Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for July 2012.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana we are enduring a hot, dry summer.
Weather record keepers have been busy recording new record high temperatures, record streaks of days over 90 F, and record numbers of consecutive days without any measurable rainfall. They have also declared that we are now in extreme drought rather than severe drought.
As of noon on Friday, we are banned from watering lawns, washing cars or anything else outside with water, or otherwise running water out the end of a hose as though it is a resource that will always be there.
We are allowed to hand water flower beds, vegetable gardens and any trees and shrubs that are less than five years old.
In spite of all that, I do have blooms in my garden.
A volunteer sunflower came up this spring and I left it to grow because I am a lazy weeder. It is in a corner of the vegetable garden that didn’t get a lot of water even when I used a sprinkler to water the entire garden. I wonder if it would have waited another year to sprout if it had known what the weather would be like this summer? Grow, sunflower, grow!
Another volunteer flower that comes up here and there and seems to do quite well with little water and less attention is Verbena bonariensis.
I just wish I had more of these scattered here and there because in some gardens, like Ploppers’ Field, there is a sad lack of bloom. I’ll let the seeds of this Verbena mature and sow themselves throughout the garden.
The few flowers that are blooming in Ploppers’ Field, like this daylily, are surrounded by “not pretty” which can look worse than weeds.
I do need to get out into the garden and do some massive clean up and weeding. The garden will still be dry afterward, but it will at least look neat and tidy.
Elsewhere in Ploppers’ Field, there are some coneflowers, Echinacea purpurea, in bloom.
I won’t be deadheading these anytime soon. The birds will enjoy the seeds for dinner later this fall.
Across the way in the August Dreams Garden border, there are some bright spots.
Phlox paniculata ‘David’ looks cheery and even glows at night.
I’ve been watering this garden border because everything in it was just planted at the beginning of last year’s gardening season so it is still establishing iteself. That tan area you see in the upper left is the dormant lawn, by the way.
Rudbeckia sp. is also blooming now as it should be blooming.
It, too, stands out against the dormant lawn.
Around in front, there are also some blooms, mostly in containers which I planted with some Proven Winners trial plants.
I have no idea where the tags are for these flowers but I am pretty certain that the two plants in this container are Lo & Behold® ‘Ice Chip’ butterfly bush and Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’. I’ll plant the butterfly bush out in the garden some time this fall.
Also blooming in the front are Lo & Behold® ‘Blue Chip’ butterfly bushes.
I bought six of these in early June to replace some Aster ‘October Skies’ plants that were dying off from some kind of blight. The butterfly bushes were a bit scraggly when I planted them, but I’ve been watering them regularly and they’ve responded with beautiful blooms. I’ll see how they get through the winter before I truly sing their praises, but for now, they are a bright bloom in this season of dull drought.
The rest of the garden is dry and the blooms are mere shadows of what would normally be blooming in mid-July in my garden. I looked back through all of the previous July bloom day posts, going all the way back to 2007, just to remember that it wasn’t always like this.
What’s blooming in your garden in mid-July? I’d love to see and read about whatever it is that brightens your garden on the 15th of every month.
Please join in with your own Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post. Just post on your blog about what is blooming this month in your garden and then come back here and leave a link to your blog post in the Mr. Linky widget below along with a brief comment to entice us to virtually visit your garden.
The rules for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day are simple… no rules! You can include pictures, lists, no lists, common names, botanical names, whatever you’d like to do to showcase your blooms. You can post early, you can post late. We are grateful for whatever you share with us. Thank you, and all are welcome!
Now, say it together with me…
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence