Bob Jensen's Set 3 of Favorite Summertime Flowers
Bob Jensen at Trinity University

In late August the days grow shorter up here and some foliage colors (mostly reds) are
showing up in our green woods. This week I will feature some flower pictures in our 2013 summer.
The Summer 2013 was later than usual after the devastating snow on Memorial Day.
But it has been a relatively wet summer which, in turn, leads to continued lush green lawns.
There were more hot days than usual (hot for us is anything over 80 degrees).
But most days were in the 70s with nights in ranging from 50-64 degrees/

The phlox add color early in the spring (which for us is early June)

The azaleas bloom before most of our other perennials

The  daffodils are also early bloomers

The lupines dominate our fields in fields in June

As the lupines commence to fade, the daisies take over our wild flower field
Five years ago I plowed up the heavy sod and planted a mixed bag of wild flower seeds
Erika choked that the $600 price of this relatively small bag of seeds
But many of them are beautiful until late summer when the tall weeds take over this field.

Tourists stop to take pictures of our wild roses

This is one of my favorite pictures of our wild roses

Our butterfly bush does its job beside the pond

We have red, pink, and white peonies

The alyssum and snap dragons hug close to the ground

The yellow biden make a nice border around snap dragons

And we have summer wild poppies

I also plant a few geraniums (annuals) amongst German ivy

Erika has beautiful domestic roses
But she's at war daily with the Japanese Beetles
If it were up to me we would never plant another domestic rose

And there are bleeding hearts

And there are quite a few plants that I don't know (actually can't remember) the blossom names

Our largest lilac blooms are English lilacs

We have quite a few French lilac bushes (the most aromatic of all our flowers)

I planted two vines. One died and the other one prospered

A frog in our small pond

This is my wonderful polka weigela that blossoms for about a month

Black eyed Susans in our wild flower field

The purple iris blooms early in the summer

The tiger lily blooms late in the summer

Among all the summer flowers my favorite is Impatiens for the Sun (New Guinea Impatiens)
I plant about 200 in our three gardens each spring

And we have morning glories

A professional photographer named Wes Lavin took this picture of Cannon Mountain from our yard
When this picture was taken the wild roses had already formed red seed pods (like cherry tomatoes)



I see from my house by the side of the road
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife,
But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,
Both parts of an infinite plan-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.
Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)


On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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