Sunday Inspiration: Gardens and Gardening

“Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.” ~Lindley Karstens,

Chautauqua is alive with many beautiful gardens this time of year, and I find them all wonderfully inspiring. Here are photos of some of them that Proman and I have taken, and I hope they will brighten up your day.


  1. Thea McCurry on July 28, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Thank you for posting these beautiful garden pictures! A very lovely way to start my day.

  2. Pam Reed on July 28, 2019 at 8:33 am

    They are all beautiful! The one with all the Queen Anne’s Lace sure brought me back to my childhood. One favorite aunt loved them and picked them wild to replant in her gardens in northern Michigan.

    • Emilie Richards on July 28, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      I grew them in OH until they began to take over the world and my perennial garden. I still love them.

  3. Ann Fuller on July 28, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Emilie – I love your gardens and especially the milk weed for the monarch butterflies!

    • Emilie Richards on July 28, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      I was surprised to see the Monarch on the coneflower. Coneflowers don’t do well in FL, and I don’t have sun in my yard here for them, but I’m going to try anyway. My milk weed always gets eaten by the Monarch caterpillars, then they disappear. I don’t think they make it to butterfly stage. We have a million little anoles (they were called chameleons when I was growing up) who probably wait excitedly for them to arrive.

  4. Denise Almazar on July 28, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Coelle Baskel on July 28, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Gorgeous….so nice to have such beautiful around you!

    • Lil Baker on July 28, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Which street is your home located on in Chautauqua? My husband’s family usually rents a place on Peck near the Lutheran House. I love the gardens and the lake!

  6. Nancy Lepri on July 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for brightening my day. These are so pretty I can almost smell them!

  7. Kathryn Riley on July 28, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful pictures. What a beautiful place to spend the summer!

  8. Lynn Ross on July 28, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    So much beauty there. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Ann Fuller on July 28, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Emilie – I live in Michigan in the country – farm fields. When I first moved out here 40 years ago – the ditches were full of milkweed and there was an abundance of monarch butterflies. Now the milk weed is gone – maybe due to farmers spraying their fields (?? not sure). And we see very few monarchs now also.

    • Emilie Richards on July 28, 2019 at 9:32 pm

      Chautauqua is planting lots of butterfly friendly plants and I’ve seen more monarchs this summer here than I’ve ever seen before. Spraying isn’t just bad for butterflies, it’s lethal to our bees, and without them? We’ll pay the steepest of prices. Imagine a world without bees and butterflies. That’s too sad to think about.

  10. Donalene Poduska` on July 28, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos. I’m forwarding to our younger daughter who loves to garden — takes after her late grandmother. We have a few flowers in front of house — bleeding hearts (I remember those from my childhood), sedum, coreoposis, and large hardy hibiscus (look like red plates!)

    • Emilie Richards on July 28, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      Sounds like a lovely old-fashioned garden, my favorite kind.

  11. Carol McIntosh on July 28, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Really lovely. Thanks for sharing all of them.

  12. Faith Creech on July 29, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Such beautiful flowers! Love them! I miss having flowers as we live high up in the Rockies and can’t grow them here.

  13. Terry Guerra on July 30, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Oh my, how beautiful! They really did brighten my day!


  14. Gladys Paradowski on July 30, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    The flowers are gorgeous. I bought some more flowers for my front flower beds. Had hoped to plant them today, but I’ve been mighty busy. I am going to keep your pictures up and enjoy them again at a ,more leisurely pace. Thanks for sharing them.

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