A Successful Summer of Gardening

While some of you girls are bringing out pumpkins and fall wreaths,
summer continues to march on here in Texas.

The days are getting shorter and the mornings are cooler.
Fall is coming!
No Pumpkin Lattes for me yet though.

Usually by this point in the summer our plants are pooped out but this year they continue to thrive.
I'm hesitant to see the green go away as the seasons change.

If you've been around here much you know that we moved two years ago and planted the beds 
last year. We've been pretty successful figuring out what works with very little that hasn't.

If you've been here longer than two years, you know that we had a big pond in our last 
backyard. I'm working diligently to convince my husband that we need a new small pond. 

Maybe next summer...

See that tall grass behind our fence?
That's the green belt that runs behind our house.
It is mown (is that really a word?)  as needed 
and obviously somebody in charge needs to know
that it needs it. The critters do love it!

These are Cora Vincas and I'm so grateful to the person who developed them.
In our hot climate Vincas often die a slow withering death.
These are troopers!

It's been such a beautiful summer.
Have you had great luck with your plants?
Now tell me what was your favorite this year. Maybe we need to plant it too. :)

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  1. Here in NC, the gardens didn't do too well. We had a lot of rain mid summer and the tomatoes split, the weeds took over ...
    As far as flowers, my huge hydrangea bush yielded only 3 pitiful flowers this year:-( my yellow Lantana is thriving though! And my knock out roses are still pretty. Your gardens are beautiful! I like Vinca too, I didn't plant any this year. I guess it's time to look at Mums. Here comes fall, ready or not!

  2. A pond would be beautiful. I hope you are able to do that. I planted all new perennials this year so I hope to get big blooms next season.

  3. Your flowers all look so pretty, Stacey. You've done a lot in your short time at this house. I'm sure your neighbors enjoy it too.
    I hope you are successful persuading your hubby to add another pond. We just put fish in ours and I am looking forward to it cooling off so I can sit out there and enjoy it all more often.
    As for my garden, the tomatoes were a disappointment. I finally put them out of their misery. Most of the flowers did well. Do you grow penta? They do really well here with all of the heat. They also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Win-Win :).

  4. Your flowers did really well this summer! We had such a bad winter last year, that our hydrangeas didn't bloom this year, but everything else did wonderfully. My favorite flowers are our lavender.

  5. This week we moved to a new house leaving behind the most beautiful gardens. Ready to start again . . .

  6. You definitely have a green thumb, Stacey...everything is just beautiful!

  7. Wow your garden still looks great while mine is looking awfully scraggly now!

  8. So glad that you have had a great summer of flowers!...the winter was very harsh to mine and did not get those fabulous blooms this year...Love your gardens!!

  9. Your pretty flowers and plants have always been such an inspiration to me. I think we had a great year...lots of rain and not a lot of excessive heat. I think I love my coneflowers at the lake the most...I just wish I could grow them here but there's just not enough sun. :(

    Jane xx

  10. Definite garden envy!

    My goal after retiring was to have a gorgeous garden. I did not count on the drought.

    Enjoy the last days of summer. My husband went to Texas frequently when he was in the "Oil Bidness" and he said it can be HOT, HOT, HOT in September.

  11. My garden has done better than usual this year, too- though, I think that has a lot to do with having been more intentional in keeping up with the watering!

    But I have to say yours looks far more lush than my own :)

    I didn't plant any new plants this year due to the 100 privet plants we planted last April for a hedge. After that many I burnt out other than a few annuals on the porch and in my windowbox.

    Your vincas are lovely- I wonder if they have that variety up here in WA?

  12. Your flowers are doing so well! Some of mine are really starting to wither. I'll have to keep my eye out for those Cora Vincas for next year. Yours sure are pretty. I think you already know about my favorite this year...Gomphrena, of course! ;)

  13. Really beautiful, great job!


  14. You really have had some beautiful flowers, Stacey! Vincas and sweet potato vines have been our "go-to" plants each summer. They last beautifully until the first hard frost. We tried hanging ferns, on the back porch, for the first time this year. With daily watering, they are still going strong!

  15. So lovely!!! I don't blame you for wanting summer to last a bit longer.


  16. Your flowers look so pretty, Stacey. Vinca was a favorite of mine for our sunny garden beds at our old house. I wanted Impatiens but it was just too sunny for them so Vinca kind of gave me the look I was going for. I am thinking of heading out to a favorite nursery, maybe next week, to see what they might have on sale. I'd like to get a few perennials to fill in where I plan on taking out daylilies.

  17. It all looks beautiful and thriving ! :)

    Favorite...hmm..I'd have to say after planting Cleome last year and loving them, I made sure to get more seeds for this year and it's nice to see them blooming later in the summer as they are doing now. They have a long lasting bloom time too, which is nice.

  18. What lovely flowers! We had a weird summer up here in the North and my gardens didnt seem to do as well but your certainly did!

  19. Very pretty! I am guilty of being too ready for fall. I ordered pumpkin spice tea last night!


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