Our Summer Garden

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:8‬ ‭

Happy 4th of July!  A lot of people will spend the day on the water today, understandably so, with the temps and humidity being as high as they are!  We had a little rain yesterday…but not near the amount we need!  These are what you call the dog days of summer!  But oh the beauty that these hot days full of sunshine bring to our garden!  With every season’s change, it takes on a whole new look, and we love to take it all in! (You can see our Spring Garden here.) Lather on the sunscreen, and join us for a walk around our summer garden today!

Our three Limelight hydrangeas are blooming!




Sioux Crape Myrtles have very dark leaves and dark pink blooms.

Adagio Maiden grasses with their plumes!

I bought this plant to place under the arbor, and I don’t remember what it is called.  Does anyone know?

Lavender and zinnias!

From the kitchen window, the hibiscus appeared to have one giant bloom, but as I walked out to inspect, I saw that it was two blooms!



Spearmint is growing in the terracotta pot on the chair, never plant it in the ground unless you want it to take over your yard…very invasive.

Red salvia and yellow zinnias!

The bright gold Sunshine Ligustrums add a pop of color!

Vanilla-Strawberry Hydrangeas begin with white blooms but will turn pink.

We planted four varieties of tomatoes:  early girl, grape, heirloom chocolate cherry, and better boy!

Echoes of Mercy daylily

Armillary garden structure


Plumes, from the purple fountain grass, blowing in the breeze!

The sunflowers are getting a much needed watering!

Big bright yellow blooms will be appearing soon!

Thank you for puttering in the garden with me…I still have much to learn, but it is loads of fun and work!

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  1. Kim says:

    Your garden is such a treasure. I enjoyed touring your garden with you so much! It’s nice that you and Butch can work on this together – and enjoy it together, too. I’m wondering…do you have an in-ground sprinkler system? I drag hoses everywhere (which I detest!), and someday i’ll have an in-ground system. I’m scratching my head as I try to imagine ways to get HH to think it’s his idea! Then it’ll happen. Haha!

  2. Kim says:

    Oh, and happy 4th! (Can’t believe I forgot that!) I’ve been thinking and praying over an idea that came to me a couple of months ago. I don’t know if either of us really want to do it, but if you still have my number, please call me so we can discuss the idea. I’m around all week! (Sorry…got a new phone in December and still have many old numbers but lost all that I got last year. Yours and Katy’s were lost, sadly.) Our day today is low-key. I hope you have a restful, but fun and blessed day today. :-)

  3. Magnificent gardens, Pam! It’s a preview of what’s still to come a little further north here in Zone 7a insofar as purple fountain plumes and crape myrtles and sunflowers – all late July-early August timing here, as well as the typical dog days.
    We are receiving the same kind of rain on this 4th of July as what ravaged so much of our state of WV on June 23rd, and we are yet again under flash flood watch. I pray those affected are spared this go around.
    Have a wonderful day.

  4. I loved walking through your garden through your pictures this morning. It looks wonderful. You make it look easy but I know how much work it is and also how hot and dry it is. Glad you got a little rain and wish it would rain here. We need some badly. Great that Butch enjoys gardening too.
    I have a new post done I think you’ll relate to.God blessed me last week with a neat surprise with sunflowers. Yours are looking good and are such happy flowers.
    I also love your vanilla- strawberry hydrangea. Wish I had a place to plant one. Oh, and your zinnias and lavender are so pretty, too. I think you did a fabulous job selecting plants for your garden. They all have grown and look so healthy. I know you are enjoying the fruit of your labors.
    Enjoy the fourth. I had an extremely busy week and dinner guests last night. I look forward to a restful day today and feel blessed to be invited to a neighbors home tonight for dinner and viewing fireworks.

  5. Deb says:

    Enjoyed your garden so much! We got some much needed rain in southern Illinois this weekend also. The orange plant looks very much like a crossandra. A friend introduced me to this plant 2 summers ago, isn’t it pretty?

  6. Deb says:

    Beautiful yard! The orange plant looks very much like a Crossandra. A friend introduced this plant to me last summer. Isn’t it so pretty?

  7. Peggy says:

    Your garden is amazing! I am head over heels in love with that brilliant yellow hibiscus! I thought the were just pink.

  8. Ginene Nagel says:

    Pam, did you hire a landscape architect to design your grounds? They are way past that do-it-yourself type. This is professional, but very homey. I had no idea that you had such a place.

    • Ginene, you are too kind! My husband and I designed our garden, but we did hire a landscaper to install it. We own almost 15 acres and we have much more we would like to do, only time and money stand in the way! Happy Wednesday!

  9. Your gardens are magnificent….I am crushing over your Mercy Lily….I so wish I can grow them here as the deer thinks they are a gourmet dessert….It seems like our Limelights are at the same stage of growth….I spray them every day with deer repellent….Don’t know how much more you can learn as your gardens are spectacular!….Such a treat to see them!

    • Shirley, you are always so kind and encouraging! We finally received rain yesterday and it has been raining this morning! My garden was in desperate need, sprinklers just don’t do the job like rain from the heavens! Happy Wednesday!

  10. Stacey says:

    Sigh…you are speaking my love language. Flowers, ornamental grasses, work! I love it all. I was about to ask you if you all take care of everything yourselves when your hubby popped up.

    I’ll confess that we don’t do the weekly mowing. We just do all the projects and maintenance. :)

    Happy Thoughts of Home Pam. 😉

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