Monday, July 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - July 2019

July has been a month of lots of blooms but the big splashes of color are slowly ending as the rains have stopped. There was a good deal of flopping going on due to all that rain but there has been a good deal of blooming going on too. The flopping will have to wait for another post but this first photo gives you a hint of what I am referring to.
The daylilies are winding down.
This is my only spider daylily. It has finally recovered from it's move to this location this year and has bloomed up a storm. 
The last Oriental lily 'Legend' is abloom. I cut one and brought it inside and it is perfuming the entire living room. 
Monarda and tall phlox are popping now.
 Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea blooming  along with Cleome. While Cleome can seem a bit weedy they are fairly easy to remove if you wish to do so. I don't mind a small stream of these as they will bloom until frost. You can see the black-eyed Susans photo bombing in the right corner.
 Some of the Oakleaf hydrangeas are turning pink. The ones doing this are the ones that were gifted to me and I have no idea what kind they are.  
 Purple Cone flowers and Russian Sage make a nice combo out front. 
Even some of the tropical plants I bought this spring are coming into bloom like this Croton. 
 The Canna is blooming right along too. 
Carol  keeps the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day meme going. Pop over here to see what is blooming in other gardens and share  yours too. 

25 comments:

  1. Cool stuff. I didn't know Crotons bloomed!

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    1. I didn't either but once you think about it every plant blooms doesn't it?? Maybe some we don't pay attention to because they are otherwise so interesting.

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  2. Your garden is blooming beautiful, Lisa! It's looking very tropical at the moment. I love that spider daylily. Like Linda, I also had no idea that Crotons bloom.

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  3. I love your hydrangeas, Lisa especially the pink one. I have no like this. Your day lilies are pretty, happy GBBD!

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    1. Hi Nadezda. Maybe you could try one of the Oakleaf hydrangeas that bloom like this. You would also like the big leaves. They turn a pretty color in fall before dropping off and showing the pretty exfoliating limbs during winter.

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  4. Great to have you visit and comment ~ hope all is well there ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  5. Your garden looks wonderful. I need a spider daylily or two. Yours is so beautiful with those pink tips. I wonder if we have the same daylily the one in the 2nd photo. 'Butterscotch Ruffles'?

    Your Croton looks 100x better than mine! Yours looks perfect, and flowers, too. Mine stays outdoors all winter and gets a little stressed from it.

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    1. Thanks HB. The spider daylily is 'Wilson Spider' and old variety.
      The daylily in the second photo is 'Heavens Rejoice' daylily, another oldie. I haven't bought a daylily in years. I kind of went crazy with them 20 years ago. They are so reliable. Then I realized that all I had in the garden was that strappy foliage. I had to do something about that.
      I had never grown croton before. Well, I guess that isn't entirely true. I was gifted with a small one 25 years ago and promptly killed it. This is the first time I got one to grow more than a couple of weeks. :) This one was quite large when I bought it this spring. I put it into a larger pot than what it came in and it took off. I have already told my daughter she can have it this fall. She has a sunroom where she can over winter it inside. She has one that is way too large for her little sunroom. This one will replace that one.

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  6. Everything looks great. I have the 'Vanilla Strawberry' and while it is blooming and looks healthy, it refuses to grow upward. I think it is less than 2 ft. tall. Not sure what is going on.

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    1. Thanks Phillip. I must say it took several years for my Vanilla Strawberry to shoot up. It was a slow grower then all of a sudden shot up. This one is now VERY tall and fairly wide too. All I can say is be patient because this also gets LOTS of blooms on it.

