A Connecticut garden in bloom

Mid-month snuck up on me, but a quick stroll with the camera through the gardens this morning produced some interesting sites to share on this July 2010 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Connecticut has had August weather – hazy, hot, and humid – in July.

nasturtium Alaska Mix planter These potted Alaska Mix nasturtiums seem to love it, and it’s good for stemming tomato late blight (only one confirmed case in CT so far).

Phlox paniculata David's Lavender1 Phlox petals, however, began to curl in the 90+ degree heat as soon as they opened. Yesterday’s much needed rain gave these phlox paniculata ‘David’s Lavender’ a boost.

back border deck sideSupertunias Pretty Much Picasso don’t seem to mind the heat as long as their potted roots receive daily water, and Veronica spicata ‘Blue Bouquet’ is just starting to bloom.

Oriental lilies like the heat too.

 Hybrid Oriental Lily Hit Parade2

I’m pretty happy with the back borders right now and as soon as we finish reconstructing our deck we’ll be able to look down on these borders during outdoor meals.

back border deck side1 back border fence entry1

When temperatures are hot, it’s nice to rest my eyes on the cooling grays surrounding this budding hydrangea paniculata … the lavender flowers have passed but ageratum blossoms will soon add more cooling blues to this bed.

triangle bed  cooling grays1

Want to see more beautiful blooms from other gardens? Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, the brain behind Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Here’s a quick link to more of my Bloom Day posts. Happy gardening … and don’t forget to stop and enjoy the season.

8 comments for “A Connecticut garden in bloom

  1. July 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm


    Happy GBBD! I love the photos of your back borders – they are lovely. I love the Pretty Much Picasso petunias, I don’t recall seeing them in the nurseries around here.

  2. July 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I had no idea about the nasturtiums and late blight on tomatoes! Good to know.

  3. joenesgarden
    July 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks, Debbie. After putting in the borders a couple of year ago, I’m finally happy with the way they look. The Pretty Much Picassos are a new Supertunia this year. They do not need deadheading and so far have really performed well – tons of blossoms and very little care. I love the color combo and it goes with just about everything else I plant.

  4. joenesgarden
    July 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks for stopping by TufaGirl. I must clarify though, the nasturtiums seems to do well in the heat … they have nothing to do with late blight on the tomatoes. Sorry for any confusion.

  5. July 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    My nasturtium are pretty happy with the heat, too (happier than I am!), especially now that they’re no longer being eaten by the woodchuck. My garden doesn’t quite look like August (liatris and most phlox are not blooming yet and the late daylilies and balloon flowers are just beginning to open — but it definitely looks like late July rather than mid-July here. Since last year was cool and wet and everything was late, the difference seems particularly dramatic.

  6. joenesgarden
    July 16, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I agree, Jean, that this year’s early blooms are in stark contrast to last year’s delayed flowering. Gardening is never boring.

  7. July 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Your borders are so colorful and pretty, I have total garden envy. I never realized how much of my garden is devoted to veggies this year. And now my day-lilies are done blooming and the dahlias haven’t started yet and my garden’s kind of boring.

  8. joenesgarden
    July 19, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    That’s very sweet of you to say, Heather. Thank you. Don’t be envious though, vegetables are also beautiful, and productive to boot.

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