Summer Joy

IMG_2007We’ve really been enjoying our large, main garden this summer. We eat our meals on the deck that overlooks it, so we get plenty of time to appreciate its beauty. The left side is mostly annuals and the right is largely perennial.

Above left, mounds of white Spider Flower (Cleome hassleriana) back a row of variegated ‘Alaska’ Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) on the left and Mealy-cup Sage (Salvia farinacea), Verbena ‘Lanai Peach’ and ‘Peachy Keen’ spreading to the right in front.

In the right-hand photo, Astilbe chinensis x taquetii line the back center with pink and white Cleome on the left and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ on the right. In the middle, are Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro), red, orange and yellow daylilies (Hemerocallis) and Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Along the front foreground, are Zinnias, white Nicotiana alata, Lamb’s ears (Stacys byzantina) and Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) further down.

Closer shots above show pink Cleome and double Daylily at left; and right, Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), yellow and orange Cosmos sulphureus and white Cleome, a combination I love. Below are some portraits of flowers that are now blooming in the garden. (Click to embiggen and see as a slideshow.)

About Eliza Waters

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101 Responses to Summer Joy

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Makes me happy to see.
    I used to grow zinnias.,
    before The Holler.
    I grow Hemeocallis at The Holler.
    (I thought)
    they are daylilies.
    And of course,
    the sunflowers and sweet peas.
    Cosmos I used to grow,
    (I thought)
    but mine looked more like pink daisies,
    yours are more interesting.
    where I live,
    The Holler,
    chooses what I grow.
    I can see why,
    you are,
    a Master Gardener.

  2. Karen Lang says:

    Bursting with energy 🌼✨

  3. Anne says:

    WHAT a lovely garden!

  4. rabirius says:

    I love the flowers. They’re so beautiful.

  5. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    What a beautiful garden Eliza, I love the colours and can smell the delightful scent of sweet pea across the miles 🤗💖🌺 xxx

  6. tonytomeo says:

    All that and nasturtium too! Are nasturtium becoming respectable again?! I have always grown them.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Never knew that they were unpopular, what with the edible flowers high in Vit.C and our collective love of Monet’s garden at Giverney. 🙂

      • tonytomeo says:

        Perhaps they are not so unpopular as they are merely less popular than they should be. When I grew them in town, my neighbors copped a bad attitude about them once they realized what they were. They wanted me to plants something fancier. I got an even worse response regarding the nasturtium in my downtown planter box, even though they were the most colorful flowers downtown at the time. Well, it is that sort of neighborhood. I enjoy my nasturtiums anyway.

  7. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Wow Eliza. Such wonderful colours, and variety of flowers. Love that cosmos sulphureus:)

  8. If I had that view, I’d eat outside too. 🙂 Now, I applaud you for all the effort required to create that view because a beautiful garden like that doesn’t just happen. Your green ‘hands’ are showing. 🙂

  9. Treah Pichette says:

    Thanks for the garden tour! Everything looks great.

  10. bittster says:

    That looks great! What a wonderful view to have while enjoying a meal outside. Your photo of the orange cosmos is great, it’s such an interesting flower and I love all the colors in the bloom and the background.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Frank! First I’ve grown orange cosmos in many a year and I’m loving the subtle variations in its petals. Unfortunately, the bunny has discovered them as well. 😦 (Sigh) I’ll have to enjoy them while they last.

  11. So beautiful, Eliza. Joy, indeed!

  12. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Oh, Eliza!! Your gardens are pure Bliss! They are gorgeous!!!

  13. seedbud says:

    So much JOY!!

  14. What a delight! Not hard to understand why you eat your meals on a deck that overlooks such beauty.

  15. Alice says:

    A deck with a peaceful, gorgeous view…enough to make any cup of tea, glass of wine or meal more enjoyable.

  16. arlingwoman says:

    Oh, so nice to see this again this year. It’s really beautiful. I’d be on that deck for every meal I was home and drinks in the evening! I always learn something too, from this. I’m not a fan of cleome as it smells bad to me, but it does look lovely in a distant garden! Do you plot out heights and likely spread of the plants in the spring?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Lisa. Most annuals were chosen this year for their slug resistance…I am tired of the disappointment that comes with the dawn. 😦 Cleome stinks, yes, but the deer, rodents and slugs leave it alone, so it is a winner here. A great cut flower, too.
      I did plot the height/widths of things with the sunflowers back of the cleome, etc. (The sunflowers to the right were self-sown from last year, so I left them where they sprouted.) Even though it is an annual cutting garden, I tried to avoid long rows in favor of groups for aesthetics.

