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The fuchsia and red and pink rhododendron blossoms have dried up and dropped off the beautiful green bushes. Even the brilliant blue and white irises, fragrant lilacs and pink and white peonies, the deep blue clematis, the delicate white lily of the valley, the yellow forsythia along with the wisteria blooms are all only visible now by the photos I took.

About six years ago we acquired three beautiful red bud trees which signal early spring with their stunning and unique light lavender buds. They grow along the edge of my garden and proclaim with great boldness that spring has come. But their buds are now simply a memory just like the pink blossoms of the weeping cherry tree. The white blossoms of the yellow delicious apple tree and the Asian pear tree have been replaced with young, green fruit.

It is midsummer and the remnants of the spring season are now completely gone. But in their place are a host of new colors, shapes and fragrances. Just outside our front door is my herb garden with several varieties of mint tea. Soon I can harvest those fresh leaves and after steeping them in hot water, I will add ice and a splash of sugar for a delicious taste that takes me back to the old-fashioned meadow tea I drank as a child on the farm.

I love the multi-shades of green on the ivy, ferns, and hosta interspersed at just the right places by the fence and trees. The six clumps of saw grass will soon need to be tied up along with the zebra grass which will itself reach nearly ten feet tall. This year I bought three new elephant ear bulbs and it seems every day a new leaf opens.

Even the hyacinth beans are halfway up the trellis. A country garden would be incomplete without a few annuals between the perennials. Small and large zinnias splash their bold colors declaring, "Look at me. Look at me. And, I must always have plenty of marigolds so I can breathe in their wonderful, unique odor. Several standard perennials are necessities, too. The white Shasta daisies, pink coneflowers, and black-eyed Susans will only last a few weeks but in the midsummer they are at their peak.

Multi-colored and fragrant phlox always make a great statement along with the bright yellow coreopsis. The most stunning plants are the hydrangea which someone called "garden's exclamation point. It is too early for the hardy hibiscus or even the nearly six inch wide summer hibiscus. They will come later when the dahlias and thistle flowers are blooming. In time, the tiger lilies and the daylilies will also show their orange, and pink and yellow colors. The butterfly bushes are almost ready to welcome another reunion of monarch butterflies.

And the red leaves of the sugar maple tree and flame bushes will come even later still. I have been describing a country flower garden. I remember our vegetable garden where I worked so hard as a child. For me, flowers are a labor of love; vegetables are hard work. My herb garden, two tomato plants, a few onions and several raspberry bushes will grow my only fresh produce.

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Along with them we planted cauliflower and more cabbage! Onions and leeks…. And eggplants… I think the little eggplant flowers are the prettiest in the garden. We have 3 varieties this year! We planted peppers… lots and lots of colorful peppers! And tomatoes! Lots of them too! Some of our varieties have small tomatoes on them already! We companion plant tomatoes with beautiful salvia. It really does keep the bugs that like the tomatoes away! Bobby is very particular about his tomatoes. He putters in the garden and clips and trims and ties and really nurses them along!

And they will reward him and all of us too with juicy, mouth-watering tomatoes far into the fall. Because our cherry, and yellow grape tomatoes tend to take over the garden by August, we planted them in pots this year! A new experiment, along with potted fingerling potatoes, lining the edge of the patio!

I like to plant flowers in the garden along with the veggies. My very favorite summer flowers are zinnias! They are happy and colorful and bright! I only planted the tall ones this year. They make gorgeous bouquets! Along with the zinnias and snapdragons and marigolds and dianthus and salvia are lobelia and lisianthus and petunias and other pretty annuals. I sometimes forget to water them so they need to be tough flowers!

There is a little family of bluebirds who have made it their home! Our copper topped birdhouses were gifts from Bobby! They are made by a local Amish man who does a brisk birdhouse business. These birdhouses are really useful pieces of art! Thank you for walking with me in the garden today!!!! Your email address will not be published. Recipe Rating. Yvonne, what kind of wood did you use for your raised beds. I had used rough sawn oak, but it only lasted a few years.

Now I need to start over…any suggestions? And hopefully not too expensive. Yvonne, what a nice stroll in your garden this morning. I loved the tower that has been added. This summer we have redone our yard and I am very excited at our progress. We garden later than you up in the Lake Erie area…we had a hard long winter this year, now we have rain, rain, rain. Yvonne, You have inspired me! I will most certainly use your method to create raised beds next year. I love how you incorporated flowers along with the veggies.

The Pottery Barn Outlet is a dangerous place for me! Try to keep cool. Looks like this summer is going to be a muggy one.


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Yvonne, your garden is absolutely beautiful!!! I love the mix of the veggies with the flowers. The birdhouse look fantastic too. Enjoyed the walk in your beautiful garden, Yvonne! I love those Amish made birdhouses and would love to add one of those to our garden one day. I hope you post your zucchini relish recipe soon because we are getting a TON of zucchini right now. Excited for you and the possible feature in a magazine! What can I say? Love that you incorporate flowers among the veggies for a most beautiful effect…. Have a great weekend!


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Ooooooh a national magazine… How exciting for you.. What a gorgeous garden… Bucks county was so wonderful for flowers.

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Loved all the garden centers there. It seemed as if one was at every turn. Your birdhouse is so pretty also.. I saw those closers for gates in the Walpole catalog awhile back.. That would be charming in your garden. Box woods also.. Williamsburg has beautiful box woods.. Walpole also has gorgeous arches for the garden too.. Thanks for the tour.. Really enjoyed…if you get a chance to visit Doylestown check out Buckman Garden Works..

Really charming … Have a great weekend…. Yvonne, Thank you for the time you spent on this post. It is just lovely and as always very informative. Through your words and pictures I could almost smell that cultivated earth and the country air. I love it all.

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My sweet 85 year- old mother is a master gardener and I plan to show her this post. She will relish in it. Please know, you have made two southern ladies happy by sharing your garden masterpiece. As always, I love everything your blog. It warms my heart every time.

May God bless your harvest. Every year we come to visit family, and leave with all kinds of goodies, and TONS of potatoes:D and of course I have to visit my favorite store , Peights! Thank you for sharing Yvonne;. So gardening is another one of your amazing talents! I like how you add flowers in your beds to keep them looing pretty. I love my veggie garden, I think it makes us so much more creative with our cooking.

Yvonne: Thanks for sharing a walk in your garden with us. Lancaster is my most favorite place to visit. Your garden is so beautiful and love all the vegetables, tomatoes that you are growing. I hope to get to Lancaster this fall on our way home from a wedding in North Carolina.

You have a beautiful garden Yvonne! You are lucky you can grow just about anything in your yard. We have to many animals here in the woods in CT. We stick to growing a few things. I keep dreaming we would someday build a fenced in area that can be rodent proof. Collard greens!?

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You have to be a southern girl. What state do you live in? I am in east TN and the heat and humidity have already taken over here. Lettuce is long gone. Your garden, by the way is gorgeous.

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Mine is a rough and tumble jungle of green. I love collards cooked with ham hocks and potatoes! So beautiful and inspiring!

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We are moving from San Diego, born here in , to Virginia to follow the kids and grandkids. This is the garden I wanted to try, four raised beds! Can I ask what you filled yours with?

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Would take tons of potting soil, yikes! Do you compost? Thank you again for sharing your beautiful garden, Blessings to you, Cindy. Inside the beds we used our own soil that we dug to make the pathways and other gardens. I do compost and love to mix it in the soil we have in the garden. Your garden is wonderful!