Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - July 2015
Sweet July, one of my favorite months in the garden. Summer gardens are such a respite from the harsh sun and air, especially during cool mornings when the world is still slumbering.
|Rudbeckia 'Indian Summer'|
With help from their faithful gardener, my plants have survived the recent heat wave in relatively good shape. I have become one with the gardening hose, however I despise it's kinky nature ;) (sorry..couldn't resist!)
|Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'|
The coneflowers are the stars of my July gardens. They are my favorite summer bloom. I love the sturdy stems and wide blossoms that attract bees and butterflies.
However, the hummingbirds flavor my varieties of phygelius. They dance around those long, tubular blossoms and drink up the good stuff; then they stand guard on a nearby tree branch to chase off other hummers that dare to drink from it's territory. It's very entertaining to watch hummingbirds.
|Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'|
While it's only now mid-July, it feels much later in the season due to excessive heat and no rain. We had our first day of measurable rain overnight this past Sunday. In Portland, Oregon...no rain for over 40 days...is misery. I know, we are spoiled (normally) but truly, it's hard to adjust.
|Monarda didyma 'Raspberry Wine' and Lemon Thyme|
Nonetheless, the blooms prevail.
What summer garden would be complete without daylilies? or Coneflowers for that matter?
|Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'|
And finally, the verbena bonariensis. I fell in love with this flower when I saw it en masse at a Dutch garden display. Wow, were they gorgeous, arching high above the other blooms and swaying in the wind.
I've been working to duplicate this look and have been really excited to see so many new self sown starts this year. (Drat, I guess I can thank the warm weather!)
Do stop by and visit Carol over at May Dreams Garden and see what is blooming around the world on July 15th. Maybe you'll find a new flower favorite to try.