Summertime, and the livin’ is easy!

PicMonkey CollageI have this song crooning in my ears as I write this post.  I love Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s version.  Slow, sleepy, dreamy and conjuring up images of summer.  “ Fish are jumpin, and the cotton is high”.

Summer on the East Coast of the USA is here, and here with a vengeance!  Temperatures range from the 80’s to the mid 90’s, the garden is growing like there is no tomorrow.  I still enjoy time outside tending to the garden, but very soon I will have to make an early start during the day, perhaps at 6am when the sun isn’t quite so harsh.  As always, I love to experiment with new and innovative ideas, I’m forever moving and transplanting, do you ever find yourself doing that?  I seem to be notorious for this, sometimes I win, sometimes I lose.  So let me take you on a tour of the garden and show you what has bloomed so far and what is yet to come.

PicMonkey CollageMy delphiniums really strutting their stuff.  The unusual color of this iris was given by the hostess at a garden party I attended a few weeks ago.  We all took home one of these beauties, I really hope it makes it in my garden.  Of course the cone-shaped planter with the scented petunias has to be my favorite.

PicMonkey CollageThe white azaleas never fail to disappoint.  Really trying to salvage my blue hosta that did not do too well during a transplant in the ground.  So I’m babying it some more before it joins the others in the ground.  Don’t you just love the pink plant, it is an annual called “pink splash” polka dot plant.  It showcases pretty well along borders and is a shade loving plant.

PicMonkey Collage

PicMonkey Collage

PicMonkey Collage

PicMonkey CollagePicMonkey Collage

IMG_7525There you have it folks, just some of what is being displayed in our small urban garden.  Thanks for accompanying me on the tour.

34 comments

  1. What a lovely rainbow of blossoms in your garden, Loretta! I love all of your containers. I have grown the pink polka dot plant on my shady front porch and just love it. Wishing you happy summertime days in the garden! ♡

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Dawn. Don’t you just love this time of year? So much comes alive, but with it comes that dreaded heat and humidity too. But oh well, I’ll take it over the cold. Yes, I’ve seen the pink polka dotted plant before, but never actually took one home, I have it in the one of the border beds and it really is eye-catching. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much, I really enjoy being out there with the birds and the bees. It’s already 8am here and quite humid outside. I’ll agree with you, the best time to tend to these precious babies is very early in the morning. Have a great week, thanks so much for stopping by.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Elaine. I see I’m gonna have to pack my wellies and raincoat for England? We leave this weekend. It actually might be a welcome relief to have temps in the 60’s and not in the 80’s-90’s like we’ve been experiencing here.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. So sweet of you Teresa, thanks so much for singing my garden’s praises. It’s nice to see results like these for sure. This is an active growing season, but very soon it will be too hot and humid to venture outside. Have a wonderful week, and as always thanks for stopping by.

      Like

  2. You have a beautiful garden Loretta, your plants look like they are thriving. Yes, summer is here with a vengeance on the east coast, it’s really hot and much to hot to garden in the sweltering sun. We also have had very little rain so watering is a must. Enjoy your beautiful garden.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Suzanne, and thanks for virtually visiting my garden. I had hoped for rain yesterday, but unfortunately nada, so it’s off to water this morning again. Would love to see pictures of your lovely garden too. I hope Percy is doing well in the heat.

      Like

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour through your garden, Loretta! Your flowers are just gorgeous. Hydrangeous, delphinium, and day lillies are some of my very favorite flowers. Things are starting to dry up and turn brown here due to the heat so your pictures were a sight for sore eyes!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much Shari, isn’t it just the best time of year? You’re in Arizona aren’t you? Gosh I heard about the temperatures soaring over 100deg F last week. How do your plants handle that? More importantly, how do YOU survive? But I know it’s got to be just beautiful where you are. Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a good rest of the week. Stay cool and hydrated.

      Like

  4. Loretta your garden is just a delight! I have been trying not to do so much manicuring and let some things just do their own thing. I finally got a real pretty pinkish hydrangea from a plant that has been in 3 different places and has never bloomed. I feel like a new mama!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much Julie. Yes, I agree with you, it’s nice to have areas where one can naturalize and let nature do it’s own thing. I did that a lot in the old house where we had plenty of land. I just have a few borders in our new place, so I guess I try to keep it in some semblance. So glad to hear your hydrangea’s success story. They love the morning sun, but don’t do as well in the intense heat of the day. I’m forever moving things around too for visual and color.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Beautiful, Loretta!! I am jealous of the Delphinium. I’ve planted them twice around my bird bath and they’ve never taken off…I’ve read they can be a bit difficult. Your’s are stunning! All the photos are!

    Mollie

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Mollie, firstly let me apologize for thanking you for commenting this late. We’ve been out of the country for much of July and I’m back now and trying to catch up with fellow bloggers, and get inspired again. Yes, delphiniums can be quite finicky, but once established the blooms produce year after year. Once they bloom, you can cut them back and get another profusion of color yet again in one season. Good luck with yours.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Nancy, I hope you’re enjoying your summer too. I was lucky to have had a nice cooler break in England and Portugal (no humidity) these past few weeks, it is now back to the heat and humidity of Delaware.

      Liked by 1 person

Would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s