Solace in the garden

When the world wearies and society does not satisfy….
there is always the garden.” 
by Minnie Aumonier*

During these past couple of years, I’ve found a lot of solace in my garden.

We have been seeing some wicked hot temps, high humidity, and drought. There is a chance we may get some much needed rain today in the state, I just don’t know if we’ll get lucky and get some here that will make an appreciable difference.

Regardless of the temperature, I can always look out the windows and smile. Hope you have a good week that involves plenty of smiles.

*Thanks to our blogging friend, Gerrie, at Canberra’s Green Spaces for first using the quote.

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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61 Responses to Solace in the garden

  1. Helen says:

    Your garden always looks amazing

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  2. Murphy’s Law says:

    Beautiful Canna Lily…but I especially like the Elderberry and Visitor! 🤪

    Gardening, although it’s work, is the most satisfying pastime I know.

    “Scattered showers” forecast for here, but no way to know if we’re in the “scattered” area! We sure need rain and a break from this oppressive heat and humidity. Mother Nature keeps changing her mind.

    Have a terrific week. Wishing you oodles of smiles too.
    Ginger

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    • Thank you for the weather chuckle. We have one NH station and the meteorologist gives the weather forecast, and I always wonder where exactly that is in the state. 🙂 We got a light shower that caused the road to be wet. I would complain, but any drop is appreciated. You have a good week too.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    These would all make me smile, Judy. Thanks for starting my Monday off on the right track. Hopefully some rain and a number under 90 on the weather station will keep this week rolling.

    I hope you have a great week.

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  4. Judy, if I didn’t know better I’d think I was looking at a seed catalog. Stay in the AC and look out the window – lots of beauty there.

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  5. Wonderful quotation! Thanks, Judy and Gerrie, for sharing it. Judy, your flowers are beautiful. Looking at those pictures sure made me smile. Something else to smile about: rain and a break in the weather. In Maine, anyway, the next two days are supposed to be fabulous. Fingers, toes, and everything else crossed.

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  6. bikerchick57 says:

    Judy, your flowers are gorgeous, despite the hot temps. Love the coneflower and black-eye Sue. I hope you get the rain you need and much cooler temps so both you and your garden can enjoy.

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  7. I don’t have the garden you do but as soon as the deck was done I put planters out there. Now while it’s too hot and humid to go out much, I can look out and it’s like a symphony of flowers. My flowers have done well in the heat (although I water them twice a day!). Without that beauty, I’d be cranky in this heat!

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  8. Such vibrant images! Love them all. I really enjoy the elderberry and visitor!

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Gorgeous blooms, Judy! Here’s hoping we get some good rain today and tonight. 🤞🏼

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    • I have been moving daylilies into clumps of the same color, and I am always shocked that even after rain, I put the shovel in and it is dry as a bone after you get beyond the first couple of inches. It’s dry out there. We did get some rain yesterday afternoon, so I’m anxious to check the rain gauge when I go out.

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  10. Shashi says:

    Beautiful pics

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  11. Great photos of such colourful flowers. We have also had high temperatures and an ever-growing period of drought. Gardens are suffering, we are loosing small trees, branches have dried upon trees ad shrubs. We have lost decades old boughs of a Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis so lots of tree surgery work going on at the moment. Lots of leaves are turning brown and crisp too. England recorded its highest temperature ever recorded!

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    • I am sorry you are having the same weather because it is sure dealing havoc all around. I have two trees I’ve been hauling water to, but the leaves are curling. The container plantings aren’t looking good either, but I can let those go easier than the trees. We got a little rain yesterday, so I’ll be hoping you get some too as well as a drop in temperature.

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    • Hope your gardens are doing okay with the drought, your animal visitors are still plentiful, but most of all you are feeling well.

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      • Thank you Judy I am in more pain then before surgery now 5 weeks since but I am told it was a tough surgery and would be a long haul to recover from of course when I do something its good 🙂 Gardens are amazing I must have 100 tomatoes ripening nicely and I have been having my fill of lettuce, kale and rainbow Swiss chard I just pulled out small potatoes the drought really did not allow them to get real big but I will roast some and the rest add to a stew(all red ones) Flowers are incredible except the Bubblegum petunia that the ground hog also adored but I put them up away from his mouth and they have rounded nicely. How are you and your gardens?

