Late July in the Back Garden

Late July. Aside from the zing of color from the potted plants, the front garden is mostly shades of green. Soothing in its own way, but the front garden certainly doesn’t have the same punch as it did when the evening primroses were in bloom.

On the other hand, the back garden—with its begonias, lilies, bee balm, and black-eyed Susan’s—is pretty much at its best. With our daughter Dee home, we are having lunch, drinks, and dinner on the patio where we can admire the flowers and watch the comings and goings of the hummingbirds, the bees, the chipmunks, other birds, and various insect visitors.

Here are close-ups of some the flowers.

Despite the heat, despite the humidity, despite the haze that is blowing in from the fires in the western United States, summer is such a sweet time.

57 thoughts on “Late July in the Back Garden”

  1. It is,isn’t it! Such a sweet time here in Michigan too, where our weather is sort of likeyours, only maybe not as extreme in the winter. We hope. I’m afraid to go look at my garden because I haven’t weeded it in a couple weeks. They say it will get cooler by the end of this week. That’s what I’m waiting for. Yes, that’s it. 🙂 We DO like to sit on the deck and watch the antics of our birds and squirrels though. Your gardens are lovely! I wish they could stay like this for a few more months.

  2. Today we have had rain but the last couple of weeks were hot and sunny and I lived outside just as you are doing. There is always so much to see and enjoy with birds and insects as well as the flowers and shifting patterns of shade. Your garden looks lovely and colourful and I am so glad you are making the most of the time with Dee.

  3. Beautiful summer and your wonderful paradise of a garden – with the added bonus of your daughter being there to share it with you. This post gladdens my heart, Laurie.

  4. Very pretty, Laurie. I love the pop of color the begonias add out front, as well as in the back. I bet the hummers are enjoying that red bee balm!

  5. Laurie, your gardens are beautiful! And how wonderful that your daughter is home to enjoy them with you right now. It’s been so hot — and sticky — here that the best I’ve been able to muster is watering my flowers. Those weeds are going to have to wait until this wretchedness abates!

  6. That back garden particularly looks just luscious to me. I’d be more than happy to sit there for a time and admire your handiwork. There’s some good planning that’s evident in your photos.

  7. I can imagine the three of you enjoying al fresco meals in your patio … lingering, chatting, enjoying each other … lovely!

  8. Your gardens are lovely! I remember photos of retreating snow, not that long ago it seems. The time has passed quickly this year. How is the latest book coming?

  9. Lovely to see your lush garden, it is very cold and wet here, so it hardly seems believable that we will have greenery and flowers in a few months. Enjoy your wonderful summer!

  10. Everything looks so beautiful and how wonderful you’ve been able to enjoy the backyard visitors and beauty no matter what our very strange weather and world brings!

  11. Doesn’t have the punch? I don’t think I can agree with that. Both garden pics knocked me over with the abundance of blooms, Laurie!

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