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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - July 2012

Volunteer sunflower
Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for July 2012.

Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana we are enduring a hot, dry summer. 

Weather record keepers have been busy recording new record high temperatures, record streaks of days over 90 F, and record numbers of consecutive days without any measurable rainfall.  They have also declared that we are now in extreme drought rather than severe drought.

As of noon on Friday, we are banned from watering lawns, washing cars or anything else outside with water, or otherwise running water out the end of a hose as though it is a resource that will always be there. 

We are allowed to hand water flower beds, vegetable gardens and any trees and shrubs that are less than five years old. 

In spite of all that, I do have blooms in my garden.

A volunteer sunflower came up this spring and I left it to grow because I am a lazy weeder.  It is in a corner of the vegetable garden that didn't get a lot of water even when I used a sprinkler to water the entire garden. I wonder if it would have waited another year to sprout if it had known what the weather would be like this summer?  Grow, sunflower, grow!

Another volunteer flower that comes up here and there and seems to do quite well with little water and less attention is Verbena bonariensis.

I just wish I had more of these scattered here and there because in some gardens, like Ploppers' Field, there is a sad lack of bloom. I'll let the seeds of this Verbena mature and sow themselves throughout the garden.

The few flowers  that are blooming in Ploppers' Field, like this daylily, are surrounded by "not pretty" which can look worse than weeds.
I do need to get out into the garden and do some massive clean up and weeding.  The garden will still be dry afterward, but it will at least look neat and tidy.

Elsewhere in Ploppers' Field, there are some coneflowers, Echinacea purpurea, in bloom.
I won't be deadheading these anytime soon. The birds will enjoy the seeds for dinner later this fall.

Across the way in the August Dreams Garden border, there are some bright spots.

Phlox paniculata 'David' looks cheery and even glows at night.
I've been watering this garden border because everything in it was just planted at the beginning of last year's gardening season so it is still establishing iteself.  That tan area you see in the upper left is the dormant lawn, by the way.

Rudbeckia sp. is also blooming now as it should be blooming.
It, too, stands out against the dormant lawn.

Around in front, there are also some blooms, mostly in containers which I planted with some Proven Winners trial plants.
 I have no idea where the tags are for these flowers but I am pretty certain that the two plants in this container are Lo & Behold® 'Ice Chip' butterfly bush and Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice'.  I'll plant the butterfly bush out in the garden some time this fall.

Also blooming in the front are Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip' butterfly bushes.
I bought six of these in early June to replace some Aster 'October Skies' plants that were dying off from some kind of blight. The butterfly bushes were a bit scraggly when I planted them, but I've been watering them regularly and they've responded with beautiful blooms.  I'll see how they get through the winter before I truly sing their praises, but for now, they are a bright bloom in this season of dull drought.

The rest of the garden is dry and the blooms are mere shadows of what would normally be blooming in mid-July in my garden. I looked back through all of the previous July bloom day posts, going all the way back to 2007, just to remember that it wasn't always like this.

What's blooming in your garden in mid-July?  I'd love to see and read about whatever it is that brightens your garden on the 15th of every month.

Please join in with your own Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post. Just post on your blog about what is blooming this month in your garden and then come back here and leave a link to your blog post in the Mr. Linky widget below along with a brief comment to entice us to virtually visit your garden.

The rules for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day are simple... no rules! You can include pictures, lists, no lists, common names, botanical names, whatever you’d like to do to showcase your blooms. You can post early, you can post late. We are grateful for whatever you share with us. Thank you, and all are welcome!

Now, say it together with me...

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

90 comments:

The Sage Butterfly said...

We have been experiencing similar weather here in zone 7a, but we finally got some rain today. It has not gotten as bad as water restrictions...yet. Your garden is surviving well despite all of that. Thanks for hosting.

Town Mouse said...

Oh, I'm sorry about the drought! That, combined with the heat, must be a true challenge for your garden. So happy to see that the sunflower came up anyway.

HELENE said...

I am so sorry you have all the problems with extreme drought, over here in Britain we have the opposite problem with too much rain and flood in almost every county! You do have some really pretty flowers though, love your Echinaceas, mine have barely got buds yet. Happy Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

Linda from Each Little World said...

We're only in severe drought mode. We can still water but no grilling! You still have lots happening considering how bad conditions are.

Landscape Design By Lee said...

