Late Summer Flowers at Crocker Nurseries

Sharing just some of the beauty I saw at Crocker Nurseries the other day while in search of butterflies.

A stunning red hibiscus, waving at me along a green rail fence.


And one of my all-time favorite plants, sedums…


In all shapes and sizes.


And cone flowers, with their happy little faces, were everywhere!



It sure looked like an autumn color palette to me.

Which after our summer heat and humidity, made me sigh in anticipation…   ❤

The Changing of the Gard-en

I love the flowers that I see this time of year in the gardens that I pass on my walks.

The delicate anemones, their soft pink petals with deep yellow centers, wave gently in the sea breezes.


The black-eyed Susans, forever undaunted by the summer heat, never looked more vibrant. That’s more than I can say for myself!   😉


It seems like yesterday when the hydrangeas were just reaching their peak.

And as we drift toward September, I see the lacecap hydrangeas are now turning their softer shades of blue, purple and pink…


Their relatives, the mopheads, are taking on that old-fashioned “antique” dried-flower-look that I love this time of year.


I am always amazed by how well the flowers all do all summer long, in spite of the heat and humidity.

But I do think they ALL perk up even a bit brighter as the days grow shorter and the nights get cooler.


I know, I sure do!!  😉

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Iris I May, Iris I Might

Japanese irises make me happy. All winter long I dream of seeing them again in the spring.

So last evening, when I came upon not one but TWO beautiful iris gardens, you can imagine how thrilled I was!

Surrounded by a myriad of complimentary flowers ranging from lavender to blue, the softening light coming through the iris petals and stalks literally took my breath away.

I’m not quite sure what it is about Japanese irises that gives me such a feeling of well being.

All I know is, my winter-long wish to see them had come true and I simply could not stop smiling as I bid them “Goodnight.”

What’s your wish?

 

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It’s a Beauty-ful Start

Well, I finally got started on my container garden this weekend for the deck.

There will be a theme to the garden…

Both in color and inspiration.

It’ll be a lot of work, but don’t worry.

I have friends to help.

I just want to do my part. To share as much BEAUTY as possible in our world.  ❤

 

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Sunday Morning Meditation

Sunday always feels like a day of rest to me. The pace is a little bit slower, the world just a wee bit quieter.

The backyard was especially still this morning. Even the hibiscus wasn’t moving a single petal.

SallyGarden206-BlogAnd just look who came back for a visit, perching nearly motionless in the old pine tree!

SallyGarden207-BlogToday will be the perfect time to get a few ducks in a row for Monday…

SallyGarden208-BlogDo some chores around the “barn”, maybe even stop out for a nap in the afternoon.

SallyGarden209-BlogKnowing me I’ll wind up knee deep in some hat project or other, that’s usually how it goes.

SallyGarden210-BlogYet I’ll hold onto this morning and how good it all felt. When I slipped away from the busy world all around me…

And whispered “hello” to the one that’s within.

SallyGarden211-BlogThanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod.

Sally

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Summer Orange, Summer Not

One of my favorite things about summer is seeing the color ORANGE on full display.

You see it in the lilies spilling over garden fences into the streets…

ForestBeachLoop341-BlogYou see it in butterfly bushes as they offer up their gooey yummy sweets.

ForestBeachLoop868-BlogYou see it in the Cape Cod sunsets, mixed with pastel pinks and blues.

ForestBeach63You see it in the kayaks, in the row boats and canoes!

CapeCod73-BlogYou see it in the marigolds, now reaching their summer peak…

SallyGarden102-BlogYou see it in the —HEY!  How’d HE get in here?

ForestBeachLoop628-BlogOkay, okay, so he’s a little bit early I admit (but then again, not for those of us who long for autumn!).

Bottom line, some say all the best things in life are orange – winter, spring, summer or fall.

And you know? I just might have to agree!  ❤

Blog-Marmee291Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

Sally

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