Perennials & Annuals

Lilies in Bloom–Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

July means lilies for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day which show off their colors in spite of Connecticut’s long stretch of high humidity and temperatures in the 90’s.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is a monthly garden party, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens who invites garden bloggers to share photos of their blooms. It’s a great opportunity to see what’s blooming beyond your own back, or front, yard. Just click on the May Dreams Gardens link.

Most lilies in my Connecticut garden grow within the fenced area behind our home where deer can not make a meal of them.

The long view of the rear perennial border near the deck is dotted with daylilies and Asiatic lilies that really shine now that the iris are done, the roses are taking a mid-summer break from blooming, lavender is just days from being cut back, and a few coneflowers are waiting to strut their stuff.  Hosta dress up the lower edge of our deck which provides enough shade from mid-day sun to keep the hosta leaves from burning.

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While the lilies provide splashes of color in the long view, their blossoms are better appreciated close up.

Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’ shows her cheerful lemon-yellow blossoms that add a sweet lemony scent to the air. ‘Hyperion’ has been with me for most of my gardening life, having made the move with me from a former home more than 15 years ago. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Beyond ‘Hyperion’ stands Asiatic lily ‘Rosella’s Dream’ which has been in bloom now for two weeks.

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’Landini’ is the mahogany Asiatic lily peeking out from beyond ‘Rosella’s’ towering flower stalks.

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Beyond ‘Landini’ is another Asiatic lily yet to open.

In a nearby perennial border, daylilies bloom behind a potted daisy and the front edge of scabiosa which show off much better in person than in this photo.

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The daylilies are the two below, Hemerocallis ‘Prairie Blue Eye’ and ‘Macbeth.’

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The pale peachy blooms in the foreground of the long view are ‘Catherine Woodbury’. She is suffering what I believe to be the fungal disease daylily streak (also noticeable on leaves of ‘Macbeth’). Catherine was a bit cranky today … she refused to open a blossom for our morning photo session.

Beyond the daylilies, balloon flower and phlox attract bees and moths, but the phlox is not enjoying our summer heat and will soon drop all petals.

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Variegated hosta enjoy the shady border between the house and a bluestone walkway.

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Hummingbirds frequent the hosta blooms throughout the day and take no note of the sand crane sculpture.

Head over to May Dreams Gardens now to catch a glimpse of July blooms elsewhere.

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