The big garden is coming into its peak with both perennials and annuals providing a riot of color. Pink Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), blue Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro), fluffy pink Astilbe taquettii, blazing red Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, yellow, red and orange Daylilies (Hemerocallis), blue, pink and white Love-in-a-mist (Nigella sativa) and white Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) make up the bulk of what you can see in the above photo.
A few close-ups:
A sampling from the front yard, daylily bed and shade gardens:
With all the warmth and rain we’ve had this week, things are really looking flush. Summer is such a sweet time of year around here!
You’re so fortunately to be surrounded by such beauty. 😊
I do feel blessed. I’m in my element when gardening, close to the Earth and Source. ❤
Looks fabulous! Wish astilbe liked living at my house
Thank you, Ellen. Most astilbes prefer part or full shade, but A. taquettii thrives in sun. A great performer!
How beautiful your border is, Eliza. The Echinops is doing so well and makes a bold statement amongst the other, also lovely flowers. So much to enjoy!
Thank you, Jane. It’s hard to believe that I removed about half that Echinops this spring – it’s a prolific plant!
You cleared up a question we had. A few days ago we noticed thistle-like leaves on a plant with blue round flowers. We both wondered what it was. You ID’d it for us. Thanks.
My pleasure – thanks for your visit, Jim!
So very lovely, Eliza! I’m sure you’re making beautiful bouquets from the blooms.
Thank you, March! With the new kitten, there are not as many places that are safe for vases. 😉 So far, the kitchen counter and windowsill are safe!
Reminds me of an English garden. 🤗
Thank you, Bela!
That Calendula is so lovely! Like a teddy bear! There are a lovely range of plants here. I can feel the love you have put into them!
Thank you very much, Ali. That calendula has such a range from bud to bloom end, interesting to see. As you know, the garden continues to evolve over time, changing year to year as plants come and go.
Thank you, Karen! 🙂
So very beautiful! Due to the drought, all the gardens over here are brown and dead.
Thank you, Fi! I didn’t realize that you were suffering drought as well. How sad. 😦 Hope you get rain soon.
A beautifully and gently colourful border edging the woodland and making the most of summer. Lovely to see the close-ups too.
Thank you, Carol.
Isn’t it amazing to see all that wonderful colour (remembering the winter photos!)
Thank you, Sandra. The contrast between seasons here is extreme!
Such a lovely garden, Eliza 🙂
Thank you, Rebecca. 🙂
Oh, the ‘riot of color’! I know that phrase works, but I just mentioned in a recent article how we have been making fun of it since the 1980s.
Oh my! Globe thistle ROX! I grew it as cut flower in the summer of 1986. It was in flower production, so did not look that good of course.
You are welcome.
I love your garden Eliza, not just the flowers which are beautifully grown and photographed, but the beautiful setting – the way it backs directly on to the woodland and the sense of harmony as the two meet.
Thank you very much, Susan!
The rain helped, but I know that every year you have an impressive and lovely garden. This year it is simply stunning!
Thank you so much for your kind comment, Hien!
Your garden is definitely looking beautiful. I need to do some deadheading, but with 100% humidity out there I’m not sure how far I’ll get. 🙂
Thank you, Judy. Yes, not much getting done here, either! 😉
Hummingbirds must ❤️ the Crocosmia! Everything is beautiful….a perfect area to ‘work’, enjoy & photograph.
Thank you, Alice. You’re right, the hummers are a constant at the Crocosmia. “Zoom! Squeak-squeak!” 🙂
It is a joy to see such a lovely garden – your pictures belie the effort you must put into it.
Thank you very much, Anne. Much appreciated!
Looking great this year!
Thank you, Val!
What a delight to view!
Thank you, Belinda. I never tire of it!
Everything looks gorgeous! It’s especially nice, I think, to see the woods surrounding.
Thank you, woods do make a nice back drop. The growth this week has been amazing!
What a gorgeous garden! To think all this after the harsh snow of winter! Amazing!
Thank you! It is pretty amazing when you think that our six month temperature range is 100 degrees F. When I see the jungle out there right now, it is hard to believe it was a frozen, snowy desert not so long ago.
Ah! That’s the joy of nature … after winter, there’s always spring!
Thank goodness for that!
I love your riot. Maybe it is more of an uprising of perennials in favor of rain! Love seeing your perennials, I am too far south for even Daylilies.
Thank you, Amelia. I think we got close to 5″ of rain this week and more coming today and tomorrow. Feels like FL!
It’d be great to have a break in the humidity. Things are mouldering. My Pelargoniums are a mess!
Oh my goodness! Eliza! Your pictures stole my breath away! Absolutely gorgeous, each and every garden and flower. You’ve inspired me to get my gardens pictures up to post. I’ll work on that over the weekend. Speaking of … have a great one!!
Thank you, Amy! I’d love to see pics of your gardens. We often forget to show the big picture when focusing on the macro beauty. 😉
You have such a beautiful garden! Nice pics (Suzanne)
Thank you, Suzanne!
