Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Morning is the best of all times in the garden. The sun is not yet hot. Sweet vapors rise from the earth. Night dew clings to the soil and makes plants glisten. Birds call to one another. Bees are already at work.
- William Longgood


Dawn in my garden.




Much too hot to work outside in the heat of the day but the hours between 5 and 9 am are perfect in the garden. Hope we can all remain relatively comfortable thru this heat wave.

41 comments:

Darla said...

beautiful captures.....drink some gatorade in this heat!

Rosey said...

I love that vintage-cottage birdhouse. I am starting a small collection of those and now that it is getting bigger, more and more are ending up in my yard. I hope the birds enjoy yours. And I hope you keep cool!
Rosey

Heather said...

Wow, Marnie that first picture is BEAUTIFUL! I like first thing in the morning too and sometimes I go out in my jammies and pull weeds in the backyard! We are just starting our heat wave today (they say) but I have well water so we should be fine! Stay cool over there!

Cameron said...

Marnie,

Your garden looks so peaceful and soft in the early morning light.

I've had to take Charm outside at 5:00 am a few times this week and it is so lovely in the garden at that time of day.

Do stay cool-- it looks like this heat wave is everywhere.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

You are so right! I am headed out right now to water, everything looks droopy and I just watered yesterday. This may be a two time a day job!

Eileen

Cheryl said...

Hi Marnie....your early morning images are truly magical. The first one captivated me totally.

It is hot here....around 28C today. Rain has been in very short supply.....around two days rain in two months. The garden is extremely dry, it will be survival of the fittest.......

Brooke (CreativeCountryMom) said...

Oh I love your birdhouse! So cute.
Of course your blooms are fantastic,
as is your garden,
thank you for sharing it with us.
~Brooke
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Rose said...

Beautiful photos, Marnie. I agree early morning is the best time in the garden; after that, the sun just makes me wilt.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Wow I love the morning light and the color of your plants in these photos! I have to trim back mums and asters today and I missed the early morning because I stupidly a Benadryl last night which makes me sleep hard. I always mean to sow some cleome and I tend to forget. Have it on my list now!

perennialgardener said...

Wow your garden is aglow at dawn and I love how lush and colorful it is as well. :)

Diane said...

That dawn photo is gorgeous - reminds me of Thomas Kinkade, except, you know, good. Frame it!

I'm growing very tired of the heat. I really dislike this time of year, except early mornings of course!

Gail said...

Marnie, I've so wanted to see a long view of your garden! It's lovely and the early morning sun is fantastic~Clever use of pavers to create pillars! Have a sweet day! gail

Sherri said...

I agree I used to love to work early a.m. in my garden-I miss that! Enjoy Marnie-your garden is beautiful!

Louise said...

Your garden takes my breath away. Hey, wait a minute, in this heat, I need every breath I have!

Seriously, how beautiful, and peaceful.

Southern Lady said...

Your garden is still lovely. Mine has really been affected by the extreme heat and lack of rain. I would love to come and sit in yours. Carla

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your first photo looks like an impressionist painting. I love the quote too. It is so true. Try to stay cool.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Beautiful dawn photos. The first one looks like a painting!
Stay cool!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Marnie what beautiful shots of your garden at dawn. It looks so peaceful and beautiful.

tina said...

Dawn in your garden is most lovely!

sunnycalgirl said...

Beautiful pictures..surprisingly not too hot in our part of CA..

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Marnie, We are hot and humid here also---and even worse than that, we are extremely DRY. George and I got out really early this morning and watered our yard/plants/flowers, etc... Even at 6:30 it was Hot... Gads!!!!!

Your garden looks great --despite the heat. Love your lilies.

Hugs,
Betsy

troutbirder said...

Beautiful Marnie. My favorite time as well...except for the massive influx of mosquitoes of late...

Kay said...

The colors in these photographs are wonderful. I love the birdhouse.

Susie said...

I think morning time is the best time to garden.

Try to stay cool and drink lots of fluids.

sophie said...

Love your garden...I could easily meander around and soak up the rays...thanks!

BeadedTail said...

Your garden is so beautiful and peaceful! Hope you stay cool during the heat wave! We are having our first heat wave this week with temps in the high 80s and 90s. Not sure I'm ready!

Dawn said...

How very pretty, Marnie.
Way to hot up here, breaking tomorrow to 85 degree. ugh

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous first photo Marnie. Your garden looks magical in that early morning light. I usually don't see this time of day (I'm a night owl) but recently my daughter started getting up at 5:00 AM, which has gotten me up and you are so right ~ it really is a fabulous time to be outdoors. So cool and quiet. If only I didn't need sleep, I'd get up every day (in the summer only) at this time!
Love that birdhouse too.
ps Sorry you were having issues leaving a comment on my blog today ~ I think today was the day they switched everyone over to their new format so maybe that caused it??
Stay cool ~ or come to Colorado! It's only supposed to be in the 60's here tomorrow.

Ann Flowers said...

Looks like you have a delightfully low-maintenance heaven.

Msrobin said...

Gorgeous dawn in your garden Marnie, but 5 am is way too early for me! I go out and water about 8 pm as the sun is going down, otherwise, I'm hibernating. High
90's here today, hot even for a summer lover like myself. Whew!

ShySongbird said...

If only I were a morning person...but perhaps if I had a scene to greet me like that at dawn I would be! That first photo is particularly beautiful.

We have had some respite from the heat here in my part of the UK for the last few days although it is set to warm up again at the weekend, it is the humidity I find so difficult!

Try to stay cool Marnie and enjoy that beautiful garden :)

oldcrow61 said...

A beautiful garden.

walk2write said...

Ahh, lovely morning pic of the garden, Marnie! The scents of the flowers are certainly more powerful then. Did you try pollinating your gourd plant? When we went home for a short visit this past weekend, I looked at the zucchini plants and couldn't find any female flowers to dust with pollen! Weird!

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Marnie, You are SO right. After much ado about cooler than normal temps, we're in the throes of a heatwave which makes those early morning hours [and evening ones too] all the more precious. On the upside, I'll probably get more blog visiting done.

Patsi 'Garden Endeavors' said...

That first shot is surreal.
Love it !
Dawn is special...we woke up today.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

The morning light in your garden is beautiful!
You remind me that I need to get up a little early and enjoy the quietness of the morning in the garden. I've gotten a little lazy with kids being out of school and not getting up as early as I normally do. Maybe tomorrow I will get up when the alarm clock goes :)

Tammy said...

That first picture is marvelous. A great inspiration for us. It's hot and humid here too. We finally got some much, much needed rain, but I'm not sure if it's going to be enough to make a real difference. Of course the humidity is now even worse...
Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.
Tammy

Jan (VA Zone 7A) said...

Oh, that first photo of 'dawn in your garden' is stunning!

sweet bay said...

Dawn is a wonderful time of day isn't it? Love the first shot, it captures the magic of dawn beautifully.

Q said...

Your Summer Gardens are so pretty. Early morning is the best time of the day when the temps rise into the 90's! I too grow Moon-glow It is a bee and skipper magnet!
Sherry

crimsoncat05 said...

your garden is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for your wonderful photos of the flowers, birds, and butterflies that make working in the garden so very worthwhile! (and thank you from me, because your garden gives me little slices of home, since my "garden" in AZ is nothing like this!!)