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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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2015 Summer Cottage Garden Party


Flowers and plants and herbs have been a delightful part of my life for as long as I can remember. I know many of you share that passion. 

There's just something about digging in the dirt that is downright therapeutic.




I wanted you to be able to take a virtual stroll through gardens throughout the United States and Canada. And so that's what I've set up for you. 



This is my little concrete piece of paradise. My apartment patio gardens.

What's wonderful about container gardens is no weeding, for one. Two, less bending. I scoot around on my 20 year old garden cart. And not everyone's dirt is conducive to planting a garden. This way, you just add potting soil.




I also like to plant in my big piece of driftwood. Sedums do well here.




In my containers I've planted perennials and annuals, along with herbs and succulents and sedums and roses and vines. All on this one patio!



Of course every garden space needs a seating area. So one can come out and stare at the beauty that nature provides on a regular basis. 

Drink a beverage. Watch the birds and squirrels. Relax. And by golly remember to stop and smell the roses!




As you see it's been raining. And raining and raining. But the plants just love that rain. So it's all good.




My house plants spend the summer months out here, soaking up the rain and sunshine.




And vines such as morning glories and clematis share a fence. Morning glories have sprouted up everywhere. These are rather tenacious little flowers.




My pink rose is blooming again. It bloomed back in the spring, and then I cut it back and new buds grew. So now it's blooming a second round.





The hostas below are sending up shoots that will bloom white flowers over here in the shady area.




Keep right on going! There are bloggers all over the US and Carolyn over in Canada waiting on you to drop by to visit. Below are the links.











Enjoy their beautiful gardens and wonderful hospitality!



Cozy Little House
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  1. Your patio is just an oasis of beauty. I remember when you were moving to this place and we were all so happy about this spot :)

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  2. No matter how much space you have, you always manage to create a cozy environment inside and out. Such a gorgeous patio. I wish my plants thrived like that. Just beautiful! Best wishes, Tammy

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  3. Soooo jealous of your garden area and the joy it must bring you just in looking at it. Totally made me smile, and I love the green cushions on the chairs too!

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  4. Umm...wow! I'm a little amazed at what you've done there. I love the idea of container gardening and have a few but eventually hope to add lots more!

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  5. I'm a huge fan of flowers, too! Lots of beautiful color is what I'm attracted to. I, also, have a hosta garden that has over 50 varieties of hosta! The different shades of green are amazing! Thanks for sharing.
    Phyllis@grandparentsplus.com

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  6. Brenda,
    Your little garden area is amazing! I love it! I have always admired your gardens no matter where you lived!! And I love your love of color!!
    Thanks for setting this up! I hope to get tons of inspiration!!

    Thanks again!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  7. Your garden is lovely, Brenda, a true oasis! I just adore all of the color and, like you, I am a container girl. Love the driftwood!

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  8. Your gardens are fabulous! I try to spend time everyday in mine. We just moved into our house last fall so are redoing all the gardens. Fun,but can be expensive!

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  9. You are a talented gardener, love the pretty container plants. You have make this patio into an inviting area for visiting, know you must enjoy it.. I love flower gardening, but mine don't look as green and healthy as your flowers. How do you get flowers to grow so big, look so healthy and stay so green? Hopefully, you will write a post giving some hints and ideas on growing plants. Thanks for sharing this pretty area with us. Flower garden is relaxing for me, but weather is to hot for it today.

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  10. Your garden is paradise, I would never leave that space. Except when it is 99 degrees.

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  11. Brenda, it's beautiful out there. You need that space! Ignore Tony and stay there. :)

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  12. You have an amazing eye for design besides a green thumb!

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  13. I just love your outside garden area! The sitting area you've made is perfect there and I like how you've surrounded it with potted plants and flowers. the fence gives you a wonderful backdrop for more garden decor.

