Blooms of July

Mid-summer blooms in my Connecticut (zone 6a) gardens stand defiant in the face of the hot July sun so on this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day there’s much to share.

In the fenced garden, phlox steal the eye-level show. Blue Paradise fills the air with sweet scent.

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David’s Lavender grabs attention nearby.

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Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’ show off a cool bluish-lavender tone against boxwood green.

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A trio of daylilies (Hemerocallis) put on quite a show of their own.

Catherine Woodbury on one side.

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Macbeth, the newest addition, opened her first blossom this year and will carry the opposite end of the daylily trio.

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Prairie Blue Eyes takes the middle spot of the trio.

Hemerocallis 'Prairie Blue Eye'

 

Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’ waft a sweet lemony scent along the opposite bed as they wrestle attention away from blooming hosta.

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At the very end of the long perennial bed Echinacea ‘Green Envy’ is just starting to strut its stuff.

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Japanese beetles will be its biggest enemy. Cousin Echinacea may indeed be green with envy as they, located in unfenced beds, must also ward off deer.

A mid-June deer stroll left some of the unprotected Echinacea without buds, but most survived. A few White Swan avoided deer but they, along with the common purple coneflower, seem to be favorites of an unknown munching bug.

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The largest stand of common purple coneflower managed to avoid all deer munching this year … whew!

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Elsewhere in the yard Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) peeks out from behind a blue spruce …

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and otherwise plays in wild abandon with an unknown variety of Veronica.

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Now head over to May Dreams Gardens to see what Carol, the originator of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, and others are sharing from their gardens. It’s worth the trip.

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4 comments for “Blooms of July

  1. July 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I am green with envy at the beauty of your ‘Green Envy’ echinacea…beautiful! Even matching the color of most foliage, it adds a green highlight that is stunning. Happy GBBD!

    • joenesgarden
      July 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

      Green envy is a real eye-catcher, Sage Butterfly.

  2. July 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Joene, I’m amazed by how much further advanced the season is in your garden than in mine. I especially love your phlox. Mine haven’t even started forming buds yet! I have Blue Paradise in my garden, but it has not gotten to be the kind of big, substantial plant that yours has. I moved mine to a new location last year , where I hope it will be happier; your images give me a goal of what a happy Blue Paradise would look like!

  3. July 19, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Daylilies are wonderful – beautiful colors!

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