Jul 27, 2011

The End of July in the Garden....

It's the last week of July
and summer really has yet to begin here...

I was reading Deb at the Garden Party blog
(she is a fellow Northwest gardener),
and she had heard on the news that we had had a total of
1 hour and 48 minute of temperatures over 80 degrees,
since summer began....

it is a strange year!

The garden seems to now be in limbo...
the spring flowers are worn out,
and the summer blooms are on hold....

But there is still lots to see... 
Wanna look around?
lets stroll...

(click photos to enlarge)

the High Hopes Climbing Rose...



just buzzing by....
It is always fun to find a surprise in my photos!


the cottage bike planter,
with Queen Elizabeth in the foreground...


Cupids Dart....






Achillea,
a lady bugs best friend,
they are always crawling with them...


pink Achillea's millions of tiny clustered flowers....


and again in white....



Drumstick Allium are popping open...

I love the whimsical feel they add to the garden....
like magical purple sceptors...


a spent bloom of an earlier Allium...
the pods are far to pretty to cut!


the Hollyhock are climbing tall...



summery Mallow's blooms are beginning to unfurl....


the first of the tall Garden Phlox....



do you remember the grocery store Miniature Rose bushes
I bought in the early spring?

they are thriving in the garden....


Today I am joining...
and

Thanks for strolling with me today...

37 comments:

chateau de fleurs said...

What a beautiful garden you have! Christie

Larry said...

Being on hold in the garden isn't necessarily a bad thing at your place... so beautiful! Larry

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

I am absolutely admiring your garden! ;) Stunning to say the least!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your garden flowers are really quite beautiful despite the lack of sun and warmth. You have gorgeous roses and the achillea is really pretty up close. I hope the weather does improve soon. Blessings, Pamela

Joys of Life said...

An absolute delight! As always.

Linda said...

Hello there, Bella!

Your little photo surprise brought a smile to my face! Oh, my! That bug looks very intent on hitting his target! Lol

I live in Newfoundland, Canada and I know what you mean about summer temps - we are still waiting for summer here as well. I'd rather have the cooler weather, though, than 100 degrees.

I hope you enjoy the rest your summer and you have a beautiful blog!

Wishing you a beautiful day!
Linda

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful, Bella. I wish I had your green thumb!!

XO,
Jane

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

You have the most beautiful flowers! That first rose is gorgeous!~Hugs, Patti

Shirley said...

How lucky you are just begining your summer flowers..the end is near for me..sad to say. But, fall will bring beautiful color to behold and cooler temps before all the white stuff falls. I enjoyed your garden very much! Blessings to you.

Victorian1885 said...

Beautiful Bella...

Debbie said...

This is just gorgeous! I wish that I had your weather and your flowers. My favorite one of all was the bee buzzing by. What a great photo!

Sandi Cl~ said...

Love your garden! I am in Texas and this is day 27 in a row with temperatures over 100. It is about 9pm and still 100 outside! Strange year down here too!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

You have a beautiful garden, so many flowering delights!

Cindy said...

Ok, you officially have the best garden ever. I am learning so much from you about plants i want in my garden, and your photos and your words are always such a treat...

Cindy

Shelia said...

Hi Bella! This is just so beautiful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jen said...

What beauty and delight! I have lost count of the number of days over 100 here...

Jacque Ferreira said...

You have a beautiful garden, and some talent at photography as well. You captured the beauty in your garden and made it enjoyable to follow along... jotting down a few of your flower names to add to my garden want list, thanks for sharing ~ Jacque

It's Just Dottie said...

I love hollyhocks and yours are so beautiful.
Smile.Dottie

Ms.Daisy said...

What a gorgeous flower garden you have...thank you for the wonderful stroll. Love the picture of the old bird house - I LOVE old, handmade birdhouses.


~Jean

Екатерина К said...

your garden i beautiful. My congratulations...

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Bella! I'm always impressed by the variety you have in your garden! Love those hollyhocks. I'm impressed by those incredible temperatures too!

Lydia said...

What wonderful abundance!

Cat & Cricket said...

Bella~ As always.... stunning! I love the one with the bee diving right in!
Smiles~
Cricket

T's Daily Treasures said...

Sure looks like your garden is far from floundering ... it is flourishing! We haven't had a temp of 80 around here since maybe March. Our night time lows are around 95. :/ Have a great day! Tammy

Barb said...

Hi Bella,
Your photos of your beautiful flower gardens are wonderful. How exciting to find the bee in the photo.
God Bless
Barb from Australia

It's me said...

O NO !!...the end of july....where did it go ???.....no summer here in Holland yet.....fingers crossed for augaust........love....xxx...

Carolyn said...

Hi Bella,
Once again I enjoyed my stroll through the garden-there are so many pretty blooms etc.
Our weather has been cooler and damper as well but the garden seems to be enjoying it and when I hear how hot it is some places I am happy to settle!

Take care,
Carolyn

Judi said...

Hi Bella
I know what you mean about this summer it has been a strange one although we have had very good weather now throughout July. It just took a long time for us to get it and we missed out on what could have been a lovely May and June. It is sad to think of it being this far in the season. Your garden is beautiful and I hope the weather gets better and stays that way in your area.

Thank you for the lovely tour.
have a wonderful day
Judi

Madelief said...

Hi Bella,

Such a joy to scroll through your garden photograph's! You garden looks so beautiful, despite the strange weather. Love your achillea's! I don't have them in my garden, but I think I will try and find some. The colours are so pretty and I love the fact they attract ladybirds :-)

Wish you a lovely weekend with hopefully more sun and higher temperatures!

Lieve groet, Madelief x

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Bella,
You have a beautiful garden Thanks for the tour!
-Lynn

Dayle said...

A stroll through your garden is a treat. Thanks for linking up.

NanaDiana said...

Bella-It is hard to believe that July is almost over. I know you had a long cold Spring like we did and then summer is here and half over already...more than half over. Your gardens are as spectacular as always. I love them..xo Diana

rosesandgargoyles said...

Oh Bella I LOVE the pic of the rose with the bee flying to it. The hollyhocks are so, so pretty.
Jeanni

My Little Home and Garden said...

You have so many beautiful flowers Bella. The Cupid's Dart reminded me that I tucked one away that needs to be planted. My hollyhocks are new this year, and not yet very tall; your pink blooms are charming.

Kathleen said...

Your garden is absolutely beautiful. Love the Achillea particularly. Great photos too. a wonderful Simple Pleasure!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's last week! As always - your blooms are gorgeous! I do have to laugh because i feel like we are just finally seeing summer & have already begun to see halloween decor in some of the shops here locally! Hope to see you again this upcoming week! xoxo, tracie

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Bella! You have one of the most beautiful gardens!! We had a week of over 100 degree days and everything in my garden is fried. Thank you for sharing this at my Open house party.
xo,
Sherry