July brings us into summer with a flurry of holiday festivities, but it is the little things happening around my house and garden that mean summer has arrived.
We are enjoying simple, candlelight meals on our patio.
And, there are signs of patriotism both inside and out.
My corner perennial garden is thriving and starting to bloom. It's hard to believe this corner was previously the home of my daughter's trampoline. I have nurtured it the past few years; planting new perennials each season and it's starting to look the way I envisioned.
Even my clematis has rewarded me with a bloom or two this month.
Annuals add a bright splash of color here and there. I recently planted some marigold in a spot where a hoard of insects ate their way through some coneflower plants. I've read that marigolds repel insects with their strong scent - another gardening experiment :-)
My sister gave me some sweet pea from her garden and it is planted near a tree and slowly winding its way up a metal trellis. The booms are so delicate and sweet.
Right on schedule, at the beginning of July, my precious daisies are blooming. Soon I will be out in the early morning, with coffee in hand, cutting pretty bouquets for my kitchen.
Have a fun, festive and happy 4th of July weekend!