Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Gardening is Good Medicine

Is there anything more Cape Cod in a New England garden than Hydrangea shrubs? I've got a few of these Endless Summer varieties sprinkled here and there and this year I tucked in an Oak Leaf Hydrangea in the back of the Summer Garden for some added fall color interest. I love all Hydrangeas but I think they really steal the show when they're planted in rows or large groupings.

I have a place saved along the north side of our house for a  white hydrangea  ( Annabelle' ) border but it'll have to wait until fall when the sun has cooled it's jets a bit! 

In the meantime, the Tiger Lillie's are putting on a wonderful show!

As are the Shasta Daisies, Black Eyed Susan's, Oriental Lillies, Daylillies,

White Lillie's, Lavender, Russian Sage, Orange Cone flower, Bee Balm, Butterfly Bush, Moon Beam Yarrow and Strawberry Yarrow. 

The Bird and Butterfly Garden is in it's third year and doing great. I've yet to capture the hummingbirds lighting on the Bee Balm with my camera. They are just too fast for me but oh how they love this plant.

This is the time of year in the garden when my heart sings! It's the proof in the pudding that  all my hours of spring DAYDREAMING and planning was time well spent... BUT, we Gardner's know that don't we? 

In last years garden this vintage pedestal sink was a bird bath... This year I decided to have a little fun and fill it to the brim with flowers! Annuals, Snow in Summer and Sweet Potato Vine are some of my favorites for pots and window boxes...

sink garden

July is HOTso I think I'll just sit back with a tall glass of lemonade, enjoy the garden at it's peak and watch the veggies grow...

Time to rest up for fall planting and a few other garden surprises too! 

from my SUMMER READING bookshelf ~

If you're looking for a bit of inspiration for your gardening pursuits don't miss  Montrose ~ life in a garden by Nancy Goodwin and A GARDEN LOVER'S CAPE COD by C.L. FORNARI 

Enjoy the rest of YOUR gardening season~

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies." -- Gertrude Jekyll
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