Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Garden Tour

Hi everyone,

I can't believe it is the middle of July already.  With all the rain we received in June, followed by the heat and humidity I haven't been outside as much as I would like.

Today I hope you will join me for a stroll through the summer gardens ...

Heirloom clematis 'Elsa Spath' provides a fragrant journey.
Purple-blue flowers with white filaments. 
As we walk toward the gazebo we have a Monarch enjoying a purple coneflower. 
Don't forget to feel the soft and fuzzy leaves of the Stachys.
Delicate violas are tucked in crevices.
These dainty tulip like flowers are Texensis 'Princess Diana'.  They wrap around a wrought iron trellis next to my garden bench.
Cleome is blooming in front of the gazebo.
For several years I have been admiring Feverfew from afar.  This year I finally planted some of my own.
This variety of lambs ear is called 'Hummelo'.
Pretty stalks in rosy-lavender hues.
A pink Knock Out rose reminds me of bubble gum! 
This circular garden is filled with 'New Hampshire' purple geraniums.
A wrought iron trellis is covered with 'Jackmanii' clematis.
In front we have a 'June' hosta blooming.
which is accompanied by 'Marilyn Monroe'. 
Shall we take a peek at the pond garden?
Echinacea blossoms can be found in many different shades of orange.
Tropical plants fill the edge of the pond.
Aztec Arrowhead has distinct burgundy markings.
There is always a shy one among the bunch.  Does he really think I can't see him?
Elegant water lilies bloom every year.
The tranquility of fish swirling around.
This year the bees seem to really like the pink yarrow.
Can you smell the aromatic leaves of the Monarda 'Grand Marshall'?
Reliable purple Echinaceas fill the garden by the back door.  A pleasant reminder that summer is here!

Thank you again for strolling with me on this Sunday afternoon.  May your week be filled with laughter and joy.
Today I am joining ...
Mosaic Monday @ Little Red House
Garden Tuesday @ Sidewalk Shoes
Tuesday Garden Party @ An Oregon Cottage
Fertilizer Friday @ Tootsie Time


Beth said...

Oh, Donna, your garden looks fantastic! Love your clematis, monarda, and coneflowers as well as your arbor. Your flowers remind me alot of mine!

Chris said...

Wow! How beautiful!

D. Jean Quarles said...

Seriously! All that is in your garden? I'm jealous! Totally and completely jealous.

Terry said...

I had to look a few times at the first photo. It didn't seem real to me. I loved seeing all of your photos of beautiful flowers and more! You've created a gorgeous space.

KarinsArtScrap said...

it all looks so very beautiful Donna and gorgeous photo's.

greetings karin

Hannapat said...

Oh my Donna your garden is just lush!! I can look at this post over and over again. Xoxo

Sylvia said...

Enjoyed my stroll thourgh your garden of beautiful flowers.
thanks for inviting ms in.

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Morning Donna,
Sure enjoyed that stroll thru your
garden, just beautiful, you have such a nice variety of flowers, all very lovely. Thanks for sharing them with us. Hope this finds you doing well hon.
blessings, Nellie

Becky said...

You have a fabulous garden!

Patty said...

I enjoyed the tour, Donna. You have lovely flowers in your yard!

My name is Riet said...

Wow, that is a beautiful garden tour. I love every flower in it and your photo's are perfect

Cynthia said...

Hi Donna, it has been a tough summer for sure with the heat and humidity. I love the picture with the butterfly. The frog looks so cute sitting on the lily pad. I used to love when our frogs would jump on them. It was actually pretty amazing watching them in our pond. Hopefully the new people will appreciate it as much as we did!


eileeninmd said...

Hello Donna, the last few weeks have been hot and humid. I am hoping it is passing us now. The clematis is one of my favorites and I am noticing a few I would like to add to my gardens. I love this beautiful post, your lovely flowers and photos are wonderful.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your garden is enchanting, Donna! Thank you for the lovely stroll. I love the quote, too! You have some very beautiful flowers. Enjoy your week! Hugs xoxo

Rosemary said...

Donna Love the tour so lush and pretty.. Elsa Spath is a favourite can see the love you put into it.... I like you am happy with the rain we have had not so much the heat and humidity.

Lisa Gordon said...

Donna, your gardens are absolutely gorgeous!!
I especially love the first photograph. there is nothing quite so beautiful as an archway in a garden.

Unknown said...

WOW! You have a wonderful garden filled with color and lovely blooms! Stopping by from Mosaic Monday, enjoy the rest of the summer! I agree, it is going by way to fast!

Bernideen said...

Your garden labor has created so much beauty Donna - Lovely flowers!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Beautiful gardens. You have such a lovely variety of flowers. Even a little frog! We have had high heat and humidity as well...I'll be happy when the drier weather is here.

MiamiKel said...

Oh my stars, you could give tours :) Stunning!

Janice Kay Schaub said...

I loved the stroll through your garden. Very beautiful flowers. Its a beautiful time of year with so many colours,

Stacy said...

Wow, I am impressed. What a beautiful garden! And I saw some plants that are new to me - very cool!

CraveCute said...

The Swallowtail butterfly on the coneflower is gorgeous! Your flowers are so pretty and that bullfrog is really cute! Have a great weekend!

Tootsie said...

it feels like forever since I had time to sit and enjoy everyone's posts...I am so glad I could drop by today and see your addition to my little party! It is all just sooooo pretty! Thank you so much for linking into my little party this week...I appreciate and enjoy every post!
I hope you will link in again and again!
I am also sharing your post to the Tootsie Time Facebook page!
Have a great week!

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