July, particularly in a dry summer, can see the garden begin to look a little tired but it doesn’t seem to be like that this year and although the roses are undergoing a temporary lull the addition of a range of annuals has certainly made a difference. For this month’s Garden Bloggers Blooms Day, the meme hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens, I am going to focus on blooms that have barely been mentioned this year if it all – no reason for them to be overshadowed by a few starry blooms!
The contrast of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Inula magnifica (above) is a real summer highlight, quite literally, whilst the latter’s shorter but equally vibrant cousin I hookeri is not yet in full bloom, seen below with buds of Lilium ‘Purple Eye’ which will be fully open by the end of the day. Nearby is Alstroemeria ‘Indian Chief’ which has been delighting me with its success for a quiet a few weeks already.
‘Ruby Eclipse’ is not the only sunflower doing well at the moment and there are a few plants of ‘Earth Walker’ which are taller and darker than those that occupied a vase on Monday:
The yellow and white ‘Twinny’ antirrhinums are not as pretty as the pink ones that were in the vase the week before:
Delighting me this year are the poppies that have suddenly been popping up and which have sometimes been allowed to stay. I nearly missed the purple one on the right as the plant had been yanked out of the special snowdrop border as it was clearly not going to be white – fortunately I snipped the buds off and popped them into a little pot otherwise I wouldn’t have known what I was missing!
Definitely in the right place as they are so happy are Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, perennial sweet pea and an unnamed white Aconitum, the latter which I am admiring from even further away after Chloris‘ reference to a recent death linked to this potentially deadly plant:
In the cutting beds clary sage ‘Oxford Blue’ is a definite ‘must’ for next year and despite a poor showing and insignificant flowers for Nigella ‘Delft Blue’ last year, the rest of the packet has brought bigger and far better blooms this year with amazing centres:
All the clematis have done well this year, but flowering nicely now are ‘Fond Memories’, ‘Prince George’ and floriferous ‘Etoile Violette’:
Also looking promising is Clematis heraclefolia ‘New Love’, an upright non-clinging variety, bought after seeing C heraclefolia ‘Wyevale’ at Powis Castle last year and encouraging me to buy further of this type. Also in this picture are some tall red antirrhinum, grown from seed last year but not flowering till this season, Centaurea ‘Black Ball’ and a glimpse of sunflower ‘Topolino’
And finally, very rarely shown even though they are the first thing I see when I come home and the last thing I see when I go out, are the hanging baskets at the front of the house which have been brilliant this year and have now been flowering for two months with 3 shades of petunia, some trailing lobelia (somewhere in there) and whatever the trailing foliage is (can never remember). Same every year, but not at all boring when they are as gorgeous as this – just need to keep on top of watering and deadheading!
So those are just some of the July bloomers – definitely worth a ramble or two each day to inspect and admire. Thanks to Carol for hosting the meme and providing a platform to show off our blooms every month.
I love clematis!
Me too – I think I would never have enough (and certainly never too many!)
I love the array of cheerful colours and the purple poppy is gorgeous. What a lovely selection of clematis.
Thanks Kate – last year I stocked up on spring flowering clematis and this year on later flowering ones. The clematis colonnade has 3 different clematis on each post – but I am always looking out for other potential homes for another one!
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! You have some gorgeous flowers and several I am definitely going to make a note of. Very envious of your ‘Lucifer’; mine are refusing to do anything yet which is most unusual.
Thanks Alison – my Lucifer were rubbish last year so I am pleased to see them again 😉
You have some lovely blooms, Cathy. I have a blue Aconitum so thanks for reminding me to dispose of the blooms before my young grandchildren arrive. I missed the reference to a recent death on Chloris’s post – which one was it in? That is terrible. I knew it was poisonous, but I didn’t know it was that poisonous.
Thanks Annette – it was in her GBBD post and I googled for more details, but see other comments on this post as it seems we needn’t be as concerned as we might have been…
Thanks Cathy – will check it all out.
