawn just to survive. I wonder what the...

Foraging on the Farm (The Brambleberries with Custard Recipe)

It's been a discouraging thirty days here on Half-Way Farm. First, I thought it was the crazy weather (as in some cases it was) but now it's apparent that something is really wrong with my gardens.  All 4,200 square feet of them... and all the thousands of pounds of...

Bonne Fête Nationale!

Independence Day has become rather important to me.   All it took was watching the John Adams mini-series a few years ago (and a few times since).  Watching those scenes where the details of the Declaration are hammered out.  Oh my gosh, I loved how they played...

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