|Double Tiger Lily ‘Flora Pleno’|
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for July 2013.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, I rejoice this summer for all the rain and “normalness” we’ve had, weatherwise.
As many others experienced or recall, last year was the hottest, driest summer we have ever lived through in this part of the United States. It set all kinds of records that I hope never to see broken. My bloom day post for July 2012 shows a pathetic lack of blooms.
This year the garden is blooming and showing all kinds of blooms in mid-summer.
Shall we take a walk around the backyard and see what we can see?
Please ignore all of the weeds, tree seedlings and general lack of deadheading, as this has also been a busy summer, and I was on vacation out of town for ten days just a week ago.
We’ll step off the patio, past this container which contains a banana plant and some vinca.
|Common banana plant with vinca flowers|
In the corner of the fence, a hydrangea is beginning to really bloom.
|Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’|
I need to put something around her, just to keep her company and to crowd out those weeds.
We’ll head down a path now called Ridgewood Avenue where we can see the “backside” of the August Dreams Garden border.
|Eupatorium dubium ‘Little Joe’|
The joe-pye weed is beginning to bloom, already!
Further down, a tall white phlox is showing its stuff.
|Phlox paniculata ‘David’|
It glows at night.
We’ll leave this border now, and head over to the Vegetable Garden Cathedral.
|Dill setting seed|
The first thing you’ll smell and see is the dill. It’s tall and setting seed. I need to cut that back or I will have a garden full of dill seedlings next year. That’s the nice thing about dill. Once you plant it, if you let it go to seed, you will have dill for the rest of your life. That’s also a not very nice thing about dill.
Elsewhere in the garden, the corn is tasseling.
Those aren’t the prettiest flowers, but they are a sign of some sweet corn that I will surely be picking in another week or so.
Leaving the vegetable garden,we come around to another garden border called The Shrubbery.
|Buddleia variety not remembered|
This was planted last year and the year before, and this year the entire area has been growing and filling in. Next to my chair is a dwarf blue butterfly bush and some potentilla. That potentilla has been blooming all summer long.
No time to rest, we are coming up now to Plopper’s Field.
|Heliopsis ‘Loraine Sunshine’ and Phlox paniculata|
Pink tall phlox and variegated ox-eye daisies are competing for brightest color on the edge of this garden border.
The main section of the border shows just how “full” Plopper’s Field has become.
|Plopper’s Field looking south|
It also shows that I have not been diligent in dead heading flowers. Please look past the seed heads of the salvia and see the pretty daylilies.
Or walk around the border and see the daisies and coneflowers.
|Plopper’s Field looking east|
They are flanked by tall Michaelmas daisies that I did not have time to cut back in late May so they wouldn’t get so tall. Oops. Now we’ll see how floppy they get in September when they bloom.
One more view of Plopper’s Field from the other side.
|Plopper’s Field looking north|
I should title this bloom day post “I’ll show you my mess of a garden if you show me yours”. I see weeds everywhere.
I also see a clematis scampering through the serviceberry tree on the corner of Plopper’s Field.
|Clematis triternata ‘Rubromartinata’|
This clematis has scampered its way to the top of this tree, which is about 15 feet tall. I tried to get a picture of it, but my photography skills would not allow it.
Let’s go around to the front garden to see some blooms there, too.
|Burpee’s Cool Wave® Pansies|
I long ago ripped out most of the pansies and violas, but left this container of them because they didn’t look half-bad. They are still doing well, even though it is summer time. They probably didn’t get the message that pansies don’t do well in the summer time. Now that they’ve gone this far into the season, I’m going to keep them going for as long as I can.
On the other side of the sidewalk, in a border I have yet to name, some pink coreopsis self-seed themselves around every year and I just let them be.
|Coreopsis rosea with Ceratostigma plumbaginoides|
Those bigger leaves are not their leaves, by the way. They belong to another plant, leadwort.
There are other flowers to see, but nothing else too exciting in the front, where the theme is “let’s not go all wild so they think a crazy gardener lives here”. We’ll return to the back where we started, and admire the black-eyed Susan’s in August Dreams Gardens.
We can stand here and talk about how green the lawn is, how plentiful the rain has been, all my weeds, or you can show me what’s blooming in your garden.
What is 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