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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - July 2010

Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for July 2010!

Today’s featured flowers are new to my garden this year. I planted most of them either earlier this spring or late last year, well after last year’s July bloom day.

They include Clematis heracleifolia, with its tiny blue flowers. This shrub clematis is still in its nursery container, patiently waiting for me to find a long term home for it. And I will, before the snow flies.

I’m also enjoying Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta.
No one is going to make a big fuss over this calamint’s tiny white blooms, but they will or should make a fuss over the soft, minty fragrance. This one is bedded out in the vegetable garden waiting for a more permanent home in the new garden design. I can not resist touching it and smelling it every time I walk by it.

Also out in the vegetable garden, the okra is starting to flower.

I’m just a tiny bit north of where okra would be happiest, but I’m trying it anyway. I’ve yet to harvest any okra, but I do think the flowers are pretty.

Hey, how did that tomato picture end up on a bloom day post? I apologize, sometimes others (garden fairies) log on and mess with my posts.

By the way, that’s my first ripe tomato, ‘Stupice’, right before I ate it.

Anyway, I also have lots of coneflowers, tall phlox, lilies, daylilies, blackeyed susans, balloon flowers, hydrangeas, beautyberries, hairy alumroots, roses, panicum, and hostas blooming in my garden, including these mini hostas.

(I apologize for flaunting part of my collection of mini hostas. Everyone went nuts over them at Buffa10 when we saw them growing in and around the Shadrack's garden and many talked about starting their own collections. I currently have about ten different mini hostas, mostly growing in containers. I couldn't resist showing a few of them in bloom, along with that rogue impatiens seedling in there. I need to pull that out!)

Moving along...

Missing from the garden, thankfully, after several years of pulling it out are the false or ox-eye sunflowers, Heliopsis helianthoides, that seemed to be everywhere in 2007. If I ever decide I want them again, I’ll just let the variegated Heliopsis ‘Loraine Sunshine’ sow herself all over the garden as she likes to do.

Then I’ll have plenty for myself and anyone else who wants them.

Finally, one of the surprises of the month is that at least one toad lily, Tricyrtis sp., is blooming.
It really should be the last plant to flower in my garden in late September/early October.

Every summer it seems like there is a flower that blooms ahead of its turn or well after its turn. In 2008, it was a white double-flowering columbine flowering rather late.

And that’s why I like to keep this monthly record of what’s blooming in my garden, because it is never quite the same from year to year. I add new flowers and pull other flowers out, and the flowers themselves can sometimes bloom early or late. I have no control!

What’s blooming in your garden today?

We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. It’s easy to participate and all are invited!

Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and put your name and the url to your post on the Mr. Linky widget below. Then leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see so we can pay you a virtual visit!

We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

95 comments:

Mark Disero said...

Thanks again Carol for this wonderful opportunity!

teresa said...

Love the toad lily and the okra flower, almost looks like a calla lily. thanks for hosting GBBD. so fun to see what everyone has going on in their gardens.

teresa said...

Love the toad lily and the okra flower, almost looks like a calla lily. thanks for hosting GBBD. so fun to see what everyone has going on in their gardens.

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

Very cool Carol! I consider tomatoes to be Bloom Day worthy, after all they are the result of a bloom!

Queer by Choice said...

What beautiful colors on your toad lily!

Ewa in the Garden said...

Okra flower is lovely! I have one plant this year for the first time and waiting for flowers :)

Heather's Garden said...

Love the mini-hostas, Carol. And I envy you the first ripe tomato. Mine aren't there yet.

jo said...

You'll be doing your 'dance round the garden' with the pot of unusual clematis in your arms, trying to find a place for it.
I think of that phrase each time I come home with an impulse buy from the garden centre. I didn't even know there were such a thing as mini-hosta's. Do they get eaten by mini-snails, I wonder.

Lily Wideaux said...

beautiful!

Country Mouse said...

Love that okra blossom! Thanks as ever, Carol!

Autumn Belle said...

Carol, thank you for hosting GBBD. You have a lot of sunshine blooming in your garden. This month, I am featuring flowers from a floral show that is currently on in Malaysia. I hope you don't mind that the blooms are not from my own garden. Lastly, Happy GBBD to everyone! :)

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Good morning Carol and happy GBBD. I think your toad lilies are so photogenic. I used to grow these in Ireland but where I now live they never come back after the winter. Your mini hostas look so cute!

