Thanks as always to MayDreams garden blog for this delightful meme. We've escaped (so far) the terrible heat most of the US has been suffering through this July. The garden is still full of flowers, but just a few photos for this month, because I've been so busy out there gardening (of all things!).
A species Cymbidium. Each individual flower is the size of a penny, far different than the more common hybrids of lavish size and color. This plant also seems to bloom later than the hybrids.
A seedling day lily that just appeared. It's obviously the offspring of the purchased plant nearby, but it's not bad looking.
The Liatris is kind of so-so this year.
The Phormium flowers are having a so-so year, too.
In contrast, it has been a fabulous year for the Fuchsias.
And for the lilies. I love how the anthers look airbrushed.
Pink lilies at the feet of Rosa 'Iceberg' that was a dud as a shrub. It has been super as a climber. This was one of the very first roses I ever bought, back around '94. I remember how thrilled I was to actually buy my very own rose bush. What a journey it has been. The rose is still going strong, even though I'm faltering a bit. I stuck it back in that corner to die because it was such a dud, and it turned itself into a prolific and graceful climber with no help from me at all. It's laughing at me right now.
Hydrangeas 'Shooting Stars':
Plain humble work-a-day Abelia 'Edward Goucher'. The hummingbirds and bees adore these blooms. My neighbor has the same plant, kept sheared into globes, and sees just the odd flower peaking through the sheared surface.
Nearly done. A dried Clematis flower has a kind of weary beauty, like a shaggy old lion.
To finish, a single tiny Thyme flower, ignored by a lizard. Not every one cares about flowers. Mr. Lizard is after the earwigs.
Happy Bloom Day!