The Tuesday View August 2

August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016

A slightly different viewpoint this week as I went to the second floor to take a shot that shows the whole of the garden (compare to last week’s photo below). Full of color, the garden continues to please us every time we see it.

At the center, behind and to the right of tall globe thistle (Echinops ritro), are orange, red and yellow daylilies (Hemerocallis) and several clumps of Astilbe taquettii.

Clockwise from right in the above photo: Bright red Crocosmia ‘Lucifer,’ pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina),  love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) which are turning into those lovely seed heads, more coneflower, orange calendula (C. officinalis) and white and pink flowering tobacco.

To the left, the blue globe floats in a sea of more calendula, just to its right are red and pastel sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) which are being overrun with vines of the lovely sky-blue, ivy-leaved morning glory (Ipomoea hederacea), behind them, sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), and (hard to see) the patch of zinnias and dahliasending with pink phlox (P. paniculata) behind and left of the globe thistle.

At the rear, behind the orange tetraploid daylily, pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana) mix with flowering tobacco and a smattering of yellow calendula and sunflowers. 

I’m linking with Cathy at Words and Herbs, joining participants taking weekly photos of the same garden over the course of the growing season to note its evolution.

Below are some of the previous views for comparison:

April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016


June 11, 2016


June 28, 2016

July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016


July 26, 2016

About Eliza Waters

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57 Responses to The Tuesday View August 2

  1. It all grows so fast , in the blink of an eye , Eliza . Your garden is lovely .

  2. MK says:

    The progression from bare ground to exuberance is stunning! Poor little blue globe looks like she’s just barely keeping her head above water.

  3. Widdershins says:

    Wonderful progression. 🙂 … are you going to keep documenting through Autumn and Winter? It would be an amazing series.

  4. It looks so cool and pleasant, lovely.

  5. Cathy says:

    That view really must give you so much pleasure Eliza! It really is lovely, and seeing the transformation since April is amazing. Love your big patch of calendula, and all your coneflowers too. 😀

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It does, thank you, Cathy. You would barely know it that I thinned hundreds of calendula volunteers this spring. There is probably less than 20 plants there, but wow, can they bloom!

  6. David says:

    Your Tuesday View is a great idea! Wish I had thought of that when I started builing my little garden last Summer.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Well, it is never too late to record its growth. Join us now or next season – it’s open to all. 🙂
      We’ve lived here 26 years and I am amazed when I look at old photos of the yard and the gardens. So many changes.

  7. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, my! Your garden makes the heart sing.

  8. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I am so envious of your late summer colour. It looks better each week!

  9. Ann @Ann Edwards Photography says:

    the trees make a great backdrop to the flowers, especially now they are in full leaf.

  10. So gratifying to watch as tilled ground fills with color and delightful smells!

  11. I am loving this series!

    Random questions: is this a garden you pluck from for your vases? And if it is, do you notice a difference from week to week in the pics with what you’ve cut (/can you tell where you’ve cut from, knowing the garden better than those of us just looking at the pictures do)?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Glad you are enjoying it, Sarah. It is fun to watch the progression.
      I do cut from here, but also from several other gardens, too, and no, there are SO MANY flowers, I rarely notice the difference. Perhaps with a new garden, when a plant has only a few blooms, it would be noticeable, but most of these beds are mature as I’ve been here 26 years. This particular bed was disrupted and replanted when we had to put in a new septic system 9 years ago. It changes a little bit every year as things are added or taken away. The whole thing used to be veggies, but little by little the flowers took over! Now I get most of our veggies from an organic CSA farm share. SO much easier and I like supporting this awesome family farm.

      • Paul has a little vegetable garden – it’s three tomato plants and two (somewhat eaten by deer) pepper plants. I try to get veggies from our local farmers markets. I did a CSA a few years ago, and I just didn’t use all the things I got. I felt like I was wasting a lot of food. This way, Paul gets his garden, I get some veggies I want, and I don’t waste much.

        I’m hopeful someday I will have gardens where I don’t notice what I cut – I just haven’t lived anywhere long enough to get my plants to that size yet!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Some day you will have plenty to cut from!

  12. Alice Pratt says:

    Mother Nature must be so happy you are taking care of her soil so wonderfully! She sends you birds & pollinators to show her appreciation! 😍

  13. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Better and better every week!

  14. Alice Pratt says:

    Eliza: I just looked up “Calendula” on wiki, interesting article. Do you eat the petals? I have a creme with Calendula in it. Very soothing.

  15. Robin says:

    You have such a beautiful collection of flowers. It’s lovely to be able to see the progression of the blooms. 🙂

  16. The overall effect is fabulous. Such a pretty mix.

  17. Kris P says:

    It’s remarkable how much your garden changes week to week! In summer yet!

  18. arlingwoman says:

    I love it when things get full and lush and grow into each other. Gorgeous.

  19. So much fun to see the progression, and we know this did not happen without an abundance of foresight and hard work. Thanks.

  20. Karen says:

    Your garden is really beautiful Eliza, so rich and colourful, full of promise. I love the way it blends into the trees.

  21. Jane Lurie says:

    What an amazing progression and beautiful result, Eliza. Wonderful.

  22. Looks like the flowers reached full bloom!

  23. A beautiful garden and so worth sharing … great post Eliza!

  24. Fabulous! What a wonderful view. 🙂

  25. Which of his books did you read. I didn’t realize there would be so many:)

  26. Rebecca says:

    I love these compare-and-contrast images, Eliza. Your garden/land is so beautiful.
    I wonder which is your favourite season in your garden, overall? I get the impression that you prefer the warmer half of the year, but from over here in the Antipodes, I do so love the images of autumn and winter that you show and discuss here on your blog x

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I guess there are highlights of every season, but you guessed right, I love summer best. Windows open to fresh air, minimal clothing, much happier in the warm sun playing in the garden!
      Thank you for your kind comments. 🙂

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