Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 2008

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

There is a lot in bloom right now. A lot. I had to make two columns on my sheet of paper to list them all. I thought it would be a good time to test the gallery feature again. Linda sent me a template that helped me get the gallery feature working better. When you click on the first thumbnail, you are taken to a medium-sized version of the image that has additional description. Below it, you will see thumbnails of the previous and next images in the gallery. Further down the page, you can comment on the image if you wish. Or come back here and comment on the post. Or do both. I love comments!

What’s in Bloom

  • Pansies
  • Petunias
  • Malva sylvestris ex ‘Bibor Felho’
  • Hyperion daylily
  • Bright Eyes phlox
  • Cerise Queen yarrow
  • Veronica from Bedlam Gardens
  • Six Hills Giant catmint
  • Tunic Flower
  • Giant yellow scabious
  • Cynanchum ascyrifolium
  • white rose campion
  • American Revolution daylily
  • two different yellow daylilies
  • Perennial flax
  • feverfew (just about done)
  • coral bells
  • William Shakespeare 2000 rose
  • Dot Purple mountain bluet
  • hollyhocks
  • larkspur
  • Shirley poppies
  • breadseed poppies
  • peony poppies
  • Tangerine Gem Spanish poppy
  • Beppie daylily
  • Red Rum daylily
  • Lullaby Baby daylily
  • other daylilies with forgotten names
  • some hostas
  • Commotion blanket flowers
  • Apricot Delight yarrow
  • Miller’s Crimson primrose
  • Endless Summer hydrangea (yes!)
  • meadow rue
  • meadowsweet
  • Telstar mix annual dianthus
  • pink foxglove
  • yellow foxglove
  • Johnny-jump-ups
  • red bee balm
  • Blue Stocking bee balm
  • creeping bellflower
  • false sunflower
  • Sneezeweed yarrow
  • maiden pinks
  • flowering tobacco
  • Lady’s mantle
  • my one and only Asiatic lily
  • Concord Grape spiderwort

Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for suggesting and sponsoring Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Shady Gardener July 28, 2008, 10:08 pm

Kathy, You have such an interesting variety of plants… and not the “norm!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your yard must be beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Nicole July 22, 2008, 10:40 pm

Kathy, the color of that poppy is just amazing!

min hus July 20, 2008, 9:22 pm

Wow – those poppies are SOOO cool. I just grew my first poppies this year. Nothing fancy, just Shirley poppies. But I love them. I think I have full-blown poppy fever now. I must try for more next year.

Linda MacPhee-Cobb July 19, 2008, 9:14 am

The gallery worked out well.

I miss those lush July/Aug gardens up north. Mine wilts each afternoon and little will bloom now till Sept.

I really miss the foxglove. It’s gorgeous. Thanks for the photos.

Kathy Purdy July 18, 2008, 10:36 am

Don, WordPress developed the feature and it’s built in. I am just trying it out.

Kathy Purdy July 18, 2008, 10:35 am

Lucia, I wrote a post about seed sources of these poppies in January:
(If you click on the photo of the poppy above, it takes you to a brief description that also has the link.)

And if you mean Litchfield, PA, yes, that is a pretty similar climate, a tad warmer, perhaps.

lucia July 18, 2008, 10:25 am

Oooh–those neon poppies. Love them. Are they from seed? Where-oh-where did you get it? I garden in northern Litchfield, a climate pretty much like yours, I would think.

Bonnie July 17, 2008, 9:30 pm

Very cool, I like seeing all of the flowers close together so you can see the color mixture.

Don July 17, 2008, 2:50 pm

Another new cool feature; you know, whenever I come over here I feel like I should take my cap off [:o)

mss @ Zanthan Gardens July 17, 2008, 8:26 am

The nice thing about GBBD is that I can plan an international year of garden touring by it . Start in Austin in April, May Dreams Gardens in May, Bliss in June, and Cold Climate Gardens in July.

My understanding of northern gardens is that they seem to bloom intensely all at once in the short growing season that you have. I love the exuberance of your high summer but I don’t think I could tolerate the other months of cold.

Kathy Purdy July 17, 2008, 9:00 am

MSS, I don’t think I could stand your heat. I can’t answer to the “bloom intensely all at once” because this is the only gardening I’ve known. It does seem like I’m still working on what others would call spring chores in high summer, and I noticed this spring that all of Carol’s plants bloom ahead of mine by a week or two at least. Will that reverse for fall bloomers?

Jane Marie July 16, 2008, 10:15 pm

Once again, I forgot all about bloom day ๐Ÿ™
I love your poppies, be still my heart!

dlyn July 16, 2008, 2:15 pm

It is all just beautiful Kathy – I love those poppies!

Dee/reddirtramblings July 16, 2008, 9:44 am

Kathy, I always have to think about where your comment section is. I guess most are at the end of the post. The gallery and your photos look great. The photo colors really pop. Happy Bloom Day. It is hot here.~~Dee

Kathy Purdy July 17, 2008, 9:03 am

Dee, do you find it confusing to have the “About the Author” section in there? It used to be I had active contributors, and so I thought it important to make clear who the author was. But maybe that’s not necessary . . . Once you get past the author information, the comments are at the end.

Cindy July 16, 2008, 8:57 am

I wasn’t sure what I would think but I like the gallery feature. And I think I need to give poppies a go.

Cindy July 15, 2008, 3:07 pm

I’m sitting here sighing over the William Shakespeare rose. I adore the David Austin roses for their form and their heady fragrance. I had ‘Heritage’ for 2 or 3 years before it succumbed to cane dieback. I think I need another one. I’m very taken with that Spanish poppy, too.

Kathy Purdy July 15, 2008, 1:48 pm

Mr. McGregor’s Daughter, the blooms don’t last long, especially if it’s windy or rainy. Nothing you can do about that. But you can deadhead themand that will encourage more bloom. Details here. Also make sure they’re not crowded; you often need to thin them.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter July 15, 2008, 1:24 pm

I love the Poppy! My Breadseed Poppies had only 1 bloom per plant & the flowers lasted only a day. And they didn’t even bloom on the same day, so probably no seeds. I must be doing something wrong.

commonweeder July 15, 2008, 12:46 pm

I love the Gallery too. There is so much to learn about better ways to share our gardens and information. Thanks for the inspiration at the desk and in the garden. And my husband wonders why the garden doesn’t get any smaller!

Gail July 15, 2008, 8:56 am

That is a cool feature! Ditto on what Carol said! Visiting blogs on bloom day is like looking at an online catalogs, I’ll take 3 of these, two of that and one of those….so much fun! Your blooms are lovely,

Carol, May Dreams Gardens July 15, 2008, 12:52 am

I like that new feature. I think I have GADS (gardener’s attention distraction syndrome) about plants. I go to a daylily garden and want to plant dozens of those, then I see your poppies and think, “Poppies! Why don’t I have any poppies?”

Summertime, and the blooming is easy, right?

Thanks for joining in for bloom day!