It has been a hot summer here as well with temperatures heading towards the 90's again next week. Your sunflowers and Echinaecea are doing well despite the heat and drought. The dwarf Butterfly Bushes are great. I bought the Lo & Behold Blue Clip last year and it is thriving in zone 7 so yours should do OK. Happy GBBD and thanks for hosting!

Birdwoman said...

Carol, can you delete #6 above? I accidentally entered the wrong link. #7 is actually my garden blog. Thanks.

And thanks for hosting Bloom Day once again. I see we have several blooms in common this month.

Rebecca said...

This has definitely been a tough year for blooms, but I have a few volunteer sunflowers in my garden also :) I only wish their blooms lasted a little longer! Happy GBBD!

garden girl said...

As hot and dry as its been in the Chicago area, we're mindful it's much worse south of us, Carol.

A neighbor has Verbena bonariensis blooming beautifully in part sun, and that's got me thinking . . . such a pretty thing!

Thank you for hosting Bloom Day Carol. I do hope some generous rains bless your garden very soon.

GirlSprout said...

Sorry to hear about your drought. In Santa Fe, we haven't been able to wash cars with a hose for a few years now and the car washes use recycled water. I hope you see some rain and some more flowers soon.

Thank you for hosting Bloom Day!

Hoover Boo said...

I'm sorry to hear you're having a dry hot summer. In my climate we know drought all to well. I hope you get some good rain soon to help your garden (and the farmer's crops). You still manage to have some beauty in your garden. Hang in there, I'm praying for rain for you!

Country Mouse said...

Our summer is fairly cool so far. Sorry for your extreme weather. You have lots of pretties nonetheless - and that rudbeckia photo is amazing, they really pop. Thanks as ever!

Marisa said...

We had a serious extended drought with severe water restrictions until just before our floods early last year. (Nature definitely has a sense of irony). Hope it doesn't last too long for you. You have some great blooms notwithstanding. I especially love the cheeriness of the sunflower, echinacea and rudbeckia.

Trainer John said...

We could do with a little bit of dryness over here in the soggy UK! Mind you, everything is looking very lush here while you are obviously struggling with heat and drought. Still a good collection on show, though.

VP said...

Carol - you have extreme drought and we have extreme rain! We've had the wettest 3 months on record, which isn't helping the blooms either. I've been spending the time musing on what to do with the area of the garden I cleared of conifers earlier on in the year.

Happy Blooms Day everyone!

Missy said...

I have to apologise. I spent most of my post complaining about all the rain we have had and then I see you are not getting any. I wish I could send you some.

Ronnie@hurtledto60 said...

Can we do a swap with the weather please? We could do with some sunshine and warmth as John has just said. So much for imposing a drought order on us in April, it has rained almost everyday since!

hillwards said...

Your echinacea are weeks ahead of ours, our low temperatures and high rainfall have slowed down the garden a lot this year. Love your rudbeckia.

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Crazy weather patterns and we're both suffering from extremes.

You can't have enough Verbena bonariensis - mine managed to self seed over the winter and stay alive though nowhere near flowering stage. I know for sure that once that Verbena gets established in your garden it will look terrific in Plopper's field - perfect colour too for that area.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

You and Elizabeth are right, we can have blooms everys month of the year, or dried blooms.

Eileen

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I feel your pain with this drought. It is amazing how some of the stalwarts have hung on to bloom. Happy GBBD.

shirl said...

Happy Bloom Day Carol and everyone. As VP says above, we’ve had a rainy time of it here in the UK although England has had more than Scotland for a change. Poor Wales has had more than it usually gets.

Always envious of verbena bon seeding itself around. It doesn’t do that here in my garden. Got nice Great Spotted Woodpecker images and video with my post :-D

Sunray Gardens said...

It's awful here also, just over a ways from you. Still no rain.

Cher Sunray Gardens

Les said...

I am very sorry that you are experiencing such a drought. Fortnately we have had a good amount of rain, but it rarely has fallen in a gentle manner. It has usually come in the form of violent storms. Regardless, the weeds have profited. I wish you rain and a happy GBBD.

Lancashire rose said...

Your story reads like something that might have been written by a gardener in Texas last year. Fortunately it is all change this year. A little more rain than I care to see day after day. Feast or famine for gardeners. Happy bloom day.

Kate @ Gardening and Gardens said...

