A Group for those Members who love growing their Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables but would also like to be able to grow Flowers alongside for use as Companion Plants, The House and to Gift to Friends.
ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDEN
My Idea of the Modern Cottage Garden is not that far removed from the Traditional Cottage Gardens of the 1800's, though we do not have Pigs or Horses. We would love to have Chooks but so would the Foxes and Dogs in our area. We do have Native Bee Hives, and would have European Bees but Dianne is Allergic, so we rely on bartering with friends for our honey supply.
What we do have in our Cottage Garden are, along with our Native Bees, many Beneficial Insects to keep the Bad Guys to a minimum. There are numerous Green Vegetables, Tomatoes, Fruit Trees, Herbs, Perennial Flowers & Shrubs along with many Annuals (these are most evident in Spring & Summer).
We encourage Companion Planting and you will find a few examples of this in COMPANION PLANTING in GROUPS http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/group/companion-planting.
The cottage garden is a distinct style that uses informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. English in origin, it depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure. Homely and functional gardens connected to working-class cottages go back centuries, but their stylized reinvention occurred in 1870s England, as a reaction to the more structured, rigorously maintained estate gardens with their formal designs and mass plantings of greenhouse annuals.
The earliest cottage gardens were more practical than today's, with emphasis on vegetables and herbs, fruit trees, perhaps a beehive, and even livestock. Flowers, used to fill spaces, gradually became more dominant. The traditional cottage garden was usually enclosed, perhaps with a rose-bowered gateway. Flowers common to early cottage gardens included traditional florists' flowers such as Primroses and Violets, along with flowers with household use such as Calendula and various herbs. Others were the richly scented old-fashioned Roses that bloomed once a year, and simple flowers like Daisies. In time, cottage-garden sections were added to some large estate gardens as well.
Modern cottage gardens include countless regional and personal variations and embrace plant materials, such as ornamental grasses or Native Plants not seen in the rural gardens of cottagers. Traditional roses, with their full fragrance and lush foliage, continue to be a cottage-garden mainstay—along with modern disease-resistant varieties that retain traditional attributes. Informal climbing plants, whether traditional or modern hybrids, are also common, as are the self-sowing annuals and freely spreading perennials favoured in traditional Cottagers' Gardens.
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