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!
Seen at our farmers market these days: Peppers, tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, and the most vibrant colors of flowers
Of course, there’s always a usual huge selection of cheese, popcorn, honey and bakery to drool over too. But I’m usually attracted to the flowers – I want all of them but I never buy any; just take lots of pictures. Hope you’re out enjoying these last couple weeks of summer!
I’ve noticed a few people sharing their Summer Bucket Lists online lately, which inspired me to make my own list of things I want to do while the weather is nice around here.
• Go for more bike rides
• Go kayaking more
• Try stand-up paddle boarding – done!
• Go to one of the many beautiful beaches on Lake Michigan
• Roast marshmallows
• Make s’mores
• Stargazing and cloud watching
• Go to a couple local farmers markets
• Go to Art Fair on the Square
• See a play at American Players Theater, a classic outdoor theater
• Go to the butterfly exhibit at Olbrich Botanical Gardens
• Have corn on the cob
• Go to a concert
• Plant milkweed and butterfly weed in our gardens
• Pick berries
• Do more marketing for my new graphic design studio
• Draw more in my sketchbooks
• Read more books
• Start sewing again
• Keep a more routine exercise schedule
• Go through some of the Skillshare classes I signed up for
I’m sure I’ll think of more stuff I want to add to my bucket list right after I publish this post. What’s on your summer bucket list? Don’t let summer slip by!
Yippee for the official first weekend of summer! I was lucky enough to be able to spend the weekend at my parents’ cottage on the lake. The weather wasn’t very summery the first couple days but we managed to have fun anyway, with some kayaking, bird-watching and hiking in the woods.
The kick-off of summer meant the Fyr Bal Festival in Ephraim, where the city sets up a few bonfires on the beach to symbolize burning the winter witch and welcome summer. After the bonfires die down, they put on a great fireworks show over the water.
Hope you enjoyed your first weekend of summer!
Since we passed the unofficial marker for the beginning of summer with Memorial Day weekend, and beautiful warm weather is here to stay, I am switching gears from looking for signs of spring to soaking up all the inspiration I can find this summer.
It’s wonderful to find so much inspiration this time of year at the garden centers, farmers markets, and right in my own backyard. Hope you’re out finding inspiration too.
One thing I love about these mild late summer days is finding cool things happening in our gardens.
Some days turn into a treasure hunt in nature.
I like to think we have our own little eco-system going in throughout our yard.
We have been enjoying beautiful late summer days lately, with mild, dry, sunny and cooling temps.
I cherished a peaceful day off last week by spending an afternoon experimenting with the travel watercolor kit I received from my best buddy.
It was fun to mess around with the palette of colors that came in this little kit. At first, I thought it might too hard to paint an image with such a limited collection of colors. Once I got mixing and painting, I realized how fabulous this little kit is, with just the right about of paint colors, perfect little mixing trays, a water bottle, a mini brush just right for working on my art cards, and a cover that doubles as a water dish.
Hope you’re finding opportunities to relax and enjoy these late summer days too!
It seems like I haven’t shared a garden update in awhile.
Since my last post showing you our lily collection, we continue to have coneflowers, which last so much longer than many other flowers in our gardens.
The phlox have joined in the summer fun.
I always forget where these are planted in our gardens, so I have come close to pulling them, thinking they were weeds.
We had a super hot July around here, so I didn’t spend as much time hanging out in our yard as I would normally.
On those hot days, it was just refreshing to see so much green out there.
I never tire of looking outside, especially in summer!