Summer in Full Swing and Glorious Flowers!

Here in New England USA we waited through a long wet, cool spring to get to summer. Now it’s brewing us like a summer tea, hot and steamy. All we need is a little ice to cool us off. Phew!

What is lovely about the hot summer is my flowers love it! At least the hardy ones love it. Here is a photo of my hibiscus. My son and family bought this plant for me one Mother’s Day several years ago. My husband keeps trimming it in the fall and brings it into the house where it stays dormant until we bring it out into the warm weather. It blossoms with multiple flowers coming out all at once. It’s gorgeous in a salmon color.

John planted some plum tomatoes in a topsy turvy planter which he hung from our back deck. Here it is with many plum tomatoes already. Can’t wait to try some. He’ll be making some sauce. Yum!

Two pots of petunias are thriving in this heat also.

Each year we put a new mint plant on the deck to grow and then transplant some of it inside to keep the pests away (mice) and insects in the fall and winter months. It does work! It smells so wonderful and looks beautiful!

Basil and parsley are growing wild above. We can’t use it fast enough. Basil is delicious in tomato sauce and in caprese salad.

Parsley is great with roasted potatoes, other recipes, and as a garnish for many dishes.

In our backyard is a retention pond. Here are photos of it with lush vegetation.

Here it is as the landscapers begin to cut it back. There is a fence around it but in the above photo you can’t even see the fence. We are being invaded by this bittersweet vine that clings to everything and chokes the life out of other plants. One of the main reasons the pond needs to be clipped back every year.

This is a view from our basement slider from under the deck. You can see the vines edging their way to our deck and house as they curl and sway with the breeze until they get a hold on something solid.

View from under our deck

The clearing begins all around the pond first.

Clearing around the pond

Here the workers are stuck in the muck with their tractor. They had to get a larger one to pull the smaller one out.

Stuck Tractor with Back hoe

It took quite a while to get it out but here it is finally getting a grip on some dryer land.

Tractor being towed out of pond

The funny thing about this incident is my husband did warn the landscapers about this happening before with another company. But, alas, they did not believe him. Sigh!

Pond in a mess – partially cleared

Here is the aftermath of the mess and it is still like this a week later. They have not come back yet. We can only hope they will figure out what to do to make amends.

After washing off the tractor using our hose they got it working again in order to drive it out of our yard.

They left behind muddy tracks and clumps of grass all over. Sigh! Now we wait! We’ve been through this before! Phew! This pond is supposed to be cleared out every year or so but this year with all the rain it has grown immensely. It is gotten too far ahead of the landscaper to deal with, but it has to be done.

Hopefully soon I will have some photos of it completed. What a mess!

Thanks for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support. Please stop by again real soon.


Blessings & hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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12 Responses to Summer in Full Swing and Glorious Flowers!

  1. Oh golly! I hope they come soon and sort out their messy muddle! However, I love your plants … you have a wonderful garden. Katie

  2. Thank you Janice, I enjoyed the journey. And the first picture about the wonderful plant, that is a Hibiscus. I love it as well, but ours is outside, always.

  3. Amy Caudill says:

    Lovely flowers, Janice! I can sympathize with you about the landscapers. We have been waiting for over a month for our regular landscaper to schedule a time to trim our trees. Hopefully the work will be completed soon.

  4. Lovely blooms and garden, Janice! Lots of work, but worth it… Thanks for the tip on bringing a pot of mint inside. ❤ xo

  5. Pingback: Retention Pond Now Cleared out! What a Difference! | Jemsbooks

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