Morning garden -blooms, butterflies, and hummingbirds

July gardens, filled with blooms, butterflies, and hummingbirds, provide a sharp contrast to the snow-covered landscape of January. With so many blooms and so much to see, it’s easy to spend lots of time just observing, and soaking up as much summer as possible.

These beds in my south-central Connecticut gardens, thrive in a sunny, fenced-from-deer back yard. Iris, white lilacs, azalea, early blooming clematis, and spring bulbs provide the first wave of color, then roses, spirea, lavender, and scabiosa take over. But now, daylilies, phlox, hosta and daisies step in while roses take their early summer rest and lavender nears the end of its flowering.


Perennial border-1

Early, before the sun becomes too hot and pollinator activity is still somewhat low, is the time to remove spent blossoms and pull a few weeds.

Fritalaria? on a daisy

Fritillary? on a daisy


Once the sun rises higher in the sky, blooms become a flurry of activity.

Butterflies flutter from daisy flowers to …




Fritillary enjoy zinnia blossoms

Fritillary enjoy zinnia blossoms

zinnia flowers …

then move to phlox and coneflowers.




In another section of the gardens tall yellow daylilies waft a sweet, lemony scent as they mask the netting concoction (supported by the tall green stakes), placed to keep birds from eating all the ripening blueberries (not visible in this photo).

Perennial border-2

Perennial border-2

Nearby lavender, nearing the end of flowering, is still abuzz with bees.The favored feeding spot for hummingbirds right now is the long hosta border that sits below the elevated deck … a perfect place to enjoy morning coffee and watch the show.

Hummingbird enjoying hosta flowers.

Hummingbird enjoying hosta flowers.


6 comments for “Morning garden -blooms, butterflies, and hummingbirds

  1. Jim
    July 12, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Just beautiful! I wish I had fencing around the property. The deep grazing has been incessant this year. They’ve gotten everything, even stuff they’ve never touched before. I’m finally seeing a daylily or two. Most roses eaten down. So I’m really focusing on everything now. Spraying every developing bud with deer repellant!

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Jim, I’ve had the same issues in past years. Some years deer browse everything they can reach, others they are less destructive. You might want to consider some temporary fencing to alter their eating pattern. It’s not a particularly attractive option, but it will keep your plants from being so stressed from constant browsing. The up side is that deer may visit your yard less often once they learn they cannot access plants in their browse cycle.

  2. July 12, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Joene, What is the name of that pink daylily growing by the shasta daisies? it’s a beauty. Don’t you just love the lush loveliness of the July garden?

    • July 16, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Jean, the daylily is Prairie Blue Eyes. In my soil it is a lovely shade of plum with a yellow center. It’s one of my favorites and has really come into it’s own this summer.

  3. KatSuess
    July 16, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    How do you get Shasta Daisies to bloom again?

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