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Late Summer Garden Treasures

Hello dear friends! Can you believe how fast summer has been flying by? Even though school will be starting back next week in our area, summer weather will linger on for at least six more weeks, so there is still plenty of summer fun to enjoy. With that in mind, I asked several blogging friends to join me today for a Summer Celebration Blog Hop! You will find links to all of the talented bloggers’ fun summer posts via the links at the end of this post. To get this celebration started, I am sharing some late summer garden treasures.


August in Kentucky is hot, hot, hot! Nevertheless, it’s time for enjoying some late summer garden treasures from nature: fresh veggies and herbs, bouquets of colorful, drought- hardy perennial blooms, sunny sunflowers and the happy dance of pollinators flitting around the garden! Sunflowers will actually be at their prime in Kentucky during August and September, so I always decorate with sunflowers this time of year. To celebrate August’s arrival I refreshed the breakfast nook with yellow checked pillows, fresh sunflowers and yummy garden goodies.



Since my herbs are still thriving in the garden and I will be planting even more for fall, the “fresh herbs” and garden theme in the nook still works for this transitional time of year.


This summer I started a new herb and perennial garden for pollinators in our back yard. It has been such a joy to watch the bees and butterflies every day while tending to my herbs and blooms.


I didn’t plant any tall sunflowers for cutting, but this smaller compact variety is a favorite of the honeybees.


For today’s hop I picked up a couple of inexpensive grocery store sunflower bouquets for the breakfast nook.


The bouquet could have used a few more flowers and better arranging, but right as I was setting up the vignettes for photos my dad came in from out of town for an unexpected visit. I chose to enjoy time with him rather than worrying about a “perfect” arrangement for this blog post. For now I will call it “perfectly imperfect.”  If the sunflowers last, I may spruce  up the bouquet a bit more later this week. I still think it is pretty in it’s simplicity.



I was so inspired by the bees in the garden that I decided to bring the theme indoors. I just love my new Frenchy bee urn (a summer clearance find from At Home).


I also love the little bees on this pretty Sunflower pillow cover.


Decorating with sunflowers Farmhouse breakfast nook sunflowers pillow

The pillow cover is one of a set of four that I shared in last year’s Transitioning from Summer To Fall Home Tour. 



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Despite the non-stop rain of June and the July heat wave, it has been a great summer for my herbs. I have been cooking with them daily since late June and this week I harvested enough to dry to refill my herb jars. I also use them in simmers to keep the house smelling fresh. Yes, you can call me the “crazy herb lady!” I think the freshly picked mixed bouquet of herbs looks so cute in the antique English advertising ironstone jar. The trio of colorful coreopsis in a little vintage blue glass bottle also came from my new perennial garden.


All the plants shown here were purchased on clearance for less than $5.oo at the beginning of June. They all looked quite pitiful but they were so cheap I decided to take a chance on them. I simply pruned off all the dead leaves and spent blooms before planting them, and as you can see they are doing just fine now.






These adorable vintage rooster salt and pepper shakers are from my mom’s collection. Just the other day when I was visiting her she let me choose a set, since she is trying to downsize and edit her collection. I always think of roosters and sunflowers for late summer, so these little guys fit right in with the late summer garden vignette on the table. They are pecking around at the delicious cherry tomatoes from our garden.



The tomato plants did struggle with the high heat wave during the week that we were gone to the beach but thanks to my sweet Momma who watered them everyday, they survived. They are bouncing back and have been producing fruit like crazy this past week.



I had to hurry and take some pictures, because these little tomatoes are truly super tasty.  Cherry tomatoes don’t last long around our house…


..especially when tossed in a salad or pasta with fresh basil from the garden! YUM! I planted several varieties in a huge pot along with some bee balm and the scents are just wonderful together!




All of the beautiful, organic veggies in the dough bowl are from our local farmer’s market. Our garden is expanding, and next year I hope to be able to harvest more vegetables here at home.



At the end of this month I will be starting some cold weather vegetables from seed, so I will update you on the progress  of the garden throughout fall.



Now that all the pictures are taken, it’s time to savor some sliced tomatoes with fresh herbs, fried peppers, onions, and zucchini!