Emily said...

beautiful flowers--especially the toad lilies. congratulations on your first tomato of the season...i'm still impatiently waiting for mine.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Carol,
I like your okra bloom. You should have an okra real soon. Those hostas are mighty cute. I like that clematis, too.

As far as the false sunflower, I have one regular one I'm letting grow, and have been pulling the others out one at a time so my husband doesn't notice as much, as this is the first flower I had to agree to plant (3 of) in order for him to agree for me to have a flower bed where the egress window had been dug out. The plants get so wilty when it's hot, but the one I'm letting grow is one I dug out of the vegetable garden, and it gets taller, and doesn't wilt so much. I have 2 variegated ones that I keep deadheaded as much as I can to avoid having to pull them out all over the place.

Thanks for hosting GBBD. I have a bunch of photos of some of the plants that are blooming now.

Cyndy said...

Can't believe you've got a tricyrtis blooming! Mine aren't but the autumn anemones are all budded up here, so it is a funny year. No apologies needed for hosta mini flaunting - very cute!

Sunita said...

Okra has blooms pretty enough to be grown for themselves and not the fruit.
And I'm glad that tomato photo snuck in here;)

lotusleaf said...

Carol, thanks for giving me the opportunity to take part in this interesting meme. Your hostas are very pretty and unusual. I have shown a few flowers which are blooming in my garden at the moment.

Swimray said...

I too went (mostly) for things that are new in my garden this year.

Sarah Laurence said...

I love clematis too and that's a type I haven't seen before. Aren't the first tomatoes so exciting? That is the taste of summer. Thanks for hosting GBBD, Carol.

Debbie/GardenofPossibilities said...

Happy Bloom Day! I enjoyed seeing your newest treasures and will be interested in seeing them featured in future posts, especially the shrub clematis. I love the mini hostas. I'm taking a trip to O'Brien's Hosta farm in CT later this month and may just have to pick up a few for myself.

Sarah Laurence said...

Sorry to post 2 links. I hadn't realized the Linky would auto fill in the link from last month, and there doesn't appear to be a way to remove the first link. I should have had my tea first!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I forgot it was bloom day. I will have to get out there and take some photos. Your clematis shrub has some interesting blooms on it. I have never seen this before. Happy GBBD.

LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD said...

What a great idea to put the mini Hostas in a container. I only have two of them and they tend to get lost in the garden otherwise. I'm with Lisa; almost forgot it was Bloom Day — must be the heat!

commonweeder said...

I'm glad you flaunted the mini hostas. It was a reminder that I could grow a few in a container and keep it on the piazza where there is some shade - and keep them away from the deer. I have raspberries ready to pick and one tomato is turning pink - but lots of new flowers.

garden girl said...

Love the mini hostas Carol! I'm a big fan of calamint, both the scent and the sweet, airy blooms. They're tiny and not particularly showy, but make a wonderful textural contrast with so many other, larger blooms. And the well-behaved, beautifully shaped, shrubby form is really nice.

Kimberly said...

Hi Carol! I really like your veggies and the toad lily! Great July blooms!

Rose said...

Thanks for showing the Heliopsis, Carol; Beckie and I saw some this weekend, and neither of us could think of its name. Congratulations on that first tomato--I can't believe it didn't get its own post:)

Thank you as always for sponsoring this meme, Carol; I'm finding how helpful it is to look back and see what was blooming on the 15th a year or two ago. Now I'd better get busy and finish my own Bloom Day post...

patientgardener said...

Thanks for hosting this again this month.

Pam's English Garden said...

Carol, I am so glad you posted your yummy tomato because my Bloom Day post features my vegetable garden.

I didn't know about mini hostas - now I want some! The rabbits ate my toad lily ... yours is lovely!

Thanks for hosting GBBD. Pam x

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

The okra blossom is very pretty. I love the toad lily too.

I never thought much about mini Hostas, I have a tiny white one with green edges that seems to be forgotten and unappreciated in the garden. I am planning to add to a shade garden along a path weaving through the woodlands where the children have made their faerie houses, perhaps mini hostas would be the perfect plants near their houses.

happy day!

