Friday, July 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - July 2016

I am finally managing to post for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day again, and lots of blooms there are! Strangely, compared to last July, quite a few things are almost a month behind while others are weeks ahead - testament, perhaps, to the strange winter and spring we had. In any case, let us delve in!

Volunteer feverfew seedlings (Tanacetum parthenium) are continuing the show now that the big mother plant overwintered from last summer is fading

A white musk mallow (Malva moschata) that has been blooming for a while

'Old-Fashioned Vining' petunias perfuming the front steps

The lovely Nicotiana mutabilis - the batch I sowed intentionally did not work out, but luckily quite a few self-sown seedlings of this wonderful species have come up around the garden

The first flower of the long beans (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis)

The double stocks are still holding on despite the heat, while all the single ones have gone to seed

Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)

The heirloom dahlia 'Mrs. I. de Ver Warner', which happily overwintered in the ground

The purple poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrata)

One of the big hybrid gladioli...

... and another one that came from the same mix

Tassel flower (Emilia javanica)

Double orange daylilies (Hemerocallis 'Kwanso')

The African marigolds (Tagetes erecta) are just beginning to bloom; I grew a whole range of different varieties this year, looking to see which will be the tallest and most free-flowering

Klip dagga (Leonotis nepetifolia), grown from seed planted inside at the end of February, the plants are now about as tall as me and have already been blooming for close to a month

Just a few of the zinnia colors we have in bloom

Petunia exserta contrasting nicely with the front door

Also explore what is blooming right now in other people's gardens at May Dreams Gardens!


  1. You have so many wonderful blooms. I think the Dahlia is my favorite...gorgeous! Happy Bloom Day!

  2. You're not short of lovely colours there!

  3. I was able to find old fashioned petunia plant starts several years ago. I loved them! Haven't been able to find them since - ah well. I also grow glads at time. I've had some overwinter (I live in upstate NY) but not reliably. I wouldn't dare it with my dahlias.

    1. I grow my petunias from seed because nowhere around here sells starts of varieties I would like. Gladioli are pretty reliably hardy here, especially when they are planted near walls but we will see how that dahlia does in the long run.

  4. I planted the Leonitus, not really knowing what it was. It has not bloomed yet but is growing nicely. Are these flowers in your parent's garden?

    1. I think my Leonitis are unseasonably early; hopefully they will keep going through the fall!

      These are all in our shared garden here in Massachusetts, which I have kind of taken over; the neighbors have been supportive of all my flowers and experiments. We also got some more land this spring because the city has been changing the sidewalks and our corner got a bump-out.


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