Thursday, June 13, 2013

On The Brink of Summer.....

I look forward to the beginning of June every year because of this tree. There is just something about white blooms.


I believe it is a mock orange tree. It's buds start forming the first week of June and by mid-June this is how it looks in all of it's glory. And it smells heavenly! Just in time for the beginning of summer.
This is the view I have when I walk out to my side porch in the morning......
It's long, bending branches, heavy with flowers and rain, completely block the back door entrance, much to my husband's dismay. He has strict orders not to cut a branch until all the flowers are gone!
There are two other mock orange trees (one is just to the right of it) in the yard but do not even begin to compare to it's magnificance. This tree is quite old, it's trunk all gnarly and split, and every year I am afraid it will be it's last. My weathered carved wooden owl feels right at home at the base nestled in with the English ivy.
It is the bright spot in that corner of the yard as nothing else is blooming yet. My patch of Marguerite Daisies are almost ready to burst into bloom, my Hydrangea have just the tiniest showing of buds and my Day Lilies are just pretty greenery right now.

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. Summer is almost here!
AnnMarie :)
I am linking up with these great blog parties this week!



  1. The white blooms are glorious! I have a "snowball" tree right outside my house and it has clusters of white blooms. I don't know what the flowers are called since it was here when we moved in so I call it my "snowball tree." :) Thanks for sharing and have a lovely evening!

    Hugs to you!

  2. Hello there! What a lovely blog you have here!It's so nice to meet another sister in Christ! I am coming by way of Stephanie's blog, The Enchanting Rose and have joined up her blog hop.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog posts and have joined your blog via GFC Reader!

    Have a blessed week!

  3. What a wonderful garden you have, gorgeous!

  4. hi annmarie-following via life on lakeshore drive for the bloglovin' blog hop! Happy linking and happy Friday! :)

  5. Beautiful! Definitely a true wonder... all of God's creation!

  6. beautiful!
    I had a lovely mock orange tree in the yard once. It smelled heavenly! When I moved, I bought one for my new yard. But it only ever had a few blossoms. sigh.
    Your yard looks lovely!

  7. HI AnnMarie!
    I'd be deliriously happy if I had a tree like yours! It's gorgeous!
    Thanks for coming by!

  8. What a beautiful tree, AnnMarie! Your yard looks so cozy and inviting!

    Have a wonderful weekend. :)

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  9. I LOVE your porch and backyard. Let's get in those adirondack chairs and have a glass of wine!

    I have a hydrangea plant that loves to grow huge, but hides its flowers. Is that normal??

    Happy Father's Day!

    Peace in Christ,

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  11. beautiful. Your summer blooms are ready! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  12. Hi there - thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I am now following you via GFC as well!

  13. Beautiful symphony of white and green! I think you're right; that is a mock orange. The bark peels naturally like that...I think it is lovely. I've grown mock oranges before, but moved before they got that mature. Now I have mock orange envy.

    I love this time, the spring-to-summer freshness in the garden. Thanks for sharing your own beautiful views.

  14. I love the mock orange trees. They were in full bloom while we were in NC...beautiful! I'm following now, too! Hugs!


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