Savoring August

April’s anticipation is long over.

mini daffodil

May merely a memory.

Sugar Tyme Crabapple

June was most joyous.

June Perennials

July a jubilee of color.

July Perennials

Those of us in New Hampshire should now savor August. This is a time to ease up on the garden chores just a little.  Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden.  There will be plenty to do later as the leaves are changing their colors in Autumn.

Helenium Mardi Gras

Well, that sounded like a good plan when I started this blog post at the beginning of the month…And I must admit I did savor some of August.

Black Swallowtail on Buddleia Nanho Blue

Butterflies owned the Buddleias.



Two Frogs Guard Pond

Frogs often appeared to be guarding the small pond.

Maiden Grass

Maiden Grass bounces and sways with every breeze.


Fish shimmer in the light.

Kopper King Perennial Hibiscus

Kopper King totally ruled.

There are only days left to the month now as we prepare for Hurricane Irene.  Lawn chairs, umbrellas, and a mess of empty plant pots have been stuffed into the garden shed.  Monday brings with it the start of a new school year, signalling Summer’s end. 

There, I said it. 

Now We Must Savor September.

This entry was posted on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 2:42 AM and is filed under Observations, Thoughts. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.


  1. Erin says:

    Thank you for dropping by my blog. I’ve gone through a page of yours, but when I have more time tomorrow oil going to peruse the whole thing. I never do anything half way… :-) I have found so much useful information going all the way through blog archives, that I do it as a matter of practice now.
    I LOVE your crabapple picture. I don’t know if you took the pictures? If so, you are really good!

    ... on August 26th, 2011
  2. Chris says:

    Thanks Erin, I took the pictures :)

    ... on August 26th, 2011
  3. Laura says:

    Your gardens and photographs are gorgeous! Hope Irene behaves herself should she swing by.

    ... on August 26th, 2011
  4. Name says:

    So colourful it could be spring.

    ... on August 26th, 2011
  5. The Sage Butterfly says:

    The seasons always bring joys and surprises. I really liked your take on that…

    ... on August 26th, 2011
  6. Catriona Ni Draoi says:

    O wow what a lovely ordered and cared for garden you have!I am thinking of you all in anticipation of the storm, take care. Well done with your colourful shots too:~)

    ... on August 27th, 2011
  7. Cathy and Steve says:

    Gorgeous photos…. do you train your swallowtail to stay still so you can photo him????!!!! If so, what’s your secret???

    I spent almost an hour today trying to catch a picture of one that was zipping all around our buddleias and that little guy just wouldn’t set still. He kept flitting all over the place. Didn’t get one decent photo!

    Love your blog! Looking forward to September in your garden… do check out the May Dreams Gardens blog and join in the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of the month.

    You can find it here:

    ... on August 27th, 2011
  8. Linnie W says:

    Lovely review of the garden through spring & summer. Fall is definitely on the way. Fingers crossed for you and all in the storm!

    ... on August 28th, 2011
  9. Chris says:

    Thank you! I visit the Buddleias often and always keep my camera with me :) I’m still working on hummingbirds and hummingbird moths – they are fast! I’ll check into the blog and Bloom Day!

    ... on August 28th, 2011
  10. Chris says:

    Thanks Linnie!

    ... on August 28th, 2011
  11. Chris says:

    Thank you Catriona!

    ... on August 28th, 2011
  12. Chris says:

    They certainly do! Thanks!

    ... on August 28th, 2011
  13. Chris says:

    Thanks! I love color :)

    ... on August 28th, 2011
  14. Chris says:

    Thank you! I hope so too!

    ... on August 28th, 2011
  15. Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens says:

    I am on an island off the coast of Maine waiting forIrene to hit. All containers, furniture, inside, candles are stocked, and the bathtub is full of water. What a way to end the summer.

    ... on August 28th, 2011
  16. Janet at Planticru Notes says:

    Every month in your garden seems to have variety and colour. I especially like the photo of the dragonfly. I spent some time one afternoon trying to take a photo of them and never succeeded.

    ... on August 28th, 2011
  17. One says:

    Your photos are very beautiful! One of the fish looks like it is in the air.

    ... on August 29th, 2011
  18. Catharine Howard says:

    Very evocative images of a gallop through the year.

    ... on August 29th, 2011
  19. Christine says:

    The crab apple is stunning! I’m on a big mission to try and get one here – not easy!

    ... on September 6th, 2011
  20. Linda Jones says:

    You’ve heard this before — your gardens AND your photographs are just beautiful.

    ... on September 17th, 2012