Thursday, July 15, 2010
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - 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.
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.
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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!)
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.
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