A Late Summer’s Garden

Aug 27, 2010 | Gardening, Parisienne Farmhouse Design | 15 comments

Apple trees tied together over our pea gravel path.  They make such a lovely arch in person… you can’t really photograph it to capture it correctly.

Provence meets the Cotswalds… that is the inspiration for my gardens.  Nothing reminds me more of Provence than an old Terra Cotta pot and a Cyprus… oh to have them lining my property with fields of lavender stretched to the horizon…
Now that the weather has cooled a bit and the horrible mosquitos have diminished  we are enjoying our flagstone again…
The little pond and a boxwood hedge.
The Potager… ready for another round of lettuce in the cooler weather.  The Tonka’s are so charming aren’t they?
This is my favorite.  The gravel path and the abundance of thyme, sage and lavender… if there is one thing our garden is… it’s fragrant.  I purposely remove the border rocks so the Thyme can spill out onto the path, you can’t help but brush it with your ankles when you walk by… the aroma is heady.
Herbs and Roses.  If I could start all over, that is all I would plant… and boxwoods of course.
Man Cub, manning the fire.  
The next couple months are filled with apples, canning, fires… sleeping with the windows open… it’s going to be wonderful.


  1. Joannah

    Beautiful! A little urban oasis. 🙂

  2. My Yellow House

    It looks heavenly out there – I love how it looks so natural like all your flowers are freespirits growing where they want but keeping just enough order.
    It looks like the perfect place to spend on a fall evening ~ enjoy it!

  3. fairmaiden

    This is how I want my gardens to look. You’ve done an amazing job. I hear ya about only planting roses and herbs. Me too, except I gotta have my veggies. Our thyme is spilling over the raised bed, taking over all my veggies. I hope to begin planting it along the path in our ‘repose’ garden this year. I will also be planting more lavender. We had to pull all of ours out last year because the mice took over. Yikes…had to get rid of those darn mice. Enjoy these coming months. Autumn is my favorite season to plant in.

  4. Mel

    So sweet… What a great little man, very capable!
    Love the Garden.

  5. Rosemary

    Such a beautiful garden!
    I’m glad it’s cooler for you now.

  6. myletterstoemily

    isn’t it wonderful to go back outside
    after the dreadful heat of summer?

    your pebble path bordered by frag-
    rant herbs and roses is too lovely for
    words. thank you for treating us to
    your gorgeous garden.

    you must ask the workmen to drive
    their trucks home at the end of the
    day. 🙂

  7. Janelle - The Farmer's Wife

    I think I need to visit and see those gardens in person…how far are you from eastern Iowa? 😉

    AND, I did run a mile last night – JUST a mile! I need to get back into shape! I feel those 15 lbs just falling off already! LOL!

  8. Amy Kinser

    So lovely. And, I love this change up of Nothing But the Blood of Jesus. Wonderful to hear…

  9. Farmgirl Cyn

    Your gardens are always lovely, but there is nothing quite like the late summer garden. Your cabbages look amazing! What do you do with them?
    I have been learning the art of lacto fermenting this year, and have made some awesome old-fashioned sauerkraut with ours.

  10. Valerie

    Your garden pictures are beautiful eye candy! They were the perfect respite for my tired eyes!

    I haven’t been able to comment much lately, but have been popping in to read every once in a while.

    Baby Boy has kept me away, but I’m not complaining! Loving trying to figure out how to manage all THREE!!!, especially when Daddy is on-duty for 24-hour shifts, but oh what a Blessing!!!

    I just noticed all your recipes on your sidebar…have they always been there? I need to pay closer attention to fellow bloggers’ side bars!!! Can’t wait to start “digging” into your recipes!


  11. Allison Shops

    Your garden looks amazing!

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  12. Tracie~MyPetiteMaison

    Hi Angela,
    Your garden is amazing. I love all your herbs spilling out over the path, I will have to do that next year, we’ve got most of our herbs in the raised beds with the olive trees. I love your garden, it’s amazing. Could spend many a day and night there. Your autumn is sounding so inviting… can’t wait to see photos once it’s arrived!

  13. Alice

    Beautiful! When you have a free weekend you could come to my house and work your garden magic on it. I’m seriously thinking about turning the entire yard under and starting over!

    Love the apple tree arch!

  14. Anne - Fiona and Twig

    So very lovely!

    I really hope that I can create something like this at our new home. I really don’t have the creative gardening gene, so don’t be surprised to receive plaintive cries for help in the days and weeks ahead! 😉

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    And thank you for being my featured blog this month!


  15. Stephanie

    I wish I could smell it. It’s lovely to see where my bouquet came from! I like how you have the thyme spilling into the path.


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