Thursday, July 2, 2009

My favorite time in the garden...

'John Cabot' climbing roses

Hey Debby, the pink birdhouse I painted for you!

"Strawberry' foxglove

'Dark Knight' delphinium

My favorite time in the garden is anytime, but I really do love the late afternoon, close to evening the best. The colors seem richer and deeper. The whole garden takes on a magical feeling. My husband loves this time best too. He'll sit out there for hours, just taking it all in. No television for him in the summer! He would rather be visiting in the garden with friends and family that stop by or just laying in the hammock or the settee. He always takes his meals out there in the evenings. I love that he loves it so much. He doesn't do the gardening, but he does dig the big holes I need for a new shrub or rose or even a tree, if I plant one. He also builds the arbors, and some of the trellises, and hangs the gates and birdhouses for me. I'm lucky that he lets me have free rein out there. Well, not really. He doesn't want any more beds created or trees planted. It's funny however, that I have made one very large bed and planted about nine trees, since he asked me to stop. I tell him that I'm just trying to off-set the carbon emissions that my truck (which is necessary for my gardening) puts off, by planting so many trees. I don't like him using the riding lawnmower near the beds or trees. He has replaced many a tree and shrub because he's a crazy man on that thing. I do all the push mowing and I love it. It is time to think and plan. It's very calming to me. Gardening helps me keep my sanity, I think. Yes anytime in the garden is a great time.


Brigitta said...

I'd love to be able to do some proper gardening, but it's too exhausting for me unfortunately. At least I can kind of enjoy yours though ;-)
Have a lovely weekend

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

oooo I was getting jealous of your hubby laying in MY hammock, but since he helps you around the garden by doing his "man duties", I'm fine with that. My feathers were ruffled there for a minute ;)

I'm still waiting on my application to apply for your maid/assistant gardner services...I check my mail daily, do you think it may have gotten lost? ;)

Beautiful garden June...just beautiful!!!!!
everything vintage

One Shabby Old House said...

June your flowerbeds are just beautiful. It is getting so hot here that my beds are looking miserable. So I just enjoyed yours today. You certainly have a gift. Your hubby is a lucky man.

Unknown said...

oh my gosh! Just beautiful! I used to have John Cabot roses at our old place.....we just moved up here 3 years ago, and I loved them! I had them climbing on the porch poles on my potting shed. I don't miss my old house....I miss my potting shed and my garden. Although I brought my garden with me, its not as large and no room for climbing roses....thanks so much again for sharing your gorgeous garden.....those foxglove and delphinium are 2 die 4 also. What a lovely vision!

Carolyn said...

Wow! Your garden is beautiful. I love your John Cabot rose-I have a couple but they have never bloomed like that! What do you fertilize them with?
I love the eveving best in the garden too.Your garden is still about a week ahead of us here on the Island.
Enjoy all that beauty!

Sandi said...

All I can say is that I am speechless! Your garden is gorgeous! If I had a garden like that I would LIVE outside!! LOL
Have a wonderful fourth of July weekend!

Anna said...

just found your blog!
wonderful garden you have there!
and we have the same taste in movies and books and music...
I have a few blog about these themes!

Yvonne said...

What a gorgeous garden June !!!!
love al your beautiful flowers !!!
Have a nice weekend !

Big hug Yvonne

The Pink Birdhouse said...

June, don't fall over backwards from the shock of seeing me here. Yup, I am still alive and kicking!! The kids are home now with school finally out for the summer vacation. Time seems to travel fast when the kids are around all day long! :-) I love your post about the garden, and i really enjoyed hearing about hubby dear loving to be out there in the middle of all your loving accomplishments!! If I had a garden like that, I would take all my meals there too'! Good food with a great view and fantastic atmosphere!! Wow, no wonder you both love it so much. You said that you like to do all that work out there, that it clears your mind. Don't laugh at me when I say that I feel that way when I iron clothes. I don't really enjoy it so much, as that it is a mindless work, I can just let my thoughts drift, and I enjoy the fact that I am caring for the clothes that my hubby and children will wear. It comforts me in some motherly way. As for that pink birdhouse!! I LOVE love love it!!! I feel as if part of me is in your garden with you right now, thru that delightfully painted pink birdie house with me in mind!! I am sending you an extra special hug just for that!! Thinking of you even when I am not on blogger as much anymore. Enjoy the days of summer, and here is wishing you and your family a wonderful 4th of July celebration!!!! hugs, Debby

Patina said...

June, your garden is just amazing! I can see why you and your hubby enjoy sitting out there in the evenings. It is so full of lush colors and I'm sure wondeful smells.

Muggensteekjes said...

Hello June,
wish I could walk with you in your beautiful garden, or just sit there with you.Your husband is so great, helping you with so many things.My husband is not a gardener, but he also likes to sit there and enjoy everything.
Well June, enjoy your garden this evening.Tonight I will sit outside too and look to the moon and think of you,so far away and also so close to me.
dear hugs,Ingrid.

Anonymous said...

I would love to come lay about in your garden. On my back, on the grass just looking about enjoying your beautiful flowers. I agree about the time of day to look. I also like daybreak as well when all is quiet in the world. Intoxicating.

The Victorian Parlor said...


I can understand why your husbnad loves to be in the garden-it's GORGEOUS! You really do have a green thumb! I can't imagine all of the work you must have put into a garden so large-it looks like it goes on and on. I must say that your gardens are some of the most beautiful I have seen:). Enjoy!



Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi June,

I see your garden is looking more an more beautiful every time I see it!
What a wonderful place to spend time!
You can tell what a labor of love it's been for you and your hubby! (mostly you) hee hee!

Have a nice holiday weekend!

Anonymous said...

Hi June!!
When it comes to gardening You & Your hubby sound just like Me & Mine!!
Your gardens are breath-taking!! I would love to stroll in them..... I would love to be a little girl & stroll in mine...
Happy 4th!!

Deb said...

Such a gorgeous garden June. Your foxgloves and delphiniums are stunning! Wishing you a wonderful July 4th!

Dawn Parsons Smith said...

Your garden is simply gorgeous! I would LOVE to see that every day!

Have a delightful July 4th! May it be filled with lots of laughter and joy!

joanne said...

Your garden is spectacular and really makes me think that I need to get after mine! Hope you have a safe and Happy 4th June...

Anonymous said...

Anytime in your garden is best for me is just too lovely for words. And that is so wonderful that your husband enjoys it as much as you would be so sad if he didn't...missing all that beauty...

Oh and...I love your reasoning for the extra planting...hehe! Made me smile!
Happy 4th of July!

Ana said...

Hi Ms. June,
Your garden is absolutely breath taking, thank you for sharing. And thank you for your visit over at A Petite Cottage. Wishing you a wonderful 4th of July.


FrenchGardenHouse said...

June, your garden is just Ana said. That John Cabot Rose, to die for. Going to see if that will grow here in California. I don't garden, my husband does, but I love it....we are the opposite couple of you. Happy 4th, I know you will be in your garden, just like we will.
xo Lidy

Connie said...

Please please pleeeeeease tell me where you are in Idaho. I'm in Nampa, sweetpea! Nice to meet another Idaho person blogging. I'm putting you on my Google Reader to follow!

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Stephenie said...

I would be in your garden all the time to...I can just look at pictures of your garden all day.. The flowers are just amazing...

Bernideen said...

This is altogether lovely!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Any time spent in the garden is time very well spent and your garden is gorgeous. I love looking at all your beautiful flowers.