Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SUMMER BEAUTY

I have really neglected my deck garden this summer.  Between the heat and being gone so much it has really suffered.  Still there is some Summer Beauty in my yard!
The most beautiful plant in my yard is the amazing Hydrangea Tree
Mr ALC pruned it way back this winter and now it has the most beautiful blooms on it
They start out white and will turn a beautiful pink later in the fall. 
I never tire of it's beauty!

Last summer I planted a butterfly bush and it finally grew this year.  I have enjoyed the wonderful butterflies it attracts
Maybe I will get some new plants for the deck garden this fall

I hope you are all enjoying these last weeks of summer!

Linda

28 comments:

Michele Smith said...

Beautiful!

Deb said...

It reminds me of the snowball tree. Gorgeous. Yes, I'm enjoying the last of the summer. Kicking back today and playing with some dishes. I have to remove one buffet to the upstairs today to un-clutter the dining-room. That means moving dishes around. Love it.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love your hydrangea tree Linda! I just saw mums out at the store:@)

Love of the Sea said...

Wow - that tree is incredible. What a beautiful thing to have in your yard. And the blooms are awesome.

Blondie's Journal said...

How pretty! The hydrangea tree and the butterfly bush! You are definitely doing something right!! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, Linda!

XO,
Jane

Barbara F. said...

Linda, I love your white hydrangea, and the butterfly bush! I am clinging hard to these last couple of weeks of summer! xo

Diann said...

Your hydrangea bush is beautiful Linda. And great shot of the butterfly.

cj Schlottman said...

These photos are superb! Both plants are lovely and, to tell the truth, make me a little jealous.

Namaste..........cj

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Great Photos Linda! I'm looking forward to Butterfly season and my Autum Joy blooming. It's the one thing I've been able to keep alive through this hot summer. Beautiful hydranga tree.

sissie said...

Hi Linda!
I'm so ready for the fall! I do love your hydrangea tree. My poor hydrangeas could not survive the heat this year. I love the beautiful butterfly bush too.

Hope you are having a wonderful end of summer as well. We are bracing for Hurricane Irene.

hugs
Sissie

Ann in the UP said...

I need to plant a butterfly bush. Are they planted in the fall?

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Oh my goodness...I would love to have that tree in my backyard. My plants were neglected too Linda so don't feel bad.

~~Carol~~ said...

Wow, that's one happy hydrangea! Love your butterfly bush too. I used to have three of them, and over the course of several years, they've all died. Can't wait to buy lots of mums for Fall color!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I love the hydrangea tree...What a statement it makes!!! The butterfly bush is beautiful, too!!!
Great photos!

C'est moi Claudette said...

Please don't say "the last days of summer" boohoo
I don't want it to end. I've worked too hard to have it disappear already Linda.
I have to get one of those trees. I LOVE them. Mine is a bush, not a tree. I've dried many of them for the winter.
I've missed you
xoxoxoxo

Ames said...

Does Mr. ALC fertilize them in the Fall and that's why they change color? I have seen White, Pink, Light Green and Blue ones. My father always said you could chnage their color by changing the ph of the soil. I wonder Mr. ALC does that? Regardless, they are beautiful! Love to see plants attract butterflies!~Ames

Patti said...

I love hydrangeas, and yours certainly is beautiful!! Way to go, Mr. ALC Man...the pruning back made it spectacularly gorgeous.

I love the butterfly photo. You captured it beautifully.

Love,
Patti

bj said...

O, Linda..I do love all your beautiful flowers so much...*whining and cryin' and feelin' sorry for my flowerless self....(not really, girlfriend...
I am thrilled that you have this beauty to look at. I will have it again...next year. In the meantime, I am looking sooo forward to cold days, fireplace fires, hot tea and scones. O, and warm fluffy throwa...:)
xo bj

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

They are absolutely GLORIOUS, Linda! Makes me want to break out in song. Really!

Gina said...

Your hydrangea tree is huge & wonderful!

gail said...

Hi Linda-How beautiful!!!
My patio flowers are all dead also. It seems this happens every year around this time....it just get overwhelming keeping up with them and they just get sick of the heat.
Time for fall and fall flowers!
hugs,
gail

Vintage Christine said...

LAST weeks of summer? Surely you jest! We've got at least two more months of summer to contend with down here and I'm sure before it's over we'll get a hurricane thrown at us, too. Hopefully you're far enough inland not to have to worry about Evil Irene this week. I've never seen a hydrangea tree, just individual plants. We had some hydrangea when we moved here many years ago but within a year or so I'd managed to kill them. I do much better with silk plants.

Scarlett said...

Beautiful! We've had a serious amount of rain here so hoping for a 'late summer' lol. Scarlett x

Chatty Crone said...

Linda your garden has done you well! Beautiful!

Mary said...

Looks like the butterfly is enjoying the beautiful hydrangea tree, too! Lovely~

Marigene said...

OMG! Those hydrangeas are gorgeous!

Kathleen said...

That is a beautiful pee gee hydrangea. I love them. When my other hydrangeas are finished, pee gee blooms. I don't know what will be left of my garden after tomorrow when Irene splatters the salt water all over them! :(

pamq said...

Wow! Love the hydrangea tree!

Do you dry some of them?

Have you ever tried spray painting them?

Mom's neighbor gave me some which I dried in the basement and I was thinking about giving them a light coat of copper....do you think it would work?