Saturday, September 06, 2008

Colorful Late Summer Musings

I don't have much to say today, so instead, I wandered about the garden taking close ups of colorful blooms to carry me through the long, cold winter and remind me to "just remember, in the winter, far beneath the winter snows, lies a seed that with the sun's love, in the spring, becomes the rose". Thank you, Bett Midler, for that memorable song.

So, without further ado, here are my beauties of the late summer garden:

No late summer would be complete without the addition of the ever sunny Black Eyed Susans

Zinnias add lots of color, as well

This year, I incorporated a few veggies into the perennial bed. The Red Russian Kale makes a nice border and it will certainly make for a nice pot of greens this autumn after a light frost has sweetened it's flavor.

Cosmos adds its sweet, pink face and delicate, feathery greenery.

Grandpa Ott Morning Glories may not have many, or very large blooms, but the color is stunning amongst the lush vines.

The geraniums, wintered over from last year, exceeded my expectations in the deck pots. They will find space in my indoor winter garden again. Just think of the money I saved by not having to buy them in the spring!

The front dooryard garden I planted last year has filled in nicely and the little Japanese Maple thrived despite being bent over to the ground by the snow plow.

The sedum I planted next to this rock is thriving. I love planting sedums in dry, rocky locations. Heaven knows, I have plenty dry locations in this garden.

The veggie garden continues to produce prodigious amounts of yellow squash. The tomatoes are doing nicely, but I think I still need to amend the soil with more composted manure next year.

Not one to limit my appreciation of color to my own garden, we like to take walks along the shore in Sorrento. Here is a nice shot of our favorite bench overlooking Sorrento Harbor.

And, of course, my favorite little red sailboat never fails to elicit my attention. I can't count how many photos I have of this sweet boat.

Well, since Blogger seems to have decided that I've posted quite enough photos, I'll have to save the picture of Sluggo chasing his tail for another time.

Meanwhile, I sign off, as usual......

Life is Good,

Hugs, Giddy


HappyMouffetard said...

Beautiful blooms. I love Grandpa Ott - such luscious colours.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Giddy .. what pretty pictures of your flowers .. I love that little Japanese Maple .. he must be a tough one to survive the snow plough ! LOL
You live in a wonderful area .. yes ! life is good !
Joy : )

WiseAcre said...

Life IS good.

Glad you found me through Joy. She's fun and I always enjoy my visits there. I probably make her groan but she's always a good sport.

I laughed when I got here. I didn't expect a Gnome :)

Here is the address of an image you might like to use. I made it so there's no problem with "stealing" it.

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Giddy said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Wiseacre, thanks so much for the fun swinging gnome! I'll be sure to incorporate him frequently.