Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 2009

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Checking back on last year’s bloom day post, I see that pretty much the same flowers are blooming, despite our thus far cool and rainy summer. Hollyhocks and bee balm being two notable exceptions: both have buds, but aren’t blooming yet. Other laggards: I have larkspur coming on, but I’m not sure it even has buds. The “annual” dianthus that came back for a second year bloomed in early June, and is now cut back in hopes of getting a second flush of bloom. And I have Allegheny vine blooming this year.

Highlights of My July Garden

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Green Light Beauty daylily, Henna coleus, and Zebrina mallow

Green Light Beauty daylily, Henna coleus, and Zebrina mallow

The daylily was purchased in 1995, the coleus was sent by Ball Horticultural to trial, and the Zebrina mallow was self-sown.
It's become a tradition with us to grow annual poppies in the vegetable garden.

It's become a tradition with us to grow annual poppies in the vegetable garden.

In the background: dinosaur kale, a lot of potatoes, and the corn patch.
This is my first year growing Allium caeruleum

This is my first year growing Allium caeruleum

You can see ‘Dark Towers’ penstemon in the background.
Dark Towers penstemon

Dark Towers penstemon

Last year, I received one plant on trial from Terra Nova Nurseries, and had already purchased one from Dutch Gardens, but this is the first year of bloom for both of them. I really like them.
Cape Diamond rose, new this year.

Cape Diamond rose, new this year.

I bought this rose at Der Rosenmeister this spring.
Here's a corner of the Birthday Garden. The lawn separates the purple smokebush from this border

Here's a corner of the Birthday Garden. The lawn separates the purple smokebush from this border

You can see the ‘Cape Diamond’ rose, the foliage of ‘Dark Towers’ penstemon, ‘American Revolution’ daylily as well as many other familiar friends.
Plant list follows.

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
  • pink 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
  • Shirley poppies
  • breadseed poppies
  • peony poppies
  • Tangerine Gem Spanish poppy
  • Beppie daylily
  • Red Rum daylily
  • other daylilies with forgotten names
  • some hostas
  • Commotion blanket flowers
  • Apricot Delight yarrow
  • Miller’s Crimson primrose
  • meadow rue
  • meadowsweet
  • pink foxglove (gotten from a friend)
  • yellow foxglove
  • Johnny-jump-ups
  • creeping bellflower
  • false sunflower
  • Sneezeweed yarrow
  • maiden pinks
  • flowering tobacco
  • Lady’s mantle
  • my one and only Asiatic lily
  • Concord Grape spiderwort
  • Cape Diamond rose
  • Allium caeruleum
  • Allegheny vine

Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.

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.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Sylvana July 25, 2009, 1:53 pm

Wow! You have quite the vegetable garden! I have a nice bunch of annual poppies as well that all started with one volunteer years ago. I collect the seed for baking – yum! Enough scatters while harvesting the seed that I never have to worry about having poppies.

Chrissy Morin July 19, 2009, 8:54 am

I love the look of your birthday garden. We got hit by hail in June, so some of my July bloomers look like someone took a bat to them… but some are out of control! I have sedum.. hens and chicks and dragons blood that is bloomning! That stuff NEVER blooms in Colorado… Gardening is an adventure!
.-= Chrissy Morin´s last blog ..Cats belong in the house and in the garden =-.

kerri July 18, 2009, 10:16 am

That’s a nice idea to put the poppies in your veggie garden. They look great with the potato and corn crops 🙂 My hubby found a volunteer poppy in our veggie garden this week.
I’m glad to see the penstemon growing in your garden. It’s something I want to try. Love that cultivar.
The smokebush is lovely too, and your new rose is such a beautiful shade of pink.
The sun is struggling out there today, but at least it’s shining. I’m hoping to feel a bit more warmth on my shoulders soon!
Happy Bloom Day, Kathy!
.-= kerri´s last blog ..Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day-July ’09 =-.

Muum July 18, 2009, 12:22 am

love that ‘dark towers’ penstemon! will have to find a place in my garden for that beauty.
.-= Muum´s last blog ..Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for July 2009 =-.

Country Gardener July 17, 2009, 7:24 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of potatoes. Glad to see your garden growing well in spite of the cool temps and rain. I’m kind of loving this summer: no water fretting – at least not yet.
.-= Country Gardener´s last blog ..Be sure to check out this garden rant =-.

rosemarie July 17, 2009, 5:51 pm

Really nice! Happy Blooms Day
.-= rosemarie´s last blog ..Foliage Fridays =-.

Leslie July 17, 2009, 7:01 am

What is Allegheny vine? I am not at all familiar with it.

Leslie July 16, 2009, 10:22 pm

Now I know why those little fabric potato growers were too small for you!
You certainly have lovely blooms and I enjoyed the view of the Birthday Garden.
.-= Leslie´s last blog ..GBBD July 2009 =-.

Dee/ July 16, 2009, 9:39 pm

Oh, I dearly love my ‘Dark Towers’ Penstemon. Mine, of course, bloomed awhile back, but it is my new favorite. I love your new rose. Can’t wait to see how it grows. Your area looks so refreshing and cool. I’d like to be there.~~Dee
.-= Dee/´s last blog ..Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: Hurrah! It’s July! =-.

jodi (bloomingwriter) July 16, 2009, 9:27 pm

We have some of the same things in bloom, Kathy: my rose campion and A. caeruleum are coming on, the poppies have begun, (but only really begun), the daylilies are starting…I still have peonies in bloom, though they’re winding down, and the delphinium are going strong despite the annual delphinium rain/windstorms…
.-= jodi (bloomingwriter)´s last blog ..Rock-Garden Eye-Candy =-.

Sheila July 16, 2009, 8:22 pm

It looks lovely! Thanks for sharing!
.-= Sheila´s last blog ..Two and a Half Years Later =-.

Linda Lehmusvirta July 16, 2009, 5:27 pm

Oh, I wish I were there! But hey, I was, for just a moment. It is all so lovely. It makes me want to take a trip to NY. If it ever drops to 84 down here, we’ll be dancing in the streets!
.-= Linda Lehmusvirta´s last blog ..From Linda: July 16, 2009 =-.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens July 16, 2009, 4:55 pm

I love the poppies! And that is a lot of potatoes. A lot! Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter July 16, 2009, 2:56 pm

Your Poppies are so gorgeous! I particularly like the raspberry colored ones. I grew Allium caeruleum at my last garden. It’s a nice one, blending well with just about anything. It looks great with the Penstemon, making a nice contrast.
.-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..Yes, There Actually are Things in Bloom in July =-.