Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

April 9, 2011

Serving With Honor: TONY

One of the puppies we sponsored for Guide Dog training, Tony, is about to be paired with his new owner.  Tony has spent the first years of his life learning and training to be of service to someone in need.

Tony excelled during his first 18 months of being socialized by his “walker” where he learned proper etiquette in public.  Next, he moved up through the ranks of training and apprenticing and he’s now ready to change someone’s life forever.

Of course, this comes as no surprise to us.  You see, Tony is a namesake.  He is named to honor  and in memory of Tony Patrea, JR.  Tony was a brilliant young man from Tybee who was well known throughout the island for his citizenship, courteousness and helpfulness.  He volunteered for many Mermaid Cottages community service projects and he also loved animals dearly.

Tony Patrea, Jr made the most of his life while he was here and we know Tony, the Guide Dog, will make his mark on someone’s life just like his namesake.

We remember Tony Patrea, Jr and we honor his legacy through our Tony’s life of service!


1001 Ways To Get Tybee-ized: Confederate Jasmine

If it looks like jasmine, smells like jasmine, acts like jasmine it should be jasmine, right?

Just look at this beautiful Confederate Jasmine that welcomes you to our wonderful Blue Heron Cottage!

Confederate Jasmine, also known as Star Jasmine, is not a true jasmine, but it is referred to as jasmine because of its fragrant, jasmine like flowers.

New growth starts out with light green, lance-shaped leaves and soon matures to a glossy, dark green color that produces clusters of white star shaped flowers.  This usually occurs in late spring or early summer in most places, but on Tybee it’s happening right now!  Once established this fast growing evergreen vine can be trained to climb where you want it.  It’s especially beautiful on fences, pergolas, pillars and trees.  Just pinch the tips to keep it trimmed and it even makes a beautiful shrub and it is very effective as a weed choking ground cover!  Those of you that are especially talented at training greenery will find this an excellent choice for topiaries, trailing containers and hanging baskets.

It’s just one of the many extraordinary and exotic spring surprises you’ll find while strolling the gorgeous neighborhoods on Tybee!  Just grab your leash and your dog, invite family and friends and discover the wonders in our island gardens!


It’s just one of the many ways to get Tybee-ized!