Before we say farewell to summer, I wanted to show you some of the late summer blooms around the cottage. And if you love flowers, you're going to love today's post because I'm joining some other flower loving bloggers,too!
Hi there, friends! I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Today I'm joining some of my blogging friends for a Late Summer Flower Power blog hop.
The vegetables garden is winding down because most of the plants have already succumbed to the heat and the humidity.
But the flowers that I have growing in the garden are at their zenith! The zinnias are continuing to bloom profusely along with the marigolds.
Just look at this sea of orange marigolds in a raised bed! Not only do they add a lot of beauty to the vegetable garden, they are also beneficial.
I grew the marigolds from seed and planted them when I put vegetable transplants in the beds. By the time that the vegetables are spent and need to be pulled out, the heat-loving marigolds are just beginning to get large and bloom profusely.
These yellow marigolds are much smaller, and their color is a great contrast to the colorful zinnias.
And I have something else blooming on the garden fence! See the yellow blooms!
Oh yes! I have some baby white pumpkins beginning to form! I get as excited as a kid seeing them grow!
And I've already harvested these mini boo pumpkins. I just need to give them the bleach water treatment to help preserve them.
Flowers outside the vegetable garden
Around the perimeter of the vegetable garden, we have a number of Rose of Sharon bushes. This one is loaded with pink blossoms!
I think the flowers are so pretty! We have some white and purple ones, also.
Hummingbirds and other pollinators are attracted to the blooms.
In front of the vegetable garden, I have some Shasta daises planted. They've been blooming for over a month and if I get in there and deadhead the spent blooms, they will continue to bloom for a few more weeks.
The flower pots on wooden posts that I showed you last month have continued to bloom. I have been diligent about watering them daily and have fertilized them several times.
Normally annuals are usually leggy and spent by August but these containers have been unusually pretty this year. This week I will do a little bit of cutting back to promote more growth.
But the flowers that have given me the most joy are the red and white mandevilla planted in a galvanized tub in the backyard. When I purchased the mandevilla, I thought I was getting a white one. But one day I noticed a red bud and sure enough, I had a mix of the two colors.
And I will always plant a red and white one together now on.
It is simply stunning to see the two colors together!
My hydrangea blooms are already drying on the bush.
And these are some limelight blooms that I cut from my sister-in-law's bush.
I removed all the leaves and put them in a vase with a small amount of water to dry them.
Once dry, I will give them back to her to use in fall decorating.
Laura Duke manor farm
Look at those baby boos! I’m coming to your garden to pick a few pumpkins 🎃
I love seeing all of your beautiful flowers. We have had too much rain in Atlanta this summer and my zinnias have suffered. xo Laura
Our Hopeful Home
What lovely flowers all around! I also plant marigolds and love having them in the garden (and cutting them) as well. I'm also a hydrangea fanatic so I'm loving yours and the ones from your SIL, just gorgeous! What a green thumb:) Fun hopping with you! xo Kathleen
Everything is so beautiful. I love the red and white combination !! Also the pumpkins!!
How fun to be growing baby pumpkins!!
It was so much fun to take a tour around your beautiful gardens, Jane! I love all the fun pops of color you have growing right now and I can't believe you're already harvesting baby boos. That is so cool! Growing pumpkins is on my garden bucket list! Hope you're having a happy summer, CoCo
The flowers and veggies are so nice., Your place looks adorable.
Jane, every inch of your garden is bursting with beautiful blooms. Although, I must say, the baby boos are my favorite! I'm so jealous of your green thumb. You have flowers and fall decor coming up in your yard! 😉 How amazing!!
Jane, what a lovely garden! I adore your Rose of Sharon and Mandevilla. Your floral arrangements are gorgeous, too! Thanks for joining us! Pinning and sharing on IG! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction