Instead, I'll overwhelm you with a bazillion photos at the midsummer point....so grab your favorite beverage and settle in - we're going on a Walkabout!
We'll start at the bottom of the stairs I use most frequently. These stairs lead from the garage door to the kitchen door.
I'm greeted with a variety of flowers, and their bright colors are a wonderful sight to see when I come home after a long day. The willow cone planters I got from Gardener's Supply are just perfect lining the staircase, and the musky scent of the Petunias wafts up the stairs with me, welcoming me home.
In the corner of the back garden, my garden cottage swing is a shady oasis on a hot day. The little garden I put in back in March needs some TLC at the moment - the wild ferns took over and need to be thinned. In future years, the 7 peonies I planted across the back should be a wonderful focal point in this part-shade garden. And despite the lack of full sun, the butterfly bush is flowering, which is a wonderful bonus as I thought I might have to move it to a sunnier spot.
In the opposite corner, behind the veggie garden, my andirons and junk metal planter are lost in a sea of Creeping Jenny. I love the wild look of this corner.
The Nasturtiums have gotten so large you can't even see the Weeping Pussy Willow Tree I planted in the center of the metal trough!
Next to the trough, the small whiskey barrels are happy at last....now that the slug population in my garden has been greatly diminished. Sluggo Plus to the rescue!
You can see that corner of the garden best in this photo - it was truly a hot mess when I moved in last spring, a dumping ground for the previous owners. Now it makes me smile, in all its wild glory.
The garden around the veggie garden has filled in well, and although the dreaded mint is popping up here and there, it's being smothered by the plants I put in back in June.
The Cosmos really come into their own at this time of year - they love the heat and sunshine!
I just love the jumble of colors all around the veggie garden - the flowers grow up and intertwine with the cucumber vines that are growing up the fence...and the tomatoes that have escaped the fence.
The Morning Glories reseeded from last year and are climbing up the veggie garden fence, over the trellis, and just beginning to bloom like mad. It's truly a country garden, my favorite kind!
Next to the birdbath, the Bee Balm plays along side the Cleome, with Creeping Jenny winding its way through everything.
In the same little garden, the Coneflower I thought had disappeared popped up and opened some lovely lavender blooms.
Heading to the front of the house, it seems to sit in the midst of a green jungle.
But amid the green jungle, there are flowers galore, adding much needed color to the landscape.
The Hydrangeas in the front garden are gorgeous again this year, with flowers bigger than my head....although sadly, one shrub did not come back - I think it may have been smothered by the awful bindweed.
The new tree is just lovely, and it thrills me to see it thriving and glowing in the center of the front garden. Eventually the Hostas I planted around it will fill in, but for this season the Wave Petunias must work overtime.
In one corner of the front garden, the ornamental grasses are ahead of schedule, no doubt due to the dry summer we had.
In the other corner, the Burning Bushes are already starting to change color, getting ready for their vibrant autumn display.
The Hollyhocks I put in right after I moved in have finally bloomed. This is the first time I've had success with Hollyhocks, although I've attempted them in the past, so I'm delighted!
Climbing alongside the Hollyhocks is this Clematis of unknown variety - the only Clematis that was in the garden when I bought the house. I installed a trellis for it to climb up, and planted a Sweet Autumn Clematis next to it. The Sweet Autumn Clematis has reached the deck on the second floor, right behind the fire pit - my plan is working! In future years, I hope the Sweet Autumn Clematis will be a mass of creamy white, sweetly scented flowers, which will make my relaxing time by the fire pit even more heavenly.
In the perennial bed next to the garden steps, Queen Anne's Lace is abundant right now, growing next to Obedient Plant and quite a few varieties of Lilies.
In addition to the wild Tiger Lilies, these sunny yellow ones are in bloom everywhere right now! They are simply gorgeous, like spots of sunshine in the garden on a cloudy day.
The butterflies and I are both loving the Bee Balm at the bottom of the garden steps.
At the top of the steps, Love In A Mist creates the most interesting seed pods, like bizarre creatures found at the bottom of the sea. I pray that these seeds will scatter throughout the perennial bed and Love In A Mist will be in my garden for years to come.
Back up on the deck, the Herb Garden is absolutely flourishing! The scent on the deck is just glorious, it never gets old.
The Dill is flowering to beat the band - it amazes me that this all started from a teeny tiny seed.
These gorgeous Dahlias in pots on the deck are a sight to behold - I think a Dahlia is one of the most beautiful flowers, its form is just perfection.
But I truly think that my absolute favorite part of this year's garden is the vine covered arch I added in between the herb boxes. The Morning Glories have nearly met at the top of the arch, and it makes my heart sing to see the sun shining through those lovely flowers every morning.
There are a mix of these blue Morning Glories as well as some pink ones. I also planted Moonflower in these boxes, and although it sprouted, I have yet to see any of those lovely white blossoms.
Climbing up with the Morning Glories are one of my favorite flowers - the gorgeous Gladiosa Lily. They have just begun blooming, and I can't help but smile when I see their bright colors and interesting form.
This is the amazing sight that greets me when I open my kitchen door. A little piece of heaven, without a doubt.
As an added bonus, I see the flower arch through my window, as soon as I step into the kitchen for my morning coffee. What better way could there be to start my day?
I am truly blessed, no doubt. Washing dishes has never been so enjoyable as it is right here in my little mountain top kitchen.
To top it all off, yesterday morning these two little Hummingbirds put on quite the show for me while I was sipping my morning coffee.
Can you see why I hate to leave home?