Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: July 2014

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.rudbeckiasHigh summer means high heat and humidity. Water evaporates from the ground quickly, and mulch would be helpful but it’s too hot to move. Early mornings and short trips outside provide the means for a successful garden at this time of year.

Tough plants, too, are required. Crocosmia flowers better when there’s abundant water, but short thunderstorms suits it just fine.Crocosmia

The jewel of my July garden must be blackberry lilies, formerly Belamcanda chinensis, now Iris domestica. Looking like an iris only in its foliage, these orchid-like flowers provide delight in the hottest weather.

Blackberry lily, formerly Belamcanda chinensis, now Iris domestica.

Blackberry lily, formerly Belamcanda chinensis, now Iris domestica.



Garden log, 7.2.13

Guess what? More rain today. According to, we’ve had 10 inches of rain in the past 7 days.

moldy rubber duck

Even the rubber duck in our pond has had enough. And our mosquitoes have grown to the size of sparrows.

The rain garden (can I bless its heart?) is taking everything Mother Nature throws at it. I can’t believe things haven’t rotted away, but it’s lush and healthy.

rain garden, July 2013, looking lush after 10 inches of rain this week.

Today my Rudbeckia and Crocosmia bloomed for the first time. And lots of fat buds mean more blooms to come.

Rudbeckia hirta


Hope it’s good gardening weather where you are.