It Was a Very Good Summer For…


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It’s been an absolutely amazing summer!  Most notable is the fact that not one day has been without  sunshine.

Oh, we’ve had our share of the hot and humid, and there has also been a serious lack of rain, but summers here are short, and to have one such as this is truly a gift.

Many of the trees and flowers got a bit off schedule because of the very late heavy frosts we had in May, but for the most part everything has done beautifully.

My lavender (which I just LOVE!) began blooming in June, and I noticed this morning that it looks like it may bloom once more before it rests until next year.

I actually learned this year, that some (not all types) lavender can be started from cuttings, so my kitchen windowsill is now filled with pots of cuttings, and all are doing well so far.

Even though the calendar says otherwise, here in New York, Labor Day marks the end of summer, and there is no doubt that this is true.

All the color of summer is quite muted now, and the browns are beginning to take over.  The leaves are beginning to change, but not enough to provide any real color yet.

I know that will come soon enough.  🙂

Have a wonderful week!!

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53 comments

  1. Really well presented here, Lisa, I just love this post! We have some lavender in our garden here on the west coast, too, it’s one of my wife’s favorite features in our yard. You’ve done a lovely job of shooting these and framing them with your words… absolutely top drawer my friend!

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  2. Love the gorgeous colors and wonderful detail.

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  3. We are still on summer mode here, actually 97-100+ this past weekend and extending to a few more days. I do love lavenders too and that table of yours though!

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  4. I am always so inspired and I love your photography. Your images are beautiful!!
    Our Summers are incredibly hot, humid and long. We have had a severe lack of rain over the last few years.

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  5. As you can tell, I don’t mind the blogging the way I used to! I’m deliberating whether it’s even something I should be doing. I grew some lavender this summer—actually, I bought a plant that had been trimmed like a little tree. It bloomed for quite awhile before I trimmed it. I’m sad that it isn’t a hardy variety, so I’ll just hang on to it as long as the weather allows. We’ve had several nights of frost, but I still have 4 hanging baskets of flowers as well three pots of gerberas that are still blooming. Two collections of succulents are full; one is hardy and the other will come inside for the winter. Temps in the 80s for three or four days and then back to 60’s and below.

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  6. The clarity of your images is utterly stunning. Not only do you have an excellent eye, composition sense, and your own lovely style, but I’m always so taken with the clarity. Beautiful work.

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  7. To come and visit you here always fill my heart with joy, dearest Linda, I’m so grateful to you for this, dearest Lisa !
    Thanking you most sincerely for your so welcome words of solace
    I’m sending blessings of joy on your weekend ahead and on your Fall

    Xx Dany

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  8. You have captured some beautiful photos of lavender, both delicate and intricate. And, I agree this summer has been fantastic—at least where I have been. 🙂

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  9. Lavender is absolutely one of my favorite flowers. I love walking by it and just rubbing my hand along the plants and releasing that wonderful aroma. Your shots are so detail and awesome. I will look forward to hearing how your window cuttings do….

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  10. Your lavender is definitely showing its color-:-). So beautiful Lisa! I can just envision them on your windowsill too, great idea! Have a wonderful week. xx

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  11. Oh my Lisa, these are lovely. Honestly, these photos gave me an instant sense of calm. I guess I could literally smell the lavender through the screen! Mine never seem to look this gorgeous. Thank you for sharing…even though I’m late in commenting, I appreciate these mental pick-me-ups. xoxo

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  12. I have quite a bit of lavender in my garden here and it does great on Cape Cod. I never knew it does great from cuttings. I’m going to have to look into that.

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  13. In Poland, the most beautiful weather was in the first half of September.
    Osięgały temperature of 30 degrees.
    July and sierpeń were nice too.
    In total, the whole summer was beautiful.

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  14. Hello Lisa
    Thank you for the nice visit and comment.
    I wish you a successful new week.

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  15. Your images of lavender transport me. They are so beautiful. I tried to grow it without much success some years ago. The fragrance is so heavenly. So glad you had a brilliant summer.

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  16. Your post made me think of fall for the first time….I’m not quite ready for it. Your Lavendar is beautiful. A friend gave me a little Lavendar pillow to help me sleep!

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  17. Beautiful photos, I am love them.

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  18. oh my heart…your lavender. what stunning photos! i am happy to hear that summer was good to you. xo

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  19. Wonderful lavender images, Lisa. Glad you had a fruitful summer.

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  20. Ooh, I miss the summer already when I see your beautiful shots of the Lavendel, Lisa!
    Have a nice week!
    Kisses 🙂

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  21. Your photos of the lavender is absolutely amazing. Lovely flower, lovely colour, lovely photos.

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  22. Lovely lavender, I’m going to try to grow some this fall. There are a couple varieties that can do well in AZ. Your photos are stunning, I’m sorry your summer is coming to a close soon but really glad that ours is, too, in a month or so…

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  23. I can practically smell the fragrance! I love the scent of lavender. I have one plant only. I wonder if it is one I can take cuttings from and make new plants. Worth a try if it survives the winter. Have a terrific week ahead Lisa!

