Friday, August 12, 2011

Holding Onto Summer

It was a perfect summer morning when I stepped outside onto the patio to give our little grey kitty, Genevieve, a scratch behind the ears. The temperature was just right and a gentle breeze ruffled the leaves on the trees. The deep blue sky was dotted with puffy white clouds. Birds were chirping and flitting around the yard. Butterflies fluttered among the flowers. I almost expected to see Bambi come frolicking across the yard - it was that perfect! I decided right then and there to take some time to capture the day on the pages of my sketchbook...

A morning like that is something to hold onto. In the depths of winter, I like to remember a summer day like this one -- the happiness and contentment I felt, the warm sunshine on my back as a sat drawing the roses, Buckley lying patiently in the lush green grass at my feet as I drew the hydrangea, and our cat, Hoover, snoozing under the daylilies as I added them to my page. It lifts my heart a little and reminds me that those cold winter days will soon come to an end, and flowers will bloom again.

This sunflower was a "volunteer" that grew from the remains of last
winter's birdseed, under the bird feeder outside my kitchen window.

 Potentilla blossoms are just plain cute! The bushes are a mass of pink
flowers in the spring and early summer, but even this late
in the season the flowers keep coming.

These daylilies were given to me 25 years ago by a dear friend,
and every summer when they bloom, I think of her.

Coreopsis is hardy and reliable, and adds a cheery splash
of sunshine-y yellow to the plantings by my front porch
and the back patio.

I enjoy these groundcover roses all summer long - they're right outside
the kitchen window. They grow like crazy and would probably
take over the house if I didn't chop them back every once in awhile!

 Campanula (balloon flowers) are one of my favorites.
That periwinkle blue color just couldn't be any prettier.

Hosta flowers don't last long, do they? It seems like
I notice them one day and think, "Oh, don't they look nice!"
Then the next time I look, they're over!

We added a fountain to our backyard this spring, and I surrounded
it with thrift, a perennial that was new to me. The compact mounds
of dark green send up stems with single flowers on them,
and they bloom all summer long.

Butterfly bushes have added a lot of color to my landscape.
The two I planted last year are both prolific bloomers,
and they're a haven for butterflies.
This lace-cap hydrangea must have liked all the rainy weather we had
this spring, because it was amazing this summer - huge, and
covered with hundreds of blooms!

It's already starting to feel like fall around here this week, with cooler temperatures and the first fall flowers showing up along the roadsides. So, let's all vow to take some time and enjoy these last few weeks of summer - they'll be gone too soon!

This painting is available as a 9" x 12" giclee print,
double matted, for $30.00 plus shipping.
To order, drop me an email using the
"Contact Me" button, to the right.


  1. I would love to see some of these as fabric, imagine the quilt we could create!

  2. Ginny took the words out of my mouth! This is so lovely.

  3. Just lovely! I am from the U.S., but live in SE Asia now. I miss flowers (especially spring & summertime ones) from "home". Your painting of these were sweet reminders of my grandmother and her flower gardens as well as the many flowers that I used to plant and watch bloom in my own yard once upon a time. Thank you for sharing!


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