Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Delights

Summer is upon us, hot, humid days, warm, breezy evenings.
This time of the year, the flowers are watered everyday, miss one time, and they have shriveled beyond repair.

It's the time of year to do a lot of 'porch sitting', preferably with a nice cold glass of lemonade or iced tea.

"Tell you what I like the best --
'Long about knee-deep in June,
'Bout the time strawberries melts
On the vine, -- some afternoon
Like to jes' git out and rest,
And not work at nothin' else!"
~ James Witcomb Riley : Knee Deep in June

Indulge in a bowl of sweet strawberries and ice cream

Old chairs made 'new' again

Delights of the garden
Tea in the garden, between chores.


donna baker said...

Jo, that is my dream garden. I was bent over my green beans last night, about to faint, and for a moment, after 30 years, I thought about letting the vegetable garden go. I think I might have to start gardening in my mind, or just look at the beautiful pics in your blog.

Sunny said...

Your pictures are so delightful and inviting.
It's such a pleasure to visit your blog.
☼ Sunny

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Jo! What a beautiful garden you have..looks like the perfect place to sit and read a good book or just enjoy the view. It's been hot and humid here in Kansas too and the garden is needing to be watered twice a day which is a lot of work because I water it by hand. Only the rows and some individual plants get watered so we can get a good kill on the weeds. It's the first year for this veggie garden and it was a patch of nothing but weeds before that. Thank heavens for a rototiller and a good husband to use it! I hope your weather has cooled off a bit...ours is to be like this for a while so there's a constant supply of ice cold sun tea in the fridge. Have a wonderful Thursday! Maura :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

LOVELY post!! I do love the summer and really try to not complain about the heat, but I am going to complain about the bugs!

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh very british! Yes, a true English girl at heart!

The Cottage Garden Farmer said...

Wow Jo is that your actual garden, it's lovely, looks like something out of a Merchant Ivory film set.

bennie and patsy said...

Tea in the garden with you would be so nice

Denise said...

Good morning Jo, a delightful post. Your garden is absolutely fabulous!

An English Girl Rambles

Barbara Anne said...

What inviting and lovely photos of the rich beauty of shade, flowers, and the delight of a Southern garden. Your garden is particularly beautiful, Jo.

Thank you for sharing your garden and for the reminder to take some time to sit on the porch and enjoy our summertime views!


DJan said...

That tea setting is so delightful. And I see no bugs, I refuse to even think about them!!!

Jill said...


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Well--in this heat, there's not much gardening going on... We do water when necessary --but other than that, I think we are better off staying inside our air-conditioned home.

Very hot, humid here with NO rain this week... It's terrible. Beautiful pictures though!!!! That lemonade sounds good.


Jeri Landers said...

If these gardens are not Heaven on Earth, I don't know what is. Gardens we all aspire to. Just lovely!

Tina Eudora said...

I absolutely love Foxglove and wonderful summer chairs, I remember my aunt in Teas had garden chairs just like that when I was a child. Great Memories of summers past, thanks so much!
Tina xo

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

So charming!!! Wish I could just pop over and join you for some lemondade and strawberries with ice cream in that amazing garden and sitting in a lawn chair just like my grandmother's! Is it rude to invite yourself? LOL I'm lovin the red strawberries juxtaposed against the blue/white ironstone! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! V.

Deb said...

That last picture made me want to drop everything and join you for a cuppa. Is that your dog? Looks like a lovely one. Deb =^..^=x5

matron said...

You have captured the essence of summer so well with the verse and pictures.We tried having tea out side yesterday but got eaten by midges.!!The strawberries look delicious,ours are not ready yet,but can't wait for them to ripen.

Vee said...

Oh it's rare to see anything by James Whitcomb Riley shared any more, but he sure knew how to describe the longing of the human heart in June (or any other time).

(I'm playing Leap Blog and have no idea how I've come here, but I'm glad that I have.)

Martha said...

I'm a fair weather gardener -- summer comes and I water early in the morning and let the weeds have their way until September!

But if it cools off in the evening, there is nothing like some time spent in the garden watching the antics of the birds and enjoying the flowers.

Sandra said...

I intend to make this my MOTTO

Like to jes' git out and rest,
And not work at nothin' else!"

this says it all, we need to enjoy life and your garden is giving me joy just visiting your photos. is that a real dog on the steps with his tennis rackets?

Carol Roberts said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. It is truly beautiful. I live in Winchester, VA, and some of the scenery in your photos reminds me of places nearby. I shall have to visit Tennessee!

Mmm said...

you would think you were in England with how gorgeous and country like and lush is your garden. I love all of this.

Barbara said...

Now that is a very English looking table in your Tennessee garden.
Thanks for prayers.

Maggie said...

Just lovely. :)

L. D. Burgus said...

All is so beautiful. You set up a great table for tea.

Robynn's Ravings said...

This is your garden? THIS is YOUR garden? I know I'm going to Heaven when I leave this world but if it looks just like this, I'll be very, VERY grateful. Thanks for a vision of gracious beauty. You have no idea what a truly dear balm you are to me right now. My life is all fetters and angst and I believe God led me RIGHT HERE to be ministered to.