Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Blooms of July

Circle Bed - July 2014 - black-eyed Susans, lacinato kale, lupine, scarlet runner beans
Earlier this year,  I must have sown over two thousand plants, most of which were hardy flowering perennials.  While it will be at least a couple of years before my ornamental beds fill in completely, I've been pleasantly surprised by the amount of blooms we're getting just this first year.  The circle bed is looking particularly nice right now.  And as certain plants begin to fade (like my fava beans and kale), I've been replacing them with other plants I've kept on hand (like my cannas and some additional perennials I purchased online back in May). 

In any case, here's what's currently blooming in the gardens at the moment.  Enjoy!

Circle Bed - July 2014 - scarlet runner beans, bi-color rudbeckia hirta, delphiniums

Sweet Peas - 'Perfume Delight' blend

Circle Bed - July 2014 - nasturtiums, petunias, dill, black-eyed Susans, Imperial Star artichokes

Evening Primrose

Delphinium - 'Pacific Giants' blend

Jupiter's Beard (Centranthus ruber)

Imperial Star Artichokes



Nasturtiums and Cascading Lobelias


Fern-leaf Coreopsis

Black-Eyed Susans and Jupiter's Beard

Veronicas, Bi-Color Rudbeckia Hirta and Phlox 'David'

Bi-Color Rudbeckia Hirta

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia Hirta)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea)


  1. Your garden looks absolutely beautiful - that dahlia is just stunning!

  2. Gorgeous! Wow, wow, and WOW! I'm really loving the combo of scarlett runner beans in the top photo.
    And your phlox David looks amazing. I know it's supposed to be somewhat mildew free, but I always get a touch of it. Yours looks amazing!
    Have a great day in the garden!

  3. So beautiful! This is my favourite type of a garden, annuals, perrenials and vegetables all together :)

  4. Beautiful. What is the red coreopsis. It is just lovely.

    1. It's caller "Ruby...." something I think. I lost the label unfortunately. :( All I know it is that it roots well from cuttings!

  5. Absolutely stunning, beautiful, gorgeous! Your garden needs to be included in that garden tour you took earlier. Kudos to the gardener - you.

  6. Wow, incredible. They are all gorgeous, but that second one from the top looks like something from a magazine or a postcard! Nice job. Sigh. I hope ours looks like yours when we grow up, ha.

  7. I love all flowers on earth. :) My garden is very small, However I have still Imperial Star Artichokes and Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena). It is very beautiful! I love them really. If you have space enough, let grow flowers as much as possible. Try to grow top 10 flowers:
    1. Sunflowers
    2. Sweet Peas
    3. Nigella (Love in A Mist)
    4. Aquilegia
    5. Eschscholzia (Californian Poppy)
    6. Nasturtium
    7. Marigold
    8. Hardy Geranium (Cranesbill)
    9. Fuchsias
    10. Pansy
    Lawn mower judge.