July in the Garden

Good Morning!

Hope you all had a great weekend.
We did. 
Family, food, and fireworks.
That's what it's all about for us on Independence Day.

I stepped outside this morning to record the garden pictures for the beginning
of July. We've had so much glorious rain and truly, our yard has been
transformed this year.

I kind of love the picture below because from this vantage point it looks like a cottage.
Is it? Nope, we live in a brick and stone Texas style house. 
No sign of a cottage but a girl can pretend. :)

Our Autumn Joy Sedum is in full bloom already.
I'll come out soon and trim it back so it will bloom again.
Love that plant! It does great in full, hot sun.
The Purple Cone Flowers are in their prime right now too.
This has been such a beautiful summer for us.

Is your garden doing well?

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  1. We had two solid weeks of pouring rain so our veggie garden is about ruined.

    Our landscape and flower gardens are doing very well.

    I have a broken foot so I couldn't go out in the rain and move the potted plants that were getting too much rain, so they're kinda mad at me. But we've had two beautiful sunny days so they are drying out and things are looking good.

    The tree and lawn - now that it isn't raining and mushroom aren't popping out everywhere on the lawn - is lush and green and gorgeous.

    Your garden is so pretty.

    Have a wonderful week!

  2. It does look like a cottage! I love it! So lush! We have had so much rain that we are pretty green here too! And many weeds! But I love it when the shrubs are full! Susan

  3. Everything is pretty and green here after a few afternoon showers. Enjoy your week! Sweet hugs, Diane

  4. That photo of your front entrance is gorgeous! Looks like a cozy cottage to me!


  5. As usual, your garden is spectacular! I'll need a tutorial from you when we move!

  6. Hi Stacey :)

    Your garden looks beautiful! After weeks of HOT it's finally cooled down and we're getting rain every night with the monsoons, so the yard is looking pretty good now and I haven't had to water as much :)

    I hope you had a great Fourth!


  7. It's getting a bit hot out there for everything but purslane and cone flowers. Your garden is looking great!

  8. Hi Stacey! Oh, glorious rain certainly brings the best out in our gardens. Your home looks beautiful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. It is lovely, Stacey. Rain can surely change things, can't it?

    I do love the first picture....very magical.


  10. Stacey, your garden is gorgeous! My garden has some beautiful spots and some fails. I keep working on it. I'm going to pin yours for inspiration!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  11. I love each pic of your garden - especially the monk guarding your space.

  12. That DOES look like a little cottage tucked away in the woods! So pretty! I'll have to give that Autumn Joy Sedum a try soon. Sounds like a winner!

  13. Your garden looks so pretty! It really does look like a sweet little cottage in that photo. I love seeing everything so lush & blooming!

  14. It does look like a cottage garden, I would say English cottage garden with all the brick and stone. My garden is not nearly that lush. We have had a slow start here this year. Things are just starting to take off. Enjoy your blooms!

  15. Your garden looks beautiful. All your work is paying off!

  16. We are having more summer wind than we ever have...it has blown all summer, so far...a thunderstorm just passed thru with high winds, hail and pelting rain....knocked over tables, umbrellas, filled the pool with leaves...even blew over a fireworks stand down the road.
    Beat my poor little flowers to a pulp....bwaaaa....
    and your Texas house can SURE be a Texas cottage...it is just beautiful.

  17. Wow---your garden is so lush and it definitely adds cottage charm to your home. You truly have a green thumb!

    Jane x

  18. Your thumbs must bleed green!!! Such a beautiful garden you have.

  19. How lovely the garden looks, Stacy! Looks like you're having a great beginning to the summer.

  20. Oh it certainly looks like a cottage and cottage garden indeed! Lovely!

  21. Your garden is looking so lush and beautiful. I'm amazed at the sedum in bloom already. I didn't know that it would bloom again if you trimmed it back. I'll have to remember to try that.

  22. We had wonderful rain this weekend during the night - perfect so no plans were ruined over the 4th. My limelight hydrangeas started blooming and I'm thrilled. They keep me in blooms indoors until the first freeze! Your garden looks amazing…so beautiful!

  23. Hi Stacey, your home does look like a cottage, a brick and stone Texas cottage!! Great pic and Love your garden. So pretty and lush. Ours is doing good but a little too much rain for the roses. No blooms on the hydrangeas yet either.
    Have a great week. cm

  24. It does look like a cottage! Love it.

  25. It does look cottage like and I love all the flowers!

  26. Your garden is just divine....everything is so lush and beautiful!!!!!

  27. Glad you had a great 4th. Your garden is so pretty. We have had so much rain here in Chicago land so everything is very lush here too. Have a great new week ahead.

  28. Your home and garden are so beautiful! I love how full and varied your plantings are, and that front door...gorgeous! Our gardens are in full bloom too. It has been a cool and rainy spring this year in Michigan. It was 50 degrees this morning when I got up. Unusual for July but so nice to not have to turn on the air so far.

  29. Your flowers. Look great! I went and got the book you recommended!(whistling)

  30. You do have the entrance of a cottage with all of the flowers & it's so pretty! I see your Zinnias are doing well, too, Stacey. It's summer & my DH mows the lawn every 5 days. Our gardens are filled with flowers. The salmon lilies are now blossoming. Summer is great!

  31. Wow, your garden looks fantastic! And yes your home looks like a fairytale cottage in that photo. Also, I'm happy that your blog is now updating on my blog roll (it wasn't doing it earlier).


  32. Stacy, love the first photo as well! My garden was gorgeous in June because of all the rain, but by the end we had record breaking heat and it is now suffering a little. Cooling down so hopefully it will come back around. Your photos are gorgeous! My Cone flowers are blooming. Pretty, but bottom leaves keep turning yellow. I just pluck them off. My Autumn Joy is not blooming yet. I wanted to reply to your comment about Instagram, but couldn't find it in my e-mail. Crazy! I tried to find you on Instagram with no luck. But would love for you to follow both me (haveadailycup) and Joanne (jmmartin222) Please let Joanne know that you saw her garden post on my blog. I will follow you back after. Thanks for your sweet comment about her gorgeous garden! I actually have a link to my Instagram on my side bar. I clicked it yesterday and it wasn't working. UGH!

  33. Hi Stacey,

    Sorry it's taken me a while to visit, but have been very busy packing up and moving 2 households (my sister's and my daughter's). But, better late than never, and what a treat to see your pretty purple coneflowers in beautiful bloom! Your home may technically not be a cottage, but it sure has the ambience and enchantment that is the stuff of dreams! Enjoy, it my friend!

    Happy weekend!


  34. Tell me more about the sedum....pretty please????
    Mine is in full bloom and I have never heard about cutting it back and having it bloom again. Help......
    Your yard is so lovely!!!
    Thanks for any info...
    Have a great weekend and many blessings to 'ya.

  35. Beautiful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  36. Oh, I am enjoying your garden so much! Just gorgeous and oh look at these stunning purple cone flowers-love.


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