FARGO -- Whew! Everyone take a breather. Together these past months we've planted, pruned, pinched, fertilized, weeded, dug, deadheaded, and stressed out over the latest insects and diseases. Let's wipe our brows, pause for a bit, and enjoy the midsummer beauty around our homes and cities.

So pour yourself another cup of coffee or grab a lemonade, and let's take a photographic field trip from the comfort of our chairs.

Readers frequently inquire about the origins of the beautiful photos that accompany this garden column's text. Thanks go to talented Forum News Service photographers Michael Vosburg, Dave Wallis, David Samson and Carrie Snyder, one of whom meets with me each week to capture photos that complement our weekly topic.

Don Kinzler, a lifelong gardener, worked as an NDSU Extension horticulturist and owned Kinzler's Greenhouse in Fargo. Tune in to his weekly radio segment from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays on WDAY Radio 970. Readers can reach him at forumgrowingtogether@hotmail.com.