Wednesday, June 20, 2012


"Nature can do without man, but man cannot do without nature."

Prentice Bloedel

Things are starting to change in the garden.
  We've had some very hot, sunny days, a little rain, and nature is beginning to put on her summer dress.

Endless Summer hydrangea, on the First Day of Summer.

If you look closely, you will see that bees are buzzing in the young lavender crop, on the First Day of Summer.

Hi, Honey, you sure are looking sweet, on the First Day of Summer.

The color of purple, from the new crop of morning glories, on the First Day of Summer.

I know, I know, this is but a non-important weed, but it's little face is so cute, on the First Day of Summer.

This charming little wild canary, stopped to get a drink of water, on the First Day of Summer....

....While the little garden fairy suns herself, on the First Day of Summer.

These are those mystery plants, lining the sidewalk, about to explode, on the First Day of Summer.

These are those mystery plants, up close and personal, on the First Day of Summer.

Please, could anyone out there give a name to these mystery plants, on the First Day of Summer?

"Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there."

Thomas Fuller

A beautiful butterfly, drinking the nectar from the last standing Valerian, on the First Day of Summer.

Little Miss Maggie, on her favorite perch, on the First Day of Summer.

The sun shining through lace curtains, on the First Day of Summer.

"Warm summer sun, shine friendly here..."

Robert Richardson "To Annette"

Straw hats at the ready, on the First Day of Summer.

Star Jasmine, lightly resting on the porch, on the First Day of Summer.

Reflection through grape vines and rose hips, on the First Day of Summer.

Be at your ease, on the First Day of Summer....Judy

"Summertime, oh, summertime, pattern of life indelible, the fadeproof lake, the woods unshatterable...

E. B. White

I am sharing the First Day of Summer with these lovely parties this week:


  1. Judy, your photos are lovely. Little Miss Maggie is adorable. I love the Hydrangeas....It's so nice to look around our gardens and see what nature has produced. Thanks for visitng and leaving me kind thoughts. Linda

  2. Judy, how did you capture all the butterflies and bees in the flowers? Gorgeous flowers on the first day of summer!

  3. Summer time and the living is easy.... I love summer. Thanks for sharing.


  4. What beautiful photos on the First Day Of Summer! Just gorgeous- I have NO idea what the mystery plants are but I am sure hoping you don't find out they are weeds! xo Diana

  5. Hi Judy
    Lots of blooms and activity in your gardens for the first day of summer. Thanks for the tour.

  6. The capture of the Canary getting a drink is great. Such pretty lavender, I bet the air is scented with it. Miss Maggie knows where to keep cool, I am with her. It has been miserable here in the heat, can't stay out long before the heat gets me.
    Summer is definitely here.

  7. It is really Summer today ..... but not yet in the Netherlands for today ..... they have given storm with heavy rain and thunderstorms .....
    Your photos are wonderful ...... I can smell the jasmine ..... reminds me of Greece.
    Even your straw hats are super ..... together for a walk in your garden.
    Dear Judy thank you for this Summer Post!!
    With warm regards,

  8. Wonderful pictures of your garden Judy, I have never seen a wild Canary and the butterfly is stunning, a beautiful mid summers day snapshot!
    Thea x

  9. Your gardens are looking wonderful. I have a wee hydranga and boy I envy yours.LOL Nice photos . Smiles to you, Susie

  10. You are so good with words, I can't understand how you manage to get away with it all of the time, lol. And your pictures are beautiful. Just love the flowers in your garden.
    Hope you'll have a lovely Friday. Here it is Midsommar tomorrow and all of Swedens people celebrates that the light has come back to this dark country,
    Love Elzie

  11. PS! I forgot to mention you can go in on my "ordinary" blog if you want. It's the one with only a , on. Would be nice to meet you there.

  12. So pretty Judy, Here too its a most beautiful 1st day of summer.
    I love your lavender.. its a different species than mine..very long and lovely looking.
    Its time to sit and enjoy all the hard work that has taken place in the garden.
    wishing you a lovely week.

  13. Hi Judy, I enjoyed seeing your beautiful flowers, butterflies and bees, oh yes, and Miss Maggie. I'm no expert but your mystery flowers look like summer phlox. We have had them in pink, lavender and white. They thrive in hot weather which means they would be doing great here because the temperature has been around ninety and slightly above this week with no rain. The herbs in my container garden look like they are suffering. I water them but the air is so hot it just cooks them. That last photo you showed looks like a beautiful place to be in the summertime. Have a great second day of summer! -------------------- Shannon

  14. My my you have lots going on here on the first day of summer! your lavender is beautiful! I like the look of bind weed too. But we have to tear it out like crazy. It overtakes everything. It does remind me of an old Tom and Jerry cartoon. The mouse used to wear a bloom for a hat! (Maybe it was a morning glory!) Speaking of--I like your shot of the hats together. i haven't heard goldfinches actually called wild canary's except in books. They are my FAV. Loved the garden tour!

  15. What a gorgeous garden, and lovely place to the hydrangeas!!

  16. Hi Judy! Oh, what beautiful snaps of your plants on the first day of summer! :) Love your hydrangea and the lavender. My thumb's not too green!
    Oh, I would love to meet you one day too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  17. Hi Judy,
    It's so nice to meet you! And I love your blue heaven!

  18. What a beautiful tribute to first day of summer all the photos are wonderful reminder of the day,i just love your blue cottage.

