Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bloom Day

Here it is, the middle of July, the peak of the season for blooms.  There are way too many to show for one post, and I almost decided not to do a Garden Blogger's Bloom Day post, but I have a few minutes, so I think I'll go for it.

I like the color of the Sideoats grama blooms next to the Wild quinine.

This Larkspur is behind the ones in the vegetable garden, which will be going dormant soon, but not before dropping seeds for next year's blooms.

The bees have been enjoying the Ironweeds, now that they've opened.

I am not seeing as many pollinators on the Wild senna this year, but hopefully, more will be showing up soon.

Culver's root is another one the bees and wasps love.

This is one of my favorite Daylilies.

Narrowleaf mountain mint, Purple coneflowers, and Black eyed Susans

I don't remember what kind of Liatris this is, but I sure am enjoying the different ones that are just starting to show their colors.

The black wasps are finally showing up.  Rattlesnake master is usually one of their favorites.

Love lies bleeding:

I am sad that a local nursery I have shopped at for years, B&B, is closing this year, due to health problems of one of the owners.  They are trying to sell the business and the property.  So far, no one who has wanted the property has been interested in keeping the business going.  I wish I would have gotten more of these 'Spooky' dianthus plants before they sold out.  They are tender perennials, and usually only live a few years.

False sunflower


Here is another of my favorite daylilies.

When I went to Carol's blog, May Dreams Gardens to get the link, I saw that I was going to be #75.  I hope to have time to check out many of the posts to see what is blooming in other parts of the country.  Our weather is going to be very nice for gardening the next few days, though, so I may wait until the highs are back in the 90s.


  1. Heidi's domain is looking very, very good, Sue. Your daylilies are wonderful specimens.

  2. I love those spooky dianthus. I have Love lies bleeding in a pot, but I think it would do more bleeding and lovelorness if I had it in the ground. Your garden is such a gift to your whole neighborhood.

  3. I love the wild look of your garden. I haven't seen as many bees this year in my garden (Pasadena, CA), but I have plenty of wasps. Never knew there were black ones.

  4. Your garden is looking so lush and gorgeous!!! I love it!

  5. I can only imagine how fabulous your garden looks this time of year, Sue. I'll bet it's like visiting a mini-native plant arboretum. I love the Sneezeweed. I don't have any in my garden, but I really like them.

  6. It's always a treat to see all your natives in bloom, Sue. It reminds me of plants I want to add or some of the seedlings I planted last year that didn't survive for some reason like the Rattlesnake Master and the sneezeweed. Not sure why they didn't make it, unless it's because the more aggressive asters and goldenrod crowded them out. I have to make room somewhere for some sneezeweed, for sure! I agree, it's too nice to be inside on the computer; when the temps hit 90 again next week, I'll be sitting inside in the A/C and feel less guilty about reading blogs instead of weeding.

  7. I always enjoy keeping up with your native plants. I always think I'd like more of them, but I sure don't have any room left! Rattlesnake Master in particular really appeals to me because it looks so much like sea holly. I've just planted my first sea holly, so we'll see how it does.


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