Oh the heat and drought has been rough this summer - and it's only mid July! Despite that, you still have some lovely blooms. I love that lily!

Rose said...

Thank heavens for these tough survivors like rudbeckias and coneflowers. This summer is really teaching us what is strong enough to put up with crazy Midwest weather. Seeing your lawn in the background really emphasizes just how dry it is around here.

Hope you got more than a few sprinkles yesterday, Carol, but we need several days of rain to make a difference.

CommonWeeder said...

We have not been challenged with heat and drought, as some have, but still it has been hot and dry. The lawn is browning which is a rare happening, and while I know the lawn will recover, it is difficult to keep the vegetable garden watered and the flowers have to manage as best they can.

Erica Smith said...

It sounds dreadful (much the same here though we've had a little rain) and I'm afraid we're in for many more summers like this, so it's a good time to note the plants that do well in it! Verbena bonariensis is one of my favorites too - didn't include it in my post but it's scattered itself here and there and I'm happy to see it.

Astrid said...

Drought seems to be the name of the game in most areas of North America this summer. Despite that, you have lovely flowers and a good indication of what tolerates dry conditions! I may look into buying coneflower because it seems no worse for wear. Thanks for hosting Garden Blogger's Bloom Day!

Sharon@SproutsandWildlings said...

It's always something, I guess. But your rudbeckias and phlox really pop against the background of the dormant lawn. I like how it looks.

Carol@OhWhatABeautifulGarden-Chicagoland.com said...

Mike and I are from Chicago and we've got drought too. We figured out how to get a lot of rain though. We went camping in the Smoky Mountains and had rain almost all last week. Lots of rain. Lots and lots of rain. We hope it will follow us back home.

Cassi Renee said...

My garden is zone 4 --such a bummer because I've always wanted to grow butterfly bush.

HolleyGarden said...

I hope you get rain soon! It must be very hard to be so restricted on watering. The blooms you have look beautiful. Thank goodness for tough plants! And thanks for hosting.

Galveston Gardening said...

Thanks for hosting GBBD.

Jean said...

Phlox blooming?! Mine are ignoring any ministrations. Bummer about the watering ban. Have you ever had one in the past? Thanks for a peek into your garden. It looks great considering the drought. :)

Cheryl said...

I feel your pain .... the dry weather leaves the garden looking so tired , hoping for some rain soon! I won't even bring the camera out to the garden right now!

WashingtonGardener said...

Your 'Lemon Slice' Calibrochoa are much more robust then mine. Also have mine in a container that I shared for today's Bloom Day selections, but mine are being taken over by a monster Colorblaze Coleus.

Sue said...

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Carol! Let's make the best of what is turning out to be a challenge on the garden front.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

In Nebraska, we are hot and dry as well. Last week, they asked us to voluntarily water on certain days of the week, according to whether our addresses are odd or even.

Your phlox is lovely! I'm glad you were able to keep them healthy. Mine are shriveling, and I think they may be diseased.

Amy Farrier said...

Sorry to hear about the drought in your area! We've been lucky enough to have rain lately, but last summer and the continuing overall drought in Texas inspired me to plant only survivors in the new garden. I like that you left the volunteer sunflowers up, too! Goldfinches love them. The white phlox and the rudbeckia are looking fabulous!

Renee said...

Volunteer sunflower seedlings are wonderful, I think... I figure if they come up, they should be allowed to stay and add some (not hot, not drought-causing) sunshine. And if wild sunflowers can grow in the desert, that makes them drought-tolerant, yes? =)

I hope your weather returns to "average" soon. Thanks for hosting GBBD!

Marie said...

Off to deal with the water situation now...

DJ / Meander Mountain said...

Hey, Carol. Hope you're doing well, despite all the weather challenges. I've been lax on gardening AND blogging activity, and you have stirred me out of my sluggishness (at least for the day)! Thanks, DJ

Kathy Sturr said...

Dry here, too. Record highs. A chance of a thunderstorm today but we really need at least two days of soaking rain. I believe even my rain barrel has gone dry.

danger garden said...

It is very hard for me to imagine what gardening under those drought conditions must be like!

Layanee said...

You are in full bloom as well.

The Constant Gardener said...

It seems we're having difficult summers on both sides of the Atlantic - pesky jet stream...

Your garden looks like it's soldiering through though - as is mine. My GBBD post is here: www.wellylady.blogspot.com

thanks for hosting!

