The August Garden From Above

Garden With Meditation Circle After Rain

Garden With Meditation Circle After Rain

At midnight a thunderous storm blew heavy rain against the window panes. After a 92°F. day, normal for mid-August, the air was still quite warm as I opened the front door to peer at the downpour.

In the early morning light the garden stood refreshed.

Facing west, light enters the garden first from the north through a break between my house and the neighbors'.

Facing west, light enters the garden first from the north through a break between our house and the neighbors’.

The garden is more filled out and more lush and green for this time of year.

Early morning garden

Early morning garden

I enjoy noticing the abstractness of the garden layout from above.

Garden With Meditation Circle After Rain

Garden With Meditation Circle After Rain

Today will again be a 90-degree day, but unseasonably cooler weather will make the rest of the week feel luxurious: eighty degrees Wednesday, high seventies Thursday, mid-seventies (but rain) over the weekend. The nicer forecast offers an opportunity to enjoy the garden from more than as an observer looking down…

Garden With Meditation Circle After Rain

Garden With Meditation Circle After Rain

19 thoughts on “The August Garden From Above

  1. Pauline

    So glad you are going to have some respite from the heat, I’m sure your garden is too! Lovely shots of your garden, I imagine it was very grateful of your overnight rain.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Pauline. Yes the rains are welcome. Even though we’ve had a good amount of rain, the hot days really stress the plants so they needed a drink.

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  2. Cathy

    Your meditation circle really is looking lovely this summer. I love that kind of light in the mornings after rain too. Enjoy your cooler spell. It’s cooler here and I was able to work outside quite comfortably today.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Many plans for the meditation garden didn’t pan out but guess I’ll always be experimenting. The thyme was fine-looking for most of the summer but in the last couple of weeks it has turned brown in big chunks–maybe finally couldn’t stand the humidity. Glad your weather is tamer so you can enjoy being outside. susie

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  3. Annette

    It looks very interesting from above, Susie, and isn’t it amazing how lush and green your garden is! I once made a thyme circle once and after a splendid couple of years the thyme gradually disappeared. May need to be replaced from time to time. I just opted for other plants.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Annette. YOur thyme circle sounds nice! My goal was to use evergreens such as the thyme in the circle that would bloom to provide occasional color. I was hoping to avoid replacing the plants but my experiments haven’t achieved my dream. Many died last year and I tried a few different ones this year. Will have to give it more attention and thought.

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      1. Annette

        You see when we garden with annuals we don’t seem to mind replacing, so maybe we should have a different approach: be happy if it works out or replace the odd plant if it doesn’t. As long as it works… 😉

  4. John Schulz

    This is very nice. I had no idea that you could look down on it. It’s like being up in a tree house, hanging your feet off and checking out the surrounding area.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you John. I have wanted an upstairs balcony or deck, but your tree house idea would be great fun! As it is I just look out the upstairs windows where I’m often sitting and look down on the entire garden. I can watch the birds at the feeder but fortunately can see the weeds in detail. Take care. Susie

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks very much. The borders were planned originally when we moved in with a bare landscape. The mediation circle was added a couple of years ago and I really like that feature. It’s made a real focal point that the garden was lacking.

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  5. Judy @ GrandparentsPlus2

    Your garden looks lovely and inviting. I’d like to sit on your bench and enjoy a hot cup of coffee as I contemplate the meaning of life. I’m sure I’d find the answer sitting there in that beautiful setting. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I find it a treat to be able to view the garden from this view. One of my goals when I set out to renovate my garden was to create a peaceful setting. There’s always more to do but I am happy with the results. For me it’s calming to look down at the garden or to be in it. Have a great day.

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