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.

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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?

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Let’s take a closer look at that Butterflyweed. I can never get enough of Butterflyweed.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Mexican Sunflower looks great with the blue spikes of Culver’s Root ‘Temptation’.

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Anyhow, here’s a view of the Driveway Border from near the front door.

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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.

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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.

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The Blanket Flower ‘Arizona Sun’ (Gaillardia aristata) is this bed is also performing admirably.

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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.

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Sad to say, downy mildew is already apparent on the Wild Bergamot, though much less so on ‘Raspberry Wine’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

69 Comments on “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: July, 2015”

  1. You’ve been getting weather that is usually typical of the PNW. I love orange in the garden, your milkweed coupled with that orange daylily with the dark eye is a wonderful combo. My ‘Raspberry Wine’ Monarda is blooming right now too. Happy GBBD!

  2. I’m a huge fan of orange flowers too. Love your Driveway Border and the combo of orange and blue/purple (one of my favourites). My first Tithonia flower bloomed yesterday too. Very exciting. That clematis is fantastic!

  3. oh my so lovely! Purple culver root-I have the white but that purple is a beauty:-) I have most of my flowers in the front for I grow more annual flowers with my vegetables in the back. I love all the color and I might add-I LOVE ORANGE TOO in the garden:-) People say orange is the hardest to use in the garden. I don’t find that problem for I always have to find a place to add orange!

  4. Oh, what beautiful pictures! What a yard you have. And you were quite right not to be coy about clematis. Today is a gray day in Maine, but starting the morning with your post made it a little brighter.

  5. Jason, it’s Diane from My Cottage Garden again. I wanted you to know that I’m starting a new blog and i hope you’ll follow me there now. It’s going to be mainly photographs (I’ll do a post on My Cottage Garden to explain later), but it will still have photos of my garden but other kinds of photos as well. Plus I’m changing to word press. Diane

    • I planned to have blue in the form of Anise Hyssop but it’s very late in blooming thanks to the damage done by four-lined plant bugs. I’m thinking of splurging so I can plunk one or two tall annual blue Salvias (like Black and Blue) into that border. There’s also a dwarf Buddleia but it blooms later.

  6. The bold colors are great, and nothing says bold better than orange! Your clematis really is amazing but the raspberry wine and butterfly weed are my favorites. Of course I never planted the tithonia this spring and of course I’m regretting it again this summer when I see your pictures.

  7. Hi Jason, I answered your question by replying on my blog, but I’m never sure whether or not people find those answers. Here’s what I said: “Hi Jason, thanks for looking at my new blog! I’m not really sure what the plant is, other than mallow. My mother-in-law considers it a bit of a ‘weed’ because grows out of it’s space, but the flowers are so darn pretty. I looked up Sidalcea, but I can’t really tell. I’ll get a better look at the leaves next time I visit her.”

  8. I must admit that there is orange and there is orange. I have some Heleniums that supply a nice pop of color at a distance, but nothing I particularly like close-up. However, yours are fun! Can’t describe my response better than that. And I love Mexican Sunflowers! There’s something almost dessert-like about that orange that gets even better next to the Culvers Root. Madame Butterfly did indeed honor you both with posing the way she did. I’m sure she appreciates your efforts on her behalf.
    Fantastic summer garden!
    P.S. The monster clematis really will eat your house. If you wake up one morning to blue-purple light, you’ll know.

  9. I love orange flowers too. And red ones… Your garden is wonderful! And kudos to you for helping the Monarchs – that is a great shot! Last year, your Veronicastrum made a deep impression on me, and I’m happy to announce that this past week, I found one for myself. Any advice on how to make it happy?

  10. Love those hot colors in your garden, especially the orange daylily/butterfly week combination. I envy you your monarch butterfly. I got all excited when I saw an orange butterfly flitting about near my milkweed a couple of days ago, but it turned out to be a fritillary.

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