Heidi/IN WoodlandGardener said...

My Moonflower Vine bloomed last night for the 1st time and 1st year successfully!!!

Anna said...

It's amazing that the flowers still put on a show for us whatever the weather. Hope that you see some of the wet stuff soon.

bookworm said...

My upstate NY garden (zone 5a) is in a drought situation right now too - ironic as we had historic floods last September - but lo and behold, it is raining as I write this. I hope you get some rain soon. Good luck! I'm off to watch the rain!

Desert Dweller said...

Wow, I hope you return to more moisture soon! My fair city sees no use in banning fireworks, or limiting outdoor water use, except token gestures...

I hear you on clean-up being needed, but hard to be motivated in this heat. Again, I must say, what you have really looks great considering you are having our weather, on and on. It looks nice and fresh!

Jeff White said...

Yeah, dry here in Nova Scotia too, zone 5b. But surviving. Perhaps the lack of blooms out there will help us all cherish things like that spectacular day lily f yours, no matter what surrounds it. As always, thanks for posting and hosting GBBD.

karen kennedy said...

Well May Dreams Gardens obviously has had more rain than mine! Your flowers look lovely!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Considering how awful it is there this year, you do have some bright spots. We are getting closer and closer to extreme drought again each day. Thank goodness for the rains in early spring here. Hoping you get more rain soon too.~~Dee

TWLG said...

This month, as the monsoon peters out, the garden is beginning to show signs of coming into bloom. There have been a few surprises - do hope you enjoy a little visit to my tropical garden in Colombo:)

ryan said...

Thanks for hosting. When I did my bloom day post today, it really made me appreciate a number of plants that I hadn't really noticed blooming. I hope bloom day has that effect for you. I hope your garden fares well with the drought. August Dreams Garden Border is a great title for a planting.

Susan Harris said...

Hi, Carol!! How many years has it been for the GBBD, anyway?

MulchMaid said...

We are so lucky in the Pacific Northwest: no lack of water and we're enjoying a dryish spell that has enticed all the sun-lovers into bloom. My favorites right now are the Agastache hybrids, and I show 'Acapulco Orange' today, along with a color wheel of other blossoms. Happy Bloom Day, Carol!

Indie said...

The only reason my lawn doesn't look totally brown is thanks to the crabgrass! This month has been tough all around. You do have some pretty blooms, though, despite the terribly hot, dry weather.

John said...

Sorry to hear it's been so dry. We went through that 2 years ago and it's very discouraging. It's been hot here but I've been able to rig some hoses to cover most of the watering automatically. We've also designated some areas as 'natural' environment where only the strong will survive. But all in all we probably have more flowers than we've had in years. My wife says the inside of the house has so many flowers it looks like a funeral parlor. I choose to think of it as an indoor meadow...

Sue Ellen said...

The weather has cooled and we had a half inch of rain last week. The rains are so spotty here with good rains falling on either side of us all week long. I am thankful that others are getting much needed rain but wish for a gentle rain for all of us. We are watering trees and shrubs so the lawn is full of circles of green.

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp said...

Thank you, Carol for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Thanks to Elizabeth Lawrence for being your inspiration.

Craig @ Ellis Hollow said...

Thanks again for hosting. I posted my bloom day singles, kaleidoscopes and more: http://ellishollow.remarc.com/?p=1652

Rose Petals Nursery said...

Love that you do this each month....sending you lots of blooms in your own garden....

Christopher C. NC said...

It's a jumble out there with all this rain we have been getting.

Debbie T said...

It's been raining this morning and comfortable cloud cover this afternoon. Great garden touring weather! I need to get back on the bloom wagon here! :) So here I am!

dorothy said...

Triple digits here last week in the San Joaquin Valley. Thursday's high was a blistering 109ยบ! High temps are common here in the summer, and we should be used to it. We usually say at this time of year "At least it's a dry heat!" That's supposed to make us feel better! Happy Bloom Day!

Sarah said...

We are having the opposite issues in the Pacific Northwest. I'm still behind on my planting (and weeding), because it was such a cold and rainy Spring. I had to water last week for the first time all year.

Trying to send some of our rain your way.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I feel for you. I fear any day now, my town will ban watering with hoses. We're also in the extreme drought area. Thank goodness for prairie plants, or we'd have very little to look at.