Lancashire rose said...

Thanks for hosting bloom day Carol. I bet your garden was very happy to have you back and get some attention. Love the toad lily and the okra flower is pretty too. I'm afraid I have no love for okra so I don't think that bloom will be found in my garden-although I saw some dried okra yesterday and that did look interesting.

Tufa Girl said...

I love the shrub Clematis - must find one of those for my garden as all my shade along the fence was lost in a storm the first of June. Thank you for hosting these bloomers each month.

Les said...

I am glad to see that someone else appreciates the ornamental qualities of Okra. I like the look of the foliage and structure as well. Thank you for again hosting GBBD and have a great day!

Bonnie said...

I have never seen the false sunflowers with the variegated leaves. What a fun plant. I am joining you for the first time. Thank you for hosting.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Thanks Carol for showing us what is new in your garden. The trout lily is beautiful. I have plants still in pots too waiting for me to finally decide where to put them. I almost forgot that it was Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. What an air head.

Heather said...

Thank you Carol for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - what fun!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Who would have thought that Okra had such a great looking flower! I do not have any ripe tomatoes yet.

Eileen

lakechicagoshores said...

I can't say I have a whole lot of *new* blooms this year, but my perennials are definitely ahead of last year's. Might have something to do with it being warm and wet rather than dry and cool! But the garden is looking pretty festive here at the midpoint of a Chicago summer.

Kate said...

Lovely flowers, Carol. I'm glad the tomato got to show his pretty face, too. :)

Amy said...

The okra blossom is beautiful. And I love that you host this monthly journal of what's blooming around the world! Thanks.

Peeoknee said...

Thank You for doing the Bloggers Bloom Day. What fun. This is my first time joining in on the GBBD-july2010.
And I love your blog. Now I'm off to visit other garden blogs.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Love the Clematis, it's so charming. One of my favorite botanical names to say is "Calamintha nepeta nepeta," It reminds me of a P.G. Wodehouse character name. I think you should leave the Impatiens in the mini Hosta pot. It's a nice contrast to the Hosta blooms.

Nell Jean said...

Every Bloom Day is different. Garden is hot and dry here but I found blossoms.

You should have okra pods soon. Okra loves hot weather. Okra is very tasty in vegetable soup (gumbo).

Amber said...

I'm in Avon IN and I grew Okra last year..they did very well and they look like they are going to do good this year too

Birdwoman said...

Mr. Linky would not allow me to enter my URL, but my Bloom Day post is up @ http://gardeningwithnature.blogspot.com/2010/07/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-july-2010.html.

Thanks for hosting Bloom Day once again. So many wonderful gardens!

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

I left the wrong link on #34 (I just clicked on it and it was the June post)...so now I added the right one for July on #57.
You know that saying "haste makes waste" ? we there you go! LOL

happy day!

Iris said...

Thanks for hosting, Carol. My GBBD post is now up. I am in okra-growing territory but haven't tried to grow it and had no idea how beautiful its flowers were! Your garden sounds super lush and fragrant.

danger garden said...

That tomato looks mighty tasty! And you are quite clever to pot your mini Hosta collection together like that, I love it! Happy bloomday and thank you for hosting!

Helen said...

We've seen a lot of things come and go early this year, I think, Carol. Hope your toad lily comes back to visit in fall, as it's supposed to! Happy blooms day, and thanks as always for being our town square.

Elizabeth Barrow said...

Hello Carol and thanks again for hosting! I love those mini-hostas! The feeling is coming over me -- must step away from the computer before I accidentally order dozens of them from the internet! My garden is HOT HOT HOT right now. The colors are wild, clashing and outrageous. That's summer around here. Everyone's a little crazy with the heat. Thanks again,
Elizabeth

Liz said...

Hi Carol,

Wonderful photos, I'm very jealous of your Toad Lilies, I planted a few earlier in the year and two began to come up but seem to have given up!

I'm not having much luck with them as when I first moved into this house I planted a bunch I'd kept in a pot for a number of years and they too disappeared... Looks like I won't be able to grow them here :(

Karen715 said...

It is hot and very humid here among the leaves (and blooms) today. I love sharing with my fellow bloggers. Thanks for the opportunity.

Denise said...

