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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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September’s Shades

Welcome to one of my Connecticut, zone 6a, gardens on this mid-September day. Today, being the 15th of the month, is when Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and people all over the world get to share and enjoy the garden glory of others.

My addition to this garden party includes shades of maroon, burgundy and pink that stand out among the plantings in one of my gardens.

Colorful globe-shaped gomphrena flowers stand tall and for the most part block fading iris and day lily foliage. They complement this unknown variety of phlox that, to my delight, decided to bloom continuously from mid-summer to now.

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Gomphrena also play well with my newest day lily Hemerocallis ‘Macbeth’ that flowered during mid-summer, then surprised me with September blooms.

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Stonecrop sedum, an unknown green-leaved variety, shows off in lighter pink blooms,

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and the burgundy-leaved stonecrop sedum ‘Maestro’ beckons bees with its darker pink blooms.

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But this garden’s eye-popping star right now comes from the tiny-white blossoms of Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata).

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Close-up shots show each blossom’s simple beauty.

Together, they remind me of large but dainty snowflakes gingerly resting atop the leaves and stems.

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When view from farther away, the effect is striking … like a rounded mountain-top covered in snow.

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This morning’s haze was not conducive to a clear photo of these blooms all together, but this is how the garden looked three days ago, just before the clematis burst into full bloom.

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The pinks are joined by the low blue blossoms of ageratum, an occasional scabiosa flower, the taller repeat blooms of another phlox (P. paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’) and touches of white gomphrena. Late summer gardens may not match the color explosions of May gardens, but this color is enough to make me smile as I look out the windows with a morning cup of coffee.

Be sure to follow the link to May Dreams Gardens to take a virtual what’s-in-bloom tour of other gardens so you can thoroughly enjoy another Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

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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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