July in the garden. This is the time when it is too hot to do much about anything in the garden but relax in the hammock and occasionally go out and harvest some vegetables. But the summer flowers don't seem to mind the heat and only droop occasionally to remind me to water them.
The little miniature hosta, 'Pandora's Box' is blooming like its bigger cousins, though with bloom included it is only about four inches high. If this were not in a garden of other miniature plants, I'd probably miss its bloom, but where it is, it's quite visible. I have learned through trial and error that even the best, showiest flower can be missed if it isn't placed well in the garden.
A few herbs are blooming as well.
I don't have an herb garden, just a few herbs in the center of my vegetable garden around a dwarf apple tree. There's St. John's Wort (the yellow flowers), thyme (the pink flowers) and sage. It is on my evergrowing garden wish list to have an "official herb garden" one day.
In front, I have some rose colored threadleaf coreopsis.
The flowers fade a bit as the days grow hot but they are low-growing and provide a spot of color by the sidewalk leading up to the front door. I've made a note to dig some of these up next spring and spread them about in other places in the garden as they make a nice "fill in" plant.
I've chosen not to list all the flowers blooming in containers, but did want to include the fairy lilies.
They come and go as the weather changes, and I caught them a few days ago going quite mad with bloom. Since these aren't hardy here, I put the pots in the garage for the winter, leaving the bulbs planted, and then bring them out in the spring and just start watering them. They could not be any easier to grow!
I have several places where False Sunflowers are growing. If you have false sunflower or ox-eye sunflower, you will have it in several places, as it is a bit weedy. But it is providing some much needed color to my garden, so I'll deal with its bad habits!
There are some flowers budding that didn't quite make it for bloom day. Here's a pineapple lily
This is another one that I over winter and then plant in a pot each year. The blooms, which will be finished by August bloom day, will be white. I've surrounded it with some purple verbana in the background.
There are also a few unnamed lilies blooming.
These are some I bought from a friend's daughter as part of some kind of fundraiser. I think they saw me coming! The flower bed these are in could actually use a lot more in it, so I'll get more lilies next year.
So many gardeners have daylilies in bloom right now, me included.
I have several varieties and thought this bloom day post would seem incomplete without at least one daylily picture! I don't have as many daylilies as some gardeners, less than 10 varieties, though I see them pop up here and there in the garden, so I might have a few more than I realize.
And how can this be? The 'Autumn Joy' sedum are starting to form their flower buds. Wait, this is a fall flower. It's too soon to think of fall just yet, we have many more summer days to enjoy.
Finally, I'm joyfully awaiting the bloom of the night-blooming cereus.
Here's a list of what is blooming at May Dreams Gardens today.
Coreopsis rosea – Pink Thresdleaf Coreopsis
Coreopsis verticillata – Threadleaf Coreopsis
Thalictrum kiusianum - Dwarf Meadow Rue
Echinacea purpurea – Coneflowers
Helianthus helianthoides – False or Ox-eye Sunflowers
Hemerocallis – Daylilies, several varieties
Hosta – un-named varieties, purple flowers
Hosta ‘Pandora’s Box’
Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’
Leucanthemum x superbum – Shasta daisies (that’s a funny name...‘super bum’)
Lilium – un-named oriental lilies
Mirabilis jalapa – Four ‘o Clocks
Phlox paniculata – Purple, White, and ‘Crème de Menthe’
Platycodon grandiflora - Balloon Flower
Rudbeckia hirta - Black-eyed Susan’s
Tagetes – Marigolds
Zinnia – Purple, pink, white, and my favorite, green
In the vegetable garden
Hanging on from previous months but on the decline
Clematis integrifolia ‘Alba’
Rose – White Flower Carpet
Spirea japonica ‘Limemound’
Tradescantia sp. – Spiderwort
Pardancanda - Candy Lily
Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Night blooming cereus, which might actually bloom late on the 15th! If it does, it will get its own post)
Eucomis sp. - Pineapple Lily
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
Plus lots of flowers in containers!
What's blooming in your garden today? Please join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th of each month by posting on your blog what’s blooming in your garden, and then leave a comment here so we can find you and visit to see all your pretty flowers.
If you don’t have a blog, feel free to list your blooms in a comment below.
If you have too many blooms to list or not enough time, just go with your top 10 list and join us anyway. And botanical names are strictly optional! All are welcome!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence