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Note, Feb 2011:  My blog was originally begun in 2007 on an apple blogging platform called MobileMe.  When the site was discontinued, I copied and pasted that year over to WordPress.)

12 January, 2007:  Cottage Memories, my first journal entry

dahlia, sweetpeas, daylily

dahlia, sweetpeas, daylily

This is the year of the blog of Tangly Cottage, inspired by Moosey’s Country Garden’s journal.
It’s easy to find time to write it now as the ground is white with a light chunky layer of snow.  On an indoors day, I found the above photo of my old garden in Seattle.
My garden now is so much more dignified and foliage driven….mostly because of lack of full sun.  However, this year I can perhaps focus on clients’ gardens to get back that lush floriferous look….I might have gone too far in the direction of sophisticated texture and foliage and I would like to return to the blowsy cottagey look.
Projects to do as soon as the weather is warm enough to set a toe out of the house:
Move two enormous Phormiums that are taking up way too much space in the lower garden. Put them along the outside of the deer fence, an area which I would like to get more defined this year even though it is slightly outside my property line.
Cut back the dead foliage on the Siberian iris..just because that will make the pond look better even in winter.
Move those two big piles of pond silty clay that I dug out last Labour Day, which are still sitting by the pond because work took over all my at-home garden time.  Okay, at least I moved one of the three piles before I got swamped. If I lived in a slightly drier clime, that clay would be wonderful for making a straw bale house.
Cut down the grove of alder seedlings that have started uphill…there are way too many and they will overcrowd and fall on our car if left to grow…In my dreams, I make a glorious wattle fence out of them…or they will make good chopped kindling for my mother’s woodstove.
It is particularly strange these days to notice that my hands are completely clean…no dirt under the nails or in the cuticles.  This past month has probably been the longest time I have gone without doing  (hardly) any gardening in perhaps 20 years.
January 13
The garden would look lovely in the frost and snow if I had taken time earlier to cut down some of the tattier foliage and picked up junky objects like white plastic buckets…and had I moved those darned piles of clay from around the pond. The evidence of undone tasks definitely brings down the tone of lovely view of snow on traceries of branches.

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