On this July Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day in Massachusettss my blooms are quite spread out, although I am looking forward to clusters of blooming daylilies very soon. On our divided hellstrip we have several daylilies. I got lucky in this section with congenial wine-y colors on the bee balm, daylily and echinacea. There are daylilies in several places in the garden, but I can guarantee I don’t remember many of their names.
In between the South and North Hellstrips is a strip of grass – designed to allow people onto the walkway to the house without trampling the flowers. A very wise and useful design element. Both flowery sides include some of the same plants, and all have survived winter snows, plows, salt, and dogs quite well.
The crocosmia was the big surprise. I planted bulbs from American Meadows last spring and it didn’t seem as though much had happened which I blamed on my own poor planting. I was in a hurry. I was sure, even if there was some life in the bulbs, it would have been done in by the winter – and yet here it is. I will take better care of it this winter with good mulching to protect it.
This Firelight hydrangea doesn’t look very fiery, but it is the first of my three hydrangeas to start blooming. Limelight and Angel Blush aren’t too far behind.
This honeysuckle, planted last year, is doing so well that I have been willing to prune it in the front, and I am a very nervous pruner.
Physostegia or obedient plant didn’t do much last year, but she has made a substantial clump this year.
The Fairy is the main rose at the moment although the red Knock Out has a few blooms. I do expect a second flush – or hope for that second flush – in August
My strategy for my new low maintenance, water tolerant, pollinator friendly garden has focused on large shrubs. This Buttonbush has more than tripled in size since it was planted in the summer of 2015. It is in one of the wettest spots of the garden and is blissfully happy. Pollinators love the funny little flowers.
Other large shrubs include the three dogwoods, but they are no longer in bloom, but the two elderberry bushes are blooming. These blooms are not very exciting but the result will be berries for the birds, after the pollinators have done their work.
Other plants in bloom right now are: Veronica Mountain mint Blanket flower Marguerite daisies Blue Paradise phlox Coreopsis.