Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 15, 2012

Daylily Bank

It’s Bloom Day and this is the big show in my garden right now, the daylily bank.  I have records of the names of these daylilies, but I’d be hard put to identify them all now.

The Fairy rose

Many of the roses just have a bloom or two, but The Fairy will go on and on. I have one in each of the Lawn Beds.

Purington rambler rose

The Purington rambler rose, an old un-named rose, has been and will be exuberant for some time. The Rose Bank is one place where I am really glad for such a vigorous grower.


I planted Folksinger, one of Griffith Buck’s hardy rose hybrids, this spring and didn’t expect any bloom, but here it is.

Linda Campbell rugosa

Linda Cambell rugosa is a survivor of the Sunken Garden. When I discovered her struggling along among the weeds two years ago I moved her to the new  Rose Bank. She is still struggling but what a bouquet at the end of its single cane.

Ghislaine de Feligonde

Ghislaine de Feligonde, one of my favorite roses, is still putting out a few blossoms which makes me so happy.

Thomas Affleck

Thomas Affleck, the only rose I make any attempt to deadhead for new blooms, is already beginning its second flush, even where I haven’t deadheaded. It is determined to bloom and bloom. This is an amazing rose bred at the Antique Rose Emporium.

Achillea "Terra Cotta"

There are a few other things in bloom besides roses, like  rusty gold Achillea “Terra Cotta” which is such a beautiful color. This is a wonderful addition to the Front or Early Garden in front of the house which is mostly given over to vegetables. And then the Daylily Bank, of course. Other achilleas are also blooming in the garden, “Paprika”, and a rosy red. Achillea ‘The Pearl’ is just about to bloom, and of course, there are the wild yarrows that grow along my drive. I love them all.

Scarlet bee balm

I put this scarlet bee balm (Colrain Red?) down in the Potager because potagers should have flowers as well as vegetables. The soil there is so much better than in the herb bed that the flowers are much lovelier than the ones in the Herb Bed. A lesson in the importance of good soil.


This datura has been one of the great surprises of the season. I only knew about the beautiful blossoms, and when I bought the small seedling early this spring I expected that the plant would be quite large before it bloomed, but it is blooming on quite a small plant and I think I have a good season ahead of me. A warning. Datura is poisonous in all its parts.

Delphinium, Switzerland daisy and Mothlight hydrangea

This is one of my favorite plantscapes – Switzerland shastas, Connecticut Yankee delphinium and the huge Mothlight hydrangea.

Other newer hydrangeas along the side of the road are putting out a few blossoms, oakleaf hydrangea and Pinky Winky. Other perennials in bloom are the gaillardias “Arizona Sun” and “Oranges and Lemons” from Bluestone Perennials,

There is more bloom in pots, osteospurnum, lobelias, petunias, annual salvia, and even the succulents are putting out blossoms. I moved these pots to the edge of the Entry Piazza, out from under the roof line where I put two chairs, and it changes the approach dramatically. I can almost imagine I am on a Tuscan piazza. All it takes is a glass of wine.

I thank Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting Bloom Day. For more about what is blooming across the country this July, in spite of all the weather difficulties, click here.


This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Rebecca

    You still have so much in bloom! The heat and drought have made my Missouri blooms a little sparse this year. Thanks for sharing yours 🙂

  2. Andrea

    Wow, that’s a lot of blooms, i am so envious!

  3. Corner Garden Sue

    Wow, look at your lovely daylilies, roses, and such! Your dayliles are not looking stressed like mine are.

    My mother-in-law grew moonflowers, and for some reason, there were none when we moved to where she used to live, so I hunted until I could find some to plant. I didn’t know at the time you could get seeds for them. Once I got some started, they have generously seeded themselves around. I only let one plant grow this year, and have not gotten around to deadheading it. I better, though, so it will bloom some more this year yet.

    Thanks for your nice comment on my GBBD post.

  4. Leslie

    Lovely…and all I can say about those day lilies is wow!! It looks lovely at your end of the road.

  5. Jason

    Thanks for sharing the great photos. I love the achillea, the roses, and red bee balm.

  6. DG

    Lovely photos, especially the stunning Day Lilies, hemerocallis have always been my fave flowers!

  7. Rose

    I always enjoy seeing your beautiful roses, Pat, but your daylilies are gorgeous, and I really like your stand of yarrow, too. That last photo is a stunning combination!

  8. Pat

    Rebecca – We are lucky the daylilies are so stalwart – even here. More heat today!
    Andrea – I was surprised by how much was in bloom because it is all scattered about.
    Sue – Your garden is always an inspiration to me.
    Leslie – I think the daylilies are pretty WOW too.
    Jason – It is always a joy to share.
    DG – Hemerocalls is beautiful for so many days – consecutively, of course.
    Rose – I love it when an unplanned grouping works so well.

  9. Lisa at Greenbow

    Pat, your garden looks so lush. I so enjoy seeing all of your roses.

  10. Ivynettle

    Love the daylilies – I miss growing those. And roses…
    I don’t think I could grow a rose called “Folksinger”, though – every time I saw it, I’d get this song stuck in my head: – “I’ve been a folk singer for bloody sixteen years…”

    I recently discovered wild Datura in a nearby field, and I’m ridiculously excited about it!

  11. Lea

    Very beautiful!
    Happy gardening!
    Lea’s Menagerie

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