Ally said...

What crazy weather. We're getting rain here in Central Texas in July. This is very unusual, but definitely a huge improvement over last year's severe drought and heat wave. Hopefully things will improve for you soon.

PlantPostings said...

Same story here in southern Wisconsin. The Corn crop is toast. Not a fun summer for gardening, either. Thanks for hosting GBBD--your flowers are beautiful in spite of the heat/drought.

jeansgarden said...

Carol, I'm late getting here tonight. It looks as though my zone 5a Maine garden is several weeks behind your garden. My daylilies began blooming about a week ago, and Phlox paniculata 'David' has not even begun to form buds yet. We have been having a string of hot, dry days; but nothing like you have had. I broke down and watered flower beds this week; but one advantage of being up late tonight is hearing the rain that is now falling outside my open windows! (Just overnight showers and then back to hot and dry -- but we're supposed to get between 1/2" and 1" of rain from these showers, which will be most welcome.) Thanks again for hosting this monthly ritual; I know I'm not the only one who looks forward to it each month. -Jean

Pat @ Woodlouse House said...

We have pinched your rain here in the UK ...... we would be happy to give it back!!

http://woodlousehouse.blogspot.co.uk/

Beangenie said...

What a contrast - your drought, our flood. As the previous commoner said, if you'd like the rain back...

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Dry here now too and how quickly the garden fades and suffers...not sure if there will be much blooming in a month if we don't get rain soon.

Gail said...

I sure hope rain falls on your garden soon! My GBBD post is up!

Cindy, MCOK said...

My post is up too! I'm working on getting the rain to travel from Texas to Indiana :-)

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

I hope you get some relief form your drought soon. We had similar conditions with record heat over 100 degrees but thankfully received some much needed rain last week. Still behind on the year but we're doing much better now.

Jayne said...

We had a furious storm yesterday with lightening strikes and wind and torrents of rain. The garden did not suffer and it cleaned out the algae from the pond - all good!

Denise said...

What a morbid scale of drought, from severe to extreme. So sorry for your unseasonal dryness. A deferred project here is setting up a rainwater storage system. The Bloom Day records are a great yardstick for comparing past seasons. Hope you get drenched in August!

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

We have been having that hot and dry weather also. It will be nice to have a break!

Annie in Austin said...

You have my sympathy, Carol - and I am wishing as hard as I can that rain will come to you and all the other places that need it. My area had been in Exceptional last year, so it was actually an improvement when we got up to Severe drought. We have been temporarilly rescued by recent rains... hope you escape soon!!
My GBBD post is up and only 1 day late.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

africanaussie said...

Wierd - well we must be getting your rain over here in Australia. This is supposed to be our dry season! You still had some beautiful blooms to showcase though!

Hannah said...

I'm glad some valiant plants are blooming for you, the daylily is really a bright red. I remember drought in San Diego, I would run the clothes washing water into 33 gallon garbage cans, then use it to flush toilets, so I could use clean water to water my plants. Here there is no summer rain but the temps are more moderate, and very cool at night, so not as hard on plants. I hope you get rain soon!

Jean said...

Watch out for that self-seeder verbena - you may be pulling a bunch out next year! Looks like many of the bloomers in your yard are the same for me. Good old heat and drought tolerant plants. I'd really like to get my hands on a 'Blue Chip' buddleia. :-)

catmint said...

thanks for hosting this meme, I'm really enjoying it. I do feel for you having such a hot dry summer, we went through that a few years back and you really find out which plants are the tough survivors. Like in Britain we've been having heaps of rain, even floods in some places. But it will change again. That's the only thing you can predict for sure - change!

b-a-g said...

Rudbeckias and echinaceas are on my wishlist after seeing them in blogs like yours.

outlawgardener said...

Sorry to be late for my blogs first bloom day! Hope It's o.k. that I jumped in.
The widespread drought is awful and I'm truly sorry for those of you who are experiencing it!

Autumn Belle said...

Carol, thank you very much for hosting GBBD. So sorry to hear about the drought situation in Continental USA. We are hearing news about this every day now and about the home owned dairy farms. Hope it gets better soon.

Ruben said...

Could anybody help me with the name of the peonies in some of the earliger posts, I will be so glad! Please help!!! Some of you must have the same peonies.

Thanks for hosting!!!!!

/Ruben