19. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: General · Tags: , , ,

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Today was another hot and humid day with plenty of sunshine that made it feel even hotter.



But that did not deter my friends and I from visiting a local daylily garden that belongs to some folks that live nearby.





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We had visited there two years ago (see daylily extravaganza post) and wanted to return to enjoy the beauty of their gardens as well as to buy more of their beautiful lilies.  Web lilys 078   

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Norma and her husband have been growing these for years and their property is filled with fields of daylilies.

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Many they bought but some they have pollinated themselves to create some unique flowers.

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 I was overwhelmed by the colors and beauty to spite the overwhelming heat we endured to see them. 

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It was a fun day~ hot temperatures and all!


~”Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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  Walking through my garden today,


there were plenty of smiling faces wanting their photo taken. 


 I was happy to oblige. 

 I hope your flowers are grinning at you today too.

~ “Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Scenic SundayCopy_of_001Visit Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday.  see what’s blooming in other’s gardens.And… visit My romantic home for show and tell friday





 This week has been another hot one. 

 Some of my plants aren’t faring as well as others but there are still plenty churning out the blooms. 

I had to do a lot of weeding and deadheading this week but it’s all good,

as long as I can garden,

 I am not complaining. 


Too soon I will be indoors watching it snow and wishing I was out in the yard working up a sweat over spent flowers and weeds.   

One of the things I find myself doing in August is realizing  the end of summer is almost here,



so I spend a little more time absorbing the garden and how great it is to be out there. 


I hope you are enjoying these dog day afternoons as well. 


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

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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


Everyone is ready for springtime and that was very apparent at the Philadelphia Flower Show.  So instead of more snow pictures I will share a few more of the sights I saw there last Friday. This is what I wish my outdoor Wednesday looked like.back yard roombackyard

But it still looks the same outdoors here, even though our weather is improving. 

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Actually I do have a few brave sprouts trying to emerge to spite the snow all around them, but looking at these pretty flowers is much more pleasing to my eyes in the middle of March.azaleas

The warmer temperatures we have been having are melting the white stuff but more importantly they are lifting the winter doldrums. yellow

 It won’t be long and there will be scenes like these out in our very own backyards.



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 ~ No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.
~James Russell Lowell

 Visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!image146444


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~People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.  ~Anton Chekhov



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 This is the follow up to my last Thursday’s Vintage Thingies.   I wanted to show how these two adirondack chairs came out since I hadn’t finished them at the time of that post. web-rock-030


 They were curb finds that I repaired with help from my husband.  He made a new arm for the one and I repaired the backs of both of them.  We also had a rotten leg that we reinforced with new wood and I  primed and painted them red. web-s-001

 They may not last forever, but for now they are looking good perched in the back of my yard with a view of the gardens.

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 [vtt.jpg]Visit Colorado Lady to see all the other Vintage Thingies Thursday posts.



 The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.  ~Sarah Ban Breathnach


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