Jul 31, 2012

Farewell to July...


It's already the end of July...
where has the time gone?

Are you ready for a stroll?



I wish I could say it's warm and sunny,
but summer has been illusive here still...


maybe the new month will bring more sunny skies,
and a little rain too,
if that's not asking too much :-)



the roses are making a strong come back...

this is Tiffany,
my Mr's favorite rose in all the garden...


Harlow Carr,
draped on a little wire fence....



lazy Eden lying across the fence top,
maybe her gorgeous head is just too heavy...



a cluster of Ballerinas...



the summer flowers have arrived...

Anemone...




the Lilies...

their heady fragrance fills the night air......

their season is so short,
I fill all my large vases with them...


papery Mallow blooms...



the Pee Gee Hydrangea
has begun to bloom....


the Coneflowers are dancing,
twirling....


Obedience Plant...

so named because the spiky blooms are
positionable...



little surprises...
a giant mottled rose...


the upfront border beds
are overflowing in color...





I thought I'd share my laundry tub planter
all filled in...



I love the
 Lobelia with the Dichondra pairing...


See you in August :-)

Today I am joining...
and


Thanks for strolling with me today...

Jul 24, 2012

Summer Garden...

Are you ready
for today's garden stroll?



It is a beautiful day...
75 degrees and not a cloud in the sky...



the tall Garden Phlox
are blooming...



and the Hydrangea row
is exploding in color...



I have Endless Summer
planted in the back...

and the fancier front blooms
come from various grocery store gift Hydrangeas...



Zephirine Drouhin
surprised me with a bloom...


a mirror imaged pair...


the new David Austin's
James Galway Rose's first bloom...

I am smitten...


Bee Balm...



the last Columbine and pods...


a gardeners friend
buzzing around on Pink Spirea...

he is loaded with pollen...


a spent Foxglove
spills it's seed...

the beginning of a great flush of  Roses!


airy,
sweet and delicate
Rue...


the impossible colors,
of summer...

Today I am joining...
and

Thanks for strolling with me today...

Jul 13, 2012

Summer Days...

Summer Days...

when the clouds clear,
and so does your mind...

the warm days embrace you,
lulling you into daydreams...

I pick roses,
and arrange them,
nothing fancy...


just tucking the fragile blooms,
here and there...


savoring...



summers best...


"They are not long,
 the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream."
 

Ernest Dowson 

today I am joining...
and


Happy Weekend Everyone!
Don't forget to
Smell the Roses...

Jul 10, 2012

A SUMMER Garden Stroll!

Well summer has arrived!

A little late,
here in the Northwest...

but the days have been glorious,
sunny and bright...

are you ready for a garden stroll?


April in Paris Rose
and friends...


the Lavender has burst open...

Mmmmm


the perfectly delicate
Scepter'd Isle Rose...

she has been blooming quietly for a month,
just a couple blooms at a time...


the Hummingbirds love the Russian Verbena,
It has climbed seven feet tall this year,
so far!


an upclose look
 at the small blooming clusters...


Melody Parfumee Rose,
and friends...

the leaves of the bush are below,
she sent up a crazy spike
of blooms!




Bonica Rose...


the soft summery blues
of the Hydrangea...


Butterfly Weed...


and Butterfly Bush...

these are replacements
for some I lost a couple years ago...

I really saw a dip in the butterfly visits
with them gone...


a mystery solved!

while doing spring garden clean up,
I found the tag for this
 my mystery rose,
of last year!

she is the Memorial Day Rose...

I am crazy for all those
ruffled petals...


Today I am joining,
and

Thanks for joining me in the garden today...