Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day July 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, our monthly floral party, is hosted on the fifteenth by the one and only Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  Do click here to see what's blooming in gardens the world over on this day.

High summer, can you believe it?  Every month I say that this is a special time in our gardens or that I like this month the best but this time I really mean it! (Until next month, right?)   Here's some of what's blooming in my garden this month.

Brugmansias, Begonias, Tropaeolum speciosum, pelargonums.  The largest begonias are Ameri-Hybrids from California.

Did I mention begonias? 

Bodacious begonias

Begonias and buckets.  Isn't that pretty?

Begonia boliviensis

Hosta 'Sum and Substance'


Dichroa febrifuga


Fuchsia.  Isn't the bungee cord hanger classy? 


Lilies that didn't fall over in the rain.  These are "Lily Trees" from Brecks. The bulbs are really large and after three years they  have become huge and sturdy as advertised. 

Lilies that did flop over in the rain.  I've had them forever and they've multiplied nicely. 

Another faller.  They still smell good though!

This arrangement made itself.

Enough with those smelly lilies already!

It was early and the daylilies hadn't opened yet.  The bumblebee didn't seem to mind. 

Clerodendrum trichotomum 

Roses here and there.

Buddleia that used to have variegated leaves to go with these blooms.  The birds, bees, and butterflies don't seem to mind.

There are abutilons on both sides of the path.


The last few Romneya coulteri for this year. 

Happy daisies. 

What's blooming in your garden this month?  Happy GBBD and happy Friday!


  1. You've got a gorgeous garden! So many beautiful blooms. I'm hopping over here from Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, and will be back for sure! - Thanks!

    Jenny - www.harmonyhillshomeandgarden.com

  2. I have to check out the Ameri-Hybrids begonias for my garden, very pretty. I never considered anything but yellow daylilies to be called daylilies...you know they keep producing new buds all summer like on many of the commercial properties around here. After seeing your begonias , wishing that I potted some begonias this year.

  3. I have intense begonia and lily envy now... :)

    1. I bet those other plants are jealous of the ones that get to go Bungee Jumping!
      Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  4. Your garden is looking lush and lovely, but it's that gorgeous stained glass bay window that I want in my garden!

  5. Your begonias are gorgeous. Actually, everything is gorgeous. Your garden is just busting out with flowers. It's lovely. Happy GBBD!

  6. So much beautiful colour in your garden Peter!

  7. So I'm confused. How do you feel about Begonias? Seriously though that first image, with the bright colorful flowers backed by your stained glass...wow! Gorgeous.

  8. Begonias AND fuchsias! *SIGH* Now, that Clerodendrum might just work here in hot, oh-so-dry SoCal (if I can find a place to let it do its thing) so thanks for adding that to the mix.

  9. I don't think I've seen a prettier collection and display of begonias. So delightful!! Happy GBBD :)

  10. Just when it seems all the pretty flowers of spring are gone, leaving nothing, summer bursts into bloom! So beautiful.

  11. You have so many amazing plantsand so much colour, love your begonias and lilies! The perfume must be amazing from all your lilies, I must try some of the taller ones.

  12. With all those lilies, the heady scent must be divine. I've been admiring Dichroa at the nursery. This is the first time I've seen it in a garden setting...like.

  13. So many pretty things to see, I am not going to try to find a favorite. Well, maybe the Fuchsias. They cannot stand our heat and humidity of which there is an abundance this year.

    I am going to spend part of the evening visiting the Tallman Garden via your blog from last summer.

  14. Begonias, hydrangeas, and fuchsias, oh my! So many gorgeous flowers, Peter, but that Dichroa is eminently lust-worthy.

  15. I like the first picture; an angle I didn't see before of the side of the stairs. Its a cool vignette with the colorful glass window. The orange begonia with black leafs is added to my wish list immediately! What a show! I love the sherbet colors of Agastache blooms. Several attempts to grow them yielded nothing: I applaud your success.

  16. I am drooling over your begonias and hydrangeas--gorgeous! I think that is what I will remember about the Fling in Portland--how lush everything was and the beautiful blue hydrangea blooms. Our soil isn't acidic enough, so my hydrangeas are always pink--or lavender, if I try to add some amendments:) I have never seen Dichroa before; another beautiful bloom. I agree this really is the best time in the garden, and yours is looking beautiful!


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