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Monday, June 4, 2012

The Color Green

Don't you just love this time of year?  The drab of winter falls away as leaf buds open and the forests explode with shades of green!  Here in northern Michigan, we are blessed to be surrounded by acres of forest.  Where the forest ends, farmland and fields take over.  I love to look out over my porch at all the rolling farmlands with the newly planted corn heads peeking up in perfectly dotted rows.  This seasonal transformation is true in my own yard and garden as well.  Our grass has rejuvenated from yellow clumps to a beautiful bright carpet.  We have had the pleasure of mowing several times already with all the thunderstorms and humidity encouraging new growth.  Oh, how I love the smell of freshly cut grass!  It is summer to me!  I will be putting in my vegetable garden today.  I am a bit late in doing so as the general rule is to plant on Memorial Day weekend, which is the first safe frost free weekend here (although we did have frost threats on June 1 and I tucked all of my hanging baskets and window boxes safely into the garage for the night!  Ah, the joys of Michigan!)

I love to walk through my garden so see what is growing, what has budded, what has sprouted!  Just yesterday, I noticed several Morning Glories coming up from the ground where I planted them from seed at my garden arch.  Soon they will completely cover it and the early morning blooms will beckon me from their green vines to come take a seat under the arch with coffee and a good book!  Isn't summer wonderful?

Let's take a stroll through the garden to see what is blooming now!  I would love to show you!  

Late flowering Maureen tulips open after other Spring bulbs fade.  I love their creamy white color on tall strong stems.

Pale purple Creeping Phlox spills over the rock borders.

The chives are just beginning to open!  I love them in the garden as well as the kitchen!

Clematis climbs up my old bicycle in the garden.  I have yet to plant annuals in the front metal basket, another fun project scheduled for today!

Like I said, isn't summer grand?  But it does tend to pass by much too quickly in a busy flurry of packed calendar dates, so make sure you take a moment to rest and enjoy it.  Let yourself be lazy for a long minute.  Doesn't a late afternoon nap on the hammock sound wonderful?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Have a beautiful week,

Maria ~Rusty Hinge


  1. Your garden shots are wonderful! So much beautiful bloom. I'm feeling exactly the same way about summer! Love the quilts on the line!

  2. Such a pretty post! I love the hammock with the crochet trim, lovely! Jean

  3. I do love this time of year! Your shots are gorgeous!!

  4. Love summer too! Your garden is just beautiful!

  5. What wonderful pictures! Your garden is looking amazing! So wonderful!
    Have a blessed week

  6. Great garden pictures !!!...love from me .....happy week....xxx..

  7. Your garden is gorgeous! Love the old bike with the flowers growing on it. How delightful!

  8. Ok....if you wake up some morning and look out to your hammock to see me laying there...don't be surprised, Maria. lol! It's so pretty with the crocheted edge! I loved your garden tour,too! This is what we pined for all winter long, isn't it? :) Hugs to you!

    xoxo laurie

  9. Beautiful photos..
    Happy planting..
    Have a wonderful week..

  10. Hi Maria~~ I love this pretty post!! I also love your new header.
    Hope you have a wonderful week. Your home is so lovely.


  11. Une douce et merveilleuse visite dans votre jardin en fête!
    Je reconnais les fleurs similaires à celles que j'ai dans mon jardin...
    Les photos de votre hamac et de votre linge étendu est très belle.
    Gros bisous à vous.

  12. Love your beautiful flowers! We have many of the same, I think mine may be a little ahead of yours here in Colorado. The hammock is perfection, love the view. Wish I could swing away in that, with a good magazine.


  13. You have lots of beauty in your garden and I love the hammock and the line full of old quilts-so beautiful!


  14. Your photos are so fresh and pretty!

  15. You have a beautiful garden! This is one of my favorite times of year. Thank you for sharing your pictures!


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