Summer in Our Garden

Prosthechea vitellina, AKA Encyclia vitellina, Yolk-Yellow Orchid, orchid species flowers, bright orange and yellow flowers, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaCymbidium orchid hybrid flower, yellow and white flower, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaEpidendrum orchid flowers, red and yellow flowers, reed stem Epidendrum, possibly Epidendrum x obrienianum, grown outdoors in Pacifica, California

Masdevallia polysticta, orchid species flower, pleurothallid, miniature orchid, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaFuchsia procumbens, fuchsia species flower, creeping fuchsia, climbing fuchsia, trailing fuchsia, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaFuchsia procumbens, fuchsia species flower and leaves, creeping fuchsia, climbing fuchsia, trailing fuchsia, grown outdoors in Pacifica, California

Summers on the Northern California coast are typically cool and foggy, and this year has been no exception. That allows us to revel in cool-growing Cymbidium, Epidendrum, and Masdevallia orchids, as well as other plants like fuchsias, poppies, and nasturtiums. Their bright colors stand out against the green background, enticing bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and humans.

Fuchsia hybrid flower, red and white flower, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaFuchsia hybrid flower and leaves, red and white flower, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaEschscholzia californica, California poppy, orange and yellow flowers, grown outdoors in Pacifica, California

Nasturtium flower, red flower, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaNasturtium flower, yellow and orange flower, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaNasturtium flower, yellow and orange flower, grown outdoors in Pacifica, California

Tending to our own little patch of nature is a great panacea for life’s stresses. When I’m in the garden, my focus turns to these floral gems, and my mind automatically shifts from worrying to wonder. It doesn’t solve many problems, but it certainly offers a mental reset that restores me. It’s so easy to get lost in the pain and suffering of the world, and our garden helps me find my way again.

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