While August is way too hot for me to be out in the midday, I will meander around the garden during the early mornings and evenings, snipping herbs, pruning perennials, and watching as the bees and butterflies work their garden magic.



sunflower mix

However you choose to spend the last days of summer, I hope they are bright, sunny, and beautiful!





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  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    I love how you incorporated your summer harvest into your decor! What a great idea for bringing the outdoors in this time of year in a lovely way! Thanks so much for including me in the hop and I hope you have a wonderful week!

    August 6, 2019 at 7:33 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    I love the salt and pepper shaker. Adorable. I think your bouquet for the table is just perfect. Enjoy the rest of the summer with your gorgeous garden.

    August 6, 2019 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Jenna

    Just beautiful Amber, I love sunflowers this time of year and with the flowers and the pretty vegetables and yellow accents you have captured the best of summer!

    August 6, 2019 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home

    So very lovely as usual, Amber! I’m really wanting to revamp our herb garden this fall. You’ve really inspired me. You have a wonderful knack for gardening. Hope the consistent rains are behind you for a bit to enjoy the summer.

    August 6, 2019 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Beth

    Thank you, Amber, for continuing the celebration of summer and not rushing ahead into fall! Life is too precious to hurry through!

    August 6, 2019 at 9:00 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Beth, Thank you so much for you nice comment and for visiting!

      October 3, 2019 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    Summer is not over yet and it looks like it’s in full bloom at your house! I love how the vibrant vegetable colors work with your decor. Just beautiful – and I am sure…delicious! Thanks so much for hosting this blog hop! I am looking forward to all the summer inspiration!

    August 6, 2019 at 9:13 am
  • Reply CoCo

    So many beautiful gifts from the garden Amber! I love all the sunflowers and the pops of color in your breakfast area. Everything is really beautiful. I’m super excited about your garden. We’re constantly trying different plants to see what will grow best in our sandy soil. Everything about your garden is so lush #goals. Hope you’re doing well. I know getting ready for school to start back is such a busy time. Hugs, CoCo

    August 6, 2019 at 9:37 am
    • Reply Michele Morin

      Our garden is just beginning to kick into production, so I don’t want to think that this is late summer! I do love this fruitful season!

      July 29, 2021 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    I always have the best time pinning from your posts. Your garden is so lovely and those tomatoes look so delicious. There’s nothing like the smell of vine ripe tomatoes! Pinning, pinning, pinning!

    August 6, 2019 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Carol@BlueskyatHome

    Amber, love all your wonderful summer vegetables and flowers. You incorporated them beautifully into your lovely breakfast room styling. The sunflowers are one of my favorites too. Thanks for hosting the summer blog hop.

    August 6, 2019 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Marty

    Oh so pretty, I adore your flowers and all of your fabulous garden veggies. Love the pretty yellow you’ve added to your breakfast area, so beautiful and that bouquet is perfect. Thanks tons for including me in this fun hop.

    August 6, 2019 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Chloe

    Amber, thank you so much for all of the work you put into organizing this wonderful hop! I am thankful to count you among by blogging friends. I absolutely love the welcoming and colorful breakfast nook. The yellow buffalo plaid is so fun contrasted with the black and white. I agree that you should have not worried about the bouquet and spent time with your Dad! It is always good to spend time with loved ones!

    August 6, 2019 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Your sunflowers are gorgeous Amber, and of course, I love fresh herbs! 😉 Thanks for organizing the hop! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    August 6, 2019 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    SUPER SUMMER-licious! All your sunflowers and veggies are gorgeous in your wonderful Summer decor. Buffalo checks and ticking stripes, oh I LOVE it.

    August 6, 2019 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Marlene Stephenson

    Loved all the beautiful colors made by your vegetables and flowers, what a great way to decorate for summer.

    August 6, 2019 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Carol Cook

    Your home and garden are beautiful in summer. I planted sunflower seeds and they are popping up all over the garden, but nothing like yours.

    August 6, 2019 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Carol!

      October 3, 2019 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    Love these late summer colors and textures, Amber! Enjoy all those yummy garden herbs & flowers! Hopefully you’re enjoying some A/C, too! Thanks for hosting today!

