End of Summer Garden ( or yard ) Tour

With the abundant rain that we had this summer, my garden ( or yard ) became quite ‘cottage’ style. I’ll take you on a little garden tour if you like.

Starting when you pull in to the one-car gravel parking space, while some of you may have seen the picture on the left of the collage, what’s been going on after I took it is that this tomato plant that I “tucked in” there amongst the flowers started really taking off. Perhaps more than I bargained for :) There are lots of green tomatoes there now.

tomato plant on driveway side

Walking around to the front of the porch, there are some shasta daisies, a bit of lavender, lantana, hibiscus, and another ‘tucked in’ tomato plant. It is bigger now…this picture is a few weeks old. It has myriad tomatoes on it at the moment.

front side of house another area with a tomato tucked in

To the other side of the front steps…I had to transplant a thunbergia vine that I had growing originally in a pot on the porch, and while I had sweet alyssum in two planters, one had to go into the ground since it was growing so profusely. I also have lantana, dahlias, zinnias and finally the sweet pea is blooming here too.

thunbergia side collage thunbergia winding up the front steps

Walking around to the side now, looking up you will see the morning glory vines climbing the front porch.

morning glory up the side porch

Then as we go along, there are cleome, zinnia, sunflowers, and russian sage, next a hydrangea bush, and further on some tall grass plants.

Going around the side collage

Behind the tall grass plants is where I have the garbage cans and you really can’t see that from the street. The back yard is fenced in for the dogs….though I own a strip alongside the fence and behind it.

Here is a view of that strip…generally the spirea there blooms spring and fall / this year it never quit :) In the far back is a Snowball bush which is just lovely in May.

Spirea in the back

Entering the back yard through the fence, you will be dodging the pink rose of sharon bush that doubled in size this year and all of the happy bees buzzing around it. Years ago I had a small bush here, as well as various flowers. Once I planted the tall grass and both it and the bush took off, there was no room for any more flowers but also very little weeding to concern myself with.

Rose of Sharon twice the size this year

The other side of the back porch steps have a Japanese lilac bush ( not in bloom now ) another set of tall grass, and toward the corner there is a grouping of a tomato plant, hollyhocks, and I also have morning glories back here.

morning glories back porch

From the far end of the yard…so you can get an idea of the space, in that dogs and kids still have room to run :

far end of yard

There was a clothesline here when I purchased the house. While there is now a tree through part of it and a bush through another, I still have room to hang blankets, sheets, quilts, etc.

quilts on the line collage

From the middle….along the fence there is a small compost pile behind the smokebush, and cucumbers ( almost done now ) tomatoes, basil, marigolds and sunflowers.

how space is used backyard collage

Along with those sunflowers, cleome is blooming right now, and a few flowers planted later on that I don’t remember …( not in bloom yet; I think they are statice )

Cleome and Sunflower collage

Going up the side now, there is trumpet vine to your right, hollyhocks, a purple rose of sharon , barberry, and russian sage to the left.  Daylilies bloom there in the early summer.

rose of sharon trumpet vine and barberry bush area collage

When I first moved here,  I planted bushes here and there and they were all quite small, so I filled in with some perennials and annuals and I had a lot of weeding to keep up with. Now everything is filled in and aside from keeping up with wild onions in the spring and bindweed in the fall, I have little weeding to do.  I will, however, have much bush trimming  work this fall, as they’ve all grown immensely with the rainy summer that we have had.

Now, we can either go back to the backyard and kick that kids ball around or….some of the tomatoes have ripened and are simmering in a pot on the kitchen stove with garden basil, and local peppers and onions.  Want some pasta for lunch? :)

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Cicadas, bees, etc.

  • I went outside to gather tomatoes one morning. We’d had a heavy downpour the day before, and some of my tall grass stems ( which turn into a sort of heavy bamboo later on ) were leaning down.
  • This is what I saw on one of them. So I went and got the camera and took a few pictures of the cicadas just sort of hanging around : )

cicada collage

Their little bug faces are kind of cute

cicadas in black and white

Gossamer wings…

cicada wings

  • The tomatoes are Early Girl ( one plant ) and then Mortgage Lifter Heirloom, started from seed. The heirlooms are all sorts of weird shapes and sizes …first batch. Some needed to ripen for a few days. Weird looking or not, the ripe ones tasted wonderful!

Gathered some tomatoes

  • The cleome are blooming and then there is another flower coming into bloom next to the cleome that the bees were enjoying.  See the full pack on the bee in the one picture? Not sure if I have this down pat yet but HOW DO BEES MAKE HONEY  is an interesting post that I read not too long ago.

Bee collecting Pollen


Bee Collage

The bees are everywhere in my yard this year.

Bee Coming out of a Rose of Sharon bloom

  • August was very temperate for our area, though the heat and humidity have recently returned. I have a day lily that came into bloom again. She usually blooms in June and is clearly confused : )

daylily blooming again late August


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