Sunday, July 20, 2008

Swimming in Rudbeckias

On this very hot afternoon, come on out where



the succulents are taking a summer vacation by the pool.


Desert Conservatory Huntington



Surrounded by rudbeckias 



we will slip into the blue tepid water...not to cold, not too hot. You don't even flinch when you enter. My favorite time is about four o'clock when the entire pool is in the shade.  



After years of thinking I would surely die if ever I had to save myself by swimming, I took off like a fish nevermore relegated to the pool noodle set. 



Come back soon.



15 comments:

Perennial Gardener said...

How great is that to swim surrounded by all that beauty! Your Rudbeckias are glorious!

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Donna,
That's a veritable ocean of Rudbeckias! How wonderful... I just love those simple flowers all massed together like that. Ours should start blooming soon, as they're usually a late July-Aug flower for us. Looks like your Liatris are pretty much done, and ours are getting going, but a lot got knocked down by that storm we had tonight. And more on the way tonight.

Love your succulent selections ... did I spy a Ponytail palm on the bottom shelf? I've always wanted to grow one of those, but the only succulents we have now are a couple of HUGE jade plants who are quite nice in their own right!

Titania said...

Donna, I love to come back into your garden, you left the garden gate so invitingly open. I had a look around to the lovely piano music of Chopin. Your Rudbeckias "en masse" look spectacular. I also love succulents. You have them in cute pots. Sometimes when I see a lovely garden like yours I would love to come in person and admire the garden and meet the person behind it. Well, this is the next best thing, nice to meet you Donna!

Connie said...

Lovely post....I almost felt like I was strolling in your garden and about to take a dip in your pool. :-)

Gail said...

Wow, I didn't realize you had posted about Black Eyed Susans or I would have linked to you! I guess it goes to show that either we are all connected or we are all swimming in Black Eyed Susan this time of year!

Gail

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hi Donna,
I'm not sure when you added that video of the succulents in bloom, but it was quite lovely!

I miss having a lot of them around as I did in previous years, because their blooms are so precious!

Mother Nature said...

Connie,
We could take a dip in celebration of painting the house.

They are everywhere. Aren't they, Gail? It's always nice to hear from a TN gardener.

IVG,
My SIL had a jade for about 20 years until she moved. Yep, I added the video. Don't know when to quit.:)

Anna said...

Do you have music by your pool also? We want a pool one day. If we do, I'm never leaving home. Your pictures look so cool and refreshing for this hot and humid weather we are having. The Rudbeckias last a long time too and provide lots of life to the space. Very pretty pictures---thank you.

Kathleen said...

I would LOVE to come thru your enchanting garden gate and take a cool dip in the pool. that would be pure BLISS especially in such lovely surroundings.

Mother Nature said...

Anna,
Music by the pool is a good idea.

spookydragonfly said...

What an inviting post!! Your Rudbeckias look great...that pool, the lemonade from your previous post..ah-h-h!!!

tina said...

It looks very nice!!! I love the susan's and your water looks even better.

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

What an enchanting setting! How inviting! I love beds of rudbeckia. So friendly and uplifting. Thank you for sharing your lovely home. Lucky you! (And thank you for visiting the Digging Dog post!) Kathryn

Philip Bewley said...

I love the rudbekias and the succulents look teriffic having a vacation by the pool!The pool looks very inviting!
Best,
Philip

The Hunky Gardener said...

I love the rudbeckias! Those are awesome!