Summer Gardens

the color: summer gardens

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s funny sometimes to think amidst the busyness of work, family, appointments, kids’ practices and games, about slowing down. Most of the year, out of necessity, I’m moving too fast. Busyness becomes a routine, and it almost becomes comfortable to be always in motion. But summer brings with it another pace, and this year I’m welcoming slowing down wholeheartedly.

My July 2016 slice of summer

Summer Gardens

When I can spend a few moments outside, it changes my perspective. This summer, my flower gardens have been bursting with blooms.

a new pale lavendar echinacea

The color of a group of daylilies and the profusion of tall garden phlox, a serendipity I love.

the color

And of course, the butterflies (here, a Great Spangled Fritillary) upon the echinacea…

Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly

And the hummingbirds.

a male juvenile ruby throated hummingbird
a male juvenile ruby-throated hummingbird

Dale Carnegie was right when he said:

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”

Roses, of course
Roses, of course

Hoping you have the chance to slow down and soak up summer and its beauty this week.

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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10 thoughts on “Summer Gardens

  1. Beautiful flowers, Jennifer!! Last year you posted a picture of while cone flowers growing in your garden. Having only ever grown pink/purple echinacea, I decided I needed to expand my colors. This year I planted white and even an orange cone flower–I love them ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for being an inspiration in so many ways.

    1. Aw, I’m so happy to hear you have more. They just keep blooming and getting bigger and better every year. Some of my favorites — and I discovered some have gone to seed and sent up new seedlings. I look forward to seeing which colors they are, too. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing. You and so many are who make blogging fun. Thank you!

  2. Gorgeous photos ! So glad you’re planning to take the time to fully enjoy them (:

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