This week the weather was much more pleasant for being outdoors — cooler temps with a tiny drop in humidity. While I was out tackling the weeds, I was completely stopped by beautiful blooms, bees and bugs all around me. How am I ever to get the weeding done with so much wonder to catch my eye — and time! And, it is hard to dead head right now because the pollinators don’t seem to mind the shabbiness of faded blooms. Seeing the wonders of nature taking their time doing their sweet work, challenged this natural born busy-bee-plate-spinner — to slow down and take it all in.

So today I will share some of God’s natural wonder that surrounds me…


Twist and Shout Lacecap Hydrangea is a lovely spot to rest
Beauty and the bee… Rose ‘At Last’
Two on one… Painted Lady and JB… #headshake Don’t look too close … lots of “shabbiness” here! 😄
This guy was huge and happy on the buddleia.
Yes, August 30 and they are STILL here. It sure appears they are going for some kind of record. 😡


They are swarming the sedum. LOVE IT!
Video Note: His pollen baskets look full to overflowing! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝


Petit Pink peeking through the gate. (Dr. David Zlesak Hybridizer)
Mother of Pearl – you have seen a lot of this rose on the blog this year. It has been a standout. I have some blooms in the kitchen right now! Cant’ wait to see what year 3 brings! If the theory … “sleep, creep, leap” holds true, next spring will be outstanding!
Purity Cosmos
Love all nasturtiums, but these yellow ones are sure a favorite.
Belinda’s Dream / Earth Kind

Below is one  the largest blooms of Belinda I have ever seen – over 5″. Gorgeous, fragrant and disease resistant! If you don’t have this one, I think you would love it!

The Enchantress Zinnias are getting prettier every day!
Cherry Parfait. If she were fragrant, she’d be perfect.



Glad we have a long weekend… Tomorrow I start weeding and getting things a bit more tidy – really!! 🙂

Prayers for our Florida friends as they prepare for Hurricane Dorian. Be safe!

Fred VI (6th) and I wish you a very Happy Bloom Thyme Friday and a week filled with wonder!


  1. Hi Teresa,

    Your garden looks great! We are still seeing a few JBs in my area as well. I hope this is not an indication their season will gradually extend into autumn. Curious if you could share the name of the delicate pink rose in the photos with a JB? I’m working few hours each week in the Biltmore Rose Garden. We just finished deadheading the entire garden this week. Some of the trial roses are looking great. Some not so great. Looking forward to the jury day and seeing all of my rose friends!

    Take care,

    Jim Wilson

    Sent from my iPad


    1. Hi Jim, So nice to hear from you. First off, thank you so much for all you do to keep the Biltmore Garden beautiful. I sure appreciate you and look forward to seeing you there in a few weeks. The delicate pink rose is Quietness / A Buck Rose. I have 6 of these roses. It is tall, fragrant! AND DISEASE RESISTANT! It is one of my favorites. I have had this roses in my garden for about 5 years. See you soon!

  2. Hi, I’m a recent follower. Loved the tour and the garden visitors and I could almost smell the roses.

    1. I cut some Quietness, Mother of Pearl and At Last to bring in and my kitchen smells great. Hoping we have growing time for a lot more blooms as the JB move away! October 10ish is our “frost date.” Hoping for sooooo much more! T

  3. Such glorious flowers, Teresa! What a treat for my eyes this morning.
    I hope you and your loved ones are well. Glad to see your blog thriving as always. Please accept my apology for not visiting your blog much in recent months. It’s been crazy, bringing two books (yes, 2) to completion. One is a gardening memoir, so now that you know this maybe you will forgive me! (big smile) My best wishes, Teresa.

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