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July 16, 2013

Tuesday's Garden Stroll

I'm sorry that my posts are kind of far and few between.  My summer has been much busier than I expected...although, I really don't know what I expected. Summer is always busy. I've been slowly working on moving into my new laundry room, and the wallpaper for the small entry room arrived yesterday.  I'm excited to hang it and reveal which one I chose, but I'm waiting for a rainy day, or at least a cloudy day, since I can't seem to stay in the house when the sun is shining.  I love the hot, sunny days of summer.

My vegetable garden needs tending.  There is the constant job of pulling weeds. The tomatoes need to be pruned, and a few need staking. The blueberries are ready to be picked, and the cucumbers and romaine lettuce should be thinned and transplanted.

More of the vegetables later, let's move on to the fun stuff, the flowers...

My gardens are producing more color this month than ever before.  Usually after the June-blooming posies have finished showing off their colors, my gardens are primarily dominated by the yellows.  Although I love yellow, I have been trying for a number of years to incorporate some other colors into the landscape. It has been a slow process, but this year we have had a grand display of purples, reds and pinks.  Let's take a tour with a little Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (one of my favorite pieces).  I don't know about you, but for me,  listening to the sounds of Beethoven always enhances the beauty of God's creation. 

Red Bee Balm

Pink Bee Balm

My grandmother had the most beautiful flower gardens, and along the back of one of them grew a wonderful patch of purple phlox.  I used to have tea parties with my dolls in the shade of those glorious purple flowers, and now whenever I walk by my small patch of phlox the nostalgic scent brings me back to Grandma and my childhood days.

Oriental Lilies

Isn't this the most amazing color, with the tiny pop of brilliant yellow in the center?!?  Our Creator truly is a magnificent artist.

Pink Mallow

Such a delicate shade of pink...reminds me of a newborn baby's bonnet.


One of Hubby's favorite flowers is the Lupine, but for some reason the Lupine in my garden keeps dying out.  I can't figure out why, but I'm not going to give up.  This spring my brother gave me a small Lupine plant; I didn't expect it to bloom this year, but look, it did!  I'm going to collect the seeds from this single bloom and carefully sow them, hoping for a few more blossoms next year.
Freshly-picked bouquet
Well, I should be off...lots to do today!   Thank you for taking the time to stop in.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  1. Thank you for the tour of your gorgeous flower garden! God is definitely the most talented artist going. :D His earth is painted in glorious sights, textures and colors if we just take the time to see. I know it pleases Him when we notice and give thanks for it all.

  2. Oh, what a lovely stroll through your garden. I especially love seeing the hollyhocks, that wonderful old-fashioned flower. I always think that flowers are simply the "icing" on God's creation--just something for us to enjoy!

  3. What a beautiful garden you have : )

  4. Beautiful tour! You're a great gardener and photographer.

  5. You are blessed with an abundance of blooms! (Littles count, and so do the flowers!)

    I love summer, but I think I love the "school year" more - having a schedule that revolves around schoolwork somehow makes me more productive, but the freedom of summer makes me feel like I'm drowning in the chaos!

    Thank you for this post! I needed it! :)


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