August already….

Being outdoors can be a calming balm. It’s cathartic for me…. even with the looming disaster of climate change to which we all are a witness. And it’s a place to find a measure of solace after recent crises in El Paso and Dayton….one of which hit home as mister gardener was visiting family in Dayton on the very day.

Days of sunshine and dry weather are not a time for planting in our garden. We deadhead the daisies and clean out the yellowing leaves of daylilies and other plants. The hose comes out in early mornings to douse the plants in pots, refill the birdbaths, and perhaps refresh the tomatoes. I check everything that might flag under an afternoon sun and they get a drink. Water is VERY expensive in our town so we are prudent with it.

It’s a good thing to get lost in a garden or forest or meadow or waterway. We often drive the few miles to the beach, not to swim but watch and enjoy. And if we are lucky we might spot interesting things like this snowy owl resting atop a chimney next to the Atlantic in Rye NH.

And when we are home, here are some of the colorful blooms the insects, hummingbirds and I are currently enjoying.

Summer is slowly waning. We will continue to enjoy these colorful days in the garden, look forward to gatherings with friends and family, and try to tackle all those projects still uncompleted as the official end of summer, Labor Day, moves ever closer. Alas…

 

7 thoughts on “August already….

  1. I love your photographs. And of course your plants look gorgeous. I hate that the growing season is coming to an end. I love watching the changes but not the end.

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    • It is sad when the color fades in the late summer garden. On a positive note, my Little Lime hydrangeas are just beginning to burst into bloom… and I might extend the season by planting some asters. I’ve never grown them.

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