Even though this blog looks like my old one, Debbie-Dabble, "Debbie-Dabble Blog" is my new Blog that I created on June 23, 2016, after my old one was hacked through my Debbie-Dabble Face Book Page which I have now deleted!!

I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse that was built in the middle 70's, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before it closed in November of 2018 and have been a nurse for almost 41 years, with most of that time being full time!!! I recently had my knee replacement surgery done after putting it off for 6 years... I am NOW officially retired!!!!!


George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July Cottage Garden Update, 2018


Today, I will be sharing how my Cottage Garden is looking in July!!!

But first, I want to Thank Create With Joy, for featuring my post, Patriotic Doll House, from last week's Inspire Me Monday Party!!!
 Thanks so much!!

I also want to Thank Sherry, over at The Journey Back, for choosing me as the winner of her July 4th Giveaway and featuring the same post, Patriotic Doll House, along with mentioning my blog and several of my Patriotic posts in her post, Happy Homemaker in Texas!!
Thanks so much, Sherry!!

I also want to Thank At Rivercrest Cottage, for featuring my post, Bright and Colorful Patio, Part 2 and specifically my Filing " Garden Tool" Cabinet in her post, Blame Debbie-Dabble's Cute Filing Cabinet!!!
 Thanks so much!!!

Please stop by and visit and link up to these wonderful blogs......

It has been one heck of a hot Summer.........

Too hot for my liking to be honest!!!

I am No Lover of Heat, Fall and Winter are my favorite Seasons!!!

But I am hanging in there and trying to keep my flowers alive by watering when we do not have any rain in a few days........

So let's take a look to see how my small Cottage Garden is doing.......

We will start on the left side........
My petunias are doing pretty well in this pot.......
My new pink gazing ball........
I have no idea what this perennial is called but I had to trim it back a bit!!
And this one is starting to bloom with it's tiny pink flowers.....
Several pots planted with annuals.....
New Guinea Impatiens.......
More Impatiens......
Another New Guinea Impatien.........
Looking at this area from across the yard.......
The left side of the back of the yard.......
One of my new Metal Garden Flowers.......
Lilies blooming.......
And annuals thriving in this galvanized container.......
The back gate which we do not use as access is almost impossible.......
Another New Guinea Impatien.......
The impatiens that I planted in these hanging bags were filing in nicely.......
Until a squirrel jumped from the tree and landed on the left flower bag!!!!!
You can see how some of the flowers got broken off!!!!

Darn squirrel!!!!

The begonias are doing well in this pot on top of the milk can........
A planter planted with impatiens......
Let's take a look at the middle area of the yard.......
Another new piece of garden art in the back by the fence.......
The hosta's always do good in the shade........
You can tell I had fun with buying those metal garden stakes for $10 each at a Tornado Damage Sale at a Furniture and Home Decor store!!!!
Another gazing ball.........
More impatiens........
A vintage galvanized watering can planted with more impatiens......
In early July, this lily bloomed with vibrant colored blooms!!!!
Such a pretty color!!
Joe bought this plant on clearance at Wegman's a few years ago!!!!!
Over on the other side of the middle section of the yard.......
Annuals planted in a pot in a vintage bistro chair........
When I bought my new pink gazing ball, I did not have a pedestal to display this gazing ball that I have had for several years on........
We had an old piece of PVC pipe from a previous project so Joe pounded some stakes into the ground and placed the PVC pipe over them and then placed the gazing ball into the PVC pipe!!!!!
Gnome Land in the Garden!!!
That is sedum behind the "Door" which will bloom in August.........
I transplanted this perennial from my neighbor's yard last year and it really took off!!!!!
I have already had to cut it back a bit because it kept getting caught up in the market umbrella whenever I opened or closed the umbrella!!!!!
The right side of the yard, looking at the shed in the back corner.......
 A pot on a plant stand planted with a Gerber Daisy but I think that petunias are popping up which may have reseeded themselves from last year........
A non-functioning fountain is now a bird bath for our feathered friends!!
Another gnome.......
Another gazing ball and more garden art.......
I like the reflection from the gazing ball on the lattice......
One of my Fairy Garden tubs at the edge of the Patio......
In my previous posts, I shared our small Patio of the back of the house.......
If you missed these posts...........
Click HERE.......
And HERE......

I call our little Cottage Garden, My Secret Garden.......

Even though I live in a townhouse with a house attached to each side of us and another row of townhouses behind us up on a little hill.......

Our Patio and Cottage Garden are very private!!!!!

This is my view while sitting on our Patio...........
Between the lattice that we added to our chain link fence and the trees planted by ourselves and our neighbors, NO ONE can see into our yard and Patio!!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed my July Tour of my little Cottage Garden!!!!

In my upcoming posts, I will be sharing my late Summer "Under the Sea" Tree and decorations in my Living Room!!!!
So I hope you will be back to visit again soon.......

And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

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  1. Your garden is so lovely, and I am always amazed at how many plants you manage to fill it with. I love those impatient bags, very unique. The plant with the lavender spikes that you did not know the name of is called catmint or nepeta - and it looks like the variety called Walkers Low. If you cut it way back after it blooms, you should get more flowers in the fall.

    1. Lala,
      Thanks so much for visiting and thanks for identifying that plant for me!! I was not able to find any other way to respond so I am doing so here!

  2. Oh wow. Your garden is stunning. I love those gazing balls

  3. Hi Deb, your little secret garden is so cute, so many pretty flowering plants you must live somewhere it doesnt get super hot, I would have to water 3 times a day to keep all those pretty plants happy! I have wondered if the doves ever come back to nest in the hanging planter?
    Hope you can stop by and share on Friday Features this week!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  4. Hi Debbie - I always enjoy your garden tours. In spite of the heat, your flowers are looking beautiful and very healthy. The perennial that you didn't know the name of is Catmint, probably Walker's Low. I have to give mine a good haircut a few times a summer. Stay cool and happy gardening!

  5. Love that pink gazing ball and the milk can. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen

  6. What a beautiful garden Debbie. I would love to sit outside and have a nice cold drink here :) Thanks for sharing at #CreativeMondays, hope to see you on Wednesday for our next blog hop.

  7. Eye candy in every corner! I love gazing balls in the garden. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Beautiful flowers and sweet figurines!Your gorgeous and colorful impatients caught my eye!Hugs!

  9. All your plants and flowers are doing great! That plant you are’t sure what it is might be a mint plant or catnip.

  10. I bet the birds and bees love your garden! So many pretty flowers and I love that 'don't stand there and weed' sign. Thanks for sharing your garden with us again on Merry Monday.

  11. Your flowers and plants are thriving. I am sure it is all the TLC that you give them. There is so much eye candy, I don’t know how you do it all. Thanks for joining Gardens Galore!


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