Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 2015

'Black Beauty', a lily introduced in the 1950's according to Old House Gardens

It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, a meme started several years ago by Carol at May Dreams Garden. The 15th of every month is the day we gardeners share what's blooming in our gardens. I have a few plants blooming though the heat and drought of summer has kicked in big time.

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' 

Every July my rather aggressive 'Goldsturm' black-eyed Susans start blooming like crazy. They may get banished from my raised beds in the Great Raised Bed Renovation I plan to do this fall. But I know these babies can be found in other parts of my yard and in many other yards around Ruston (courtesy of my pawning-off (weeding) efforts).

'Amistad' salvia

The 'Amistad' salvia in the raised bed is not as robust as last year. And the other 'Amistad' in the border bed may indeed be dead. This spring was very tough on plants - too much rain, too little sun.

'Pink' gaura

This guara I picked up this spring, simply called 'Pink', has been an outstanding bloomer for three straight months. In spring this gaura was uniformly pink but I wouldn't really call it pink now. Still, kinda cute.

'Robert Poore' summer phlox

Moving to the border bed and speaking of non-stop bloomers, once 'Robert Poore' phlox gets going, it'll bloom till fall with only occasional rest periods. I never do a thing to it. It never gets mildew as many summer phlox varieties do.

'Autumn Minaret' daylily

Here's a fun daylily - 'Autumn Minaret'. The blooms are not very graceful or stunning but I love the fact that it blooms later than my other daylilies and that it's a good 7-feet tall! I have three of them popping up above other blooms.

Hydrangea paniculata Mystical Flame ('Bokratorch')

The Mystical Flame hydrangea starts out chalk white in my garden. By fall it'll be a lovely speckled rose. I grew this from a little 4-inch pot I planted some five years ago. Though it's supposed to be 4-feet tall, this one is at least 6.5 feet!

Fig "blooms"

We'll see if the birds and squirrels leave me any figs to eat. I doubt it.

Long shot of 'David' summer phlox

Crapemyrtle, unknown variety

I'm going to end my GBBD post with some blooms that I take for granted this time of year - crapemyrtle blooms. I never take pics of these, I guess because they are just all over the place - our town, the highways, let's say the South. I probably wouldn't even consider planting one because of that. But I do love them. I have these light pink ones plus a few darker pink ones. Have you seen the dark red ones? Ooh, those are tempting.

Be sure to visit Carol's blog. She corrals all the GBBD posts so you can see what's blooming all over the world today!

This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2015. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.


  1. Beautiful! Love the 'Robert Poore' summer phlox. Adding it to my plant wish list:)

  2. Oh, I hope the critters leave you some figs. What a bummer about your Amistad Salvia. Happy GBBD!

  3. Beautiful!
    My phlox is just beginning to bud, seems like it is late this year.
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  4. Lucky you who is surrounded by Crape Myrtles! They are such great trees. Bummer about your Salvia...

  5. I'm glad you included the photo of your crape myrtles--to this Northerner, they are such a beautiful sight! I'm excited to see 'Black Beauty,' too, as I planted some last fall. Mine aren't blooming yet, and I had forgotten what they are supposed to look like. I remember seeing 'Amistad' in someone's garden in Portland last year and thought it was gorgeous; I hope yours recover.

  6. Wow, stunning! Your pictures are simply gorgeous! My garden's gone to sleep with the heat and drought, so I'm thrilled to see yours so lovely.


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