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  14. Never tire of seeing the beautiful flowers and plants you have a gift for growing. Your new sun is shining on the patio even while it rains. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

    Mary

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  15. Your garden is beautiful, and the containers so pretty. I love the green cushions on the chairs! Thank you for inviting me, organizing, and hosting. xoxo Su

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  16. Brenda, it was so nice of you to organize this beautiful tour of gardens for your readers to see.

    There is something magical about an enclosed garden and I can see why you chose your new home partly for this feature. The fence is a lovely background for your amazing container garden. When I remember the long cold winter you had and then the rains on top of the health problems you've faced, your plants and flowers knock my socks off! It is a little paradise!

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  17. Love your garden Brenda-you are a talented lady! Thanks for putting together the garden tours!

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  18. Good morning, Brenda :)

    I'm wiping the sleep out of my eyes and starting the tour at your garden. What a wonderful, colorful, place to look at first thing. I'm coveting your hostas in particular, because I only have a couple places I can have them in my yard. Love the little seating area too. I so wish I could have a drink out there and chat with you. Judging from our conversations, I think we'd be up talking until way after dark ;)

    Thank you for asking me to be on this tour. I'm deeply humbled, my friend.

    xo,
    rue

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  19. Brenda,
    Love your garden space. Very serene and pretty. Thank you for all the work you did to put this wonderful party together. So much beautiful inspiration.
    Kris

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  20. Your garden space is so wonderful. I'm envious beyond measure. I eeked out some minimal watering last night, we're only allowed 10 minutes twice a week, so we 'spend' most of our outside watering on the front yard. To have such a wonderful place to be outside in the back would heavenly.

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  21. Your garden is lovely, as always! And thank you SO MUCH for the other links, I love garden blogs even more than house blogs!

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  22. You have indeed created a paradise on your patio ~ a lovely place to relax and enjoy the day!

    Thank you for organizing the garden party.

    Carolyn

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  23. Your garden is gorgeous Brenda,
    A little slice of heaven. It's so true gardening is very therapeutic.Enjoy your day.
    Hugs
    Rosemary

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  24. What a lovely, charming garden area your have created from yourself and the pupsters! I hope sometime I can come and sit with you and chat a bit! Serenity is found out here and is such a compliment to you! i also wanted to give you a big hug for honouring me by being part of this wonderful cottage garden party. I do thank you!

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  25. What a great, private little garden area you have.

    Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

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  26. I love your beautiful containers and your garden seems like such a wonderful oasis. Love those green cushions too. Thanks again for inviting me to be a part of your party.

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  27. Love your gardens!! So pretty....... One of our pups insisted on sitting on my lap last night when i was scrolling my fave bloggers! Didnt get to comment but so happy your doctor revealed no cancer!! Take care and hope those meds work soon! ox

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  28. I love the lush garden you have created for yourself ~ a perfect example to show that you don't need tons of space to have a jungle!
    Thanks for sharing your party ~

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  29. You've created such a beautiful oasis in your patio garden, Brenda. I love container gardening! Gorgeous!

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  30. What a perfect place to relax:-)
    Love it:-)

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  31. Now that is one special, sweet space. Beautiful Brenda!

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  32. Your patio garden is just gorgeous! Have you considered growing some herbs and veggies in pots? Then you'd have tasty things as well as the beauty.

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  33. Your garden is absolutely stunning! I could spend hour upon hour there and your photograph of the pink rose, is just exquisite!
    Nancy

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  34. What a great area. So pretty and peaceful. Great job.

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  35. I always love looking at your wonderful garden, Brenda and I'm really enjoying all of the featured gardens. xo Laura

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  36. Thank you for the Garden Party. I was a joy seeing everyone's gardens. However, I must tell you that I admire yours the most and here is the reason why. You have created a beautiful garden in such a small area all by yourself on a limited budget. The colors that you have incorporated and the different textures are stunning. I pray that you can work out the problems with Tony and won't have to move again soon.

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  37. Brenda your little patio garden is gorgeous and looks so healthy, pretty and well planned out. How nice to sit among your plantings and enjoy the view. All the rain has been the best ever for our gardens this year.
    Enjoyed your tour. cm

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  38. Thank you so much for organizing this virtual garden walk through blogland! During every break I've had today, I've stopped at the different gardens and have just been amazed at the talent and versatility out there! Such an inspiration!

