My Summer Garden

crepe myrtle blooms

Hi everyone, how is your weekend going? My summer garden is in full bloom this week, so I grabbed my camera–and two of my pups–and headed outside to enjoy the show. I snapped some pictures to share here while the pups enjoyed a sniff-a-thon and then settled down to catch a few rays. My crepe myrtle trees are in full bloom this week. Aren’t they beautiful?

hardy hibiscus blooms

These hardy hibiscus will continue to bloom daily until early fall. I planted them outside my kitchen window so I can enjoy the show from inside the house and watch the hummingbirds drinking their nectar. Hummingbirds can’t resists these huge, red blooms. I saw one this morning while I was drinking my coffee and two others this afternoon, including one little fellow with amazing blue feathers.

calla lily blooms

I planted these calla lilies three years ago, and they get bigger and fuller each year. And the best thing about crepe myrtle, hardy hibiscus, and calla lilies–besides the fact that they bloom in tandem–is that they require almost no care. Just add water during extreme dry spells. That’s it! Easy peasy. Here are a few more pictures of my garden.

summer garden featuring crepe myrtle, hardy hibiscus, and calla lilies

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How pretty are these purple blooms and aqua bench? It’s a good thing I have a large stock of aqua spray paint. I see more aqua garden furniture in my future. What’s growing in your garden this week?

16 Comments on My Summer Garden

  1. Cindy D.
    July 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow, so pretty! Are you sure this isn’t really the blog of Better Homes & Gardens? Of course, they probably can’t paint fairies at all. :D

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    • afternoonartist
      July 27, 2013 at 11:30 pm (4 years ago)

      LOL, Cindy! Maybe those aren’t hummingbirds I saw in from the kitchen window; maybe they are fairies….

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  2. littlepinkdove
    July 28, 2013 at 12:22 am (4 years ago)

    Oh, those hibiscus flowers are so lovely! Love the aqua furniture too.

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    • afternoonartist
      July 28, 2013 at 2:34 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Glenda. The flowers are huge–about the size of a dinner plate.

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  3. apuginthekitchen
    July 28, 2013 at 2:42 am (4 years ago)

    So beautiful, your house and yard are just gorgeous!

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  4. Greta
    July 28, 2013 at 4:37 am (4 years ago)

    SO-O-O beautiful. A good place for a good book and a glass of lemonade or your delicious, gourmet iced coffee specialities!!

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    • afternoonartist
      July 28, 2013 at 4:41 am (4 years ago)

      Oh, I sooo wanted an iced coffee today but couldn’t indulge in one since I ate a cupcake for breakfast and another one after lunch!

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  5. Francesca
    July 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Everything looks so gorgeous! I bet you throw wonderful parties in your garden!!! :-)

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    • afternoonartist
      July 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm (4 years ago)

      I have hosted my fair share of giant water slide parties there….

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  6. Pat
    July 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Your garden is lovely. We don’t have so many blooming plants but are finally harvesting delicious tomatoes.

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    • afternoonartist
      July 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Pat. I tried growing tomatoes in containers on my deck a few years ago but only got a couple of tomatoes. I love tomatoes and frequent farmer’s markets to stock up on them.

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  7. shreejacob
    July 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Your garden looks gorgeous!!

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    • afternoonartist
      July 30, 2013 at 2:42 am (4 years ago)

      It did look really fabulous last week. The crepe myrtle blooms are already starting to fade. Glad I got the photos when I did.

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  8. elenacaravela
    July 29, 2013 at 11:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Aqua works for me too:) Just beautiful.

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    • afternoonartist
      July 30, 2013 at 2:44 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Elena. I’ve been on an aqua kick for several years now.

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