That heracl. clematis was once a strong, easy plant for me but never again. Mine struggles, yours gives me hope. Calamints are very fuss-worthy. I need some of those again too. I thought I posted earlier, don't see it. Thanks again, and happy bloom day!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Your toad lilies, my blue plumbago... even my Japanese anemones are in bud already! Are we going to have anything left for GBBD September?!?!

Love those okra flowers, though. And do you bring your hosta containers inside the garage or something for the winter, or just leave them? I have a huge pot of 'Blue Mouse Ears' that is, like your clematis, waiting for a permanent home. I just heeled it in last winter.

Wendy said...

Hi Carol,

Love the mini hostas - they sure look different all tiny and arranged in a container.

Also love that Okra - hope it produces, but if not, what a unique flower!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

The okra flower is really pretty! How lucky to have a tomato already, we still only have flowers on our plants. The mini Hostas are really pretty in the container, great idea!

Georgia said...

We don't have our own garden but were wowed by blooms in northern Massachusetts last month.
http://localecologist.blogspot.com/2010/07/bloom-day-in-beverly-ma.html

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

Don't you just love high summer when the veggies are producing and the flowers are blooming? Makes the heart glad. I hope you get okra, and I agree it is one pretty plant. Got mine in late so it's not blooming yet. Happy Bloom Day and thanks for hosting yet again.~~Dee

Wendy at Muck About said...

Okra! What the heck is okra? Here in the Pacific NW we can grow a lot of stuff, but okra (and watermelons) are definitely not on the list.

Michelle said...

What a lovely tomato and those minature hostas are something I need to investigate. Thanks again for sharing.

Karen715 said...

Whoops! I made a second entry, because I accidently linked to last month's Bloom Day post the first time, instead of today's. Hope the second time is okay!

Erica Smith said...

I have okra in my post too! I think it's one of the prettiest flowers out there, veggie or non-veggie.

And wow, toad lilies - that is early! Lovely.

Kerri said...

Who knew okra had such a pretty flower?
Oh, for a fresh-out-of-the-garden-tomato! You, lucky thing! It looks like a little bit of heaven and should certainly be included in Bloom Day.
I'd be leaving that impatien in with those cute hostas. The soft pink adds to those pretty leaves.
I have several potted plants waiting for homes. Isn't that a perfectly normal condition for "enthusiastic" (obsessive) gardeners?
Thanks for hosting once again, Carol.

healingmagichands said...

Flying in in a frenzy from The Havens today. LOTS going on, must fly -- have to go pick plums.

I am EXTREMELY JEALOUS of the fact that you have a ripe tomato, all of mine are stubbornly green but there is a lot of fruit set. So there is still hope.

I adore your mini hostas. I have planted and lost many of them here at The Havens, they heave out of the ground terribly during the winters. I am just inspired enough to perhaps try a few again. The nursery guy I talked to said I need to mulch them heavily for winter to protect them from heaving. Looks like containers work pretty well too, judging by your beauties. Personally, I'd let the impatiens stay, but that is just me and my wild side.

Thanks for hosting us once again, Carol!

http://healingmagichands.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-july-2010/

Anonymous said...

I need a toad lily!! Lovely!

John said...

Well Carol, how can you go through a whole post and not complain about the weather. This last month has been a disaster on the East Coast. I am only just now slowly getting over the discouragement of having lost so many plants to heat and lack of water...

But it is true that it is in times of trial like this you discover how hardy some plants really are — and the flowering does go on...

jeansgarden said...

Carol, I was interested to learn that you found Heliopsis a pest in your garden. I have been growing it for quite a few years, but this year is the first year that a number of self-sown seedlings popped up here and there. So far, though, not a problem. Your mini-hostas are charming. So much going on in my garden this month that trying to document it all has left me feeling a bit breathless! -Jean

Betsy S. Franz said...

What a wonderful idea! My garden is sadly lacking in blooms today but I wanted to share these beautiful hummingbirds!

ricki - sprig to twig said...

I like the new look of your blog, but are you teasing us with that blank spot that says "my picture here"? No picture, just a verbal promise.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

The flowers of okra are excuse enough to grow the plant, even if one doesn't like to eat the fruit.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

That is a delicate and very pretty shrub Clematis Carol.
I also admire your collection of mini hostas
They look charming in the pot all together.
K

Sylvana said...