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  7. Hello Mistress of the Daylily ! LOL
    Now you have me wanting .. lusting ? for a spider daylil !
    You have such a wonderful assortment of plants in your garden Lisa .. I love seeing them ALL ! Wouldn't it be cool if we could share plants? I would so be up for that .. I looked up Cheatin' Heart and it is gorgeous .. I have Curly Fries and Little Miss Sunshine for smaller punches of yellow , which I love .. then I have some big ones for more impact .. I think a garden is missing something without those punches of yellow right ? The the hydrangea you have are great ones .. my oakleaf never made it (twice I tried) but I have lots more paniculata that thrive so far .. you asked about Big Blue and light requirements .. it only gets afternoon sun .. it is in the shade most of the morning, so it must get enough .. half day ? I just cut some to "dry" in the house, my Halloween flower ! LOL
    This has been a strange season .. starting out badly with so many loses but now it seems really quite good .. who knows what is next right ?

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    1. Hi Joy,
      There are so many new varieties of spider daylilies. This one is Wilson Spider. I think it came out in the early 2000's or late 1990s. I know I paid more for it because it was a relatively new variety. Of course now it is like an old shoe. ;)

      I too have Curly Fries. It has done well in a container for several years. I actually put 'repot curly fries' for this summer but haven't done so yet. I need to do it before it is too late. I looked up Little miss sunshine. She is a cutie too. I have to be careful where I plant hostas especially the small ones because it gets so hot and dry here during summer.

      I am amazed that oakleaf hydrangeas don't do well for you. I have three of them. One is ancient and is a horrible place, under a maple tree. The other two aren't very old for me because a gal I know brought them to me saying they were getting too large for the spot she had them. She didn't know what kind they were but they have done well enough in my garden. She brought them during the heat of summer, bare root and cut way back. So I know they are tough plants. Maybe your winters are too severe for them???

      The next time I see one of those sea hollies I am going to try one. I can give it all afternoon sun. This is exciting to me. Do you find that they reproduce a lot? I will see what they do for me. They are a perfect halloween flower. :) Another that might intrigue you is called a Rattlesnake Master. It is a native plant and it has a very architectural look with interesting blooms. I beleive it can be dried. I have a few in the garden. This is their second year and they got to about 3 foot tall. Really looking good. I will let you know if they dry good.

      You are right about us not knowing what the weather will bring. I am grateful for the spring rains as we had been in a drought for 3 years. I haven't tried to plant too many new things. It is just so disheartening to see them die. May these spring rains continue into summer. I have learned that my poor plants need more watering. I am not very good at doing that.

      Mistress of the Daylily.

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  8. It's a lovely garden, full of shape, form and colour, and I am sure there is a fragrance to go along with it. This is what summer is all about.

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  9. Beautiful! That vanilla/strawberry Hydrangea is something special. It looks great with the Cleomes. I've grown the latter before, but not for a few years. I really like them, and they're great cut flowers.

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  10. 'Legend' looks a lot like 'Conca D'Or', which I have, though it hasn't started to bloom yet. We're heading into a weekend with temps in the upper 90s - yuck.

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  11. Your garden is lovely and I love the the assortment of lilies and the pink blush on the Oakleaf Hydrangea. Happy Bloom Day!

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  12. Wowza! It all looks so vibrant and alive. I don't have a ton of blooms with the exception of lavender which is extremely prolific this year. But, my green beans and tomatoes are fabulous - always something:-)

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  13. Wow ~ look at all those gorgeous blooms ~ Wonderful floral macro shots!

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  14. The spider day lily is aptly named. I think we need to move our oak leaf hydrangea as a nearby camellia is swamping it. I’m not totally sure that it will like being moved though.

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  15. Oh, I love the coneflower and Russian combo-- need to remember that next year. Beautiful blooms! Have a wonderful day!

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  16. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and your garden is gorgeous!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  17. Thanks for your visit and comments ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  18. Hebben jullie regen genoeg, hier in Holland is het tropisch warm en geen regen.Alles verdroogt.
    Gr Jan(Wilde een Tuin)

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    1. This time of year it is dry here too. We had such a wet spring that it is taking longer to dry out. August is almost upon us and it is always dry in August. I will be watering a lot then.

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