  19. Hi Judy!
    What a beautiful way to spend the first day of Summer!
    I adore your straw hats!!!

    Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures with us.

    Sorry...I'm not certain what that mystery plant is.... but I love how lush it is and it's such a great way to line the walkway :)

    Smiles :)

  20. Your home and garden are beautiful!! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  21. What a gorgeous walk through your garden Judy!!! I got your lovely message and thought I would see what you have been up to lately. It looks like the same thing as me : ) GARDENING...isn't it the best?
    Thank you so much for coming by...I love it when I see your darling face pop up in my comments!
    big hugs...

  22. I think it is more romantic calling your little yellow visitor a wild canary, have a wonderful weekend and enjoy!
    Thea x

  23. I think it is more romantic calling your little yellow visitor a wild canary, have a wonderful weekend and enjoy!
    Thea x

  24. Judy Summer is coming to your garden beautifully - love all your flowers - especially the hydrangea and the lavender - the little bird is sweet! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  25. There is a small "commas" over the other blogs name but I don't know if it works or not. So I rather write the "address" to my blog instead, lol. It's Now I hope it'll work.
    Hope you have a nice Saturday. Here it's such a boring weather with rain or sun. Don't know if you shall be out or not!
    Love Elzie

  26. What beautiful pictures! I enjoyed looking at all of them and Little Miss Maggie is so sweet!! I really like the picture of the sun shining through your pretty lace curtains...

    Thank You so much for stopping by and entering my giveaway, I wish you the best of luck!
    Have a wonderful night!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  27. Hi Judy - lovely photos of your garden and your home and surroundings. What great lavendar you have. I had a nice bunch frowing - and part of it died for some reason...but it's still perking along. I have to plant some more. My hydrangeas have blossomed - and they are doing great (despite the fact that some were purchased in a grocery store - which experts say will never flower the following years vecuase they were forced blooms. I trusted and planted anyway - it took a few years but they are doing wonderfully.

    Could that mystery plant be a cousin of the cleome? The top portion looks a bit like it...but not the rest. I hope that you find out what it is?

    Thanks so much for your nice comments on my blog!!


  28. Your garden is beautiful and what a lovely cottage you have!!

    Susan and Bentley

  29. Hi Judy!
    Beautiful photos you are sharing!
    Just love your blue cottage:))

    Wishing you a lovely week!

  30. You've got a lot of pretty things to be proud of this summer. Love those pics of your lavendar. I bet it smells soooo good! Your fountain in front of the house is so pretty. It's in the perfect spot too.

  31. Such lovely captures... and thank you for visiting my post as well! Larry

  32. Beautiful blooms and winged friends! Love the hats and the cat!

  33. Summer has surely arrived at your home! Everything is so green and pretty,
    it seems even the fairies are ready for some fun. Hope you are enjoying it, too!

  34. Your cottage and garden are beautiful! I love all your pictures, so pretty and creative! Thanks for stopping by...

  35. So charming Judy! Your photos are so pretty and refreshing to see. Right now, my gardens are crying for some summer love and water.

  36. Your garden is beautiful Judy. Your lavender and your pretty blue cottage.
    Have a lovely day.

  37. The photos of your garden are beautiful!

  38. Beautiful photos and poetry Judy, thanks for sharing!

  39. What beautiful pictures you took! You are very talented with the camera! Love how you found a little fairy by the fountain and your Miss Maggie looks so soft and cuddly. Your home is absolutlly gorgeous, I love the blue color and the water fountain in the middle of the path. I've alwalys wanted to do that, but never had the right house for it. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful evening.

  40. Hi Judy! I'm still enjoying your lovely garden and the snap of the sun pouring through the window is so pretty.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  41. Hi Judy! I just love that you were able to visit my blog too. Just wanted to tell you me and my hubby are going away for a weeks holiday in our caravan and this will be the only week he's free this summer!
    Hope you're having a great weekend.
    Love Elzie

  42. are jumpin' and the cotton is high....:-)
    Love your pictures...esp. the little bird drinking, the fairy with the never never land fog about her, straw hats 'at the ready,' hydrangeas, what would a cottage garden be without lavender, the intimate room, and what I always thought were wild morning glories (not weeds!). That was such a cute comment about the mouse's hat from Tom and Jerry.

    I saw similarities in the leaves and blooms of your mystery plant to that vine Charlie and I had in Scotts Valley at the front porch opening. They were prolific in Spring, I think, a soft pink with no fragrance so more like a potato vine. I use to know the name. But it didn't look a thing like your close-up before it bloomed. Could your local nursery ID it? But it's more fun to get people guessing.

    Well, enjoy your 'sweet tea' time on the porch...

  43. Wow! Look at all those "First Day's of Summer" photo's..I love them all..but, Miss Maggie is a favorite along with that pretty little fairy and OHHHH! the lovely! May we all have a wonderful beautiful, safe summer..

  44. What a beautiful garden. I don't have a green thumb like my mama did. She bought a greenhouse and although it was small, she green alot of plants in there, repotted and had them all ready when Spring arrived. My yard is hard packed with dirt, is on an incline and will not hold the water, and my husband runs over the flowers I do plant with the mower. So there you go. I'll stick to the inside small projects of flowers from Walmart:)

  45. Your first day of summer photos are beautiful. I hope you are enjoying your summer and your garden.
    I have had lots of guests and been away a bit so I have taken a bit of a blogging break and just beginning to catch up now. I hope to post again next week unless I still have guests.
    Enjoy the beautiful days of warm summer weather.


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