Cola's Cottage

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Think Spring!!!!

I hope you are all having a glorious, beautiful, sunny spring day!! Sadly as I look out my window it is dreary and they are calling for rain and snow. Here in Northern Minnesota we have been hit hard with late snow storms. All I can do is just THINK SPRING!! ~ and know it won't last, so I thought I would share some of my photos of my gardens of years past with you, in hopes of spring. I hope you enjoy!!

This is my sunny wildflower garden. Every year it is a little different and I love to see what each year brings! I got this perfectly rusty corn planter as a centerpiece for my rambling wildflowers.

These lovely flowers are called Angel Trumpets. These were grown by direct seeding and if left to go to seed will spread wildly. They are striking and beautiful, but if not placed right can overcrowd other plants. The beautiful white flowers only last a few days, but are lovely to see when they do.

I love this picture, with the light and shadows and brigh pink cosmos!!

This photo was taken in the morning overlooking our land from the gardens vantage point. We have a beautiful view over looking the beautiful Blueberry River bed.

These two flowering crabs are taken from my parents place. I have a few on my property but they are not this grand yet. One thing about gardening and growing is it teaches you lessons in patience. It is so fulfilling and rewarding to see the miracles of nature God blesses us with!

Wishing you a happy spring day!! Until next time~Nichole


  1. Hi Nichole!
    I absolutely love and adore your beautiful painting of your daughter! You are truly talented, I envy all has always been my dream to have the ability to paint. Unfortunately, I believe true artists are born with this, as you obviously were!
    Yes Nichole, I would love to add you to my blog.. In fact, I'll do that right now!
    Have a great day my dear~ Stop by anytime, and I'll do the same!

  2. hi Cola, thank you for the kind and sweet words you left on my blog. I love your beautiful art and am so glad i meet you and i too look forward to a long friendship with you. God bless you in all you do my friend!!

  3. Hi Cola! Happy May Day!
    Just discovered your blog. What gorgeous painting! I wish I could paint but oh well, I can enjoy others such as yours, very beautiful. Love your pics of your studio,sooo beautiful. Please come by and visit as I will be back to visit you. I too just started blogging and as soon as I can figure out how to add to my blog roll, I will add yours.


  4. Hi again, Nichole:

    I wanted to stop by your blog again and invite you over to my blog. I'm having a fun little contest you might enjoy.

    Have a wonderful day!

  5. HI Cola,

    You paint awesome and your daughter is just too cute! Your gardens are awesome and well as yyour studio. I so envy you having this king of space. I love the shabby look and will check back to
    both of your sites, smiles, cyndi

  6. Hi Nichole,
    Haven't heard from you in awhile. I hope everything is okay. Can't wait to see a new post on your blog. You take extraordinarily good pictures, just like your paintings. Fabu.....