Oh, but I like the impatien and it looks so lovely with the hostas.

Your Heliopsis ‘Loraine Sunshine’ looks very lovely. I wouldn't mind that in my garden :)

jeansgarden said...

Carol, My apologies. I just discovered that my link in your blog was to an old GBBD post. I couldn't figure out how to edit it, so I ended up linking again, to the correct post. Is it possible for you to delete my #88 link? Thanks, Jean

Jan said...

My July posting is up. Last year my toad lilies started blooming early just like yours is doing now. So far though, no blooms on mine early this year.

Jan
Always Growing

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp said...

Tired and heading to bed, but wanted to post Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day first. One of the cool things about this activity is that it gives me a record of what's going on in the garden that I can compare year-to-year. Unlike Carol, I do not keep a garden diary. Just must lack the discipline.

bacon seed said...

Thank you Carol :) I read all about your trip to Buffalo and was green with envy! I am beginning to save now because it is my dream to attend next years conference with you wonderful garden bloggers! I have so much to learn!!

Rosemary said...

That okra is so gorgeous, it'd be worth growing for the flowers alone!

LC said...

I have been posting on my daylilies this past week and when I complete tonight's post, I will be emphasizing lilies, orienpets in particular which are at peak right now... hope you all stop by for a visit... I'll be put out the new post right away, and then make adjustments and additions over the course of the next hour! Thanks, Larry

littlewing said...

Your Toad Lily is a lovely surprise:) Happy Bloom Day!

Ruth said...

Thanks again, Carol! Your mini Hostas are adorable! :)

Caroline said...

I love your little container planting, and your okra flower. Happy GBBD!

chuck b. said...

Mini-hosta?! I've never heard of such a thing. What will they think of next.

fairegarden said...

Well your mini hostas are to die for, Carol! And congrats on the delicious looking tomato as well. I like the variegated heliopsis and might have to look for it, but I still love the well behaved Lemon Queen, not yet open but sure August bloom day will see her shining face. :-)
Frances

Gail said...

I am last but certainly not least~I have to admit to a little veggie garden envy when I visit here~especially with the tomatoes tales you will be regailing us with~Now to visit some of the GBBD post of bloggers new to me! gail

David said...

Hi Carol,

I've seen a lot of GBBD's at some of my favorite garden blog sites, so thought I would join the bunch. What fun! Thanks for dreaming up this idea. I love your hoe collection. Bad Garden Joke: Why do gardeners like Santa Claus? Answer: Because he says Ho,Ho,Ho.

MulchMaid said...

Carol, thank you for hosting Bloom Day!

The okra flower is lovely. And your tricyrtis reminds me of my mother, who dearly loved them. I so enjoy seeing your garden in bloom!

Carri said...

Man, now I'm regretting the fact that I didn't grow okra again this year! Beautiful pics as always!

Nicole said...

Those mini hostas are just way too cute!

TigerlilyRose said...

Pretty! another beautiful bloom day! Thanks Carol.

Christopher C. NC said...

I did not forget. Going back to work and this horrible internet in the wilderness just slowed me down. My shrub like Clematis stans are blooming for the first time this year.

Annie in Austin said...

Oops - sorry Carol! Got so hung up on making both a bloom & a tomato post that I forgot to leave a comment... and the shrub clematis, okra and tomato certainly deserve compliments! So does the Toad Lily... even if the plant is singing September Song in July.

Your plant list sounds pretty cool, too, but sure wish someone would come up with a better name than Hairy Alumroot. That sounds like an old, used styptic pencil with bits of beard stuck to it.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

MLight said...

I'm probably way too late, but I put a link in anyway. My two older kids and I are in a musical that opens on Thursday so this morning was the only time I had off to put a photo post together!

Thank you for hosting!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Love your tomato but can assure you that *this* garden faerie does not mess with your posts. Much.

Kathy said...

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date--but I finally published my bloom day post. New hydrangeas and roses, plus a surprise guest appearance. http://bit.ly/b9u77f

House and Garden Boutique said...

Joining your blog party for the first time. Looking forward to checking out all the participating blogs! Hope you can stop by and become a follower too. Lynn