Thursday, July 26, 2012

Some Like It Hot!

 Hot winds of July fit
 like a wet blanket
on a humid night.

Garden paths lit
with roman candles,
flame-colored flowers.

       It's time to slow the pace, to think about  a summer respite, perhaps a vacation.

       But first a last look at the lovely redheads and hotter than hot pinks and golden girls of July.  Some will bloom through August,  some will fade before mid-summer.

      July and August are all about attracting as many butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to our garden as we can.

      Having them as guests feels like a gift,  of color,  of sweet fragrance,  of the beauty of nature, and especially  a gift of the miracle of life in all of its diversity.

Josie's buttery yellow day lilies

First of at least two oregano crops

Pretty annuals hug the ground

Wild bee balm, loved by bees,  butterflies and hummingbirds

Wild marshmallow - Roots can be dug, dried and used to make tea

Trumpet Vine- a hummingbird invitation

Butterfly Bush  shelters the ever faithful Cinco de Mayo roses

A tiny bouquet of roses perfumes the whole house!

Phlox heat up a sunny corner of the perennial bed

Virginia's day lilies bloom from July 15 to mid September 

Garlic chives getting ready to bloom

Lobelia, another hummingbird magnet

Black-eyed Susans

This daylily gets redder every year.  It used to be a rust color.

Bumble bee and cone flowers still going strong!

Softer  colors in the shady garden

Pappa's helper loves to spray the garden!

July!  Yes! 


  1. Psssssst, Barbara... You left your scissors in the oregano pot.

    1. Darn.... I'm always leaving them somewhere!

  2. Sporo masz ślicznych kwiatków w ogrodzie i trzeba się nimi cieszyć, póki nie przekwitną. Dobrze, że masz pomocnika do pracy w ogrodzie. Pozdrawiam.
    Many have beautiful flowers in the garden and you have to enjoy them until they cease to flourish. It's good that you have a helper to work in the garden. Yours.

    1. Yes I am so thankful to have a partner who also loves to garden!

  3. That garden of yours looks like a dream! Enjoy those beautiful flowers!

    1. Thanks for stopping by to smell the flowers, BoB. It's not really a large garden. I am taking advantage of all the space I have. Glad you are enjoying it!

  4. What gorgeous flowers! You have a beautiful garden!

    1. Hello and thank you, Eugenia. We are so blessed to live in a place where so many wonderful things grow! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Garden with so beautiful flowers it is very joy. I am greeting

    1. Thank you and welcome. Nice to 'meet' you here. I "toured' your website and enjoyed the entry about the healing springs.

  6. Love the colors!

  7. The shady section is a delight. My favourite photos are Pappa's helper and the cone flower and the bee.


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