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April 25, 2009



This takes my breath away!!! Absolutely stunning!!!


Bobbi Jo Nichols

It is just beautiful! Hugs, Bobbi Jo


Wow! What a beautiful garden! It's just as I would imagine your yard would look like! I don't think it needs a thing! It's perfect just the way it is! Again, your photos are outstanding too!


Kim, I think he understood very well what you wanted. It's perfect for Daisy Cottage!

karla nathan

You will love the knock out roses! They bloom all summer up here in the midwest and always look good.


A new garden is like a fresh coat of paint.
It looks very "welcoming". I have always
admired peps who come up with "creative"
ideas in their yards. Like "ole china plates" to "ole bowling balls". Hmmmmm...
looking out my kitchen neighbor
has put some glow at nite butterflies in her
yard, they change colors too...and I luv those little bird feeders made out of "ole tea/saucers". Andddd I was in Kirkland's today & they have some cute yard decor too.
Have fun "shopping" & looking forward to see what you choose.
south of you,
Englewood, FL

Becky G.

Oh, I love a bit of whimsy! There is room or all of that and more in cottage garden! How about a sign or two, too! A gazing ball is always nice, as is a splashing fountain somewhere in a corner. Have fun 'accessorizing' your painted lady! Becky


you are going to have so much fun accessorizing such a lovely garden!! I love the idea of bird houses, wind chimes and gazing balls. I can't wait to see what you come up with. jD

Jean Eakin

What a wonderful addition to Daisy cottage. We have had knockout roses for several years and they are the easiest, most prolific bloomer you can ever have. I love them and I know you will too. You will have a ball adding your special touches with your accessories. I can't wait to see more. Enjoy your beautiful new gardens.
Jean in virginia


Kim, congratulations, it's beautiful! As soon as we are dong with our garage turned bedroom, I can't wait until we have a lot more energy to put into our gardens. I picture one a lot like yours. You must be so happy! :)

Bobbie Lynn

That is going to be a beautiful garden when it growns in. Nice grouping of plants. Bird bath and a bird house here and there.


Kim, it looks wonderful. I drove past the other day, but I didn't get a good look because I was in a hurry to meet someone. The pics, though, are GREAT! You will love your knock-out roses. They are easy as can be and are a big bang for your buck.

Looks great!


Sheila... whose yard is blooming white right now!


Oh, that's so pretty. How nice to treat yourselves to a professional. Then you can really enjoy it.


I have terra cotta pots in different sizes placed upside down for creative edging...and then the fun occassional element of whimsical surprise tucked in places where you have to peek to find them! Like a yard flag made from silk ribbons or a cast iron grasshopper...Enjoy your new garden!


I adore stepping stones!!!

I just made a little brick stepping area out of a herringbone brick pattern....soooooo sweet....also LOVE pea gravel


meant to say....I think you're well on your way baby.

cindy h

I am right behind you girlfriend! I have been beating my head against the wall too! Drive by my house and you will see dug up holes, shovels, wilted plants and me sitting there with a sad face. I am giving this guy a call..ASAP


Oooh Kim, it's looking good. I think that all you need is a bunny or two and you'll be set. ~ Robyn

Daisy Cottage

Love these ideas sweet girls..



GORGEOUS! And all done within a day or two...this is actually a DREAM of mine...and someday, we will. Too much else to do right now, but I'll enjoy yours for now, it's like a picture!


Ha! Even the tractor matches your decor! How do you do it??? ;)

Daisy Cottage

Mia, I LOVE that you noticed that!
Isn't that fun? I saw that pull up to our yard and I thought - YES! A PERFECT orange tractor!


Fan-tab-ulous! Really gorgeous!


Kim... it is fabulous.. enjoy your knock out rose bush! They are so beautiful! I love the yellow as well.. stunning darlin'!


Ohhhh Kim...Looks are really going to enjoy this!

Kevin Graves

It's all of a piece, Kim. The house now flows with the garden. Do we ever really get over the love for a white picket fence and a yellow cottage? I don't think so. He did a great job, but that's the true sign of a professional, giving you what you want with their knowledge. The shot of the American Flag behind the picket fence, and the birdbath, viewed while listening to Stranger ont he Shore was quite nice.
Great job. It gets so much better. The garden unfolds more and more every day. You are speaking to my heart with this post. It's really YOU. Bravo.

