Monday, July 30, 2012

Midday in the summer garden

Take a little walk with me around my back garden at midday.  The sun is bright so colours are a bit washed out but still it's lovely with the warm sun.  

This nasturtium is a gorgeous peachy colour don't you think?

And here's a pot full of annuals sitting just outside the shed door.  The cement beneath this pot is home to a very shy little lizard, who runs away when we come near.  But today I managed to take his portrait hiding on the horizontal edge of flower box.

Just look at that stunning blue design on his belly!

Over at the other end of the yard are my raspberry canes.  Most of the berries have been picked but there are still a few stragglers.  The ants enjoy them too.

The tree peonies have lost their lovely white petals here but I think the centres are still quite beautiful.

This chair sits on the dried out grass if you want to spend a bit of time in the sun.  It never gets all that strong here on Vancouver Island.   If you sit here you can look at the leaves of the Golden Locust that's growing ever so slowly in the middle of the lawn.

And this is one of the Dahlias, very washed out in the sun but still showing its brilliant colour.

Back in the shade of the house there are hostas blooming.  I like the colour of this one.

Let's head over to patio and have a seat beside the big pot of feather grass. There's a cup of coffee waiting.  Would you like one?


  1. Oh My Goodness !
    I love your garden. So many plants and flowers. I am very envious. Not what we get to see where I live.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. hey parsnip,
      It's funny isn't it how we love the plants we can't have where we live. I do enjoy my garden but have a wish to spend time with those amazing desert plants and landscapes.

  2. Your garden looks so lovely. And you have a lizard! How wonderful.

    I laughed at the ants in the raspberries. This is the first year we've had to actually fight the ants for the berries. Must be all the cool wet weather.

    It would indeed be pleasant to just sit a while and drink coffee with you in that garden.

    1. Thanks Stephanie,
      Yes, it would be fun to have a visit.

  3. Looks lovely. Do you know the name of the lizard...I didn't know we even had lizards on V.I. until I saw someone post one on another site. Cathy

    1. Well, I just looked it up and it turns out to be a European Wall Lizard. They are here in Saanich because a local zoo closed down a few years ago and released them and they're adapting very well. I think they eat insects so I'm happy to have one in my garden. Actually this is the third or fourth year I've seen them here.


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