Last year, our girls trip was so relaxing and enjoyable that we wanted a do-over for this year’s trip.
You definitely feel the French influences of Louisiana’s heritage in the style of this finely refurbished farmhouse-style cottage.
There are seven of us packed into this three bedroom cottage each year. It’s been updated with all the current amenities, and we take full advantage of them all.
In last year’s Cane River Cottage What’s Blooming Wednesday post included the grounds and the river. This year, I focused more on the French-styled cutting garden and this early season cottage’s landscaping details.
While there aren’t many blooms in the cutting garden yet, there are remains of pansies and blooming azaleas galore.
Just off the parking gravel, you get an eye-full as you approach the walkway.
Pansies are in view as you approach the entrance.
Turn the corner, and you get the grand view of the arbor.
As you follow the walkway past the arbor and toward the porch entrance, not only pansies and azalea do you see, but new growth of this year’s tiger canna. Like last year, orange canna blooms will be displayed by May’s end.
Tucked behind the azalea and closer to cottage-side are pink Azalea blooms against red-bloomed Camellia (accessed by a stone path).
Back out onto the exposed aggregate walkway, we approach the screened porch. As with last year, we lowered plastic rolls for occasional rain protection.
We didn’t have last year’s heavy storm, but the wind was pretty aggressive, even still.
Walking past the porch steps to the opposite side-yard…
…azalea speckles the landscaping in pink and white.
Only one word can describe this azalea garden.
Last year’s end of May visit boasted vibrant pink hydrangea blooms to replace azalea blooms.
To give you an idea of that end of the porch, I turned back to get a view of more pink with porch in view behind.
Stone steps through shrubbery dumps you out onto a large grass lawn – complete with an expansive shady tree. I’m not completely sure, but that’s possibly a live oak providing shade for the hot tub gazebo.
The river is down an incline beyond the gazebo. An about-face from this point takes you to the cutting garden – just awakening to spring.
A rose or two appeared. The garden will soon offer more.
Broken fence boards beckon vines to venture in.
Are those early grapes? We couldn’t decide since they are dense and tough. But the blues are stunning against the weathered fence and leaves!
Around the next corner, and we’re back where we began. Among the Azalea, there’s a spot for Spiraea nestled behind feathery fern fronds.
So many things we didn’t have in last year’s Cane River Cottage display!
A U-turn puts you back into the gravel drive – with another backdrop of southern Louisiana beauty.
Are you calmed by serene southern scenery? Can you just feel that southern heat already?