Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for July 2014.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana I am happy, happy, happy with how my garden looks in mid-summer this year.
As I look around at all the blooms, I think back to just two years ago when we were in the midst of one of the hottest and driest summers we’ve ever experienced. In 2012, by mid July we were dry and hot and there weren’t many blooms to show.
I really do like it better when we get rain and it isn’t so hot!
The only heat I want in my garden now are from hot colors like this pink phlox. It’s a passalong plant that I’ve brought with me to each of the three gardens I’ve planted.
Across the way, another phlox, ‘David’ is starting to bloom as white as the passalong phlox is pink.
It’s one of the first flowers to bloom in the border I call August Dreams.
Would you like to see some of my daylilies, growing in Plopper’s Field and elsewhere in the garden?
I live near a daylily and hosta nursery so I have easy, too easy, access to a wide variety of daylilies. Early on, I had a talk with myself and decided I really needed to figure out what I like my daylilies to look like, and stick to just those, or I would end up with way too many. (As if it is possible to have too many of something in the garden.)
From the pictures,you can see, I hope, that I like spider or unusual forms, green centers, and old varieties like ‘Hyperion’ which is the yellow one in the middle of the top row.
If only I could remember the names of the other daylilies, we could play Hemerocallis Squares. ‘Moonlight Orchid’ (bottom row, far left) for the win!
Elsewhere in the garden, the members of the Asteraceae family are also making a good showing.
Clockwise from the upper left, there are dark pink coneflowers (Echinacea sp.) in bloom, along with Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum), false sunflowers (Heliopsis helianthoides) and just plain old regular coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea).
For some reason, I didn’t take a picture of the black-eyed Susan’s (Rudbeckia), which are also in the Asteraceae family and also blooming.
And there is more!
Out in the vegetable garden, Alyssum is blooming at the ends of some of the raised beds.
I like how it brings in pollinators, has a nice scent, and adds color to the veg garden.
I also like the lilies now blooming.
This is Lilium lancifolium ‘Flore-Pleno’, a wonderful double tiger lily. It will be blooming for weeks.
I am ready to declare that this has been one of the best summers we’ve had for blooms in the garden. May all our summers be like this one, and may you someday also experience your version of the perfect summer wherever you garden.
But enough about me and my lovely summer. Is it a good summer for you? What’s blooming in your garden as we celebrate mid-summer? We’d love to see your July blooms.
Just post on your blog about the blooms in your garden, then come back here and leave a comment, then add a link to your bloom day post on the Mr. Linky widget below. Just like last month, you should also be able to choose a picture from your post to include with your link. (If you have any troubles with the linking, just shoot me an email and I will happily help you out.)
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence