Somehow, the weather must have known that July has ended and August has begun. At least for the moment, the horrid humidity has gone. We no longer feel as though we are being squeezed and sapped by the heat. Instead, the warmth holds us in a gentle hand, reminding us of how sweet summer can be. And like Augusts of old, the past two nights have been so chilly that we have needed blankets.
A window is by my desk, and a turn of the head is all it takes to look outside and see a hummingbird working the hosta blossoms. In the bush by the window, a bird sings a piping, melodious song. I hear the buzz of grasshoppers, a true sound of summer, reminding me of the fragrant smell of a warm field.
At the end of the day, when the work is done, what awaits me is one of my absolute favorite places to be—our own humble patio.
Here is a side view.
Although you can’t see them in the photo, the Mardi Gras Parade daylilies have begun to bloom. Unfortunately, these daylilies are not thriving, but the colors are so pretty that I have left them there.
While Clif and I have a drink—sometimes cocktails, sometimes beer, sometimes iced tea—visitors come.
And on a fine August evening, caressed by the heat as I watch the birds and the dragonflies, I feel as though I am the luckiest woman in Winthrop.
49 thoughts on “The Patio Awaits”
So much colour and wildlife – wonderful!
Thanks! We love it.
We must savor every wonderful summer day. The break in the hot weather has been most welcome. Happy August!
You bet! And same to you.
Glad you are having such a pleasant time when your work is over for the day. Long may that state of affairs continue.
It’s been a wonderful change in the weather for sure! Your patio and plants look beautiful, a very restful spot for an end of the day drink. Let’s cross our fingers that August treats us well, with cool nights and sunny days!
You bet! What a summer it’s been so far. Cold and rainy through June then bam! Brutally hot. Cool nights and sunny days are perfection.
I love these pictures. And your writing.
Happy August Laurie, long may these blissful patio days last! 🤗💜🐦🎶 xxx
I would say that many people might agree with that last statement seeing your flowers and visitors.
I hope your August weather continues… long may you enjoy it! 😀🌞🌅
Thank you, thank you!
Oh, so beautiful, Laurie – are those nasturtiums spilling all over the place? I love them but it seems to be to hot here for them anymore. Enjoy your special garden.
Yes, those are nasturtiums and they have gone wild. Really, they deserve their own post.
They do! They are spectacular.
What a beautiful post…such gorgeous flowers too.
Oh, many thanks!
Such a lovely post, Laurie! I am pleased the temperature is now more to your liking and you are feeling better. Your patio looks so inviting and I love your guests!
Thanks, Clare. One of my favorite places to be.
I think you just might be the luckiest woman in Winthrop. Beautiful patio and lovely creatures to watch in the lovely warmth.
Thanks, Lisa! So wonderful to have that patio.
It’s so much better now here in France too – even though I usually think of August as the hottest month. I’ve actually been able to take my lunch outside to eat instead of opening the back door and swiftly closing it again to keep the heat out.
Enjoy your patio evenings – long may they last.
Wonderful that it’s better in France! We will certainly enjoy our patio evenings. Only about a month and half left to enjoy them. And you enjoy those lunches!
Your patio is looking beautiful and inviting. I did smile at your daylily because I’ve been potting them up. We did around 50 yesterday afternoon and have another 60 or so to do this morning. I have the same one you have, and it’s a beauty. 🙂
Thanks, Judy. Wowsah! That’s a lot of daylilies to pot.
Oh, girlfriend, I’m right there with you! Enjoy every second!
This made me smile. Wish you could be here in person.
Here in the Appalachians we are still in “Two-T-Shirt ” days in the garden, though we too have had pleasant evenings and pull the quilt half-way up at 2 a.m. Life without air-conditioning. -Oscar
Took me a bit to figure out what “Two-T-Shirt days” meant. Of course! Hot days require a change. So nice to need blankets at night.
52F Monday morning, 78F Tuesday morning. Rain clouds overhead now. May be another Two-T-Shirt day either because of perspiration or working into a thunderstorm. No lack of garden beds to clean up. – Oscar
A gardener’s work is never done, but the weather sounds lovely in your neck of the woods. It sure is lovely here, too.
Good to see you have visitors too
We like seeing them.
Beautiful! Beautiful words, beautiful pictures and that beautiful patio on an August evening… Enjoy! 🙂
Thanks so much, Sandra! We sure will.
what an especially sweet post-Happy August!
Such a beautiful view from your office and a lovely place to end your day! Wonderful photos!🙂
You have created a bit of heaven on earth— not only for your enjoyment but an oasis for pollinators and a refuge for animals. Your flowers are a tangle of loveliness. I am happy to hear of nicer weather!☀
Thanks so much, Betsy. Yes, our little slice of heaven. For me, there is no finer place in the summer.
Such a beautiful spot! I can understand that it’s a favorite.
When the weather is good, it is our summer living room. How we love being out there.
Your patio looks so beautiful with the greenery around and lovely visitors.
Thanks so much!
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