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  24. Oh, your lavender! So lovely, I can almost smell it. I love that little bundle tied with a stem, simple and perfect. Have a wonderful weekend, dear Lisa. ❤

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  25. Your lavender is gorgeous Lisa and I’m pleased you had a ‘real’ summer, especially as yours is so short and your winter very long. As you know ours is quite the reverse with long hot summers and short mild winters. Hopefully your dried lavender and potted cuttings will extend the vibrancy of summer.

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  26. Your lavender is so pretty Lisa. Wishing you success with growing the cuttings! It certainly has been confusing for plants this year. I have been noticing some leaves falling already (although colors have not started to turn yet). Have a great weekend!

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  27. I love lavender so much, we put it on our fish last night for supper. Gorgeous photos!

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  28. Great images, very well done!

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  29. Oh, Lisa, these lavender images are just exquisite. The muted colors are so lovely. Thank you for sharing… I am a bit jealous of your crop this year, as my lavender has taken a beating from our changeable weather. Maybe next year…..

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  30. Hi Lisa, I love lavender and these photos are dreamy! My favorite is the last one on that beautiful wood surface. Summer has been the same here as you described and it’s still warm this week. Hope your cuttings will bloom soon, how nice you’re doing that! Have a grea weekend ahead my friend. xo

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  31. Your shots of the lavender are magical!

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  32. Your lavender is so lovely Lisa! I love the stance, color and crisp focus with the creamy background! Last year I added the lavendula to my little raised bed and it seemed to drop seeds onto the ground below, so new starts appeared this summer, which I transplanted four nice pieces to the other side of the beds. I hope in the next few years it will fill in nicely. So nice your summer has been sunny with nice weather. Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week my friend!

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  33. I’m so happy that you’ve had a wonderful summer! Your lavender shots are beautiful. I am not a summer girl and positively wilt in humid heat like we had this year! But I do love the autumn and the cooler days and look forward to being able to breathe again and move without being weighed down by the heat.
    Have a beautiful end to your week, Lisa.

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  34. I love lavender too! I love you post, your words are very beautiful. We have had an unusual summer here in NW Indiana. Hot and humid, a lot of rain, and the mosquitos are horrendous due to the last record rainfall we had of 8-12″ (in 8 hours) we had a few weeks ago. Fall is in the air here, also. I think about you often, I miss our posting back and forth – life gets busy. I’ll get one up very soon…Take care dear friend…

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  35. Such lovely flowers!

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  36. I love to think of you and your windowsill with all the cuttings of Lavender. That a girl you can do it. Oh I think we need to trade a little, I give you more weeks of summer and you give me some of that fall color. Have a wonderful day enjoy the outside.

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    • I would be quite happy with that trade, Barbara, although it sounds like AZ was pretty tough heat-wise this summer (more so than normal). You see, I want to find a climate that gives 51 weeks of summer, and one week of heavy snow and freezing cold (for Christmas). Not asking for too much, am I?????

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  37. Another treasured blog post for all to enjoy. I bet you’re enjoying the Full Frame 810… you’re artist’s eye coupled with your creative juices produces wonderful results. So glad you’all are having a wonderful summer. 🙂

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  38. That is so enjoyable to read about your summer, dear Lisa! And flowers are so gentle, so beautiful and probably so fragrant.

    Beautiful photos of this special purple flowers.

    Very best wishes to you!

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  39. I wish I could love summer like that, but for me it is almost as depressing as winter, at least when it is a hot and humid summer. Last year was great, cooler with less humidity. I hope fall lasts a long time.

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  40. Beautiful photography, Lisa. Love the bokeh.

    Glad you’ve had a wonderful Summer but change is inevitable. It sounds like you have some wonderful memories.

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  41. your lavender is so pretty. i need to to grow some of that. i must agree, its been a great summer.
    enjoy the fall Lisa.

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  42. I need to grow some lavender here. Yours is so beautiful! There are lavender farms not too far away, so I really think it would do well here (unless it needs a lot of babying. Then it’s out of luck!)

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  43. What a beautiful photo’s of the lavender. it’s time the computer can include the wonderful parfum of the lavender in the photo’s.
    It must be a scented area in your kitchen. Great to read you had such a beautiful summer. Overhere the weather is also great.
    Not much rain and certain tree’s are loosing theire leaves because of the dryness we have. Enjoy what is left of summertime!!
    Have a wonderful day Lisa xxxx

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  44. Hi Lisa,
    marvelous photos of the lavender and so lovely thoughts about the Summertime this year.
    Here in Europe we had a very wet June and July. August was very hot in the end and now it seems to be turning in to Autumn, but the next days will be hot again.
    So we will see, what happen.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  45. lavender, a wonderful plant and the perfect color 😉

    we have had a lot of bright, sunshiney days that i have enjoyed as well. it has been a beautiful summer but i am looking forward to fall, changing temperatures, mums and pumpkins. i love fall and i enjoy winter as well, there are lots of great festivals i am looking forward too!!!!

    awesome to see you today lisa!!!!

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  46. Hi Lisa, I’m swooning over your Lavender! I don’t think my high altitude growing season is long enough for it to flourish. I saw a garden in CA planted in patterns with Lavender, and I was entranced. When it blooms, the smell must be wonderful.

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  47. Beautiful images; lovely words 😄

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