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      • My tomato plants are in terrible shape, worst year ever. I pulled my potatoes out of the bags I put them in, and they will be okay if I peel them. My flowers, berries, peas, beans, carrots, and watermelon have done well. Strange vegetable gardening year for sure.

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      • It sure is 😦

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  12. Nancy says:

    Isn’t that the truth… there’s always the garden!
    Your flowers are beautiful.
    We got A LOT of rain yesterday here in Pennsylvania. We needed it. Our lake is low as well as the gardens and fields needing rain.
    Hope it comes your way.
    Happy New Week to You!

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  13. Oddment says:

    What beauties! That elderberry is fabulous; I’d expect it to make noise like a sparkler. Lovely of the bee to pose like that, and I can’t help thinking that both were smiling too. The red zinnia ditto — that’s an outright grin. Sometimes a gardener just has to pat herself on the back. Wishing you rain and a break in the heat.

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    • Mother Nature must have heard you because we received some rain yesterday and a small drop in temperature which is greatly appreciated. 🙂 I normally have no luck with zinnias, but this year I put them in one of my stock tanks, and they love it there which, of course, makes me happy.

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  14. Joyce says:

    I love how you take us along through weeks of spring clean up and planting prep to the days like this when we sit back with you and revel in the beauty you brought forth from the earth. A bounty of berries and other fresh tasty goodies is coming soon. And that will be followed by the purging of fall in preparation for the peaceful rest of winter. And then it starts all over again, and I, like the rest of your readers, never tire of seeing what’s new and what’s back again for another round in the fascinating circle of life known as gardening!

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    • It does remind you of the circle of life with the various seasons. I hope your window boxes are full of beautiful impatiens. It’s also interesting to watch the plants perk right up after a rain which includes much needed nitrogen versus the chemicals from the water out of the hose. Hope all is well with your beautiful family and your grandkids are all having a good summer.

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  15. germac4 says:

    What wonderful flowers you have, I don’t think I could ever get that many flowers to flower at the same time! That gives you an idea of how tough it is to grow flowers in our part of the world.
    Yes, that lovely quote by Minnie Aumonier is just perfect for gardeners isn’t it?
    Where would we all be without our gardens and the continual challenges and joys the garden brings.
    By the way, I love the blue hydrangea in your header… our hydrangea is pink flowering, but the blue is especially pretty.

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  16. Dawn says:

    So very true, Judy! Some days the garden needs me, and some days I need the peaceful, healing feeling that the garden always provides. Your flowers are gorgeous! The elderberry is just stunning! Wishing you gentle showers and cooler temps in the coming days. I always look forward to your Monday musings, my friend!💗

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    • I’ve been moving plants around and sometimes that involves moving to the edge of the woods. I always repeat to myself that it is okay to do that, they are not my children. 🙂 The elderberry was so pretty, just covered with blossoms, and then the deer came through. I guess they had themselves quite a delicious snack. Hope your next door construction is going well and not negatively impacting your new garden. I have one entire bed that I moved all the shade plants out of and moved in sun plants because the neighbor told me she was taking down two huge pines. The pines are still there, and I’m still moving plants. 🙂

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  17. Our front garden is dead and the rear garden, except for the hydrangea and stonecrop which we water, it’s brown and burnt too. The bright spot for us are the pots on the deck. At least in that small area is bright. We didn’t get any rain either. All we can do is wait.

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    • Mother Nature sure spins us around with weather right now. I remember the good old days in New England when almost no one had A/C because you just flat out didn’t need it. Now, there are window units hanging out of almost every house because of the excessive heat and humidity.

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  18. tonytomeo says:

    If cannas get water, they enjoy the warmth!

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  19. Your garden is beautiful Judy and I’m glad you find ongoing joy in your flowers. We’ve just got home yesterday after a wonderful interstate holiday. We had a great time but it is always nice to come home again.

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  20. Denzil says:

    I’d be lost without my garden.

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  21. You sent me to Mrs. Google to read about the White Coneflower, a beautiful one for sure. Keep those smiles coming! – Marty

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  22. pbmgarden says:

    Judy, so gorgeous and I especially love all the red flowers you are growing. Solace is one of the main reasons I believe to tend a garden. Hoping you’ve a nice stretch of gentle, nourishing rains in your forecast.

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  23. Klausbernd says:

    Hi Judy
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of your flowers. We are impressed how immaculate your flowers look like.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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