Daisy Cottage

Thank you everyone!
Kevin G thank you for being YOU. Your very special garden that you have created from your heart has been so inspiring to me. Thank you for that.

I'm off to bed - sweet dreams everyone.



It looks wonderful , I hope Miss Maggie approves. Thankfully Dale had a tractor that did not clash either , it fit in very well with the colour scheme. Donna


Kim -
What a gorgeous garden! Sigh...I wish mine looked as beautiful as yours. Knock out roses, crepe myrtle, boxwood, begonias and of course DAISIES...perfect for Daisy Cottage. Love your photos..and what a gem Dale is :)
Enjoy your beautiful new garden.


Your garden is sooo pretty Kim! I'm sure you'll add just the right touches. The birdbath is a nice touch. The birdies might need a little dear daisy cottage of their own.... :) Leah

The Cottage Girl

How nice that you will be able to cut some fresh flowers to bring into the house to enjoy as well. I love to share some blooms with neighbors too! The photos are stunning!

Our Red House

Your garden makeover looks fantastic! Sometimes it does pay to get someone in. Now you'll have your garden just the way you want it when summer comes.



Kim, it is perfect. And, so beautiful. I wish you many moments of joy in your beautiful new landscape.

Thank you for sharing so much with all of us.


Perfect! Absolutely perfect for Daisy Cottage and for you and Miss Maggie. It's so right. He knew exactly what to do. Thank you for sharing your lovely new garden with us. Let us peek in often to see what's happening there. ~Adrienne~

Linda@Lime in the Coconut

Beautiful Kim! You'll be amazed how fast it fills in!

Lea Harper




Kim,I too live in a yellow house but much smaller.Such a happy color!Every garden needs a little spot for the fairies to go when they've finished tending the flowers.
You make me smile everytime I visit!Thank you from Mi.Audrie


Good Sunday morning Kim :)

You've been holding out on us! What a wonderful surprise!! Your garden looks beautiful and so perfect for Daisy Cottage. Dale and his crew did a great job.

I would add a windchime, because I love listening to mine. It sounds like church bells. Oh and stepping stones would be perfect too! Whatever you add I know it will be just right :)

Enjoy your cottage garden sweet friend!


Debbie Vierkant

It's beautiful Kim! Makes me green with envy, lol! I can't wait until my flowers here in MN are in full bloom. I'm sure you will enjoy this new investment for years and years to come.


Daisy Cottage DESERVES a pretty cottage garden, and that is what you got. It's beautiful!! I would love to see some china pots in there somewhere, and a birdhouse or two. It looks very inviting for birds, bees and butterflies. What a joy it's going to be to watch it all evolve over time!


Absolutely beautiful! I think both stepping stones and bird houses would be awesome! --Jackie

Brenda Kula

Now Kim, you know I'm going to tell you what to put in that garden! First, you need to add some Shasta daisies. They are the white perennial with yellow centers that I post on my gardening blog. They multiply like crazy. I have shared them often. Wish I could share some with you. But I don't think they'd make that trip! They are the perfect addition to Daisy Cottage. I'm so happy you have such a beautiful garden now!

Rochelle Gaukel

Your garden looks exceptional! Just wait till it fills out and wow it's going to be stunning! There are so many possibilities of fun things to add to "pretty" it up!
Have fun in your garden! :)

Daisy Cottage

Good Morning (or is it afternoon) my spring chickadees... thank you so much for being happy for us that we FINALLY have a birth of a garden!


AND Miss Brenda.. I'm on my way to your place for inspiration because I know YOU are the Garden Queen!


Daisy Cottage

Here is Brenda's blog with LOTS of garden inspiration.. she is terrific!


Pat@Back Porch Musings

It's beautiful, Kim!

We did all our own landscaping and gardening until we moved here. That was the first time we sought help from pro's. So glad we did. We're finding, as we grow a little older each day, we need to lean on folks for help in the garden and other areas of our home. J still likes puttering around in the garden though. And we do still paint an occasional room. Our days of knocking down walls are in the past, though.

I can't wait to see the garden, as it grows and matures.

