Happy July! What a strange year it's been thus far. It's still hot and humid as always, but we've had so much rain that I haven't had to water my garden. At. All. I'm also not facing my usual July slump, in which I'm just totally over this year's garden and want to do nothing more but plan for next year. I'm still hibernating in the air conditioning inside, but will head out early in the morning in the shade to pitter patter about.
The big show in the garden was earlier this month. The next act is a little quieter and less in your face, and I wasn't sure there would be a lot to photograph for this month's Bloom Day. But then I woke up this morning, looked out my window, and ahoy! Thar she grows! My hibiscus has decided to work with me here and open a show stopper of a flower. And in the process of taking pictures, I realized that there really is a lot in bloom right now. I just have to appreciate the subtlety of it all.
I also realized that I have no idea what anything is anymore. Between the old garden getting a neighbor's play set built upon it, plants moved about multiple times, tags lost, incomplete records kept, plants not coming back and others coming up in their place - well, this control freak has lost all control in the garden (not that I really ever had it - it was all an illusion). I'm surprisingly okay with it.
Onward to the photos!
Abeille allée (aka Bee Lane; more on the rechristened "side yard" in a future post)
|Hydrangea. This poor thing gets moved every two years or so and never has enough time to grow|
and bloom before being uprooted again. It also gets peed on a lot. By the dog, not me.
|Rose blooming for the second time this year|
|So sick of talking about Summer Snowflake, but at least she's behaving now.|
|Zinnia (Cut & Come Again), Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Rudbeckia, Nepeta 'Souvenir d'Andre Chaudron', Echinacea, Monarda|
|Coreopsis 'Moonbeam', Echinacea (one of which is supposed to be 'Green Envy' and clearly is not), Zinnia, Monarda|
|Meadow Rue (about 9 feet tall) from Neighbor M|
|Kerria japonica blooming for the second time this year|
|Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'|
|Zinnia 'Cut & Come Again', Rudbeckia|
|Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and Rudbeckia (it sowed itself in here and I haven't removed it yet)|
|On the hell strip: Rose of Sharon from Neighbor M, self-sown Callirhoe involucrata, Daylilies|
|Rose of Sharon|
|Shade window box on porch with annuals|
|Sun window box on porch with annuals (with Astilbe in the foreground)|
That wraps up another Bloom Day! Be sure to head over to May Dreams to see what else is in bloom in other gardens around the world.