It’s so hard to believe that summer is winding down and Labor Day weekend is here! Our cool, wet Midwest summer days filled our gardens with lush blooms all summer long. Such pleasant weather makes gardeners so happy!
This has been our wettest summer on record, with over 25 inches of rain since the beginning of June… and more rain on the way! Gardenkeeping throughout the summer months took on a different feel, with just a bit of handwatering and continuous weeding. The perennials in our cottage garden are larger than ever, tumbling over one another with colorful blossoms.
It’s been several weeks since we walked through the garden together. Hope you have time! It would be lovely to sit on the porch and enjoy a tall glass of apple mint iced tea, a summertime treat from the herb garden! We can also share our favorite memories of a very special gardener…
There are small, barely noticeable hints that summer days are winding down…
The sun’s warmth feels a bit more gentle now.
Gusts of wind scatter a few yellow and brown leaves, twirling down into the grass.
The cicadas are singing so loudly in the late day sun.
Just this week, the Chrysanthemums began to bloom.
That is the biggest hint that Autumn days are just around the corner!
I’ve been thinking of someone special this week…
and her appreciation of a simple life made by one’s own hands.
It’s the perfect time to remember
one of America’s best known and beloved illustrators.
Whenever I think of Tasha Tudor, I think of…
hollyhocks, delphiniums, foxgloves,
peonies, and heirloom roses,
reading on the porch, watercolors,
sharing a children’s story,
handmade goat milk soap,
sipping a cup of chamomile tea,
and enjoying a quiet, simple lifestyle.
Most of all, my heart celebrates her love of gardening!
“Paradise on Earth” is how Tasha described her cottage gardens.
I understand how she felt…
P.S. Do you have any favorite memories of Tasha Tudor to share?