Late July in the Garden

Cool temperatures last week made sitting on the veranda a daily ritual in the morning and evening. More flowers are blooming and the landscape changes almost daily.  The camera was at the ready as pollinators made some appearances on the flowers, like this little guy on one of the geranium blooms.  I think it is a moth of some kind.

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The penstemon has grown tall, and the flower heads so heavy they were starting to fall over.  I put a tomato cage around it to hold them up.  This one was leaning on the brick wall before I did that.

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Gladiolas came into their glory this month.  The soft peach color is wonderful with the purples of the hostas in an arrangement.  But this year I left them all in the garden.

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They bloomed for days, with a group next to the coneflower.

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There are a bunch of them on the mountainside in the back of the house.  These are all volunteers, I didn’t plant them.

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The color is such a soft peach, just lovely.

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They also kept blooming for days.

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Also out back, the wild blackberries are making fruit.  Unfortunately, these are difficult to get to, with lots of bramble and some poison ivy nearby.

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Generally this guy will get them first.  Yep, he is still hanging around.

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My hydrangea is blooming still, with two colors on the bush now.  This lovely purple is so clear.

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The pink is coming along, but still a bit green and muddy looking in parts.

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I do love this little lobelia, is still happy on the veranda.

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Out near the circle on our drive, the hostas came into full flower.  They were covered in purple spikes for days.  One of the turkeys admired the view.

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They are a bit hard to see, but there are a bunch of hostas blooming along the driveway, also volunteers.

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I’m not sure if this is Simon, Theodore or Alvin, but he was pretty insistent on getting a handout, LOL!!

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The torenias continue to bloom profusely.  I’ve seen several hummingbirds coming by frequently – one ruby throat, one black head and one all green female.

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I ordered a few dahlias from a bulb company that were on sale, along with some other bulbs and a bleeding heart.  I have tried growing dahlias before, not very successfully, but I don’t want to have to dig them up for winter.

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So I put the dahlias in two large planter pots, and set them in the planter box.  This way I can just pick them up and put the whole thing inside for winter.

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A few days later and they were starting to grow.

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The first harvest of tomatoes were perfect, no bugs and no blemishes.

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More to come, thanks to my friend Bonnie who gave me her extra plants.

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This lovely female deer came by to graze in the meadow.  I think this may be one of the small fawns I saw earlier in the year as she isn’t that big but has lost her spots.

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This little butterfly was having quite a nice day on the coneflower.

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As the sun comes up over the mountain to the east, soft light falls on the veranda.

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Gentle breezes in the evening mean grilling outside is on the agenda. In the early morning, light comes through these tress, reminding me again of the Japanese word shinrinyoku, literally taking a “forest bath”, the feeling of being connected and truly in the world that I talked about in my Japanese Inspired February event post on Gratitude.  You can see the posts and projects from that event by clicking on that category on the sidebar.

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These nice cool days have been a welcome respite from the heat of summer.  It is calm and quiet in the mornings, with just the hum of cicadas, the plaintive call of the blue jay, the lilting song of the wood thrush, and gentle trills of cardinals and songbirds.  Just a few more weeks and we will be headed into my favorite season of the year, autumn.  I am not quite ready for it yet, though.  I do enjoy each season in its time, so more gardening, hiking, and summer fun is in order first.  What are you doing for summer fun?

26 thoughts on “Late July in the Garden

  1. Debra Gutenson

    I always enjoy your posts, but I have to comment on this one. A turkey on your porch rail!! You’ll have them eating out of hand before long!! I love your descriptions of the quiet morning with bird song. I have wood thrush in the woods behind my house, and their flute-like call is one of my favorite sounds on my morning walk.
    And btw, how do you keep your porch so clean? Do you power wash it frequently?
    Thanks for all you do and sharing on your blog.

  2. Your sharing is very calming here. We are still going through high temps and humidity. The plants, grass and trees are so needing rain to fall. Looking at your lush garden and animal photos is very restful. Thank you for sharing.

  3. What an inspiring post to begin the day! Love your photos-always so clear and close up. The torenia is so lush-I’ll have to look for one next spring. And the turkey knows where his bread is buttered! Ha!

  4. Dot Murdoch

    Thank You Carole for a lovely, color rich post to start my day…..So enjoy seeing your beautiful flowers and interesting wildlife…..Thanks for sharing…..Dot in Pa.

