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.
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.
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.
They bloomed for days, with a group next to the coneflower.
There are a bunch of them on the mountainside in the back of the house. These are all volunteers, I didn’t plant them.
The color is such a soft peach, just lovely.
They also kept blooming for days.
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.
Generally this guy will get them first. Yep, he is still hanging around.
My hydrangea is blooming still, with two colors on the bush now. This lovely purple is so clear.
The pink is coming along, but still a bit green and muddy looking in parts.
I do love this little lobelia, is still happy on the veranda.
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.
They are a bit hard to see, but there are a bunch of hostas blooming along the driveway, also volunteers.
I’m not sure if this is Simon, Theodore or Alvin, but he was pretty insistent on getting a handout, LOL!!
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.
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.
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.
A few days later and they were starting to grow.
The first harvest of tomatoes were perfect, no bugs and no blemishes.
More to come, thanks to my friend Bonnie who gave me her extra plants.
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.
This little butterfly was having quite a nice day on the coneflower.
As the sun comes up over the mountain to the east, soft light falls on the veranda.
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.
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?