Sunday, August 3, 2014

Slipping into August

Where did July go? Already we have slipped into August and the dog days of summer.
Summer is winding down when the rudbeckia opens. 'Goldsturm', a reliable variety above flaunts her saucy petals in the front garden.
The butterfly garden has evolved to delicate pinks and lavender with the fragrant butterfly bush a favourite of many insects. Hardly any butterflies this year other than the cabbage white.
While on vacation last week we stopped at a roadside picnic area for lunch and I found clumps of wild bergamot along the fence line and a few stands of teasel.
I'm linking with Mosaic Monday, thank you Mary for hosting.

35 comments:

  1. It's had to realise there is more summer weather behind us than in front of us. Your images are lovely - full of my favourite summer pinks and purples. We have seen more butterflies here this year than in many years - strange!

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  2. What beautiful photos. We saw so many wildflowers on our trip to NC. Happy Sunday! Hugs, Diane

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  3. I would not have recognized the wild bergamot. I wonder if you steeped some in black tea if it would taste like Earl Grey? My absolute favorite time of the year is coming up -- late August to late October, the very best weather in Michigan I think.

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  4. Beautiful photos! Yes, the months of June & July flew by, and I am savoring August. Glad you were able to get away for some vacation time!

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  5. Yes, where DID July go?? Few butterflies here as well... Lovely photos as always.

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  6. July was a blur, LOL. Lovely flower photos. Our daylilies are done blooming except for two more buds that will open up this week. The summer is quickly winding down!

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  7. This summer is flying by, it seems our weather has been cooler than a normal summer.. I love your pretty flowers and photos.. The picnic lunch sounds like fun! Happy Sunday and enjoy the new week ahead!

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  8. Beautiful images...I've had some swallowtails and small orange butterflies ( orange and black but not big Monarchs ) and the little white ones, yes.

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  9. Wonderful photos! I am especially drawn to the butterfly garden as the plants in mine are still preparing for the Monarch Migration which doesn't happen until late September and October. My Autumn Joy has enjoyed a summer with more rain water than the previous summers here in Texas. Hope their lavender blooms will attract and feed the Monarchs as they make their way to Mexico. It is quite a spectacular thing to see.

    It's been awhile since I visited your beautiful blog. Enjoyed it so much.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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  10. Aren't the best finds those that are surprisingly serendipitous? Your wild bergamot must have placed a sweet smile on your face! Thanks for sharing all the loveliness, Judith.

    Poppy

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  11. I was looking at the rudbeckia photo and then spotted the little bee graphic you tucked into it. Mine have started to open as well and I'm sure they've started to bloom earlier than last year.

    As for picnics, I haven't been on one at all this summer. That should change. Thanks for the nudge, Judith.

    Karen

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  12. I have to remember to put on my seed this year. Your liars is lovely...that I miss. There are a few plants I want to add to my list for next year...hmmmm. It can hardly believe it's August!!!!...:)JP

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  13. Beautiful flowers, Judith! That's a shame that you haven't seen many butterflies this year--especially since you have that wonderful butterfly garden. I completely agree about summer--it seems like once August starts, fall is almost here! I know a lot of the local stores have already been getting their fall dΓ©cor out, which definitely doesn't help any.

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  14. Great photos. I love purple and yellow flowers! Beautiful rudbeckia, it flourishes here too!
    Enjoy your day :)

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  15. Wonderful seeing the lovely lavender and blue flowers.
    Judith, please tell me the name of the tall one on the left of your middle photo - is it a type of Echium?
    I'm planning to plant more flowers to bring the bees and butterflies into my garden this summer.

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  16. Your pictures are a delight, there is just something that marvels about pink and purples. Yes, July has come and gone fast and gone for another year. Soon we will be saying that about August. I too have seen more butterflies about this year, it is nice to see

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  17. Very pretty. For having such a horrible Winter and late Spring, it seems things for the rest of the gardening season have been really nice this year.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  18. I love the Brown-eyed Susan's in my garden and along the ditches. I hope you enjoyed your vacation. Valerie

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  19. Lovely shots in this post, Judith. We are still behind you. The Goldstrum has lovely buds but no 'saucy petals' (I love that) yet.

    I'm going to try to find a place for a butterfly bush. They are lovely!

    Diane

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  20. Hi Judith - I'm back today for my once a week blogging, posting and commenting. What a wonderful set of photos you posted today!! So glad I stopped by, and I hope you haven't given up me since I'm not posting everyday - just too time consuming.

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  21. Judith, your flowers are just lovely and you have captured them well with your camera! Have a great week!

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  22. Oh is it nice and warm there? It's very pleasant and on the coolish side here. Something about the polar vortex.

    Wild bergamot and teasel...pretty names.

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  23. Beautiful and colorful flowers.

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  24. So lovely! I can't thinking where did the year go, not just July. I must be getting old because time goes so quickly.

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  25. Gorgeous photos - that close up of the butterfly is stunning - they never sit still long enough for me!

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  26. I planted Liatris for the first time last year and this year they came out blooming everywhere. I love them and the Butterflies do too. Yes the Hummers love the Crocosmia---we have the red called Lucifer.
    Love your images. MB

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  27. gorgeous capture at your lunch site. :)

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  28. It's sad to see the summer passing away so quickly and we have had so much rain here in Pennsylvania this season.Your flowers are beautiful,I love butterfly bushes!

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  29. I know what you mean -- summer has gone by in a flash this year. And school starts Wednesday for the local schools! Oh well ... I'm kind of ready for the fall weather and those yummy fall teas!

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  30. Beautiful photos, Judith. I've had some lovely Monarch butterfly visitors to my garden this summer and I'd like to plant more flowers that will attract them next year.

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  31. Nature always has gems to offer....so many wild flowers have now faded,it's sad,but they will return to grace us with their delicate beauty next year.

    Best wishes,
    Ruby

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  32. I am hoping for many more weeks of summer as my garden is so behind...I welcome bergamot into my meadow but not teasel as it will take over and I will only have teasel.

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  33. I have 'Goldsturm' too, as well as some annual rudbeckias. You're right...the last couple of weeks my garden was at absolute peak but now it's starting to change. It still looks nice, but change is in the garden for sure.
    Hugs, Beth

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