Monday, August 5, 2013

Time To Unwind

            Summer. This long-awaited season has come. Nice flowers, new leaves, branches, weeds. Everything grows, blooms, matures. 


The vegetables grow, the berries become juicy. So long I've waited for this wonderful time of the year. More sun, heat, resinous smell of pine trees, blue sky and the bird singing. Now the time comes to sit and unwind a bit. There is one cozy spot under two young maples with dense foliage that protects from rain and provides shade on a hot day.


I often put the small white table and chair and sit there in the shade of maple trees. Sometimes I take a bowl and gather some berries from the red currant bush, or a cup of tea with mint and lemon balm.


From my chair I can see another part of the garden with small gazebo. The path leads along two pergolas to the patio. Actinides, sweet pea and honeysuckle perfoliate grow on pergolas, sweet fragrance!

Here is more shade and in hot days I prefer to unwind in this gazebo. Relaxing here I can  take my 'Dell' or a book or knitting, which was lying since winter or just to lie back in a deck chair, take a nap under the leaves of Virginia creeper entwined around a wall. 


When September comes I'll have to do a lot of work preparing my garden for winter. 
Where do you unwind in your garden? Do you have your favourite spot there?

51 comments:

  1. What lovely places to sit and relax! I especially like your spot under the gazebo--looks like the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon. I love your stone path with zigzaggy edging! It makes me want to follow it and peek to see what's around the corner.

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    1. Rose, so the idea of this path was --- want to see what is around the corner? At first the path was from bricks and then was renovated to stone path, I think it became nicer.
      Thank you!

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  2. What beautiful spots to unwind in -- so shady and so inviting. I love seeing these longer views of your summer garden. It looks lovely, with lots of paths and pergolas and structures and places to sit.

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    1. Glad you liked the garden views, I tried to take picture showing two its parts. Thank you, Laurrie!

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  3. Love your gardens... wish I could sit with you in that cozy spot. My favorite spot in my gardens is my "Thinking Spot". I don't spend enough time there.

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    1. Ha, ha! Only in August I can spend some free time in my gazebo as well. Nice name "Thinking Spot"! We gardeners always have some ideas to think about.
      Thank you, Carolyn!

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  4. Your garden is so beautiful, Nadezda! You have nice places to sit and enjoy. I like to sit under the blue umbrella or in our new greenhouse. Happy relaxing, Nadezda!

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    1. Hi, Satu! I love your new greenhouse and hope you can relax there very well.
      Kiitos!

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  5. Welcome Nadezda!
    Your garden is a perfect place to unwind.
    We look forward to summer. It brings us great fruit, vegetables ...
    We look forward to every day ... It is a pity that the time goes so fast.
    I send many kisses and greetings.
    Lucia

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    1. You are right, Lucia! The time goes so fast but the time is for us!let enjoy summer days!
      Thank you!

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  6. Your garden is beautiful, and what a wonderful place to relax. I like sitting in the shade of the bamboo so I can look around and see how it all looks. The only problem I have is sitting still. I usually end up spotting a weed, or something else that needs attention.

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    1. Tracey, the same is with me. But I have one secret: I take off my glasses and don't see the weeds.
      Thank you!

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  7. Your garden looks wonderful. Is this your dacha? I usually like to sit in a corner of the garden where we have a table and chairs. But I think I like strolling through the garden best.

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    1. Jason, you amaze me with his knowledge of Russian words! Yes, it is. I like strolling early morning as well and planning a work for a day. I see you love to sit in a corner of the garden too.
      Thank you!

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  8. Your garden looks so full, green and lush with beautiful flowers. I usually don't sit in my garden. Usually I just work there.

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    1. Oh, Peter! You have to take a chair and sit and enjoy your wonderful plants, old and new ones.
      Thank you1

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  9. Beautiful views of your garden with the paths, pergolas and gazebo. I think August is the best month to relax in the garden on warm days, dreaming about flowers and wondering what to cook of the vegetables grown in the garden. You have some fine spots to unwind.

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    1. I agree, Janneke! August is the time to sit, unwind, enjoy and plan for your garden.
      Thank you!

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  10. Vives en el paraiso.Un placer sentarse ahí.Las fotos son una maravilla!!!
    Me gusta el calor Nadezda, soy de tierra caliente, extremeña de Cáceres:))
    En béjar donde vivo es clima de sierra, más fresco.

    Las fotos de las motos, no son mías. son de Raúl, un amigo de mi hijo, nosotros no pudimos ir a verlo.
    Un beso y que tengas buena noche:))

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    1. A mi me gusta el tiempo caliente mas que el del frio, tambien, Laura!
      Gracias!

