Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 2013

Buckland Rose

On this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, July 2013, most of the roses are pretty well done. That’s why we have the Annual Rose Viewing on the last Sunday of June.

The FAiry polyantha rose

The Fairy was just starting to bloom two weeks ago, but now she is looking great, and will remain in bloom for a good part of the summer.

Purington rambler rose

The Purington rambler also starts to bloom at the very end of June, but is now cascading down the Rose Bank.

Daylily Bank

The Rose Bank is adjacent to the Day Lily Bank which is just beginning to come into its glory. It was planted to eliminate the need for  mowing on the steep bank. The problem with this photo is you don’t get to enjoy the individual beauty of each of the interesting daylily colors and forms. A sampling follows. All names forgotten.

Daylily, pale yellow


Daylily, pink
Daylily, small ruffled pink


Daylily, pale with purple throat

I wanted the Daylily Bank to have a gentler palette of colors, but there are a very few varieties like Ann Varner that are more dramatic.

Ann Varner
Cosmos and White phlox

Cosmos and garden phlox are just beginning to bloom. At least those phlox that have not been beheaded by the deer.

Mothlight, Switzerland and Connecticut Yankee

The Mothlight hydrangea is about seven or eight feet tall and  full of boisterous bloom. The Switzerland Shasta daisy is also in full bloom. The Connecticut Yankee delphinium, is still floppy, though bred for greater sturdiness. Maybe it is all the rain, making the stems more tender.

Oakleaf hydrangea

I was looking forward to the first blooms on this three year old oakleaf hydrangea, and admired one unique blossom yesterday, but  when I went out to take a photo early this morning, it was gone. Deer!

Achillea ‘Terra Cotta’

I have several yarrows in bloom, “Paprika’,  a cranberry red,  a deep gold variety and Achilea ‘The Pearl.’ ‘Terra Cotta’ is my favorite and grows right by the front door with a native yellow loosestrife. Not invasive.


This is the smaller of two veronicas. The tall one has just barely begun to bloom.

Japanese iris

Last July I planted this beautiful white iris in the Front Garden where I could keep it watered, and where I could admire it during its short bloom period.

Ostrich astilbe

The other pink and  white astilbes are fading, but this astilbe, Bressingham’s Beauty, is just starting.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

After admiring it for years on the Bridge of Flowers, I planted this sea holly and I love it.

Linden tree in bloom

Our linden trees, otherwise known as basswood, tilia cordata, or lime trees and in bloom and the fragrance is heavenly.


These cream and pink petunias on the Welcoming Platform will stand in for the other potted plants, fuschia, lobelia, geraniums and salvia. My blooming plants are spread out over  a large area, so I am always amazed that there are so many blooms in July.

Thank you Carol for hosting Bloom Day where May Dreams Gardens will show you what is in bloom all  over the country. Click here.


This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    It is dangerous going around looking at everyone’s GBBD post. I always see flowers I would love to add to my garden. Your garden looks so colorful. Happy GBBD.

  2. Denise Hammond

    Lovely flowers. The deer demolished my oak-leaved and Pinky-winky hydrangeas last wintr. They are coming back but I doubt I will see any blooms this year.

  3. Pat

    Lisa – That is why I love GBBD, too. In addition to just enjoying so many beautiful gardens.
    Denise – It was the town plow that sliced my hydrangeas two winters ago when there were huge amounts of snow.

  4. Lea

    Oh, my! Roses and day lilies, and all those other fantastic blooms! Wonderful!
    I especially like the Japanese iris.
    Happy GBBD!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  5. Donna

    Sea Holly has a couple of cute visitors. I really like the little Hover Flies. The lily bank is glorious. I am going to my local wholesale hybridizer next week and will look for that small ruffled pink. I never saw one like that and she has 700 varieties. Hope to get one. I have the small Veronica too and it never really gets to spreading like the bigger cousins. Roses are resting in our area too. Next flush is on the way.

  6. Rose

    Darn those pesky deer! Still, you have so many lovely blooms, Pat. I love the sea holly and am envious–I planted some last year, but it didn’t do well at all and didn’t return this year. Time to try again, I guess. Wow on the daylily bank! It’s ironic, but I was watching a local gardening show yesterday and they mentioned planting daylilies on banks as a means of erosion control, which I’d never thought of. Perhaps I can talk to husband into this–I worry every time he mows the deep ditch in front of our house.

    Happy Bloom Day!

  7. PlantPostings

    Wow, you have a nice collection of Daylilies! And I can only imagine how lovely your garden is when the Roses are at their peak of beauty. Happy GBBD!

  8. Pat

    Lea – the Japanese iris is spectacular. I bought it locally at a very tiny nursery – all irises.
    Donna – I love the sea holly – which has been covered with all manner of insects – pollinators all, I am sure.
    Rose – the Daylily Bank is a beauty – and I did specifically choose the paler colors. My husband loves! it, especially since I did most of the installation myself, with a little help from daughters.
    PP – The daylilies are definitely the highlight now – and much easier to capture with a camera than the Rose Walk.

  9. Linnae

    Pat, Your garden is lovely! The sea holly is especially striking. I would love to see your daylily bank up close. Happy Bloom Day!

  10. I love pink in the garden, and envy you your collection of pink roses. Even your pink daylilies are gorgeous – and I’ve never been able to find a pink daylily that I like. A shame you’ve lost the name!

  11. Jason

    Love that daylily with the purple throat. Your daylilies provide some consolation as the roses fade.

  12. Weeding the Web

    Cosmos and phlox make a lovely ethereal combination. Drat those pesky deer!

  13. Dee Nash

    I really hate deer. Hate ’em. Love your blooms. You need a deer chasing dog like my Maddie.~~Dee

  14. Love, love, love your garden…unfortunately the deer love it too….mine have been absent but I bet they will be round soon…

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