My garden is at its best in August. Vines climb fences, pergolas, trellises and trees; shrubs hide the street and the neighbors; tree branches sweep over paths; moss coats the rocks; water cascades out of pots and drips from rocks; birds serenade me; grasses sway in a gentle breeze while occasionally a deep gong sounds from a wind chime. Bees buzz, butterflies flutter and hummingbirds zip about the flowers. It’s a feast for the senses. I believe I live for August.
This time of year, meals always have something delicious from the garden. Breakfast is topped off with juicy strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. Lunch is a salad with fresh lettuce, spinach, beet greens, or arugula topped with grape tomatoes and sliced cucumbers. Dinner’s vegetables are fresh-picked from the garden, seasoned with savory herbs. What flavor! What satisfaction of growing your own food.

Raspberries are one of nature’s jewels  

Black-seeded Simpson lettuce is crisp and flavorful  

Late in the afternoon, after a busy day, I love to sit on my back deck with a drink and relax, enveloped by my lush garden. Bush hydrangeas and tall grasses act as natural railings on either side of the deck. Clematis and hydrangea vines climb the pergola and block the sun. I breath in the fragrant, warm air and try to take it all in. What more could a gardener want than to have these quiet moments to feel the happiness and satisfaction of living in one’s own little piece of paradise?

Hydrangeas have large, showy blooms  

‘Henrii’ clematis blooms are pure white

Already I know that summer is fleeting in my Maine garden. By the end of August, summer visitors will have come and gone. Garden parties will be a memory. The nights will cool. My gardens will start to look weary. When the pumpkins are harvested and black-eyed Susans begin to fade I know that fall is upon us. Sadly, summer will be coming to an end. But, alas, a new adventure in the garden is about to begin!

Coneflower (Echinacea) is a butterfly magnet  

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) lights up the late summer garden