I'm loving the absence of silver paint splatters on the blooms this July (caused last year by the painting of the roofs)!
Evening Primrose is still spreading cheer throughout the gardens. I love it with these blue Pansies and white Alyssum.
I'm happy to report that my 2 "Oak Hill" Hydrangeas (macrophylla) are blooming beautifully, after such a disappointing display last summer. I fed them coffee grounds all winter, but I have no idea if that made a difference. If anyone has good advice to offer on Hydrangeas, I'd love to hear it.
Here's a combination that I love: "Summersong Rose" Argyranthemum (Marguerite Daisy), which looks like little pink powderpuffs, and "Homestead Purple" Verbena, which blooms right up to frost and beyond.
Just to the left of that grouping it pairs nicely with yellow Coreopsis.
Mr. Lincoln Rose has one lovely bloom. The roses have been slow, with just a few blooms so far and the bushes are still small, except for our one climber, which I'll show you later.
Beyond the Shastas, in the Sideporch Garden, this vivid orange Lily is always the first of the Asiatics to open its blooms.
But before we head down to look at the other lilies, let's have a peek at the Pink Garden. Here, Lollipop Asiatic Lily has about a dozen spectacular blooms.
Other plants, like this pretty self-sown Catchfly are blooming at it's feet, and there's a dainty "Siskiyou Pink" Gaura, a "Madeira Pink" Argyranthemum, Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), pink Snapdragons, white Alyssum, Dwarf Campanula and purple Lamium.
Down in the front yard gardens the Asiatics are stealing the show, but the Gloriosa Daisies/Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are running a close second. In the Lilac Garden, behind this one, red Monarda has spread madly, as usual, and looks great beside Shasta Daisies (click to enlarge for detail).
You can see the climbing rose ("Social Climber") at the top of the Driveway Garden. It only has a few pretty blooms on it at the moment....
Red Monarda (Bee Balm) and Shasta Daisies make a bright splash in the Lilac Garden.
I love the height of these Asiatic lilies. The magenta fades to a lighter shade as they age.
Here we have Centerfold, looking short in comparison.
The Lily Garden is finally cleared of weeds and Johnny-jump-ups, and I'm ready to plant a few other things in it. Reuben has been keeping me company as I've worked. Sometimes it's hard to persuade him that I need both hands for weeding.
Lilies respond well to lots of rain and all of them have plenty of buds. The lovely creamy yellow Atlanta Moonlight has 5 blooms open today but this was taken 2 days ago. Persian Market is the taller lily in the background.
Here's a closer look at Persian Market.
I've been weeding here as well. Coreopsis and Gloriosa Daisies have grown very tall in this compost-rich soil.
On the bank Sedum Spurium "John Creech" is forming a nice ground cover, thanks to the cuttings and advice on growing and planting them, given to us by our younger daughter's gardener boyfriend.
Charles Johnston, over in the Coneflower Garden, was the first daylily to bloom this year. I missed the first 2 flowers because I wasn't expecting them so early. Joan Senior was the first to bloom last year and she hasn't begun opening her buds yet. The Coneflowers are just beginning to open their lovely pink petals.
This Cranesbill Geranium and a light pink one are blooming their heads off in various places.
White Astilbe blooms in the shade beside the front porch.
Edit: Joy of GardenJoy4Me! tells me it's called "Ostrich Plume", which I think suits it very well.
Isn't this fantastic? It's "Stained Glassworks" Kiwi Fern Coleus. New to me.
Its companions in this container are "Copper Purple" Osteospermum (Cape Daisy), yellow Bidens, alternanthera "Royal Tapestry" (the burgundy filler), and "Rasberry Sachet" Nemesia.
Needless to say, blooms are bountiful for this July Bloom Day!
Be sure to visit Carol of May Dreams Gardens, the originator of Bloom Day, to enjoy blooms from all over the globe.