Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Colors of Spring and Early Summer

Spring arrives with soft blues, pinks and lilacs. The whole summer lies ahead with the promise of sunny days and warm weather. The evenings are scented with wood smoke from a cheerfully glowing fireplace...warmth to ward off the chill in the cottage. The calendar fills with arrivals and departures, but more on that later!

For me the passage of time is marked by the waves of color in the garden.

Brave Little Bluets

Just Resting

Peter carefully mows around brave tiny bluets that are sprinkled across the cottage lawn in May. The bluets are quickly followed by violets, lily of the valley and ajuga. The small flowers seem to hug the newly warmed earth.

Early Spring ~ Violets and Lily of the Valley

Ajuga by the Sea

Crabapple, lilacs and lupine quickly follow as May melts into June.

White Petals

I always think of JCB and her gentleman when I see crabapple blossoms...and a very romantic proposal amidst fluttering pink petals.

Lilacs After it Rained

Chinese Brushes and a Vase of Lilacs

Soon the cottage is filled with the scent of lilacs.

Lupine on Blue Hill Mountain

Peppery lupine perfumes the air on Blue Hill Mountain in June.

And finally peonies burst into bloom, my favorite...the last of them faded a week ago.

Peonies From the Garden 03

We are also changing with the garden colors. A September move is in the works...still in Maine, but closer to the cottage. Initial chaos, followed by a little simplicity! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!


  1. Luscious! I really like the third from the last. So Dutch like! Envy the rain you've been having. Look forward to hearing about your move. A beach book—more like ocean—starring Maine is Sweet Salt Air. Anything that combines Maine, herbs, writing a cookbook and a little romance sounds like summer to me!

    1. home before dark ~ Thank you! I appreciate your comment, especially since this summer has been a challenge for photography. I doubt you'd enjoy the amount of rain we've had...too much of it and so still, even on the coast.

      We've been thinking about moving for awhile, but finding the right house seemed a daunting task. Quite unexpectedly, we found one last week and our offer was accepted. Feeling a little stunned!

  2. lovely pictures, lovely summer :)


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