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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

After the Rain...in the garden

As with many friends all over BlogLand, we have been experiencing very hot,humid and a "where's the rain?" kinda of summer. Well for the past few days, Mother Nature decided to pour out her laundry basin on us. The gardens are most thankful! 

Let's take a walk down by the stream first...


Everything is so lush and green after a really good down pour...

These grow wild along the stream.... a very pretty soft pink

The Butterfly garden is changing once again ....



and the colours are vibrant ...


Over at the Angel garden it is now mostly green .... but there is a small hint of purple

The Blue Bird is calling to our feathered little friends to come and cool off in the rain water...



The hot sun has tired these beauties out ....

and some new garnet like lilies have join in the choir of the garden...

"Of all human activities, apart from the procreation of children, 
gardening is the most optimistic and hopeful.
 The gardener is by definition one who plans for and believes and trusts in a future, 
whether in the short or the long term." ~ Susan Hill 


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43 comments:

  1. THis is just such a beautiful post. I love a summer rain but we rarely ever get them here in So. Calif. I was reading your profile and you are amazing. Very inspirational.

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  2. Celia you have beautiful gardens. It's so calming to look upon nature's beauty and to be so thankful for it! Enjoy your day!

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  3. Even Canada is experiencing unusually high temperatures, with out any rain in sight. Your gardens are truly beautiful beautiful, what a delight to view thank you....
    Trace

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  4. Thank you for beautiful pictures!

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  5. Sadly not that hot and humid here and the rain is getting on my nerves!

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    1. Oh my friend how I would gladly swap our weather - these past few weeks. Wishing you some sunshine!!! hugs, HHL

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  6. Your garden is beautiful Celia. I haven't felt the rain on my skin since about April, so I can't wait to go back home to the UK and experience what is getting on all the Brits nerves ;-)
    TYSM for your lovely comments over at mine xx

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  7. Celia,

    Wonderful photos of the garden! I love your bird bath and little stream. Your flowers are the prettiest color!

    leslie

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  8. I love, love, love your garden - all those beautiful flowers. What are the flowers in the next to the last picture? Your place is super peaceful! We had a lot of rain a few days ago but each day of 107 degrees means we need more, more, more!!

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    1. Oh my friend I hear you .. these days it never seems to enough rain. The flowers you are asking about (second photo from the bottom) are Bee Balm ~ in the flower mosaic the center image and top right are also Bee Balm. They remind me of little crowns. wishing you a wonderful week..xo HHL

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  9. Photos are beautiful of the actual garden and flowers. Your technology skills are impressive. I like the photograph on the page idea and the shape of a flower petal is very impressive!

    Your garden is delightful. I would love to see it in person and would enjoy you telling me all about it.

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  10. Celia, Your butterfly graden is so beautiful! I'm glad you got rain to perk up the gardens!
    Hugs, Beth

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  11. Everything looks so fine...love the flower shaped mosaic, too!

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  12. I love the garden after a rain. Everything is so fresh and happy looking!!! Beautiful garden!

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  13. Your flowers are all so pretty and you've taken wonderful photos! I've never visited you before..I'm anxious to look at your blog! Enjoy the week ahead!

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  14. Hello Celia
    A good rain works wonders, doesn't it? Your butterfly garden is looking so full and colourful. Even with the drought, I've found my Joe Pye weed to be healthy and tall this year as well.
    Judith

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  15. What a lovely collage!!!! I do so love the picture of the cone flowers!! One of my favorite flowers! Cathy

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  16. What a pretty garden! Lovely photos! I think my favourite is the second last. You might also like to contribute to my Mandarin Orange Monday :)

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  17. such lovely photos of a long, hot summer!

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  18. glorious colour. I can relate to the no rain - but unfortunately it is supposed to be mid winter here - although you wouldn't know it looking outside. Where is the rain!!

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  19. What beautiful flowers are growing. And isn't it wonderful the way a summer rain refreshes the garden?

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  20. Gorgeous! I just read a similar quote, (on a paper towel of all places)! So true though. Thank you so much for putting a Project Strength button on your site!! xo

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  21. In spite of the hot weather your garden is spectacular! I love all the vibrant colors mixed together. Isn't it amazing what a good watering will do?

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  22. What a beautiful, inspirational blog you have! Your flowers are gorgeous.

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  23. What a beautiful post AND garden! It's awesome....I was in love with the first picture :)

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  24. So pretty! My bee balm has only just begun to flower!

    Have a great week!

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  25. Beautiful gardens. I wish we were so lucky to have that much rain. My gardens are choking and my grass has pretty much gone dormant. We finally had a couple days of some rain but need a lot more!! I really enjoyed your post.

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  26. Wonderful cyber garden tour.
    Joyce M

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  27. Gorgeous floral displays but love the view of the gentle stream!

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  28. Beautiful nature photos and very creative presentation ~

    ~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor) on Blogger linked w/Outdoor Wednesday

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  29. Beautiful! You still have so much blooming, lucky you! I love your flower in a flower picture!

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  30. Bonjour mon ami!! Your garden looks so lovely and how lucky you are to receive a good rain. My poor flowers had a small down pour but certainly could use more.
    I'm looking forward to this terrible heat wave/draught to end. The summer was pleasant in the beginning... wish it could have lasted.
    xoxo, B

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  31. I grew up next to a river in Vermont... I must admit that streams and naturally flowing water are one of the things I miss most here ... they were such a part of our youth and activities. Your gardens are lovely... Larry

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  32. I discovered you from Fishtail Cottage and am so happy I did! What beautiful gardens you have and I love that they are named. So pretty!

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  33. I so enjoyed seeing your beautiful gardens! I wish I could grow cone flowers in my gardens! Yours are beautiful. Thank you for sharing and glad you got some rain!
    Nancy

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  34. SO beautiful! I've heard the weather has been just crazy. Afraid to see how my flowers are doing.

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  35. Beautiful images you have shared and such a lovely post.

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  36. your garden is so happy! I now have
    garden envy because my yard is such
    a soggy mess after rain each day for
    over a month now and the weather man
    said Ernesto may be coming next week..
    (TS soon to be hurricane)
    thanks for sharing
    Sandy

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  37. What a beautiful post! Your garden looks so inviting! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Farm Fresh Friday! I'm so far behind in visiting these days I just want you to know we appreciate you joining our party!!

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