Susie Homemaker

***sigh***, sooo pretty...I just planted a new Knock Out rose bush this morning! I am waiting for my hubby to get ready and we are going to pick out a gazing ball now...our weather has inspired us to work outside this weekend...your garden is sure to bring you much enjoyment!


 sheri howard

You did the right thing by hiring what you do best, and hire the rest! Thanks for the photos....what a lovely walk through your garden!

Fay Marie

Hi Kim
You are full of surprises.
I love your garden. I've never heard of knock out roses before, but I sure will be looking for it when I go to the garden centre. I also think little bird houses here and there of the colours you love would look so pretty, as well as the big cup bird feeder. Good luck and lots of fun in your garden.

Your friend in Canada
Fay Marie

Crystal Sparks

It all looks amazing!!! You have a way of making everything look great. We are needing some landscaping done also. I am trying to get hubby to hire it out as we have no time these days!

I say yes to chimes and stepping stones and all things wonderful! Especially rabbit figurines for the yard they just melt my heart. Not too big though!


WOW!!! Your garden is stunning, I loved following you on the tour.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

Congrats, dear Kim! It truly looks beautiful & I know you'll enjoy it. I'm busily working in my yard now too & hope to get more things planted. I lost some of my perennials from a couple years ago, so had to replant.


Hi Kim,

Goodness - gracious - your beautiful new garden is perfect for Daisy Cottage. You and your family are going to have so much fun taking care of your new cottage garden and finding fun things to put in your garden.
What an amazing transformation. I would love to paint your new garden some day. I am having a hand painted garden sign give away on my blog and you may want to check it out.
Have fun.
Erin and Bentley

Mermaid Debbie

Wow! It is gorgeous, stunning, lovely! It looks perfect and I enjoyed that pretty orange tractor too. I think a colorful, bright, mosaic birdbath would be lovely and add a touch of whimsy! I am thinking in Fiesta Ware colors like Kelee's plate border!

Enjoy it!


It is lovely..I can see myself visiting Daisy Cottage and sitting out there with you and Miss Maggie enjoying a glass of iced tea.. I like whimsey - birdhouses and leaf-shaped stepping stones..enjoy your beautiful front garden..


love it...

Daisy Cottage



Kim, It's beautiful and charming just like your cute cozy cottage. A variety of china plates make a great edging for a flower garden.


wow, kim, it's amazing! could dale come to rhode island? LOL



Rose Eliff

Oh, Kim! It's loverly! Oh so cottagey and oh so Kim! Makes me want to clap my hands in delight. (I know: I'm a total dork - hee!) Your garden designer and you did a wonderful job with the plants and placement. It'll be such fun to see it all evolve. Living decor!

You've received some wonderful ideas! I like to use garden stakes in my garden. I have a shepherds' hook shape that has an iridescent ball that dangles off the end of the curved hook, another that started out as a dark blue crackled gazing ball on a stake, but the blue has worn away and now it's a sparkling white, another with a white plaque with my initial ... you get the idea!

Rose - The Center of My Self

Someone suggested windchimes - I love chimes! I have one in front and one in back and two inside. (When I have windows all open the two inside tinkle gently, as does the capiz chandy in the dining area.) I love the aural pleasure of chimes. Another suggestion: A colorful whirligig! They're such fun spinning away in the sunshine.

Randee Willmore

Kim, the garden is beautiful. Enjoy and add a little at a time as you will always find something that you just know is going to add to your landscape. I really like windchimes and have many around my house the sound is very soothing. Maggie will like the chimes and I bet a gazing ball so she can see herself and bark.

Alison Gibbs

Kim that looks so pretty.


Kim your yard is gorgeous! My children and I have been working in my yard all weekend and I can't wait to post the pictures. I hope it turns out as nice as yours!


It looks wonderful Kim! And with your long growing season you will get so much enjoyment out of it:>) I know whatevr you decide on to decorate it will be beautiful.


