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Love These Sturdy Old Watering Cans

Front ArchOur Front Arch Loaded with Roses in June

Capturing a moment to reflect on summer’s bounty… Honestly, for gardens, it’s been a great season weather-wise… Rain, mostly at night, sunny and warm for a while during the days, then a few cool days… Can’t complain !

???????????????????????????????Please join me for a garden tour and a little mental rambling…

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The snow drifts recede, the ground squishes, the sun kisses the soil and it has that awesome growing smell that makes me want to feel it between my toes and fingers. Spring brings wonder as each new thing seems to leap out of the earth and celebrate!

???????????????????????????????Sweet Peas Running Rampant over the Clothes Line !

I can think of no more rewarding place to spend the summer than in the garden…

???????????????????????????????Started the garden season with a broken and sprained right wrist in a cast. Made gardening more of a challenge than usual. Still did it but took a little longer and wasn’t as much fun as usual getting things off to an early start. Oh well… Gave me more time to appreciate what I do have that works, made me think and work smarter.

???????????????????????????????Pat’s been great about doing whatever needs to be done and that has gone a long way to keep me from being discouraged and just stay focused on all the good in the gardens.

How Does it Go From This……

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To This…

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To This…

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…To This in a Few Short Months ? It’s a mystery…

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Or From This….

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To This…

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To This… !

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Very Happy Perennials This Year !

Happy Gardener!

Had to plant beans and squash 3 times for some reason. When they finally took off though, they did quite well.

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???????????????????????????????Put in a variety of heirloom tomatoes and peppers this year and wasn’t really sure what to expect. So far, it’s been interesting.

???????????????????????????????The Tall Stuff is Dill !

The dill has tried to take over the vegetable garden again this year. Haven’t planted it in about 10 years but it just volunteers everywhere. I’ve pulled most of it to give the veggies a chance but it’s taller than I am and has an attitude!

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Cleome Out of Control !

Last summer’s end, I cut the small patch of cleome (one of the few annuals I grow) in the perennial garden and shook the seed heads around, before mulching for winter. Oops. I know better this year. It tried to take over and it is very pretty but greatly exceeded my expectations. It’s starting to shoulder and shade out many of the other plants. I’ve transplanted some but chalk the rest up to “a lesson learned”.

???????????????????????????????Each window box and container is actually a small garden and no two are alike.

???????????????????????????????‘Linda’s’ Roses Growing Over the Section of Fence My Grandparents were Married in Front of

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Phlox in Bloom Before the Grape Arbor

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Clematis on the Back Arch Leading to the Garden Shed

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Field Lilies Dancing in the Breeze

Daylilies in Wild Abandon

??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????The day lilies have been blooming non-stop for a month and a half. A profusion of watercolors that take my breath away…

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The hydrangeas have been in bloom for quite awhile, and are beginning to change colors. There is never a static moment in the gardens. I can tour in the morning and find something new that afternoon. It never fails to amaze me!

The scents of the blossoms are are varied as the colors, from the delicate fruit wine scent of the first blueberry flowers to the saturated Oriental lilies, like Stargazer, it’s a feast for the senses.

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Pink Stargazer

???????????????????????????????Fireworks (Asiatic) Lilies Open for the Fourth of July and Stay Most of the Rest of the Month

Daylilies ask for almost nothing and give so much back in return! They are one of my all time favorites. They’ve been blooming since the end of June and are still going strong.

Wildlife flourishes in every season here. We have a never ending variety of birds, from hawks and cardinals to hummingbirds. They nest in the hedges and steal as many strawberries, blueberries and raspberries as they can. Oh well, we can’t eat them all anyway.

Ground hogs sit in the middle of the lawn and dare us to chase them. Squirrels bang on the windows in the cold weather when the bird feeders are getting low, really! Raccoons have sat on the porch and glared at me when I shoo them off so I can get to my car to go to work and we have an albino skunk that is a bit daunting to see wandering the grounds in the moonlight.”

??????????????????????????????? The herb garden is a never ending delight to the nose and eyes and taste buds. We have something to add to every meal and even many of the beverages. Ever had cinnamon basil in lemonade ? Amazing !

???????????????????????????????The Herbs have a variety of textures and colors, not to mention scents and flavors.

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An Herbal Bouquet

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Sceptured Isle, One of the New Old English Roses We Planted This Year

We added 3 more Old English Roses this year, because I couldn’t help myself. When things begin flowering in the early spring garden, or  even when interesting foliage peeks from the snow, it constitutes a bouquet.

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???????????????????????????????When the lavender first flowers and scents a corner of the yard and the thyme sends out little hints of wonder when you step on it between the garden stones… When the sunflowers soar above your head and you can hear the bees singing 40 feet away… it makes you think of miracles and things beyond explanation and your own control. What a wonderful world is a garden!

??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????Then when the harvest begins, it’s so satisfying to make rhubarb marmalade and sauce, to add fresh berries to muffins or smoothies and make salads and stir fries right from the garden. We are just finishing the end of the grape juice from last autumn and looking forward to this year’s.

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???????????????????????????????Tomato Sauce in the Works

???????????????????????????????Fresh Veggie Au Gratin

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Always looking for new ways to use our fresh produce. It seems like there’s an endless variety of options. A little ingenuity goes a long way.

???????????????????????????????The Houseplants are Enjoying Their Vacation on the Porch

Whoever thinks gardening in New England is a waste of time, should give it another

chance.

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If only all work could be this fulfilling!

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???????????????????????????????Pull up a Chair and Enjoy !

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like:

New England Garden Blues, Some Dreams Really do Come True, Summer’s End, Consider Companion Planting, Memory Gardens, Small Space Gardening, Spring Eventually Arrives, Summer in NE, Gifts from the Garden, Putting the Gardens to Bed, Recycling in the Garden and Yard, Watermelon Pickles, Country Living

Happy Gardening !

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