It's been a prolific summer, one among many for the books, friends! The sunflowers have taken off and up, blooming tall and proud. I had specifically chosen sunflower varieties that would grow approximately 3 feet overall, yet, this patch has far exceeded 6 feet - some closer to 8!! Geez, guys, talk about over-achievers!!! Ha! I wonder, though, if I had planted them farther apart, spread out more if they wouldn't be competing so hardily for the sun's affections?! This gives me plenty of ideas for next year's garden of flowers!! Regardless, the gold finches, bees, butterflies and other buggie critters aren't complaining. They rather keep sending me flashes of beautiful "Thanks" and "Appreciation!" I'll take it!
The hubby fixed our small Mantis 'tiller with new blades (yea baby!) and dug up the earth adjacent to the sunflowers, like a boss! AND just in time for fall planting. I can't believe we are staring at fall already!! Don't get me wrong, I love the changing of seasons. There's always something to look forward to in the garden. I'll be moving some of the spreading perennials to the new patch and saving seeds for next year's garden. Hmm, now to decide which patch of grass is next to cover, starve to death and then prep to plant in the spring!
I had to share this colorful growth by my home studio sign by the mailbox. Non-local peeps, I'm guessing you all have heard the news of our rain drenched, wet summer by now. No, we did not float away (although, there were times when I contemplated building an ark in the backyard) and, YES, the flowers are in heavenly delight - they don't seem to mind all the dampness, not a bit. The chrysanthemums I planted last fall - from 2 inch slivers of root found on the discount rack - have multiplied by the millionth power of sun, heat and rain!! I'm in awe at how magnificent they have become this year.
Whew. Well, this felt great to get back to my blog, give it some love and fresh images! Thanks so much for stopping by to have a view. I have much more to share here and I'm thinking of a month to month style of a summer wrap-up of images. June highlights is first to come on that list!
Wishing everyone a beautiful September!
Have a happy Labor Day holiday with your family and friends!
God bless all the fruits of your labor.
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