Cats in the Gardens

Most Beloved

I spend my days cat napping, nibbling num-nums, and writing about all things cats and gardens. I also take photographs throughout the four seasons: spring blossoms; summer heat; falling leaves; and winter dreams. Join me for cat tales and tea in the gardens!

Flowering Quince, Gardens at Effingham

Celebrate the Seasons through Flowers

At Gardens at Effingham, we celebrate spring, summer, winter, and fall through the joy of our perennial gardens.

Enjoy the gardens in full bloom through this photo gallery of the seasons.

Spring Beauty

Spring and summer bring a spectacular display of early, mid, and late blooming flowers, shrubs, and trees: crocus, spring beauties, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, azaleas, rhododendron, dogwood, crabapple, redbud, fruit trees (and more).

Summer Heat

By mid-summer, the gardens are fragrant with roses, daylillies, hosta, hydrangea, viburnum, resurrection lilies, ripe fruit on trees and vines, and plentiful berries.

Pink azalea in spring
Pink Azalea in Spring, Gardens at Effingham

Falling Leaves

Fall brings chrysanthemums and ornamental gourds, acorn and butternut squash, pumpkins of all varieties, seedum, and a colorful display as the flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees change into reds, oranges, yellows before the first frost.

Autumn Gold

Winter Dreams

And winter? A dormant display of trees without leaves, shriveled flowers and vines (important food for the birds who winter over), striking color in some shrubs, evergreens, Norway spruce, dogwood, and junipers, and a brilliant beauty in knowing that all that seems lost is merely tucked in for winter.

Winter Brings Snow

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