• Garden Walk ~ Mid-July in my garden

    Posted on July 10, 2013 by in Amazing flower pairings, Bird sanctuaries, baths, feeders and more, Recycled and repurposed items as garden art, Things that inspire me in the garden

     

    zinnias in the nursery wagon

    zinnias in the nursery wagon

    A muggy mid-July morning, but my flowers don’t seem to mind a bit. The garden is awash with color, and the butterflies and bees are flitting from one lovely bloom to the next. We are spending a lot of time in the gazebo since all the wet weather has brought out multitudes of mosquitoes! But it is a wonderful, comfortable spot from which to view the garden and birds, so all is well.

    A favorite local nursery closed and I was able to buy one of their red wagons, the kind I filled many times. Now it sits in our yard filled again with colorful zinnias. The succulent birdbath I made last summer just required a few new plants as many of them were perennial.

     

     

    (see how I made  this succulent birdbath from a cracked concrete birdbath at    http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/upcyclerecycle-project-creating-a-succulent-garden-birdbath/)

    There’s been little need to water so far this summer, except for container plantings. As a result of almost 12 inches of rain in a month, everything is more lush than ever. I have spent more time trimming things back than watering this year. But August is coming …

     

    annual zinnias

    annual zinnias

    morning in the front garden

    morning in the front garden

    Day Liliy

    Day Liliy

     

    Pink Cosmos

    Pink Cosmos

    Succulent Birdbath

    Succulent Birdbath

    Blue Birdhouse

    Blue Birdhouse

     

    inside our gazebo

    inside our gazebo

     

    Toad Abode

    Toad Abode

    Hydrangea Blossom close-up

    Hydrangea Blossom close-up

    Phlox "Peppermint Twist"

    Phlox “Peppermint Twist”

    Rose of Sharon Blossom

    Rose of Sharon Blossom

     

    cast iron bird in succulents

    cast iron bird in succulents

    Concrete Birdhouse

    Concrete Birdhouse

     

    Knockout Rose

    Knockout Rose

     

12 Responses so far.

  1. Wow..amazing gardens!
    I just love it all Barb.
    We’ve had a lot of rain too and muggy weather as well but my plants are loving it..and the mosquitos as well.
    Cindy

    • Barb says:

      Thanks so much, Cindy! Yep, thanks to all that rain, we have a bumper crop of flowers and skeeters here at Our Fairfield Home and garden!

      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  2. Terri Jay says:

    I just got done taking the tour. I never saw a peppermint twist before I strolled along in your garden. Not only do you have a beautiful garden, but you very handy with the camera as well. I loved seeing the rain drops (or what ever water) on the petal of some of your blooms.

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, Terri ! So glad you enjoyed the garden tour and pictures of all the current blooms. Those were raindrops as we have had way more than our fair share of rain in the past month!
      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  3. Karla Salisbury says:

    I love looking at all your garden pictures. You inspire me.

    • Barb says:

      Karla ~ How nice of you to take a peek at my flowers! Thanks for taking a walk through the garden and hurry back soon : )

      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  4. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Oh my Barb..everything is so beautiful..How lucky you are to have a screened gazebo to relax in..

    • Barb says:

      You are so right, Nancy! That screen is the most important piece of all, otherwise we would be carried away by the millions of mosquitoes all this wet weather has brought us!
      Thanks for stopping by today!
      Barb

  5. Carla haselhorst says:

    Enjoyed the tour my perennials and shrubs are growing so tall and I am blessed that even with all the rains and a pond on our property daytime remains mosquito free due to the breezes we have in farm country My annuals were drenched at planting time and most did not sprout to date !

    • Barb says:

      Send some of those breezes here, Carla! The drought tolerant plants I put in after our dry summer last year are drowning : ( But the rest seem to be loving the wet and humid weather.
      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

  6. Barb,
    What a beautiful tour of the blooms in your garden. Love your succulent birdbath design! We have a similar toad house in our garden…a toad has set up house in it which my son has proudly named ‘Forest’….

    • Barb says:

      So nice to hear from you, Brenda! I have also enjoyed your gardens and blooms very much so it is a pleasure to have you visit mine! No toads yet, but I will be sure to name them when they take up residence : )

      Happy Gardening!
      Barb

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