Summer Garden

The garden is starting to wane a bit.
At least the vegetable garden is. The bugs and heat are starting to win the battle.

I have a few watermelon that are hanging on for dear life.


But the zinnias out front seem to be pleased as punch with the heat.


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 Their bright pink petals seem to thrive with the heat.

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The pentas love the heat as well.


I planted a limelight hydrangea for the first time this year.

It looks like it’s happy under the trees out back.


I’m so glad I bought it because my blue ones have refused to bloom for me this year.

I need to start taking notes on my garden. This year has been a bit of a trial on what grows well and where. I want to work on better forming the beds out back. Build some raised ones for the vegetables. Do something about all the weeds that keep popping up.

When my son and I pulled into the driveway the other day he said to me, the yard has come a long way Mom. That made me feel really good. It has come along way. It was mostly a sandy mess for a long time.  We’ve only lived here 2 years and I know it takes time.

But it’s getting there.

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  1. oh how I long for my "sandy mess" to be gone...Your flowers look lovely...good luck with the weeds.

    Blessings Kelsie

  2. My vegetable garden is starting to "wane" too - because my dog keeps eating all my tomatoes!

  3. Everything here is starting to wane. The heat has just been so intense...and don't even get me started on the bugs! Your flowers look so pretty and that watermelon is adorable. I hope the melon makes it and tastes as good as it looks!

  4. I love the thought of fresh watermelon hand picked from the garden!

  5. My flowers have been struggling. Finally got some much needed rain last night, but we need so much more. Beautiful flower shots.

  6. What a sweet comment your son made! Your garden looks lovely, Anita. I think gardening is a labor of love and is also a favorite hobby of mine. The limelight hydrangea is beautiful! I have to get one of those. Mine are all pink. Have a great weekend!

  7. Your hydrangea looks wonderful ... mine look all beaten up with the heat we have had.

  8. Hi Anita,

    Your pictures of your flowers are lovely,
    especially the limelight...

    Thank you for dropping by!
    Have a great weekend!
    All the Best,

  9. I love the perspective of those two zinnia photos from below. Lovely set of photos with such pretty light!

  10. Such beauty in your yard! And I'm mesmerized by the photos. Not much going on in my burned yard...

  11. Beautiful flowers and pictures. I'm sure it is a beautiful yard. Thanks for sharing them.

  12. You know, Anita, I love Florida, but I hate our lack of flowering things.

    You can bloom hydrangea! I'm going to have to ask my landscaper about this. I love them. And yours is so pretty.

    Back in Illinois, our driveway was lined with peonies and right outside my bedroom window was a lilac bush and in the springtime, the tulips were everywhere.

    Our sacrifice for the beauty of the tropics. You have done wonders in our harsh soil. Your flowers are beautiful.

  13. Lovely pictures of beautiful pictures. Just yesterday I saw a bright patch of zinnias in my vet's front yard and thought I might get some...

  14. the garden looks amazing to me! beautiful flowers.

  15. Beautiful. Love your photographs. So vibrant and pretty.

  16. I love all your flowers, Anita - they look extremely happy :O) I use to keep a garden journal (many, many years ago) and they are a great way to keep track of stuff and fun too.

    Hope you have a lovely week!!


  17. The limelight hydrangea is gorgeous and aptly named!

  18. Just beautiful Anita. Your flowers are so pretty and that was sweet of your son. :) Our garden is looking a bit worse for the wear lately but I did manage to weed this weekend so that helped a bit.
    Enjoy your day!

  19. Great photographs Anita. Thanks for the postcard I received via Liberate Your Art. It's wonderful to get a view of your side of the world.

  20. Beautiful garden! I always admire people who know how to grow things :)

  21. I recently discovered your site, and I really enjoy looking at the photos of flowers. I am a huge fan of flower photography, and now I am a fan of yours! Keep it coming, and keep up the good work! :D

  22. I love your hydrangeas! They're so beautiful. I wish they grew down here. Not that I could keep it alive.

  23. Your zinnias are absolutely beautiful. I think the heat is pretty much gone here in Pennsylvania, at least in NW Pa. It has been kind of chilly when I get up in the morning. I hate to see fall coming, I am not finished with summer yet.

  24. Beautiful flowers. I love that hydrangea, it looks so refreshing with its white color. Would love to have it on my own garden. Cheers!

  25. You're flowers really cheered me up! Congrats on them they're really pretty!


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