|Lilium lancifolium ‘Flore Pleno’|
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for July 2016.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden, it is high summer and the gardens are putting out the blooms, mostly on schedule.
Yesterday evening, the skies darkened, the temperatures dropped and several thunderstorms rolled through bringing wind, rain, and bits of hail.
Thankfully, the garden withstood the attack and for the most part, all the plants were standing tall in the morning. Those that weren’t will likely right themselves eventually. If not, I’ll help them later.
Blooms? Or yes, summertime is full of blooms.
Out in Plopper’s Field, where I plop in plants wherever there is an open spot, the lovely-to-some and hideous-to-others double-flowering lily, Lilium lancifolium ‘Flore Pleno’, has begun to open its blooms. Behind it is the common but too-pretty-not-to-have coneflower, Echinacea purpurea.
What else blooms in Plopper’s Field?
There are Shasta daisies, Leucanthemum × superbum.
And the tiny white flowers of calamint, Calamintha nepeta var. nepeta.
And another lily, Lilium ‘Black Beauty’, an Orientpet lily.
I am quite fascinated with Orientpet lilies, hybrids created by crossing Oriental and Trumpet lilies. I’ve added a few to the garden each year for the past few years and intend to add more this fall.
As I’ve said for months, Plopper’s Field needs a good bit of editing and weeding. I’ll weed as I can for during the summer and this fall, begin some editing.
Out in the vegetable garden the zinnias are beginning to bloom.
Collectively, they lure in the bees and butterflies, which is what I hoped they would do.
What I didn’t plan on was being so smitten with them, again, after all these years.
Individually, they can be quite stunning.
I’m already making plans to buy more zinnia seeds, more varieties, and fill the fringes of the vegetable garden with them.
Another garden border, August Dreams Garden, is starting to get interesting, right on schedule. It was designed for late blooming flowers.
There we see the first blooms on the cup flowers, Silphium perfoliatum.
I am vigilant about not letting these go to seed and spread throughout the garden because it is a large plant. One is plenty in my small garden.
Nearby is Culver’s Root, Veronicastrum virginicum.
I’m growing it because it is a native wildflower and fits in well with August Dreams Garden which is mostly prairie type plants. I might have to feature this one for Wildflower Wednesday, another great meme for sharing information on flowers. It takes place on the 4th Wednesday of the month and is hosted by Gail at Clay and Limestone.
I did let a daylily sneak in there amongst the mostly native prairie plants. This one has flower stems over five feet tall and is called ‘Notify Ground Crew’.
Who could resist such a tall daylily? Not me apparently.
All of August Dream Garden will be in bloom the next time we meet for bloom day.
Between then and now, I need to go out and pick green beans.
What’s blooming in your garden as we reach the height of summer?
We would all love to have you join us for Garden Blogger’s Bloom day and show us.
It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden on or about the 15th of the month, then leave a link to your bloom day post in the Mr. Linky widget below and add a comment to tell us what you have for us to see.
And remember, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence