Thursday, September 1, 2011

Garden Tranquility

How tranquil it is here at Lavender Cottage.  As summer winds down, a chorus of crickets can be heard from dawn and far into the night.  The birds are not as vocal as they were at the height of summer but can still be seen eating at the bird feeders.  The temperature is cooler in the mornings and refreshingly so at night and today there was a soft lulling rain that made you want to curl up with a good book.
The golden petals of rudbeckia are still glowing in the garden but sadly the purple coneflowers are fading.    The 'Fireworks' goldenrod is about to open as are the native asters to give a regal show of  purple and gold.  One lone New Dawn rose with a bud and spent blossom reaches out from the arbour that leads to the back yard.
The pond is still a busy place with goldfish chasing after morsels of food and the frog count is still at 10 even though some come and go.

The magnolia has a new look, having had a severe cutting back earlier this summer to rejuvenate it and by spring should look fine in time to bloom.
The Proven Winners trial bed is filling in and I planted several peonies here as well.  4 different bird feeders and the bird bath are in this bed as well.
The obelisk in the friendship garden has cardinal flower in front and a garden phlox to the side of it.
Front and centre in the fairy garden is a 2 foot high weeping pussy willow that is quite vigorous even with the passing bunnies eating the leaves off many of the branches.
Lastly, a quick look through the arbour of the front yard.
I'm linking with Tracie at Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday and Tootsie at Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday.


  1. Everything is still looking wonderful in your garden Judith. Great frog photo.

  2. Judith, Love the friendship garden and your little shed. The PW trial garden is very attractively designed. Loved seeing the two frogs and the shot of the front yard/front of you home. Simply beautiful! Enjoyed reading your reflections on summer as well. Time goes on, seasons change, life changes...
    Hugs, Beth

  3. Everything looks very beautiful. I like the picture of your pond; it looks as if from a fairytale.

  4. Judith, Such a feeling of tranquility as I meander around your gardens. I too like the pond. Something about water is always soothing. Blessings,

  5. Hi Judith,
    The garden is looking lovely, it is hard to watch the fall come and say goodbye.... though I do love fall evenings, more than summers:-) I envy you those frogs!!! we get tadpole in the little ponds, but predators are high...

  6. What a beautiful place this is - your garden is delightful!

  7. Lovely meandering through your tranquil garden. Loved the crickets and frogs! But, by far my favorite part is where it's cozy enough to curl up with a good book!

    Miss Kathy

  8. How wonderful! I'm working on building a new pond. Hard work!

  9. Hello, Judith
    I hope my New Dawn rose bush puts forth a fresh show of roses; I've noticed some of the other varieties are enjoying the fact that the intense heat has dissipated.

  10. Your garden is beautiful at this time of year. I love September!

  11. I just loved reading this post. Your words and pictures are so lovely.

  12. Dear Judith,
    Change is coming faster than I would like but I have to accept that our birds are gone and the garden is so quiet. I would love to have frogs but no place for a water feature. Made one once but it was not a pretty site..I need to stick with flowers. What is the material you used for your walk. Is it stone dust or small pebbles? I need to create a walk and have no idea's just yet. I love yours..

  13. Hi- I'm new to your blog! Love your pictures of your pond. We used to have one and we always had frogs show up from seemingly nowhere! Unfortunately a gardner snake would show up and suddenly frogs would disappear! I see by your pictures on the side you've been to Mackinac Island! I live about 2 hours south of the Mackinac Bridge. We just went up there a couple of weekends ago. Always a treat! I'm a new follower- stop on by my blog if you can! THX...Liz

  14. Judith, that pale yellow rose is delightful. And i love your photo of the frog/toads!

    Have a wonderful and safe long weekend.


  15. Your garden is beautiful!
    Linda J. at Friendship Tea

  16. Lovely photos. Everything looks so pretty and peaceful there.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  17. Your garden is so lovely. What a cute little frog! I think I have a cricket someplace in my garage. I can hear him at night.

  18. Beautiful pictures. I loved seeing your cardinal flower...I'm thinking of planting some in my garden, as it is a native plant here in OH.

  19. That frog is soooo green!!! love that photo! your garden is fantastic!
    I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I hope you will link in again soon!
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  20. What a beautiful garden ... love the froggies
    Happy September & hugs
    from Savannah, Cherry

  21. It's all beautiful, Judith! I envy you the little frogs – I really must do something about that for next year. Thank you for the tour – I feel like I've been there (almost). :) – g

  22. How do you get the frogs to stay around. This year only one hatched and its already moved on. Last year we had two from the taddies I got. I would love to have a few froggies hanging around. Lovely pond. Maybe mine is just not big enough. Love your photos


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