Views of High Summer in the Garden


“If someone asked me what my idea of luxury is, I think my answer would be: flowers in the house all year around.” – May Sarton



I couldn’t agree more with Mary Sarton… in the house all year are such a treat.  And to think they come from my garden, indoors and out depending on the season.  I thought, as it is high summer and the garden is still blooming, I would show a couple of views that I love seeing now.  

The weather has cooled, and we had some rain in the beginning of August.  I am still laid up from my injury last week, but I am hoping to get out in the garden again soon to keep weeding, and dreaming.

For this post, as we are close to the 15th, I thought it would be perfect to link in with Carol@May Dreams Gardens who hosts Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day the 15th of each month. 




sunflower collage

As you can see there are loads of sunflowers growing.  The top photo and the 2 on the right, of this collage, are volunteers in the veg garden.  I also have volunteer sunflowers around the mailbox again.  The sunflower on the right is part of a red sunflower mix I planted in the Red Garden.  As you can see it has faint tinges of red, and I have seen few sunflowers with any red from this mix, but they are still pretty.

The sunflowers I planted in my new cutting bed were supposed to only reach up to 6 feet so I could cut them for vases.  Instead they have soared to 10 feet, and the blooms are unreachable.




wh garden collage

This is the weed ridden White Garden.  Even with the weeds, I am pleased to see ‘White Swan’ echinacea, Phlox paniculata ‘David’ and white Obedient plants blooming, along with white daylilies that turn more vanilla as they age.  There are also rudbeckia volunteering here that need to be moved back to the meadow.




elderberry bed

One of my favorite views is right out my back window.  This group of native plants is a big draw for critters as it is full of Monarda didyma, Echinacea purpurea, native pink Phlox paniculata and elderberries.  The birds love the seeds in the echinacea, and the elderberries.  And the hummers and butterflies, not to mention the bees and other pollinators, love the monarda, phlox and echinacea.  You can see one of the many dragonflies perching on the elderberries.

So there you have a few of my favorite views now as summer keeps blooming away.


What are you viewing in your garden now?




In A Vase On Monday 


I thought it would be a treat to make a vase this week with some of the container sunflowers ‘Junior’ growing on the patio.  

 snflwr vase3

Of course the perfect vase to showcase the sunflowers is my grandmother’s favorite blue vase that she gave me over 35 years ago.  




sunflower vase collageObedient plant (Physostegia virginiana) is blooming all over the garden now too so I thought it would also look great in this vase.  I love the white and purple blooms.  As I collected the Obedient plants, Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) grass caught my eye, and I thought it would add a bit of whimsy to the vase especially if I left it to dangle.

I really am enjoying these flowers, and every time I see them, they make me smile….another view of the garden brought indoors to enjoy.


I am joining in with a few memes this week as I prepare this vase:  Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful meme, In a Vase on Monday, Today’s Flowers hosted by Denise@An English Girl Rambles and Judith@Lavender Cottage who hosts Mosaic Monday.  Please check out these wonderful blogs and link ups.




Next up on the blog:  

The veg garden is producing loads of veggies so it will be time to highlight what we are harvesting, and planting for a late garden this fall.  And I am also harvesting some flowers from the cutting bed and containers.  Lots of container sunflowers so I bet they find their way into more vases next week.

I am linking in with Michelle for her Nature Notes meme at her new blog just for Nature Notes.  It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every week. 



I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Sunday.

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