  17. What a lovely oasis! I can see why you’d want to spend as much time as possible enjoying it. Blessings!

  18. Beautiful Eliza, no wonder you’ve been enjoying it!

  19. ladyfi says:

    It’s so pretty!

  20. Kris P says:

    I may have lots of flowers but my borders have nothing on yours, Eliza. If I had something like that to look at in my back garden, I’d haul my husband outside to have dinner on our patio too (or would when we get our patio back from the construction workers). You have me wondering if it’s too late and too hot to plant some Cleome to fill in a dead space in my backyard border for awhile.

  21. Everything looks lovely Eliza. You must be getting lots of rain to be keeping everything looking so lush.

  22. Donna Donabella says:

    Oh be still my heart……stunning award winning gardens!

  23. Jewels says:

    Summer Joy is right, Eliza! So. Much. Lovely! ❤

  24. What a riot of colour. So beautiful!

  25. Vicki says:

    Such a beautiful array of flowers, Eliza. No wonder you spend all your meals overlooking that wonderful garden.

    We don’t see sweet peas much in residential gardens any more and it’s such a shame as their delicate blooms and colours really are a joy to behold.

  26. Irene says:

    Why a lovely place to sit and relax for a bit. 😊

  27. Widdershins says:

    Spectacular! 😀

  28. jillslawit says:

    Fabulous garden Eliza.

  29. spanishwoods says:

    So absolutely beautiful. Wonderful that you can sit and admire this beauty from your deck.

  30. Cathy says:

    Aaah, lovely! (Big sigh) 🙂 I do love seeing your summer garden Eliza and it looks as wonderful as ever! I also have this orange cosmos and think they are much more striking than the pastel ones. Enjoy the rest of summer! 🙂

  31. Jet Eliot says:

    Thanks so much, Eliza, for inviting us into your sacred summer garden. It was a true pleasure to see your designs, plants, and the result of your year-long gardening efforts. I really appreciate the designs, with the color combinations, variety of textures, and complementary heights of the plants. And like you, I especially like the sunflower, cosmos and cleome section. Seems like a prairie microcosm. Congratulations on the success of this beautiful living artwork.

  32. dawnbirdau says:

    What a joy to see and experience! Love the cosmos! And, I would love to wander through through tall trees! lol

  33. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden and flowers that bring such joy! It’s a highlight of summer blogging to see all of your fabulous color and beauty and I love the Cosmos.🙂

  34. Brian Skeys says:

    You certainly do have some colour in your garden to enjoy Eliza. Isn’t it wonderful that we can both grow these plants in such different parts of the world.

  35. You have a lovely garden, Eliza ❤

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Donna. I have many gardens all around the house, but this is the biggest. It used to be all vegetables 20 years ago, but the flowers kept creeping in. 😉

  36. gaiainaction says:

    I grew and enjoyed my first zinnia ever this summer. I did sow quite a few seeds but only one plant came to adult age and just last week it flowered, and it is beautiful. Your garden is looking very lush and beautiful. Much enjoyed being taken on a tour of it.

  37. naturebackin says:

    Your summer flowers are lovely and I really like the beautiful trees as a back drop. I imagine that the summer flowers are rendered even more precious as summer contrasts so strongly with your cold winters, Where I live the contrast is not nearly so dramatic and I try to imagine what it must be like. Anyway, let’s not even think about winter now as you enjoy the summer and your lovely garden.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Carol. Winter’s contrast is never far from my mind and it does increase my appreciation of the warm months and the lush plant growth. It can almost feel frenetic at times – ‘gotta appreciate it while it’s here!’ I suppose one can feel that way about life, too. 😉

      • naturebackin says:

        I understand exactly that almost frenetic feeling, and that feeling that time can be so short. I think I am am still trying to learn from the cycles of life 🙂 Nevertheless, in each season I hope we can find aspects to savour and opportunities to just be …

  38. Robin says:

    Your garden is the epitome of summer. Lush and beautiful. 🙂

  39. daisydust02 says:

    Beautiful flower! 🙂

  40. Dhvani says:

    Amazing Lovely Beautiful.. Heavly devine…People just think over and over again to have a place like this or to build the one.. But you seems champ in creating and managing.. Just loved it

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