Friday, June 17, 2016

Textures in the June Garden

June is a great time to observe textures in the garden 
before it becomes so overgrown you can't see anything but plants.

Like this dainty pink soapwort, a delicate contrast with gravel and stone.


Ostrich ferns are fresh and feathery in June.
In the mile-high sun of July they'll soon be turning brown and crispy. 


These airy columbine stand out against a dry stream bed and brick path.


Some old mill stones topped by an unusual rock add hardscape interest to lush landscaping.


Garden textures really show up when leaves are backlit by the sun.


Wispy love-in-a-mist seems to float in the air.


A copper rain chain contrasts with purple larkspur flowers and seed pods. 


Delicate orange poppy petals are striking against blue Turkish veronica.
Denver Bronco colors! 
Ahem. Have I mentioned the Broncos won the Super Bowl this year?


This little chickadee in my fountain almost looks like a soft water color.


Before your garden is crowded with blooms, take a moment to observe and savor its textures.

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31 comments:

  1. Wow, how beautiful it all is. Thank you for sharing the loveliness that surrounds you.

    FlowerLady

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  2. So that's called soapwort! I have a photo taken from a town near here in France, that is almost identical to the first one here.
    Your garden is gorgeous.

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  3. Beautiful! What wonderful pictures you have taken.

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  4. Hahaha, love the reference to the Broncos and Super Bowl. The chickadee in the bath is an awesome photo. I agree regarding the sunlight angles backlighting the leaves. By July, not only do the plants start looking tired, the overhead angle of the sun makes anything but early morning and evening photos look harsh. I'm savoring the June garden too.
    Rita

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    1. Thanks Rita. It's so nice to find someone else who appreciates the little things in the garden AND football!

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  5. Your garden is lovely. I love the water feature. I want one!
    Thanks for sharing. I'm signed up for your emails so I get notice of all your posts! I hope you'll come over and visit me. I have a great DVD giveaway going on right now. Come over and check it out!

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    1. Thank you Grantham. So nice to hear you are following me.

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  6. That was lovely.....but is it sport imitating nature or nature imitating art??

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  7. That was lovely.....but is it sport imitating nature or nature imitating art??

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  8. I have never seen soapwort (did I spell it right, I need to scroll back up and check) Its pretty! Your Columbine is beautiful, I have bits and pieces in mine but this year it is growing pretty slow. Its probably pretty traumatized from all my transplanting of flowers around it. So sorry to hear about your subscription service, let me guess....feedburner? I hear that is picky a lot. Hope it starts working again soon!

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    1. Thanks Christine. I'm sure your garden will come back with beauty and energy next year after transplanting. Sometimes it takes a while for them to get back to normal. Yep, feedburner. It seems to be working this week. Do you have a better suggestion and, if I switch, would I lose my subscribers? Enjoy Summer!

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  9. Everything looks lovely! I love a water feature and the chickadee sitting in it is so sweet. Thank you for sharing with us and Happy Summer, Pat!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Thanks Sandi. So glad you enjoyed this post. Miss Chickadee has made the fountain her afternoon habit while the robins and big birds take over the birdbath! Enjoy your summer.

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  10. Your columbine flowers are gorgeous! I hope ours are that beautiful someday! And I love that you have a mill stone. I have been wanting to find one to add to our landscaping. They're so cool!

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    1. Thanks Meg. I'm planning on scattering columbine seed once it dries to make a woodland garden in a shady area of the garden. The mill stone was my Dad's; I know they're not easy to find. Enjoy Summer!

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  11. This is so beautiful, Pat. I love the stones and the rain chain. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing so much prettiness at thoughts of Home on Thursday. ;)

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    1. Thank you for your sweet thoughts Stacey. Happy Summer!

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  12. My ferns are just like this they also turn brown and crispy. Your garden is lovely! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thank you so much. After the near 100 degree heat this week, the ferns are fading fast. So we enjoy them while we can as I'm sure you do too. Happy Weekend to you!

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  13. Such a pretty water feature and garden.
    We love having you at TOHOT!
    Jemma

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    1. Thanks Jemma. Water features add so much to a garden. I love the sound and pretend it's a mountain stream. But I don't think I could handle the maintenance of a pond. Happy Summer!

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  14. Your garden is gorgeous. Love the mill stones and the rain chain. Have a lovely week. Stay cool!

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    1. Thanks so much for taking a break to visit my garden.

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  15. A truly gorgeous garden and I adore the rain chain. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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  16. Hi Pat--your gardens are so lovely! And that shot with the chickadee on the fountain--amazing :) Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm--

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    1. Thank you Diana. The chickadee population seems to have tripled this year and they love the water, something they haven't done in the past. They are the sweetest little birds. Now, if I could just lure some doves to the birdbath!

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