It looks great!! But we know you REALLY chose him because his little red tractor looks so cute in front of your house. :)

Susan G

Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

LOVE IT!! Your landscaper did a fabulous job and I know you are loving it so much! For a little cottage whimsey, You might find a couple of really cute hummingbird feeders at a garden center. I have seen some gorgeous ones this spring!
We have been hard at work in our yard as well and I can't wait to see it finished.
Have a lovely week!

ps-I just wanted to let you know that my blog has changed addresses so that you can update your "Blog Candy"'s still Fiddle Dee Dee, but now at this address:


The garden is gorgeous! I know you will enjoy it and so will we as you post photos.
Many blessings,


Oh, it's so lovely! So many textures and colors...congrats on beautifying your outdoor space. I'm sure you'll enjoy it fully!

(P.S. I just noticed that we are door-and-window twins! Don't you just love the nine-paned Prairie design?)

Donna Warrington

What a beautiful garden. Good for you, enjoy it every minute you can...


It's beautiful - of course a bird house or feeder would be great!


It is really beautiful. You will enjoy it even more as time passes and you make it truly "yours". Birdhouses for sure!

SoBella Creations

Fantastic job! I love your garden.


It looks so pretty already and it's going to be amazing once everything blooms!

Great job, Kim. :)


HI,your are truly bless ,it is so colorful and oh so pretty!!!!


It's beautiful, Kim! Love the bush daisies.



Very pretty! Can only get better with time~~~

Daisy Cottage

Thank you SO much dear ones... Love,love,love your suggestions!
Big Hugs!!


How beautiful your garden is and what lovely pictures!

Esther Sunday

Kim, only and you Daisy Cottage can make a tractor look so good!

Patty Boyd

Most definitely a bird house! The garden is perfect. How I would love to hire someone like Dale!


I missed this post by 4 days...I don't get to check everyday but when I do I'm simply amazed at all that you do. The garden is lovely, and yes stepping stones, a bird house, china pots and oh yes, definitely the chimes would spark your creative touch to Daisy Cottage... why not include all of them painted in your vibrant colors! :)



Oh Kim its so pretty...pls take more photos, from EVERY which way...what a nice job. I am definitely going to buy a knock out rose this year...I am not one for roses...but everyone in blogland RAVES about them so I am going to try one...I love the color of yours :)

So happy for you !!

xo Kathy :)

ps I am taking breaks from blogging, I read more than comment...pls know you are TOPS on my list :)


I love the picture of the rose bud with dew drops on it. You are great photographer. I also have to say that I have never seen a cleaner, more beautiful garden.


Oh Kim, I'm so excited for you! Your new garden is just how I envisioned it. Perfect! As I was looking through the pictures I was also thinking that the new garden looked like a sure place for Maggie to find some lizards too. To both of you--enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

I love the 'play' on your porch in the other post, the flowers, pots, etc. I don't remember seeing the yellow piece with the birds at the top. I'm not sure what it is but I sure do like it. A message board maybe?

I hope you have many porch days enjoying your blooms. Thank you for reminding me I was going to buy some knockout roses this week. They are gorgeous in my neighborhood.



Kim, it's very pretty. We all need help sometimes. I even had someone help me with my front garden, and I'm a garden writer and landscaper myself. :) I'd say all of the above and include a vine or two to clamber up an arbor, or a climbing rose like 'Cecile Bruner' or 'Cl. Pinkie.' Love your blog.~~Dee


so very nice. congratulations on your new garden.


Oh girl! You just got to have a rusty little red wagon amongst all those lovely yellow daisys'and some wonderful adirondack chairs for you and the hubby!
Enchanting.. I've been working on my old 1908 house's interior for 2 years and can't wait to get to the outside.I so love that you've shared it with us!I know what you mean though we're extremely hands on too.((TRANSFORMATION WHAT A BEAUTIFUL THING)). Stop by my blog if you get a chance I'd love to catch up with you.I first became acqainted with you at the oldpaintedcottage.Charlsey (decoratingyourworld)

Small Garden Ideas

Its really easy to make a garden when you have the right tools to use. I never had problems when I made my garden though the only thing that I used making it is an old can.

Carol Seast

I love the idea of the plates as a border, can you send more picture of this, I have the plates, not sure how to start. thanks Carol

sally ortiz

Kim, are you ever going to come back to your blog? yours is the only blog that i can't forget! by the emails above i can see that you bring out the happiness in everyone, not just me... i hope you can start your blog again. it is a beautiful thing :)

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