Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vestiges of summer

Today I'm joining Judith at Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.

Summer is waning, and fall is in the reflected in my images below. These photos were not taken this year but the summer ones do reflect my mid-late summer garden, and the fall ones the glory of autumn to come.

Daylilies galore! I have around 80 and my goal is 100!  LOVE THEM!!!
clockwise beginning upper left and ending in center: 'Lavender Stardust,' not in my garden-name not known, not in my garden-name not known, 'Just Plum Happy,' 'Joel,' name unknown, 'Hush Little Baby,' 'Jungle Beauty,' 'Coral Stone,' 'Frans Hals,' name unknown, ? 'Just Plum Happy,' 'Frans Hals'

top to bottom, beginning in upper left corner:  'Janice Brown,' 'Blueberry Candy,' 'Whooperee,' 'Lacey Doily,' 'Frans Hals,' 'Bold Stripe,' 'Custard Candy,' name unknown, 'Happy Apple,' name unknown, 'Catherine Woodbury,' 'Coral Stone, 'Joel'

Be sure to stop by Lavender Cottage for more of Mosaic Monday.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Nothing brings joy like a butterfly

I love seeing butterflies, birds, and bees in my garden. It brings me a lot of joy!

 Giant Swallowtail

Lots of yellow in the garden this time of year too!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Not a gentle hobby...

"A garden is not a gentle hobby for the elderly, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so he will have to accept that his life is going to be radically changed."  - May Sarton

So true -

My life has been changed by this beautiful place, a place of peace, a place of glory, a place of hard work and challenges. I don't know what I'd do with myself if I didn't have a garden!

My late summer garden looks like this:
 Lythrum, much loved by bees, can be invasive. I'm keeping a close eye on it.

 I have numerous Verbena bonariensis plants (self-sowing annuals) throughout my gardens. The butterflies adore it.

 I planted an heirloom sunflower mix - here's one, and below an even prettier one.

 A broader view

 Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' is a staple in my late summer/fall gardens.

 The tomatoes are doing great!

 A few of my herbs

 Pretty cleome

 Love this area of the garden. I call it the "Rocky Garden" as there are many large rocks for landscaping there.

 Buck rose 'Carefree Beauty'

 An unidentified clematis - it was supposed to be 'Louise Rowe', but I don't think so. Pretty nonetheless!

 Clematis 'Crystal Fountain'

 The phlox are doing well. I deadhead, hoping for more blooms.

 The daylilies are slowing down. Still blooming above is 'Planet Max' and below 'Virginia B. Hansen.'

 On the left, 'Perfect Pink Princess;' front and center, 'Frans Hals.'

 The swamp milkweed prepares to spread.  :)

The dainty lavender flowers are apparently from a self-sowing annual. I planted this last year, and it came back; I don't know the name of it.

Sweet Tortie, my garden buddy

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Midsummer, and the livin' is easy

Midsummer, and the livin' is easy...

People gather for breakfast at an outdoor restaurant downtown on a warm summer morning. (Farmer's Market Day)

Making homemade ice cream - mmmmmm!

 Eating outside, on the patio

or we could eat on the deck

Meanwhile, in the gardens:

Goldfinches like to eat echinacea seeds, and sunflower seeds

I love pink in the garden.

Old-fashioned balsam - have you heard of it? Isn't it pretty? It's a self-sowing annual.

A fairy in the garden

 Is this a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, or a Black Swallowtail? I have a lot of difficulty telling them apart.

 This butterfly spent a couple of hours in the garden today, primarily on the Verbena bonariensis.

 While I was photographing the black butterfly, this monarch joined the party.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are seen daily in the gardens. They, too, love the Verbena bonariensis.

Summer is my favorite time of year!


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