Colors of summer in flower

by Cari Balbo


I've been not a little flower obsessed lately. This is our first summer living here at Ridge Pond and every new flower, every new stage of growth in the plants and trees captures the attention. A busy time of year to say the least but when possible I've tried to slow down long enough to smell the roses (and other blooms) and take some photos to share. Like all seasons (well maybe not that long cold one we just recovered from) summer flies by and it's a daily balance of enjoying and appreciating it while getting all the things done that need doing. Summer balance. 

PINK

 Sweet musk mallow closing up for the night.  

Sweet musk mallow closing up for the night.  

 There are a couple happy stands of mallow around the farm, this one by the front door.  

There are a couple happy stands of mallow around the farm, this one by the front door.  

 More mallow thrives by the chicken run, its exuberant blossoms pushing through the fence.  

More mallow thrives by the chicken run, its exuberant blossoms pushing through the fence.  

 I don't know if the chickens appreciate this pink beauty but I certainly do.  

I don't know if the chickens appreciate this pink beauty but I certainly do.  

 I was ecstatic to see that our newly transplanted rosa rugosa is making a few flowers. Judging by the number of pollinators on this bloom I'd say I'm not the only one! 

I was ecstatic to see that our newly transplanted rosa rugosa is making a few flowers. Judging by the number of pollinators on this bloom I'd say I'm not the only one! 

 A bee in every bloom. Hoping that by this time next year the roses will be putting out loads of flowers for harvest.  

A bee in every bloom. Hoping that by this time next year the roses will be putting out loads of flowers for harvest.  

 Lovely pink lilies in my mother's flower garden.  

Lovely pink lilies in my mother's flower garden.  

 Cleome in my parents' garden.

Cleome in my parents' garden.

ORANGE

 Calendula and friend.

Calendula and friend.

 Daylilies in the bright light of midday sun.

Daylilies in the bright light of midday sun.

 This is the first year I'm really appreciating daylilies, both for their beauty and as a food.

This is the first year I'm really appreciating daylilies, both for their beauty and as a food.

YELLOW

 Yellow elecampane bursting open.

Yellow elecampane bursting open.

 Elecampane with bee. Look at those pollen-laden jodhpurs!

Elecampane with bee. Look at those pollen-laden jodhpurs!

 St. John's wort

St. John's wort

 Wildflowers in the field, including Black-eyed Susans. 

Wildflowers in the field, including Black-eyed Susans. 

 More Black-eyed Susans and pretty little sunflowers at the back of my parents' garden.

More Black-eyed Susans and pretty little sunflowers at the back of my parents' garden.

Just a couple more colorful shots...

 The colorful and oh-so welcoming front porch at my parents' house

The colorful and oh-so welcoming front porch at my parents' house

 Sleepy Fozzie and a bouquet of local cut flowers to bring summer's many colors indoors. 

Sleepy Fozzie and a bouquet of local cut flowers to bring summer's many colors indoors.