Gardening has never been my thing. I've got the world's biggest brown thumb. But - lucky for me - my hubby loves growing stuff. He's really good at it too.
Not only is my hubby a great gardener, Roger's skills rubbed off on our son. So much so that Cody now has a bachelor's degree in Botany.
There's a space in our backyard that over the years, has become a large flower patch. Although some flowers would always bloom, every year there were less flowers coming up, and more weeds.
Early last April when Cody was home for Easter break, he and his Dad teamed up to replant our old, overgrown flower bed. Cody said it was my early Mother's Day gift.
The guys replaced the worn out soil with new, rich mulch. They bought tons of new bedding plants (snapdragons and pansies) and placed them in rows. Roger planted some bulbs, and Cody scattered a wild seed mix throughout. Finally Roger created a small brick-lined path that cut through the middle of the garden.
After a good soaking, and lots of spring rains, beautiful things started to rise from the ground.
The first to bloom were the lilies. White, yellow, and this gorgeous orange tiger lily.
Then came the dahlias, in many hues. These big, poofy flowers really brightened up the backyard.
From the bulbs came sunny, orange gladiolas.
The wild seed mix spawned a huge patch of brilliant pink flowers. Some had darker pink centers, and some were white with pink centers. So lovely!
One of my very favorite dahlias ready to bloom.
It wouldn't be a garden without some sunflowers - and I had nearly a dozen of these yellow blossoms gracing my yard.
As June wound down, and July began, the sunny days and hot temps created a huge, colorful floral frenzy.
I loved looking out my dining room window every morning, checking out the recent blooms.
On the weekends, I'd grab my camera and catch the morning light illuminating these pretty blossoms.
I had more fun photographing my flower bed. Capturing morning dewdrops on the dahlia petals. Catching bees in their quest for pollen. And discovering a cute little spotted bug hanging out on one of the sunflowers.
It was the greatest Mother's Day gift. Something I've been able to enjoy throughout the summer.
And now I'm sharing photos of my wonderful garden with all you faithful readers. May these images brighten your day.
Linking to: Share Your Cup Thursday and Weekly Top Shot.