Cottage gardening is an attitude, not a location.
When I read that sentiment about cottage gardening, I immediately identified with it. As a busy mom, I tend to just plant the things I love and enjoy and then let the garden do its own thing.
Some describe a cottage garden as artful chaos, another sentiment I like. Chaos I have definitely nailed. Artful? Well, as they say, art is in the eye of the beholder. I try to at least keep colors somewhat harmonious. (Matching colors is an art thing, right?)
|'Spanish Eyes' Black-eyed Susan Vine growing on veggie garden fence|
For some reason, when I call what I do 'cottage gardening', I feel a little less guilty about my lack of weeding this hot and droughty summer. Weeds or no weeds, the bees and butterflies still come, which makes me happy.
|Monarch butterfly on 'Miss Molly' butterfly bush|
My goal is to have all of the garden plants fill in so fully that there isn't any room for the weeds to grow, another inclination right in line with the philosophy of cottage gardening. (Though I have to admit that in certain areas the dense planting is going a little too well, and I have to keep pruning the cosmos so that visitors can reach the front door. Cottage gardening bonus: I don't get any door-to-door salesmen!)
|the plant gauntlet|
There is definitely more weeding and pruning and editing to be done in the garden, which I am starting to do now that the weather has turned cooler. But more than anything, I'm just enjoying the garden...
...which I think is definitely in line with the cottage gardening state of mind.
|bumblebee on native Azure Blue Sage|