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  11. What a lovely garden you have Nadezda. It's always important to have a place in the shade.
    Have a wonderful sunday.

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  12. your garden looks gorgeous and I'm so happy you are rewarded by it's fruits and sitting back to enjoy :) Both sitting places look gorgeous. I like lying on my turkish bed the best but sitting anywhere in my garden is my favourite pastime. :)

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    1. I understand you, Anna. Sitting in a favourite place is wonderful! Wish you to have a lot of time to sit seeing your garden. Thank you!

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  13. Great pictures you show from your garden. I have several "cozy corners" - including "HB` s cafe "-" girlfriend bench "sunbeds under the canopy ...... nice just to relax and enjoy life. Wish you a good Tuesday :) Hugs Hanne Bente

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    1. I like you call "HB` s cafe " your lovely cozy places! I have to call another spot in my garden "Nadezda's cafe".
      Thank you, Hanne Bente!

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  14. Dear Nadezda,you have such a beautiful garden!!!I would love to sit on that chair and eat berries from the woods!!Your gazebo looks great!!!It's like paradise!!!Enjoy and have a lovely time!!!

    Dimi...

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    1. Thank you, Dimi!This paradise, as you say, needs much care in cold season!

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  15. Hi Nadezda
    Your backyard is lovely and your chair under the maples looks like a great spot to relax. We gardeners have to remember to step back, sit down and enjoy all of our hard work. You certainly have a lovely area to do that in. My husband and I take our glasses of wine out to the deck after dinner and sit and chat (until the mosquitos start to bit at dusk!). Gardening is fun but the enjoyment of the garden should not be taken for granted.

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    1. You're right, Astrid! The enjoyment of the garden had never been given for 'nice eyes' as we say. It's a hard work and in September this work waits for me. Let unwind now with the glass of wine!
      Thank you!

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  16. You have a little paradise here. Enjoy the leisure before the next big lot of work starts. I am not working at the moment, but when I go round the garden I see all the jobs I will soon have to do.

    For now I take a book out under the shade of the walnut tree and put my feet up.

    Happy summer, Nadezda.

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    1. Wonderful days of August, Frico! We have time to relax and think, planning the job. I have the plan of moving many plants there and here!
      Thank you!

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    2. Looks pretty relaxing, Nadezda, and you've created quite a paradise. I particularly love the scents of summer, particularly in my vegetable garden where there are herbs and different veggies and wildflowers. Cheers to summer!

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    3. Cheers, Neil! Thank you for stopping by!

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  17. How nice to see all these long shots from your garden, Nadezda, it gives me a better impression of the layout of your garden and it looks wonderful with these seating areas to sit and rest :-) It has been very hot in Britain too, and although we have a bit cooler weather right now it is still nice and summer is still around. Take care, Helene.

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    1. Helene, it's nice time, warm days, your lilies bloom and smell wonderful! Glad you liked my photos, Thank you!

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  18. Hi Nadezda, I've been away from your blog for far too long. Your photos are outstanding! What an incredibly beautiful garden you have. I love your design sense and the plants look so healthy. I don't have too many places to sit in my garden but you're giving me ideas. Great post dear friend.

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    1. You're welcome, Grace! You have many ideas in your garden too, that I liked. Thank you!

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  19. Nadezda, what a gorgeous garden you have!

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked my garden, Sara!

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  20. I would love to take a peaceful walk through this beautiful garden :)

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  21. Nadezda, you have so many wonderful places and views to enjoy in your garden. Things have been so hectic for me this summer, thanks for reminding me that it is good to take the time to sit and enjoy the summer and the garden :)

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    1. I understand you and feel for you, Rosemary. It's hard when the kids are sick.
      So take care of yourself, sit and rest in your wonderful garden!

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  22. I love your garden and all its nooks and crannies. Blooms on Lambs Ears are so lovely. I love you r astilbe too.

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    1. Thank you, Lona, glad you liked my garden!

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  23. Your garden is so relaxing and beautiful. I think I'd want to sit in that black chair, too. I like to sit at my patio table or lie in the hammock and just enjoy the garden. Lying in the hammock is the best. :o)

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    1. I agree, Tammy! I love Lying in the hammock as well!

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  24. Te deseo un buen fin de semana:)))

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  25. Great! You have a very beautiful garden!

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  26. Your garden looks wonderful! If I had a garden like this I certainly would go out and stay in it. But here, we have mostly pine trees and hard rock clay which is hard to dig for flowers, plus it is very humid – weeds grow well! I wrote a post last year called “My Garden, somewhat” where I show pictures of mostly trees. In case you would like to look at all the trees around our house here is the link: http://avagabonde.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-garden-sort-of.html.

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