  5. Be careful with that turkey; they can become quite aggressive. My husband experienced that at a work site where turkeys would come right around lunch time. The turkeys got so aggressive (actually pecking them) that they ended up throwing food a distance away to get them to go away. So just a heads up. Your yard and veranda look so lovely and inviting. It’s no wonder all that wildlife love to come and visit!

  6. Karen Marlow-Goad

    I can’t believe how tame the turkey is up on the rails! how fun to photograph that. – I love all your flowers I really didn’t know that gladioli could just grow almost wild like that – I have been making so much use of my porch this past week too with the wonderful weather I had just posted about my porch the other day – a thing of the past though and back to muggy weather this week. It was nice while it lasted.

  7. You have such a lovely garden. This summer we got some kayaks and recently got the rack set up on the van so we could try them out. We also have some baby kittens keeping us busy. Have a good day!

  8. Connie Bailey

    You are so lucky to live in such a paradise! Let’s be honest, flowers just make people happy! Not to mention that beautiful deer added to the mix! Enjoy your day and always be thankful. 🌺

  9. Wendy

    Beautiful flowers! Love your Glads! My garden has done very well this year also. Hydrangeas have a variety of colors on each bush and I am enjoying it all. I have plants similar to your tall purple one but I have known them as Phlox. No visitors in my yard as we are in the city area. We do get an occasional skunk, possom or racoon though. Enjoy your bit of beauty!

  10. Patricia Evans

    Your gardens are looking lovely. I’m surprised the deer don’t eat the hostas. I’ve given most of mine away. And that turkey is getting brazen. I took some photos of a couple of day lilies last night that are close to the color of your gladioli. I will email them to you.

  11. bonniecoleman

    You are truly blessed to have so much beauty to enjoy….and I can tell how much you do!  I sit on my porch with coffee every morning with my two cats, who are always trying for a cricket or a frog…hahaha!  Butterflies are coming out more here.  I have so enjoyed the crepe myrtle in my yard this summer…. beautiful small trees that bloom white and some pink ones too.  Soon I will have yellow mums blooming.  They love the heat & dry season.  Fall is on the way….but we have many more hot days before summer is done.  South Georgia

  12. Liz Stewart

    Hi Carole
    I love your blog in which you are sharing all aspects of your living and lifestyle. I thought you might like to see some photos of my English country garden…so here goes. Quite different to yours but equally pleasing. I hope you agree! I’ve just finished two quilts…I hope to make your scrap dance minuet soon. Looking forward to your future posts Liz

  13. Although we are still in Winter, the bulbs have begun to show their beauty,Daffs, snowdrops, and jonquils all in flower some new polyanthus that should last for many years, Your verandah is always beautiful, and those gladioli, gentle and soft.

  14. Rita

    I am currently recovering from a stressful surgery, your post today helped me relax and feel more peaceful. Thank you. I love your flowers and wildlife.

  15. Oh how gorgeous everything is, Carole! Your hostas are stunning en masse like that!! My perennial bed is getting scraggly, as it does this late in the season, but most of the other beds are still looking good. Can’t believe we are into August this week, this summer is flying by!

  16. Mary

    You have a beautiful garden. I love how the different flowers have migrated to the hillside. It must be a lovely sight with the flowers popping up. Your veranda is so restful with shade and surrounded by your pots of colour. You have a ‘green thumb’ !! 🙂
    I am most intrigued with your visiting bear. Is he a fully grown one and is he always the same one that comes to visit? Does he do any damage to your lovely gardens?
    My favourite time of year is Autumn as well. Still warm but not hot anymore and lovely cool nights. Better for sleep!!
    I do enjoy reading your posts.

  17. Melanie

    Such a beautiful garden, your green thumb is a real talent. While the turkey is “hinting” for a handout, I think the doe is eyeing your beautiful tomatoes and hoping the bear doesn’t see them first. What a fun tour! And your hanging baskets are also lovely. Enjoy the rest of summer. I also love the seasons, but when fall arrives, I’m glad for the heat to be replaced by nice breezes and cooler weather. We are going to coast for a couple days soon to escape smoke in our area. We don’t travel much, just short jaunts. Have fun, enjoy your gardens.

  18. Felicia Hamlin

    I enjoyed seeing all your flowers and the animals which visit you, I don’t know if I would like a visiting bear, though. We have a mother doe with three little ones, they are so cute, but I know what they do when they grow up. What you are calling a penstemon is really a phlox plant, their flowers smell heavenly! Thank you, Carole.

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