An Early Summer Garden

As this year draws to a close, I wish for you Peace and Joy and time to rest before the new year begins.

On the seventh day of summer, the flowers displayed their yellows, greens, blues, and purples with a dizzying intensity.

I was captivated by the bumble bees in the Great St. Johnswort flowers. An indigo bunting in the tree overhead, a goldfinch on the fence, and a cardinal in the woods serenaded the bees and me. The bumble bees flew to the flowers from the field on the other side of the fence. They went back and forth all morning.

On this third full day of winter, the bumble bee queen bees are safely tucked away in their underground nests deep in a long winter’s nap.

An indigo bunting, an American goldfinch, and a northern cardinal singing in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, June 27, 2017.

Purple Prairie Clover flowers in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, June 27, 2017.

A Prairie False Indigo flower in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, June 27, 2017.

A bumble bee in a Great St. Johnswort flowers in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, June 27, 2017.

A Great St. Johnswort flower in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, June 27, 2017.

Prairie Coreopsis flowers in the garden at Jester Park, Iowa, June 27, 2017.

Take care and thanks for visiting.

Sarah

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34 Responses to An Early Summer Garden

  1. Jet Eliot says:

    Thank you, Sarah, for this summertime visit to the garden, a special event in the middle of winter. Thank you, too, for the holiday greetings, and I send my warmest wishes for a happy holiday to you, and a new year filled with more of nature’s art and peace.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Jet πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the flowers. πŸ™‚ It is hard to imagine now the brilliance of the spring and early summer color palette. It is really something. Thank you for the happy wishes! I am preparing for and looking forward to the coming year’s adventures. πŸ™‚

      I hope you have success with repairing your home and the spring finds you back in your happy nature space watching the birds, flowers, and trees return. πŸ™‚

  2. zirah1 says:

    Great post and wonderful pictures! What a nice treat with such big pops of color during this rather dreary time of year. Sending thanks for how you brightened my day and this year with your posts, and wishing you a multitude of birds and flowers to focus your camera on in the new year!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked the bright flowers. πŸ™‚ I thought it would be nice to visit with them today. I was thinking the other day about the excitement that comes when the weather first turns warm and the flower shoots make there way into view. It brought in a big whoosh of energy πŸ™‚ A big thank you to you for brightening my year with our conversations here and at your web sites! I hope you have a chance to rest and re-charge during the winter and your spring arrives shining brightly. πŸ™‚

  3. Lovely reminder of the summer past.
    All the best for the holidays!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Belinda πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed the visit to early last summer. πŸ™‚ I had fun putting the photos together. Happy holiday wishes back to you! πŸ™‚

  4. Shady_Grady says:

    Great pictures that are completely the opposite of the current weather. πŸ™‚

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you liked the pictures. πŸ™‚ I was lost in the memory of the morning when I was putting them together for a post. It was a beautiful morning! There was so much to see I couldn’t take it all in before it was time to go home. I was thinking about the bees yesterday tucked away waiting for the spring. I am getting ready to go the park and see what birds are enjoying breakfast at the bird feeders and the berry bushes. It is cold with about 1 to 2 inches of snow on the ground. My hibernation instincts want to stay here in my warm little nest with a hot cup of tea. The adventurer in me wishes to see the birds and whatever other wildlife are around. It looks like the adventurer has won today. We will see how long I last in the cold! When I woke up in the middle of last night, I looked out of my bedroom window and a bunny rabbit was making his way across one of the driveways all by himself in the cold. πŸ™‚ Perhaps, I will see rabbits (or rabbit tracks) as well as the birds and maybe the bison and elk will be somewhere I can see them as well.

  5. Your photography is so pretty❀️

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the flowers. πŸ™‚ It was wonderful to immerse myself in the memories of that morning as I put together the post.