    August 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply cindy@countyroad407

    Only you can make vegetables look that scrumptious! I love your table and that gold and white buffalo check with sunflower pillow are gorgeous! Always love seeing what you do. Thanks for the hop – it was such a great idea!

    August 6, 2019 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    Your bounty of fresh herbs, vegetables, and flowers is a great celebration for the best of summer gardens. Your breakfast nook is a wonderful spot to enjoy all your summer harvest and to visit with your dad. Spending time with family is one of the best ways to celebrate summer.

    Thank you for hosting a great summer celebration blog hop for all the amazing talented bloggers to share summer celebrations in their homes. I count myself lucky to be included!

    Happy Summer,


    August 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Terrie

    Your vegetables and flowers look so healthy and beautiful. Love the coloring of your summer gardens. Love your kitchen area and the pillows. Thanks for sharing where we can find them. Thanks for hosting this blog hop.

    August 6, 2019 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Crissy

    Amber, I always enjoy touring your home! It’s like stepping into a sweeter, gentler place in time. I love your “perfectly imperfect” bouquet…that’s my favorite kind of arrangement. 🙂 The breakfast nook looks so lovely with the yellow and red accents. Just gorgeous.
    I also need to get started on my winter seedlings, so thanks for the reminder. I can’t wait to see how your garden turns out. It’s fun seeing the different climates around the U.S.!
    Thanks for coordinating such a lovely hop, my friend!

    August 6, 2019 at 11:54 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    Your garden harvest paired with your rosters is adorable! And your bouquet just screams happy!

    This has been a fun blog hop!

    August 7, 2019 at 4:40 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Nancy!

      October 3, 2019 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    Always beautiful images Amber.. Love you’re helping honey bees. They are important for gardens and are not around like they used to be.

    The urn you used with the bee is perfect and love it. The fresh veggies from the farmers market looked great.


    August 7, 2019 at 9:01 am
  • Reply Emily

    Amber, everything is absolutely beautiful!! I love the sunflowers and all the beautiful colors of the fresh veggies!! Thank you for hosting this fun summer Blog Hop!!!

    August 8, 2019 at 2:42 am
  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    Your vignettes truly look reflect August with your use of Sunflowers and gorgeous fresh herbs and produce. Looking at your pictures makes me want to visit our Farmer’s Market to load up on tomatoes and peppers. This is my second summer without a garden and I miss growing my own produce. We removed our deer fence from my garden perimeter and never have tackled getting a new one installed. I must do this so that next year I can enjoy picking my own veggies. I love your tours and appreciate so much your hard work that goes into hosting them.

    August 8, 2019 at 6:55 am
  • Reply Kelly

    Amber I just love all of your pretty yellow accents! I especially love your pillows and all of your glorious sunflowers! Enjoy the rest of your summer and thank you for having me along on your fabulous hop!

    August 8, 2019 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Stephanie L. Robertson

    Wow! Amazing ideas! I always wonder how ppl get their houses and gardens so beautiful, and I think I finally figured out the operative word: w-o-r-k! Lot’s of hard work, right? Not to mention, I think God has gifted some ppl (such as yourself) with the talent for making beautiful homes. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Stephanie (Alabama)

    August 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you for your kind comment. It does take a lot of time and care. I babied my herbs all summer long, but I enjoy gardening so much that all the hard work is worth it.

      Thank you so much for visiting. Stop back by anytime!

      October 3, 2019 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Oh Amber, this is such a beautiful post! Your photographs are simply gorgeous, and I think your sunflower arrangement is perfect! I wouldn’t change a thing. That photograph in your breakfast nook is my favorite. You have inspired me to take a chance on clearance plants. Your plants have turned out perfectly. I hope you enjoyed your visit with your dad. Thanks for inviting me to join your Hop, and take care, sweet friend!

    August 8, 2019 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Everything looks lovely, and so yummy!

    August 12, 2019 at 1:53 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden treasures at Vintage Charm, Amber! Pinning!

    August 12, 2019 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    I always enjoy a visit to your beautiful home Amber and doesn’t it look stunning all dressed in bright and sunny yellow. I adore sunflowers… I think of them as ‘happy’ flowers.
    Thank you for sharing this your late-summer home and garden at Create, Bake, Grow and Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too.

    August 23, 2019 at 3:56 am
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