Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Late Summer Garden Tour...and Our Sunflower House

It's late into the summer and I linger in my garden wanting things to last just a wee bit longer.
Savoring the colors fading away, the sweet smell of ripe fruit, and flowers dropping their petals and seeds to spring next years bounty.

It is such a lovely time of the year.
The verge of a new season, and crisp and clear as day, the waning breezes of summer are coming to a close.

Orange pumpkins hiding among the leaves and vines, plump tomatoes ripening in the sun, beans long and straight waiting to be picked, squash....oh how prolific!

My herb gardens, planted this year, are starting to burst with  provision.
I am excited to have things fill in next year.

 I am somewhat of a wild gardener...can you tell?
I like plants to fill in and self seed. 
It is fun to see the abundance the following year.
This little corner of the garden near the herbs filled in with dancing hollyhocks.

I left them, thinking it is a quaint entrance into that side of the herb garden.

The fruit trees produced so much this year!
Look at my poor apple tree.

I probably should have thinned at some point, but even with stakes I think the branches might snap.
Soon, we will have applesauce galore, and apple fruit leather, and frozen apple pies!

 So we enjoy the warm days and cool mornings together.

In the afternoons, the sunflower house has been a delightful place for the little ones to play.

If you have never planted and enjoyed a summer house like this...plan on it next year!

We planted Giant Mammoth Sunflowers and made 2 rooms, one for Jack and one for Lily.

The filtered sunlight is perfect in the heat of the day and a little breeze wafts through the stalks.

Late summer is truly a glorious time of the year.

A happy mix of days outdoors, bounty, and harvest!

Hope you are having the best day...



Lady Jane said...

This was a lovely visit to your garden. LJ

DFW said...

Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Mandy said...

so gorgeous! i would move somewhere like that in a flash :)

Anonymous said...

I just love how you let things grow
wild...along weathered fence posts
and trellises! I just love those sunflowers and how neat to make
little rooms in them for the little ones....I would have never thought of fun for them! just beautiful....everything.....even that dandy rooster posing proud for his picture!
beautiful garden and those veggies look yummmmmmmm!

Jennifer said...

Your garden is such a happy place :)
Love the sunflowers!

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said... It's all goodness.

I love your photos and even had to pin a couple. :)

A Baker's Dozen Barnhouse News said...


What a beautiful post! I've never been to your area of the country. It looks just beautiful. And your vegetables, herbs and apples are lovely. I didn't realize our growing seasons are so different, but I'm guessing that you plant tomatoes much later than we do in the south?? Yours still look so pretty. Also, your sunflower house brought back childhood memories of playing under a much loved aunts weeping willow tree. I never thought of making a sunflower house, but I'd love to *borrow* your idea! Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your life and for inspiring us with new and lovely ideas.




Oh my! Julia,
it looks so peaceful and perfect there..even if I can see all your hard work.
Your zucchini are still, ours have stopped and wow, your tomato plants are so green..just like my fathers', ours are a little....well..a lot dry...guess I have forgotten to water them sometimes...sigh!!
And the idea of the table in the sunflowers..oh my! You are super Julia! Super!

Would love to sit for a while on those Adirondaks with you, talking and exchanging recipes and ideas!

Amy at love made my home said...

Your garden and photographs are beautiful Julia. I really like the sunflowers against the clear blue sky. You obviously have a real talent for gardening. So lovely to see.

Kar said...

beautiful!!! i want one like that! blessings kar

Laura Jeanne said...

What a beautiful post! I love your sunflower houses - thank you for the idea. I grew sunflowers for the first time this year and I just love them. A whole "house" of them would be delightful.

fiona said...

What special memories you have created for your children Julia -I would love to sit at the table amongst so much beauty

Enjoy all the fruits of your harvest

beautiful photos as always


Gumbo Lily said...

What a fun sunflower house! Beautiful garden tour. I've never seen apple trees so stooped over like that. Crazy big apples.

Kierstin said...

I just love reading your blog! It makes me happy :). Have a wonderful day!

Bonnie said...

Your late summer garden is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Kimberly said...

that was all so lovely. thank for sharing!
Kimberly at Kimberly's Cup

okcamp said...

How beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Olá, Julia! Vendo sua fazenda me dá uma saudades do tempo de criança e adolescente, pois também morei em fazenda. Ajudava a cuidar dos animais, plantar e colher...parabéns, seus filhos são lindos e têm a melhor vida que poderiam desejar! Beijos

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