July is such a floriferous month that there are too many things in bloom to post pictures of them all. Here are a few of this months blooms in my garden.
The summer blooming clematis are putting on a nice show!
I've tried killing this one many times as thee blooms are a little pale and subtle for me but since it keeps coming back stronger and more covered with bloom, I'll let it stay.
Begonias are in full swing!
As are the pelargoniums.
Calothamnus villosus AKA Silky Net Bush, another of those beautiful Australians that I love.
The once-blooming roses are finished for the year but the continual bloomers are in their glory. Don Juan has lived in my garden for years and has excellent disease resistance!
Lily time is here again. The flower form is delightful, colors to go with any scheme, and the fragrance of the Oriental group wafts over the warm garden mingling, in the evening with that of brugmansia and honeysuckle. The memory of these warm fragrant evenings in July is what carries me through the gray days of winter when I will inevitably bring home a few more lily bulbs. Somehow the sweet promise packed inside each bulb brightens my winter weary soul. Sorry I don't remember the name of this beautiful Asiatic lily.
Or this gorgeous golden siren.
Hemerocallis 'Hyperion' is extremely fragrant and the largest of my daylilies with blooms eight inches across!
Another NOID Oriental that has formed quite an impressive clump for me. Unfortunately, I never stake them until some have collapsed. Bad Gardener!
Mystery daylily inherited with the house.
Looking pretty in red!
Grevillia 'Ned Kelly' makes my heart sing!
Anagallis monellii is a nice true blue. This one blooms beneath an orange and yellow Abutilon megapotamicum 'Sunset'
Here she is - Abutilon megapotamicum. We had a bit of a freeze this winter so these were slow to recover but have now come back nicely, loving the warm weather we're experiencing!
A surprise survivor of the wither is this abutilon, a Dan Hinkley introduction.
Alstromeria. Really, I want strong orange and red ones but these pale pink ones want to grow instead. They must be in cahoots with that pastel purple clematis!
One time many years ago, I planted a silybum marianum (Milk Thistle) for it's gorgeous foliage. Each year since then, a single plant has emerged in a different part of my garden. Usually they show up in places where they get stomped by accident and I think that game is sadly over. This year one has come up in a perfectly safe place in a bed. I'm hoping that perhaps there'll be more next year!
Romneya coulteri AKA Matilija Poppy loves the heat in the hellstrip and has thrown runners under the sidewalk to emerge in the lawn. They don't like to be mowed so they don't live there long. Say, that lawn is mostly moss all winter & these would be much nicer than grass that has to be mowed all summer...Anyone know how to organically kill lots of grass but keep the moss, violets, clover and Romneya coulteri in place?
The hummingbirds are fighting over the bee balm as usual.
Fortunately the Agastache 'Acapulco' is another nearby favorite of the little winged jewels.
The Clerodendrum trichotomum is more full of bloom this year than in any past summer. Hope this bodes well for a large crop of those beautiful metallic turquoise berries this fall! Forgot to get a picture but it'll still be blooming next month.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD on the 15th of each month! To see what's blooming in gardens all over the world, click on over to her site and enjoy!