Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bloomday July 2017

 July is the month that hails the beginning of the slippery slope to the summer doldrums in my garden. Nevertheless, there isn't much that's not in bloom. As always a tip of the garden hat to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens who hosts Bloomday for garden bloggers worldwide on the 15th of every month.

 The grasses are blooming this month, and this is Panicum 'Heavy Metal' which I planted last year and am delighted with it's vertical non-floppy profile and the cloud of backlit blooms in the evening.


 Another favorite of my grasses , Chasmanthium latifolium.



Just about time to cut this Eryngium back, but I have gotten alot of mileage from this plant as the blooms started early and kept appearing over many months.



Sanguisorba 'Chocolate Tips'



 Phlox paniculata is peaking now. First up is my completely reverted 'Nora Leigh' and 'David' below. I don't seem to experience the mildew issue that plagues other gardens; I speculate our dry summer climate here is both the blessing and the curse that contributes to this.




Lily season continues, this is 'Carte Blanche' an Orienpet that has quickly become a favorite .


First flower of the season on 'Black Beauty'.



'Silver Scherherazade' was a freebie last year with one of my orders. Of course they only sent one, and you can't just have one, right ? It will get a couple of buddys this spring.



 Roses are in bloom too.

'Bolero' . This rose has benefited from a tad more water than I usually provide. In the olden days I would water my roses twice a week in June, July and August, but found that weekly watering suits them just fine , though this one would sulk and blow its' flowers in a day . Now it gets midweek bucket of  collected kitchen water and it seems much happier.


'Happy Child' , a Davis Austin rose that I don't see around much. It is a very heavy bloomer and impervious to disease. No need for supplemental water on this one.



'Lady Emma Hamilton'


'Our Lady of Guadalupe' with my noid pink Sanguisorba..



 The excellent Clematis 'Rooguchi' .



Bloomday regular Clematis 'Arabella' .



Artichokes allowed to flower with Tuechrium 'Purple Tails' in the background.



 The Anigozanthos and Verbena bonariensis have been one of my favorite combinations this summer.



Must include a photo of Lobelia tupa , who is topping out at about 7ft this year with several bloom spikes.



Pretty sure I planted this Angelica this spring, and surely did not expect to see blooms this year.



 And the first bloom from my 2017 aquisition Tecoma 'Orange Jubilee' who lives in a large pot on my full sun patio for it's test run. It may or may not get a place in the ground.


Noid Eucomis. Gradually I am moving all my Eucomis from containers into the ground.


 And I'll close with a nod to Geum 'Totally Tangerine' which has finally slowed down the flower production which started in February. I purchased a second plant this week.


14 comments:

  1. You can grow so many things I can't - like the Panicum, Sanguisorba, and lilies. My grab bag of sale-priced Asiatic lilies appear to be a complete wash-out and the few roses I have seem to have entered the witness protection program for the summer. That photo of your pink roses with the Sanguisorba just made me sigh. However, I'm looking forward to receiving my very own 'Lady Emma Hamilton' as that was the David Austin rose I selected with my Fling raffle win. They won't ship it until next year but that's fine - hopefully, we'll get another winter of regular rain to settle it in.

    Happy GBBD, Kathy!

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    1. I think you will be pleased with Lady Emma. Give her plenty of space !

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  2. Such a great roster of plants. I'd be happy with the panicum too.

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    1. More Panicums are on the agenda.Tall and skinny works well for me.

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  3. Wowsa! That's a lot of flowers. I'm enthralled with the Anigozanthos and Verbena bonariensis photo. Love the colors together, but it's the sheer quantity of Anigozanthos flowers that has me shaking my head in disbelief.

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    1. 3rd year for the Anigozanthos.They need water. I think this has been kept a secret.

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  4. Gorgeous photos. 'David' phlox is stubborn in my garden, refusing to survive. Yours is lovely. That Tecoma 'Orange Jubilee' is stunning.

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    1. My clump of Davis keeps expanding, so I guess it likes it here, even though we are a borderline climate for some of the herbaceous perennials.

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  5. Awesome photos (again). Tall grasses are so very photogenic.

    Killer combo, that Anigozanthos and Verbena.

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    1. Tall grasses that don't flop--that is key !

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  6. Wow! Lots of beautiful blooms! My garden and I are also on the path to the summer doldrums. It's an ugly time, when things are spent and dry despite watering, but not yet cut back, a chore I really hate doing. I have to psyche myself up to go out and do it.

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    1. I'm determined to do better at late season cut-back. I was so overwhelmed in spring -hope I learned my lesson.

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  7. Norah Leigh reverted for you? Wow, none of mine have ever shown any sign of reversion unlike some of the other variegated Phlox cultivars. Still flaunting that Lobelia tupa...

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    1. Norah started reverting after about 4 years I think. I should have dug her out then and there, but now she's huge so I let her stay.

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