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Lena’s Garden in Summer

Beauty in the hot time of the year

view of garden through fence gate

Today we’re revisiting Lena White’s North Carolina garden.

I submitted photos of my spring favorites (Spring in Lena’s Garden), and summer has brought lots of heat to North Carolina as well as many other parts of the country. Even so, there’s been lots of early morning gardening and lots of color and joy, for which I am most grateful.

garden bed with mixed plants and succulent turtleMy ‘turtle’ project among the snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus, annual) and salvias (Salvia hybrids). He is planted with succulents.

garden shed surrounded by plantsMy shed with surrounding beds

view of garden from above, with arbor and bird bath‘White New Dawn’ rose (Rosa ‘White New Dawn’, Zones 5–10) on the arbor

view of garden through fence gateAnother view of the arbor

raised garden beds seen through upstairs windowRaised bed for vegetables

orange daylily with light pink phloxDaylily (Hemerocallis hybrid, Zones 4–9) and phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8). Daylilies are brilliant, and since each flower only lasts one day, they deserve to be seen and celebrated.

garden shed viewed from aboveAnother view of the shed

colorful bird bath surrounded by plantsThis birdbath was made with an upside-down terra-cotta pot, an old table leg, and a porcelain bowl.

pink Stargazer lilyStargazer lily (Lilium ‘Stargazer’, Zones 4–9) has an amazing sweet-smelling fragrance.

group of plants with green and pink foliageA beautiful mass of caladiums (Caladium, Zones 9–11 or as a tender bulb), each with different patterns and colors. A few coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) add to the diversity of color.

various vegetables just harvestedJust one day’s harvest from the raised vegetable beds.


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  1. garden1953 08/03/2021

    Wonderful gardens! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Begonia155 08/03/2021

      Thank you!

  2. runfortheroses 08/03/2021

    Nicely done! I like how the shed acts as a focal point

    1. Begonia155 08/03/2021

      Thank you!

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    treasuresmom 08/03/2021

    Love that birdbath!

    1. Begonia155 08/03/2021

      Thank you!

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    simplesue 08/03/2021

    If I had space for a vegetable garden- I'd want it to look exactly like yours!
    Yours is my idea of the perfect design- it not only gives you vegetables it's adds to the beauty of your garden.
    I just love the beautiful view through the white garden gate down the path with the fountain off to the inviting!

    1. Begonia155 08/03/2021

      Thank you so much!

  5. btucker9675 08/03/2021

    What a terrific garden!! I'm totally stealing your turtle idea - wonderful!

    1. Begonia155 08/03/2021

      Thank you so much! I got the idea from Pinterest

  6. schatzi 08/03/2021

    Beautiful! And I am so-o-o jealous of the produce bounty - my mouth is watering looking at it! Great job.

    1. Begonia155 08/03/2021

      Thanks a lot! It’s a blessing!

  7. colleenak 08/03/2021

    Seeing your bountiful summer harvest is making me impatient with my veggies! I'm going out now to tell them to get a move on ;-)

    1. Begonia155 08/04/2021

      You tell em!

  8. nicki_s 08/03/2021

    Love the turtle and the birdbath!

    1. Begonia155 08/04/2021


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