This month, I have plenty going on in my gardens.


We have had an extremely wet month after a long hot summer, so everything has been from one extreme to the other.

 Last week we had some of the worst flooding our area has ever seen. I am humbled by the damage our rivers have caused from all this rain.  

 I didn’t think my flowers would fare well but they seem to be getting a last burst of energy before the fall weather begins~ which they say will arrive this friday with lows around 40 and perhaps lower in some areas.It’s hard to believe when it has hit 80 degrees a couple of days this week so far.

 We are enjoying the last bit of our vegetables.

 Tomatoes and peppers are ripening as well as plenty of cherry tomatoes.I think tomatoes off the vine are the best part of the vegetable garden.  I never tire of that fresh tomato taste.

   My mandeville are growing like crazy and so are all the morning glories I planted.

I have enjoyed the 2012 sample flowers I recieved from Proven Winners. This Calibrochoa Cherry Star has been a great plant. It has thrived despite the whiplash in the weather this summer.  It seems to glow on sunny days.


These three pots are filled with Proven Winner sample plants too.  There is the sweet tart Calibrochoa and Grape Punch Calibrochoa as well as the Royal Iced Cherry Verbena. They also survived the extreme heat we have had and are flourishing now with all the rain.

I hate to see summer wind down but the good news is Autumn is a great time of year in upstate NY. 

Just seeing all the mums start to bloom, you know fall isn’t too far off.

I just hope the weather is kinder to our area so people can get their homes, work and lives back to normal. 

~”Weather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad,
and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.”  ~Terri

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 It’s mid July, time to see what’s going on in our gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloomsday.  It’s also Fertilizer Friday!

I have a lot blooming,


so it makes it hard to believe my yard and gardens are showing the stress of very little rain

and extremely high temperatures.

   My grass is brown in spots

and some of my plants have given in to the heat and lack of water.

But most are doing great!


So those are what I am sharing today,

 the resilient plants that continue to flourish despite the conditions.


So I have a few empty spots that would normally be lush and full,

but that’s okay because everywhere else is alive with color. 

Somehow that makes it seem a little bit cooler outside.

Happy July!~”Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”  ~Russel Baker 


Visit May Dreams Gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloomsday for July 

ffAlso Visit Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday


It’s hard to believe that it is already mid June. 

 Almost the first day of summer. 

 Things are blooming away here. 

 My vegetables seem to be doing well so far.

  Putting in these raised beds makes it so much easier to take care of them.  

 I have delphiniums in blue, 

and purple.

There are nasturtiums as well as

Evening Primrose(sun drops),



and Campanula cherry bells.

 I love this time of year. 

 I hope you are enjoying this wonderful month of June.




 “Did you ever think how a bit of land
shows the character of the owner?” 

~Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Fall is upon us on this first friday in October although there are still plenty of blooms weathering the weather that has turned drastically cold.  Today it was 40 degrees in the AM.  Yuck!  Too soon if you ask me.  Kind of gloomy, damp and windy also.  Have I painted a picture for you yet? mandevilla marigold

The good news is that my Montauk Daisies are finally blooming.  They are supposed to bloom in July but this year it wasn’t until late September when they finally burst into bloom.  I hope they stay nice for a while.  I will pick some and bring them in, just in case, since I am not outside quite as much lately to enjoy them like I would be if it were August.  They are such a great plant in my garden.  They are more like a shrub covered in daisies.  I have found very few problems with them ever.  They stand about 3 feet tall with shiny leaves that bush out until mid to late summer, then they bloom until frost.  I just love them. web-o-015

 My rose bush (hot chocolate) has given me one final bloom to make sure I don’t forget how beautiful she is.web-rock-086


  No worries~ how could I?  That memory will have to keep me warm until next spring. 





Weather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.  ~Pepper Giardino




Visit Tootsie Time to visit other gardeners. See what they have blooming in their  gardens. 


It’s the fifteenth again! September has quickly arrived and is half over already.  My gardens are definitely looking less full but there are still plenty of blooms around.  cosmo

Some of the flowers are giving their last hurrah as if they know this is it and they are finding the strength to be seen and remembered over the long long winter.  zinnia bud

Summer may be ending, but a gardener’s spirit can not be subdued.  I have been preparing for next year, by moving a few things to better locations and getting plants from friends who are dividing theirs.dahlia
















 I hope each of you enjoy your last few days of summer and the official beginning of Autumn. zinnia

 Visit the other Garden Bloggers that participate in Blooms Day which is hosted byCarol at May Dreams Gardens.  There are plenty of great garden links there to visit! marigolds

Thanks for stopping by!




No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.
~John Donne


Hard to believe but it is already the middle of July.

My gardens have filled out quite nicely even though it has been a very cool, wet summer for us in Upstate NY. 

 Go and Visit May Dreams Gardens to see other Garden Blogger’s Blooms.






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“No bought potpourri is so pleasant as that made from ones own garden, for the petals of the flowers
one has gathered at home hold the sunshine and memories of summer, and of past summers
only the sunny days should be remembered.”
-   Eleanor Sinclair-Rhode

w-snapdragonsAlready June 15th. wow.  This time of year flies by.  I have many blooms going on right now, hw-hardy-geraniumere w-verbenaare just a few:









Rainy days were made so gardeners could get their housework done. ~ Anonymous