It’s lovely seeing your unsung beauties, Cathy! Your crocosmia makes me a bit jealous as mine all succumbed to hot wind – and I thought they would be such a good choice…! I mean to try them again someday when there’s more windbreak for the garden. Your perennial sweet pea is beautiful; is it fragrant like the annuals? And the Nigella – so glad it’s coming through well finally!
Thanks Amy – my crocosmia seem to vary with the season as none of them did any good last year. It has been warm and dry here this summer but the garden is quite sheltered and I don’t think we would ever get ‘hot’ wind in the UK anyway! No smell on perennial sweet peas but they nearly make up for it with their floriferousness!
You have an impressive number of beautiful, bright flowers. I like the cerise antirrhinum a lot.
Thanks – I think the antirrhinum were ‘Liberty Crimson’ from Sarah Raven. The ‘Twinny’ ones were sown in Feb this year and flowering by the end of June so I don’t know why these others didn’t flower last year.
What marvelous color in your garden right now. Wow.
You’ve been holding back some lovely flowers from your Monday posts. I especially love the poppies and the sweet peas.
Thanks Kris – and the poppies really have just appeared from ‘nowhere’! So many blooms and not enough Monday vases… 😉
Great blooms. As for the Aconitum, I know it’s poisonous but according to my gardening magazine this week the coroner said the death was nothing to do with it. There was no toxin in the gardener’s system. It was just a coincidence.
It’s all looking beautiful! We’ve had very little rain here and my garden is looking very sorry for itself.
Aw thanks; we too could do with a good soaking…
Beautiful, this post just shows how much there is to enjoy in July. I love the strong colours. I love your Antirrhinum. It is fun to grow different annuals each year for some colour. Your sunflowers are early, mine have a way to go. Gina tells us that it has now been decided that the death was not caused by the Aconites. What a relief! I always knew it was poisonous, but I have been really scared of it for the last year.
Definitely a relief about the aconitums as I planted others from bare root stock earlier this year and no doubt did not take any special precautions planting them. Most of the sunflowers were sown in Feb but with later sowings of some too – certainly my best year ever for them. And yes, i have been pleased with the annuals and will try to be more https://widgets.wp.com/notifications/1959611736#selective next year by not necessarily sowing half-used packets and packets that are free or at a trial price unless I particularly like them!
Fabulous colour! Clary sage is fantastic on the cut flower patch this year – a great filler plant. I love your sunflowers too. Mine have only just started to flower after an unhappy start on a very exposed and windy allotment. Still better late than never. I’ve never like aconitum even when I ddin’t know it was poisonous. There’s something about the hooded flower and particularly the purple ones. We stayed somewhere recently when the owner had picked them and out them in a vase on the kitchen work surface, presumably as a nice welcome. It didn’t have quite the same impact on me. 😉
Thanks Louise – and I am sure I partially owe my sunflower success to the tip in your book about the plastic bottles as I have had virtually no slug damage on them this year. Thank you 🙂 I do love the shade of blue on the (blue!) aconitums but I know what you mean about the hoods 😉
Lots of lovely colourful flowers Cathy, your garden is certainly looking very pretty. I used to think that June was the best month in the garden. but this year it is definitely July although we do need more rain!
Oh I couldn’t choose a ‘best’ month this year Pauline – each month has had something special to commend it. Definitely agree about the rain – although at least there has been the occasional shower over the last few weeks, unlike last summer
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Your July garden is certainly colourful. I think I need to be much braver when it comes to colour. In my small garden I always instinctively choose paler receding colours. Always lots of food for thought here.
I have a number of deadly plants in my garden, but who eats ornamental plants anyway? The wildlife seems to have sense enough to give them a wide berth (one reason to grow them). I would like to think that we are just a wee bit smarter than the deer and raccoons.
One would hope so rickii 🙂
Great numbers of blooms round yours. I love the Lucifer and will have to add it to my garden. What situation does it like?
Lucifer didn’t flower last year when we had a longer dry summer (whereas this year we have had periods of a few weeks with no rain and then a decent shower) so I am guessing it doesn’t like it to be too dry. It also easily gets overcrowded so – and it is recommended that crocosmia are dug up every 3 years or so and thinned out as they just keep growing new corms on top of the old ones.