Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for July 2020.
Here in my USDA hardiness zone 6a garden in central Indiana, I didn’t think I had a lot of blooms, but then I walked around and found a whole bunch of flowers, mixed in with lush growth.
I officially declare this to be a good year in the garden. Outside the garden gate, it may seem like the world is falling apart, but in the garden, all is good.
I hope your garden feels that way to you too!
Let’s start with a picture of a trio of coneflowers, Echinacea purpurea, which shows how lovely these flowers age. Aging well is a wonderful trait for a flower to have! I hope I have that trait.
Elsewhere in the garden… let’s take a quick walk and see!
Out in front, hiding the utility boxes and greeting neighbors as they walk by is the daylily, Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’ (a lovely, old variety) along with Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’.
The agastache is a bee magnet.
Another old-fashioned flower blooming this month is the double tiger lily, Lilium lancifolium ‘Flore Pleno’.
Speaking of old-fashioned, for clean old-fashioned good fun, I recommend you listen each week to the podcast, The Gardenangelists, that I record with Dee Nash of Red-Dirt Ramblings. This week, we give some bulb-buying advice and reveal a few other secrets.
Let’s go little and wild and spreading but not in a bad with wild petunias, Ruellia humulis.
I am definitely letting these self-sow wherever they want!
I also let the false sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, seed itself a bit but I watch it like a hawk because it is a big plant.
I only need a few big plants in my small garden.
Another big self-sower is common dill. Oh my. These are over six feet tall.
They were all volunteer seedlings. I tell people you should only need to buy dill seed once. After that, they will just self-sow and you can pull out what you don’t want and leave the rest. I leave mine growing wherever I plant the cucumbers. (Speaking of which, I just recorded a new garden reaction video about cucumbers which you might enjoy.)
Out in front, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ has been blooming with abandon for several weeks and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
I think it will keep going right until fall.
Back out in the vegetable garden, I sowed seeds for sweet peas at the ends of every bed in early April and they’ve continued to bloom in spite of the heat.
I love them and have no idea why I waited so many years to bring them back to my garden. I put them back on the “must plant” list and will be looking for varieties with lots of good scent.
Another flower I started from seed earlier in the spring is Nicotiana alata, an heirloom flower from Renee’s Garden Seeds.
Such a sweet scented flower, I’m going to try to grow it every year now too.
It goes well with these snapdragons which I planted out in late March.
I keep deadheading them and they keep blooming.
How about some black-eyed susan’s?
This little puddle of Rudbeckia also self-sowed it in this spot and I just left it.
Near where I actually planted black-eyed susans is the daylily, Hemoreocallis ‘Notify Ground Crew’.
It’s flower scapes are at least five feet tall.
More annuals? You bet. I love these flowering vincas I bought at the local greenhouse.
This one is actually a hybrid Catharanthus and the series is called Soiree Ka-wa-i-i®. I do nothing but water it.
Want to see another self-sower? This is a tickseed, Coreopsis rosea.
I keep it going by leaving it alone and letting it flower and go to seed. Then it rewards me for my hard work by showing up in July with more flowers.
There are more flowers in my garden but I decided this post is getting a bit long and so I’ll wrap this up with some zinnias, freshly cut from the garden. They’ll be blooming now until fall!
And that’s a peek at my little garden in the middle of July.
What’s blooming in your garden today? We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about the flowers you have blooming on or around the 15th of the month, and then leave a comment below to tell us what you have and a link in the Mr. Linky widget to show us how to get to your post.
And always remember…
We can have flowers nearly every month of the year. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence