July Bloom Day Late Edition

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I am a number of days late for this month’s celebration of Backyard Bloggers’ Bloom Day, however I could not miss this month–it’s the peak of the backyard season, the time of yr when every thing appears to be blooming in my backyard.  Backyard work has been placed on maintain the previous two weeks, however the blooms maintain a-coming with none assist from me.

Daughter and her household, together with youngest grandson, had been right here the week of July four, so naturally I used to be specializing in a number of hugging and play time, not gardening.  As quickly as they left, Youthful Daughter and I took off for almost every week in Washington, D.C.  It was my first journey ever to D.C., and I hope it will not be my last–there is a lot to see and do on this metropolis, I  did not get to see every thing I had needed to see, although we actually tried.

Whereas we had been gone, Mr. Procrastinator, also referred to as Mr. I-Do not-Backyard, volunteered to maintain all my containers watered.  He did an incredible job, though a downpour sooner or later helped:)  The little purple wagon I planted simply earlier than the Fourth of July is trying a lot better than earlier than I left.

That is the time of yr once I would welcome guests to my backyard.  Coneflowers are in all places and attracting bees and butterflies galore.  If you wish to see all my coneflowers, take a look at my final submit.  However they don’t seem to be alone:  my habit to daylilies the previous couple of years has resulted in an explosion of coloration that has lasted a number of weeks and continues to be going robust.  I’ve so many alternative daylilies that reasonably than present particular person pictures, I made a decision to make a collage of some with i.d.’s beneath.

High Row:  Nettie’s Rubies*, NOID passalong from good friend Barb, NOID yellow.  Center Row: ‘Little Grapette, thriller NOID, newer unnamed hybrid. Backside Row:  ‘Tangerine Orange Ruffle’, Andrea’s Dragonfly*, Prairie Dawn*.

*These marked with an asterisk should not registered lilies, so please do not report me to the daylily police:)  They’re both passalongs from pals or kinfolk or one-of-a-kind hybrids that I bought from our native 5 Acre Daylily Farm and determined to call myself.

Clockwise from prime left: Passalong from good friend Beckie, Nettie’s Coral*, ‘Susan Webber,’ Spider lily, and ‘Tangerine Orange Ruffle’…once more.

I am doing my greatest to recollect all of the names of those lilies, however with misplaced tags and my unreliable reminiscence, it will get tougher yearly, particularly once I appear to have so many peach and orange-colored lilies.  Then there are the thriller lilies, like this one which I forgot to incorporate in a collage–I’ve completely no reminiscence of planting this one!

The names I undoubtedly keep in mind are my small assortment of “literary lilies” beneath.  Though I do not know the place I will put them, I hope so as to add much more within the subsequent few years as I discover them.

Clockwise from prime left: ‘Divine Comedy,’  ‘Tennyson,’ ‘Romeo Is Bleeding,’ no thought, ‘Canterbury Tales,’ and Juliet.*
These are doing nicely, particularly Juliet, considered one of my self-named lilies.
She produced so many blooms that poor ‘Romeo’ appeared fairly puny subsequent to her this yr.


My favourite deserves a photograph all by herself–‘Mistress Prynne.’
 No scarlet letter here–I really like her pale ruffled petals.

In addition to the daylilies, the Oriental lilies have begun to bloom within the final week.  I am undecided there may be something that may rival ‘Stargazer’ for sheer magnificence.

Except you like the pristine white and intoxicating perfume of ‘Casablanca.’  A swallowtail butterfly apparently prefers it, flitting among the many many blossoms as I used to be taking pictures yesterday.

My love for lilies has branched out to different sorts as nicely.  Final yr I planted some Orienpets ‘Black Magnificence.’  I am glad to see how tall they’ve gotten this yr, tall sufficient that I haven’t got to bend all the way down to see their blooms.

A brand new lily this yr rising subsequent to ‘Black Magnificence’ is that this one which has me scratching my head.  I keep in mind planting one thing known as Turkish lilies, I consider.  There’s a native lily known as Turk’s cap, however I believed it was solely orange.  Hmmm, should examine again by my information to see if I can discover the actual identify of this one.

Though coneflowers and lilies draw many of the consideration in my backyard, they don’t seem to be the one flowers blooming proper now. Grey-headed coneflowers Ratibida pinnata rise above the mass confusion in my butterfly backyard.

A brand new bloom that greeted me once I returned from D.C. was the Nicotania.  For the previous a number of years it has re-seeded throughout my arbor mattress, threatening to take over at occasions.  I pulled many of the seedlings this yr, however I all the time miss just a few.  A couple of are nice with me, particularly as a backdrop for ‘Wendy’s Want’ Salvia.


One other volunteer/reward from the birds, the pink phlox within the shade backyard is starting to bloom.



In the meantime, again within the Arbor Mattress the ‘David’ phlox is prospering this yr.  I really like these pure white blooms!


The annual hibiscus planted in a container is lastly producing a couple of bloom at a time–unfortunately, they’re shortly devoured by Japanese beetles.

The shade backyard is lush–and crowded–as it’s each summer time.  I want I knew the identify of this hosta within the forefront of the backyard.  It is considered one of my favorites, and it’s getting large!

Not everybody likes the blooms on hostas, however I take pleasure in them, and so do the bumblebees.  This fellow was crawling into each bloom, popping out coated in pollen.

Sophie likes this backyard, too–no marvel I can not maintain the chicken bathtub stuffed!
One in all my favorites in late summer time/early fall, the ‘Limelight’ is already beginning to bloom.  I pruned it fairly a bit this spring, however clearly not as a lot as I believed–it’s already reached the roof of our one-story home.

I simply cannot depart right here with out another picture of considered one of my many coneflowers.  I used to be thrilled to have one other go to from a Monarch on Sunday–this one is a feminine.  I hope she finds some milkweed in my backyard to put some eggs!

July is such a fantastic, colourful time within the backyard; I want I might cease time for awhile.  It has been extremely popular so not a lot backyard work has been performed, however that is okay–I’m content material to only sit again and luxuriate in all of the blooms in my backyard.

Backyard Bloggers’ Bloom Day is delivered to you the 15th of every month by Carol of May Dreams Gardens.  Thanks, Carol, for internet hosting this showcase of blooms world wide as soon as once more.

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