  6. birdlady612 says:

    Thoughts of summer gardens make me smile… Happy New Year πŸ™‹πŸ¦πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness and happy wishes! I am happy the flowers made you smile. πŸ™‚ A very Happy New Year to you! I look forward to seeing the flowers you plant in your garden this year. πŸ™‚

  7. stbarbebaker says:

    You have captured some fantastic blooms here, Thank you for sharing. Happy New year to you and yours, and all the best in 2018

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness and happy wishes! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the flowers. πŸ™‚ There was so much going on in the garden on that summer morning I could hardly keep track of it all. Wishes for a very Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

  8. Indeed, what beautiful flowers and nature you have captured, Sarah! πŸ˜ƒ My best wishes for a wonderful and inspiring 2018. Happy New Year! Love and hugs. β™₯️

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Iris πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness and sweet wishes! I am happy you liked seeing the flowers. πŸ™‚ It is a quiet and cold morning here today. My mind is lifted each morning by the thought that the days are getting longer and the flowers are waiting. πŸ™‚ The ecosystem needs the cold and the snow for a while. It is resting and gathering its energy before the busy activity of spring begins again. I look forward to the day when I can walk in the woods and see the first shoots of the spring wildflowers! Wishes for a joyful and inspiring 2018 to you and a very Happy New Year! Thank you for bringing your happiness and joy here. ❀

  9. stbarbebaker says:

    Beautiful images, as I sit in 40 below weather, it gives hope that spring will come around the corner, thanks for sharing

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy the flowers give you hope. πŸ™‚ They did for me when I put the post together. There is a post of photos from late summer in the works since that is what I feel like thinking about warm weather, birds, flowers, and butterflies. πŸ™‚ It isn’t as cold here as it is where you are, but it is cold and windy. I was day dreaming of spring earlier today and remembering how it feels to walk in the woods on the first day when I see the green of the wildflowers peering up over last year’s leaves. Wonderful! Or the day when I first hear the Cardinals sing. That usually happens near the end of February which is not that far away. πŸ™‚ We just have to hang in there a little longer!

      • stbarbebaker says:

        I have never heard nor seen cardinals. One day. Our spring birds are pelicans robins and meadow larks arriving around Easter Our wildflowers start around Easter too crocus, spring avens and phlox. Oooohhh it would be nice to have a February spring. You have very lovely nature memories indeed

        • Sarah says:

          The meadowlarks are one of my favorites. πŸ™‚ Their song has a lovely melody and crystal clear sound. The pelicans are very interesting birds. I have seen them the last several years when they were migrating in the spring and the fall. I now live about a half hour drive from a major river and a lake created by a dam on the river. The pelicans come through in small and large flocks. One day last fall the air was filled with them one group after the other. It was quite a sight! The northern cardinals have lived in every place I have lived so far and I feel lucky to share the places with them. They stay here in the winter and I hear their chirps from the trees even now in the very cold. At the end of February, they will take to the tree tops to sing. The robins start to sing in March and the meadowlarks return then as well. The song sparrows who stay all winter add their tune. Once it is warm enough, I open my kitchen window in the early morning just so I can hear the birds sing their morning songs. πŸ™‚

          • stbarbebaker says:

            Totally, I love the morning songs too, that is the hardest part of winter is missing the bird songs, though we do have Black Capped Chickadees, Waxwings etc here all winter, the spring song birds are delightful. Saskatoon is a river city, so there is actually a “pelican contest” for the first pelican arrival to announce spring here. Isn’t the air delightful when there is a flock of pelicans, with their large wings, they make the most delightful sound turning air. Your cardinals wound wonderful, so many fine art studies add a Cardinal for a splash of colour, however not here. I, too love the Meadowlark, it is a great way to describe their song as a “crystal clear sound” ~ that is spot on. Thanks for your note, you are truly an amazing bird connoisseur πŸ˜‰

  10. Beautiful photos and such a lovely way to greet us all. Hoping you had a peaceful time and perhaps can emerge
    soon. Here, the white tailed bumblebees are about but it’s very frosty at night so hope they have a deep burrow.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! I am happy you enjoyed seeing the flowers. πŸ™‚
      The earth is in the January deep freeze here. I have been working on a post of butterflies that will be up shortly. I have to resist the urge to hibernate this time of year. πŸ™‚ I might make it out to the park later in the week when it warms up a bit.

  11. urzre says:

    Magnificent!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! Happily, all of these flowers are blooming again and it is wonderful to see them. πŸ™‚

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