There is a warm glow outside on this mid-September day.
After a walk around the block for a lunch time break, I paused to notice the wildlife in my backyard. I saw Chippy climbing around the wood pile and arbor vitae trees, the cardinal family, the chickadee gang and a woodpecker competing for time at the bird feeder.
It was a nice distraction from the demands of the day and a comforting moment of peace.
Hope you are having a good hump day and finding ways to take care of yourself!
We don’t have much blooming in our gardens these late summer days. But things are still green and thriving around here, with steady sunshine and summer rain storms.
beetles ALL over the butterfly weed seed pods!
rain gauge – day 1
rain gauge – day 2
We still have some coneflowers, black-eyed susans, phlox, roses and our dwarf hydrangea trees blooming. I would like to pick up some asters and mums from the garden center to fill in the bare spots left behind from summer perennials that are done for the season.
In the meantime, it’s fun to walk around the yard and look for treasures, which are always great inspiration for my sketchbook. New illustrations are always in the works!
July is the time of year when everything seems to go wild in our gardens. The roses and other perennials will continue blooming for throughout the month, our butterfly garden looks crazy and overgrown, which we love, and the lilies start to bloom together like a choir.
Hope you’re making time to go outside and enjoy summer!
Views from our backyard and gardens from June.
Close-ups.I was excited to find a Monarch caterpillar hanging out in our butterfly weed patch. And the butterfly weed is going to flower soon!
We’ve had rain storms every few days, which provides a moist climate for mushrooms and moss throughout our gardens. Yet I can still find something as dainty as this decaying leaf.
I love the way flowers look when the flower bud is forming.
Even our spirea shrubs have beautiful flowers and colors.It’s pretty amazing out there!
Our gardens continue to fill out and bloom as June brings us lots of sunshine and rain. It’s always a fun adventure during the summer months to go exploring in my own backyard, looking for different shapes, colors and textures. Lots of plants blooming these days – peonies, irises, weigelia shrubs, roses, bellflowers, and strawberries.
I love having containers of annuals – petunias, zinnias are pictured above and below – which bloom continuously throughout the summer.
Hope you’re out enjoying Summer too.
Our gardens have exploded into full bloom lately with late tulips and daffodils, alliums, lilacs, irises, bleeding hearts, lilies of the valley, and more. We also planted the containers hanging on our fence gates (which are still lined with reused coffee bags), and added a few new containers to our patio.
We finally got around to mowing our lawn for the first time!
It’s always a fun little adventure to go exploring in my own backyard, looking for different shapes, colors and textures. Hope you’re enjoying a lovely late Spring/early Summer too.
I’m always in awe over everything that’s happening in our yard and neighborhood during Spring, especially after seeing all our plants go dormant and stay brown and grey for so many months in Winter. We planted lots of bulbs last Fall, so it’s exciting to see new flowers blooming throughout our gardens.
So many sizes, shapes, colors and textures! It’s amazing out there! Hope you’re enjoying Spring too.
Spring is definitely here! We have so much blooming right now, including our crab apple tree which looks and smells like a beautiful, giant bouquet.
It’s such a fun time of year to hang out in our backyard and explore! You never know what treasures you’re going to find. Hope you’re taking time to stop and smell the spring flowers.
We are starting to see more and more signs of spring around here. This week we have new daffodils blooming and buds s.l.o.w.l.y. starting to open on some of our vines, shrubs and trees.
Sometimes you have to look closely to find treasures in the wild.
look – a small skull! how cool is that!
look – a mallard couple, probably stopping by to ask for directions to the nearest pond!
We finished all our spring clean-up chores, so now I’m ready to plant some spring pansies and spruce up our patio with a few flowering containers and baskets.
It’s such a fun time of year to start exploring our backyard again! You never know what treasures you’re going to find.