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Monday, August 10, 2009

Summer Settings

I'm posting some summer photos before Fall approaches. If I manage to awaken before my 5 year old, I sit here with a cup of coffee and a decorating magazine. As I sip and flip I waive at joggers and dog walkers. It's the best time to chat with neighbors. We have the nicest neighbors! This is my view from the front porch. Impatiens do well in our north-facing front yard. My hydrangeas are blooming, but not as well as last year when we had cooler weather at the beginning of summer. This year, the blazing sun burns my blooms, so I have an umbrella shading them (not pictured.) I bought this bird bath in Mexico many years ago. It refreshes the blue jays and humming birds nesting above in our strawberry tree.I don't sit much on these 3 benches. I found them one day abandoned and lonely. They're a bit rickety and need of some tightening, but they have character! For now, they surround the base of our strawberry tree. Our fountain, flanked by more hydrangeas, makes the most relaxing sound at our front door. On the other side of the fountain is a little succulent garden. Really, it consists of only one succulent, but it's the most exquisite succulent ever! A friend gave it to me from her garden almost 1 year ago (Thank you, again, Christiane!)I also have a few more succulents peeking out of a rusty metal planter. Just a little bloom at the front door where I place my outgoing mail. Thanks for stopping by!

13 comments:

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Cindy, your garden is so lovely! Love your pretty blue chairs on the porch! Great spot for coffee & magazines! It never occurred to me to shade my hydrangeas when it gets too hot for them. Thanks for the idea! Your rusty planter fully of succulents are so pretty! Love the white picket fence!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden!

Tina

Lori said...

Cindy
I can imagine the peaceful beauty and admire it! You did such a wonderful job setting the scene! I too would sit at such a pretty place even at 5 a.m just wish I could fall asleep at night to wake so early!! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post on a Monday!! Lori

Diane said...

Everything looks so pretty, perfect way to enjoy your morning cup of coffee! Hugs, Diane

Karin said...

Looks wonderful....I adore your garden Cindy. I would sit out there all day!

debi said...

Oh, your yard and gardens are sooo beautiful. What a wonderful, restful place to spend time.

Alison Gibbs said...

Your garden is looking so pretty with so many things flowering
Alison

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

The outside of your house is just as charming as the inside Cindy!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

I'll be right over for coffee!Have a great day. What a beautiful garden.

June said...

Oh Cindy, seeing your porch and garden was such fun today. I love everything about it. What an inviting space with the lovely blue chairs. Those benches around your tree are wonderful, sure wish I had them sitting in my garden.
Smiles,
June

Elyse said...

wow, cindy! you have created the most lovely place. love the benches, the metal basket, the blue chairs!

i love to flip through magazines with a good cup of coffee.

i have to tell you (yet again) that the sign and towel from CPS are among my very favorite things. beautiful!!!

xo

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Testing my new iPhone!

tales from an oc cottage said...

I just love your yard!!!

m ^..^

Fifi Flowers said...

Your garden is deligthful!