Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: July, 2015
Finally! Our wet, cooler weather has delayed some of the excitement of summer in the garden, but as of today things are moving along.
Just yesterday the ‘Eye-yi-yi’ Daylilies (Hemorocallis) in the Driveway Border started bursting into bloom. Here they are with Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa). Too much orange? Have I mentioned I really like orange flowers?
Let’s take a closer look at that Butterflyweed. I can never get enough of Butterflyweed.
There are some other Daylilies as well. This one was a freebie thrown into an order from Oakes Daylilies. It’s become gigantic. I don’t remember the name, so I call it ‘Mr. Banana’.
The Asiatic Lilies (Lilium) in the Left Bank Bed are past their peak, but they are still making a contribution. These are all descendents of a naturalizing mix I planted about eight years ago. Most of the remaining blooms are orange, but there are some smaller red and yellow ones as well.
Also in the Driveway Border, the ‘Temptation’ Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum) is blooming despite the depredations of the four-lined plant bug. The damage on the upper leaves is pretty apparent. Also, I noticed that some of the stems don’t have the secondary flower spikes that you usually see. The Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) was also ravaged by this pest, but it is just now barely starting to flower.
I planted three Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) in the Driveway Border, one near each end and one in the middle. Right now they are showing their first few flowers.
The Mexican Sunflower looks great with the blue spikes of Culver’s Root ‘Temptation’.
Anyhow, here’s a view of the Driveway Border from near the front door.
On the other side of the driveway, in the Left Bank Bed, my ‘Summer Beauty’ Alliums are blooming for the first time. I got these last fall from Rachelle of Talking to Plants. Thanks, Rachelle! Can’t wait to see these spread and fill in.
In our new Lampost Bed, there are already some notable bloomers. First off, the dwarf Helenium ‘Short’n’Sassy’ (Helenium autumnale) sent to me by the good folks at Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm. I couldn’t believe how early this guy started blooming, or how profusely.
The Blanket Flower ‘Arizona Sun’ (Gaillardia aristata) is this bed is also performing admirably.
Now, the big news in the Sidewalk Border is that the ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma), and the Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) are blooming together. There is a much bigger block of Wild Bergamot in the Driveway Border, but it is not yet ready to pop.
Sad to say, downy mildew is already apparent on the Wild Bergamot, though much less so on ‘Raspberry Wine’.
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is blooming in both the Sidewalk Border and the Front Island Bed. While Judy was taking pictures, our resident Monarch butterfly deigned to let us watch her nectar on the flowers.
Also in the Front Island Bed, the Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) continues to bloom longer into summer than I think is normal. I guess we have the cooler weather to thank.
If we head towards the back garden, we will pass the Clematis ‘Jackmanii Superba’, still going strong. I’m not going to be coy about this. This Clematis is superb indeed – also magnificent, stupendous, and fabulous. There, I said it. And there are still lots of buds that have yet to open.
In this light it looks more blue than purple.
You know what? It’s getting late, and I haven’t even done the back garden. Though there isn’t nearly as much going on back there as there is in front, But still, I think I’ll do a supplemental Bloom Day post tomorrow.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see many more superlative blooms.
Which garden blooms are making you happy today?