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  39. I think it's amazing you've created this paradise while not feeling well! It's a spot that offers hope and joy. Lovely

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  40. SO pretty... as always! I love all of the textures, colors, etc. you've added in your garden space.

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  41. Your patio is wonderful Brenda, I'm so glad you're sharing it with us. Love that great little seating area, I'd be out there all the time...except when it's raining!

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  42. I love what you have done on your patio! It inspires me! I can't wait to visit all the other gardens!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  43. Thank you for hosting this tour. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the tour. And I was able to add new blogs to my very selective list!

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  44. Your garden is fabulous and it must be so refreshing to sit out among all the plants and flowers! Thanks for the garden party.On to see the others.....

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  45. Brenda,
    You have put together a great garden party. I am enjoying looking around and getting inspirational ideas. I love all the color on your patio. Your seating area looks so inviting and cozy!
    Lori

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  46. Brenda...your patio and plants are beautiful. Your colors and chairs are an invitation to "sit and visit" for a while. I have dropped the ball on planting flowers this year...and just have a few. I will have to visit this post from time to time to enjoy yours. Sheila

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  47. Lovely garden. It looks so nice and calm.

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  48. Brenda, your gardens are so interesting and beautiful! You have such a magic touch with plants and an eye for putting together the right colors, textures and architectural elements! It is a work of art and it shows how much enjoy spending time in this area! Do not let Tony or anyone else steal the joy of this magical place! And thank you so much for putting together a great garden party!

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  49. Brenda ~ Your patio is very inviting. I love your chairs waiting for someone to come outside and relax. You have quite the green thumb with so many varieties of plants and they are so pretty.

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  50. Absolutely beautiful! You can make a small space beautiful, and your pots of gorgeous flowers have done the trick! What a lovely space you've created.. and this tour is so enjoyable... touring gardens is right down my alley! So enjoyable! :)

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  51. I always love seeing your beautiful garden, Brenda! I'm glad to hear the biopsies came back good and you are getting treatment...sorry that you are still having to deal with that neighbor, though...

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  52. Brenda, you made your apt concrete patio in to a beautiful garden refuge in the city. Colorful and cool, Kathleen in Az

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  53. I knew I was going to love this post when I saw the first photo with all the pretty containers in it! What a great area to retreat from the day....I know your family and friends love your patio garden! I'm linking from Su's Butterfly Bungalow. I'm enjoying the tours very much!

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  54. I knew I was going to love this post when I saw the first photo with all the pretty containers in it! What a great area to retreat from the day....I know your family and friends love your patio garden! I'm linking from Su's Butterfly Bungalow. I'm enjoying the tours very much!

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  55. Brenda your patio garden is so lovely. I'm sure you receive a lot of joy from it. Jo

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  56. Hi Brenda,
    I just got back from Oklahoma (visiting Rebecca-actually helping her to find a home) and I have been anxiously waiting to get on my computer to see the garden tour! You are my first visit:) Well, you have been so busy with your patio garden and just look at all of these details-beautiful! I guess I didn't know that hostas thrived in pots, good to know! I sure would like to sit out there in the mornings with a cup of coffee!
    xo
    Jemma

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  57. Your talent with planting amazes me Brenda..I must go have a look at what the other ladies have done!

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  58. Fantastic idea and I love seeing all the gardens and being introduced to some new blogs!

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  59. I agree with all that has been said. Lovely, happy patio. Would enjoy having morning coffee there every morning.
    Diane from Wyoming

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  60. Thanks for this party! I loved wandering in everyone's garden, finding inspiration for when I'll tackle my own garden!

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I always enjoy reading your comments and having you join the conversation here at Cozy Little House. It is like having a gathering of friends sitting in my cozy apartment. Enjoying coffee and dessert, chatting and having a good time. I appreciate each and every one of you!

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