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.

Summer Garden Tour

Summer Garden Tour                                         That's right, it's time for a Summer Garden Tour.  When all else fails, when the sunshine drowns out the...

Essential Oils for Gardening & My Gardening Basket

I'm going to share with you how I use Essential Oils for Gardening, and then I'll share my Gardening Basket that I made just for you and here's why... As I am entering my second year of gardening here at Sur le Rocher I thought it would be fun to share with you some...

Compound Butter with Ramps from the Forest

(For more compound butter like this "Compound Butter with Ramps from the Forest" be sure you have a copy of my cookbook, From France to the Farm.) Confession. I'm obsessed with my garden. It's all I think about, all I care about right now, I roll over in the middle of...

German Dark Chocolate Cake from Scratch | May Days

It's May. Here in Door County, that means it's balmy and beautiful one day and drizzly and horrible the next. And so we carry on. All our efforts are going into the garden. We've made such a mess cutting down trees and tilling new beds that I am CRAVING the beauty...

My Gardening Insecurities & a Spring Garden Tour 2019

‘Scuse me whilst I dig the dirt out from under my fingernails… … I just looked down and realized how horrid they actually look. It’s definitely NOT manicure season. ‘Tis the season of compost, and calluses, Of worms and worn wooden handles, The season of a happy heart...

The Garden Journal

I have a dear new friend. It's my garden journal. Have you ever wondered why you should keep a garden journal or even HOW too keep a garden journal? For years I have been wanting to keep one and I am not quite sure why this particular garden discipline has been so...

The Cold Calm Before the Garden

Allow me to pause from decorating, painting and wandering these halls, still stunned that this is our home... I have an announcement to make... It's Winter in Door County BUT The snow is receding. For now, that is. For someone who hates winter, I'm... adjusting. No...

Where Women Create

Or, at the very least, "Where this Woman Creates" WWC is a fine magazine run by the amazing Jo Packam and once I had the honour of being on the cover of Jo's food based "Where Women Cook" (found here). That was back in the blogging hay-day... but... Forgive my old...

The Ties that Bind

But before the Pesto recipe, I know you're gagging for a farm hunt update... There are things in the life of a Believer that bind them to the LORD. At least I think there are. What do I know? Not much. But, I do know that I'm an ornery, self-sufficient, fool....

Stopping to Smell the Roses

This has been an incredible summer season and just when I think I'll be able to come up for air - BOOM. Homeschool starts. I had to take a break the other day, a break from the laundry, the menu planning, the essential oils and the incredible amount of food piled in...

How to Build a Cheap Pergola – Southern France Style

En plein air.... Plein air dining. One of the best expressions EVER.   Perhaps you know it best as al fresco.... or picnic... or just plain eating outside. Whatever you call it.   I love to do it.   Eating outside is one of life's true, true pleasures.   Few things...

And the Thunder Rolls

It's been a glorious busy season and I've tried to live it in my potager instead of spending extra time on my computer, but here I am, quite a bit behind in my blogging. Only to be stirred to prompt action by a round of marvellous Midwest weather. It's been hot here....

2016 in Review

  Just a few more hours left in 2016 and I stand in awe.  How often do you get to look back on a year and go WOW. I mean, truly, WOW!  Here's my 2016 in review! I feel like Scarlett in the sunset screaming, "As God as my witness, I'll never go hungry again!" I'm...

Fall Garden…November’s Faded Blooms

To everything, there is a season. This is my fall garden. The season is coming to a close. But my flowers are giving it everything they've got for this last little bit until the snow flies. My potager stands lovely in the face of winter. It's incredible to me how the...

Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Rosemary

If you follow on Instagram (which you should if you fancy Parisienne Farmgirl) then you know... I'm obsessed with beets. Growing them is so easy.   They make the potager look so good. Did I mention I'm obsessed? It's got to be their color.  No, maybe it's their...

Perfect Farmhouse Flower Arrangements

There's no magazine-picture-perfect house with six kids, a hubby and a farm but you can have Perfect Farmhouse Flowers. Style it up as I may... stay on top of it as I might, there's always an overripe sock (on a kitchen counter) today's stack of junk mail (right where...

Potager…The Garden at Sunset

Dusk in the Jardin Potager. I love those words... jardin potager. They are so romantic and descriptive to me I can hardly stand it. But you have to swear to me that you will pronounce it "poe-tagh-ay" - soft "g" and all that. Never say "pot-ig-er". Ever.  ...

Pallet Pig Pasture

This little piggie went to pasture. Thanks to our new Pallet Pig Fence! Oh, my goodness. I've lost my mind. I love pigs. It's silly I know, we've raised chickens for meat and eggs, rabbits for meat, have dairy goats, grow lots of veggies but having pigs makes me feel...

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