Summer Garden Dreaming

Every summer I plan out my ideal garden. The small flower garden I have now is a mishmash of flowers and weeds.

Still, I love to sit on the front porch and take it all in on hospitable afternoons and evenings. Walk about the yard and practice close up flower photos. Sometimes I can even manage to capture a bee at work!

My small ramshackle garden area is to the side of the front porch.  Each summer, I also spend time on the front porch and walking about the yard dreaming of the ideal gardens for each space.

The butterfly garden I’ll plant at the end of the driveway with milkweed, purple cone-flowers, and maybe some cornflowers or Lewis flax.

Sunflowers, my yard must have sunflowers! I’ve planted them before with mixed results. Sometimes, I think I’ll line the whole south side of the house with them. This year, I’ve toyed with the idea of pots of them around the front porch.

The south side of the house gets bulbs instead. The spring garden filled with irises and tulips.

We have our vegetable garden, this year: 3 tomatoes and a cucumber start in addition to the handful of green beans harvested earlier. Carrots still grow. Okra, no blooms yet, grows as well.

The backyard presents so many challenges.  Lovely tall oak and maple trees mean not as much sun. I change my mind about what I want constantly. A sun room and a patio. A pool (not likely), a fire pit perhaps. All surrounded by big beautiful pots of flowers. Shade loving flowers. And of course, paths and benches.

Isn’t it fun to dream about ideal summer garden spaces? Especially, when the in reality, I’m not much of a gardener.

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5 thoughts on “Summer Garden Dreaming

  1. Rebecca L Knox

    Loved reading about your garden and your plans for it, Jean! So pretty! You’ve got butterfly weed! Now that’s one that we’ve never had any luck with. Every one we’ve ever planted has died. If you’d like purple coneflower seed or iris bulbs let me know. I’ve got lots to share. The irises are a lavender color and they smell like grape Kool-ade! They’re my favorites! Have a great day!
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    1. Jean Post author

      I planted the butterfly weed last year and it didn’t do anything. Must like this hot, dry summer we’re having around here. Wish a butterfly would find it. Irises are a flower that I’ve not had the best luck growing but I think I planted mine in the wrong location. May have to take you up on those seeds though. Hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday!

  2. Melvin Travis

    Adored reading about your garden and your plans for it, Jean! So pretty! You’ve got butterfly weed! Now that’s the one which we’ve never had any luck with.

  3. jacob

    Gardening is a great activity and it’s a real pleasure to enjoy the end product. It is nice to see your garden grow over the years and to see the result of all your creativity and hard work.

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