The dark woods really make the perfect backdrop for the flowers to shine.
Thank you, Linda. Hope your summer is going well!
That is just beautiful! It feels relaxing to look at your lovely photos. I can imagine that it would be nice to sit on the lawn with a good book – or a sketchbook and a tray of watercolours 🙂
Thank you, Adele. Sounds wonderful, why is it that I rarely make time to do just that? 😉
What a beautiful post! Your floral close ups are delicious, Eliza ❤ It is wonderful to see everything green and blooming in your big garden, and I love your blue gazing ball! Have you planted cat nip for your furry friends? Folks here are already talking about Chrysanthemums… too soon to let go of summer yet! I hope the rain this past week was welcome and left you with plenty of wonderful flowers to cut. Your vase with peony and Heuchera was simply elegant. You are such an inspired floral designer… I love your arrangements, Eliza! I hope you have a great weekend ❤ ❤ ❤
Thank you so much, E! Glad you enjoyed the post. The rain was welcome and though I’m not a fan of humidity, I still like it better than January, lol!
I always have at least one catnip plant (even though it self-sows way too much) for the kitties and give it away by the armload. I cut it back constantly. I no longer have outdoor cats, so the plants don’t get beat down as in the past.
With the new kitten, I’m not arranging as much as she gets into EVERYTHING! Maybe next year. I’ve already decided that there won’t be an Xmas tree this year either! 😉
I envy your your summer conditons, Eliza! I was surprised to see Astilbe and sunflowers blooming at the same time – the former are winter/early spring blooms here. Your huge sunflowers grabbed my attention immediately. I failed to water my seeds and my seedlings well and currently expect few flowers.
Thank you, Kris. As usual, our conditions are often mirror opposites!
This is Astilbe chinensis taquettii superba, different from the earlier-blooming, shade-loving A. x arendsii hybrids. It’s drought and sun tolerance might make it a possibility for your climate. It blooms about a month later than the others.
Sunflowers drink a lot of water and when they get it, like corn, wow, how it shoots up. These are about 12′ tall monsters! It astounds me every year how quickly they grow. The birds have already started in on them. Everyone loves garden-fresh produce. 😉
Beautiful Eliza. My day lillies have not had much flower this summer. I think I may need to spilt the plant, to give it more room and some fresh compost.
Thank you, Karina. The day lilies might like a bit of wood ash as well, if you have any. Too rich a soil may lead to more leaf than flower, so you can be sparing with the compost. 🙂
Thanks for tip Eliza. We’ll have plenty wood ash in a couple of months!
I love that sunflower 🙂 Thanks for your comment on the recent post too. It’s too late to change the title now as it will sink my SEO ranking but I’ll absolutely keep that in mind going forward. I’m thinking of your flowers as I smile, thinking about my pre-birthday party tonight. I wish you lived closer to attend!
Thanks, Christy. I hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration! Your 29th, right? 😉
Haha 😉 Ok!! Thanks Eliza
Nice Eliza! Beautiful Gardens! Enjoyed seeing them!
Thank you, Reed!
Your garden is looking stunning at this time of year, Eliza. I’ve always loved Love-in-a-Mist. There’s something rather magical and old-fashioned about that common name. The Globe Thistle and Coneflower are looking pretty good towering over the lower storey of plants too.
Thank you, Vicki. Love-in-a-mist is truly a charming flower, all nestled in lace. High summer is when this garden really shines!
Your garden is looking lovely Eliza, I do love globe thistles in particular.
Thank you, Andrea. The bees love the globe thistle, too. One of their favorite plants in the garden.
Beautiful flower garden you have.
You are welcome
I really enjoyed your beauty this morning. It helped distracted me for a while. Thank you.
Glad you enjoyed it, Maria. I use it as a distraction all the time! 😉
I bet you do!
I love the Globe Thistles. Beautiful variety Eliza.
Thank you very much, Maria. 🙂
I love all the color and your garden looks fabulous!🙂
Thank you very much!
What a fantastic garden 🙂
Thank you, Jill!
Beautiful Eliza!! I have many of these flowers but they are so intertwined none stand out as a show piece. I am looking forward to one small bed of flowers at the lake. I hope to have some bee balm for all the hummers there – better yet monarda fistulosa. You have wonderful combinations going on.
Thank you, Kathy! The hummers really love the crocosmia and are constant visitors. It’s fun to stand in the midst of it watching all the various bees, butterflies and hummers. I should do that for at least 10 minutes every day to let it sink in – a lovely magic!
I hope you are taking time to sit and enjoy your garden Eliza, it looks wonderfuly full of colour.
Thank you, Brian. We take most meals (weather permitting) on our deck which overlooks the garden, so we spend a lot of time enjoying the view.
I love your garden pics! Your garden reminds me of my pollinator’s garden. After seeing some of your flowers I think I need to add some to my backyard, lol!
Thank you, Clarissa. ‘If you build it, they will come!’ 🙂
These are some very pretty flowers I have a garden to
Thank you, Audrey!
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