Late Summer’s Tiny Gems

After a blazing hot summer, the garden is in that in-between moment when the summer riot turns tiny and quiet until the fall steps forward in all its glory. You have to look closely in a sea of green for the garden’s little gems.

Hummingbird-loving Cuphea ignea.

Butterfly favorites Jupiter’s Beard,


and Butterfly Bush.

The purples and pinks of Pentas,



And Cosmos bespeckle the beds – their large drifts long gone.

Dainty Veronica tries to stand tall,

while bright Rudbeckia hides under the White Orchid tree to escape the hot sun.

Only the Dahlias and Sunflowers dare to be bold.

And if you look very, very closely – you might just find some other tiny little gems hidden in the garden.

But that is a story for another week. Stay tuned.

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

9 thoughts on “Late Summer’s Tiny Gems”

  1. Oh my goodness, could I please have that little gem, please. How precious is that? Prettiest pictures of your garden I’ve ever seen.

  2. Everything still looks beautiful in the garden, despite that in-between time! And that little puppy is so precious! I had a chuckle tonight at the track where I walk some evenings. A young couple was walking the track carrying an adorable white puppy. I think the puppy might have enjoyed a walk, but instead was being cuddled. Every time I passed them on the track I broke out in a grin! Love this little guy you’ve shared here. 🙂

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