Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day for July 2009

I have been looking forward to this bloom day. I am so glad Carol at May Dreams Garden came up with this great idea. Do be sure to go there and check out what is blooming around the world!

This first pic is of one of (the many) volunteer hollyhocks in the yard and veggie garden. I enjoyed watching this bumblebee hit every blossom before he left for more nectar elsewhere.

The crocosima is blooming, can't wait for the yellow variety to bloom!

Ack! what is the name of this Shasta daisy? We have the regular kind, but this one is kind of fun with its' feathery petals.

The daylilies are the star in my garden right now. I don't have the name for this one, but I love the strong scarlet red.

This is part of the silver 'collection'- and it's even blooming! Here's a closeup:

The Helichrysum, or licorice plant, is blooming. It smells like curry to me, though.

Just finishing up with a few of my potted plants.
I tried to put some color combinations together. The yellow-green sweet potato vine with the yellow petunias and a canna. Not looking all that great.

I like this red/dark red combo better:
-red petunias, and some dark red cannas, with some of the dark sweet potato vine (hard to see, but on the left in this pic).
Other things blooming- the roses, of course, sunflowers, cosmos, sedum, santolina, daisies and coreopsis, and too many to enumerate!
Happy blogger-bloom day!

20 comments:

joco said...

Hiya,
Isn't it fun playing with colours like that.
Never had a yellow crocosmia. Just Montbretia, which is a little smaller.I like the bright red C. Lucifer though.
Enjoy your visits today.
jo

gardenofpossibilities said...

The color of the crocosima and daylily are simply stunning. I find myself drawn to any variation of orange this season for some reason.

Thanks for sharing your garden. Happy Bloom Day!

Katxena said...

That frilly daisy is great!

Michelle said...

The daylily is striking. It is easy to see why it is the star of your garden right now. I also like the daisy - it reminds me of some of the fancy chrysanthemums I've seen on display in Japan.

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

So funny that I come here and you have a Helichrysum that smells like curry. Check out my blooms! I've got a Curry Plant. Its Latin name? Helichrysum! So you aren't crazy. LOL. Smells yummy, doesn't it?

I'm jealous that you can grow Crocosmia. I've tried several times, but it never returns the next year. The bulbs rot. :-(

Entangled said...

I'm envious of your hollyhocks! I planted some last year and my spouse mowed them off this year. Now I have to wait 2 more years to see any flowers.

ina said...

Wow! Such beautiful flowers. It makes me look forward to winter when I can justify spending hours touring everyone's virtual gardens!

Muum said...

Thanks for your comments!

Joco and Kylee-
the crocosima is something that was here when I moved in, as you probably know, it does best in hot and dry conditions. Kylee, if you want to try them again, I'd try the driest spot in your garden, and bury it deep, I think it is a zone 5-type, if memory serves.

Garden of possibilities-
orange is a funny color - my LEAST fave for my wardrobe, but, as you said, often so striking in the garden.
Katxena- glad you like the daisy!

Michelle - thanks for the compliments I've heard Japan is a great place to enjoy gardens.

Kylee, again -
thanks for the confirmation! I do tend to forget names of plants!

Entangled - those spouses! I am in trouble with mine for using round-up on the untrimmed grass at the edge of the rocks.

Ina- I know what you mean, I love to look online, but need to get out there and get stuff done.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... the crocosmia likes hot and dry? For some reason, I thought that it liked hot and wet--I can give some a try, then!

Lovely blooms, Muum. And I think that all that first container needs is for the canna to get kick-started, and then it will look more like the beauty you envisioned. :)

Frances said...

Hi Muum your hollyhocks, and everything else, look fabulous. I believe the silver plant to be Salvia sclarea, maybe 'Turkestanica'? And the licorice plant is curry plant, you have a good nose! I love crocosmias too and am also waiting for the yellow one, Solfaterre. We do seem to have many of the same plants. Great minds, as they say. :-)
Frances

Rose said...

I love that first photo--the bees do love the hollyhocks, don't they? And what a pretty pale pink your hollyhock is. Helichyrsum is one of my favorite accent plants for containers, but I've never seen it bloom before. Happy Bloom Day!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I think your Daisy is 'Aglaia.' It is fun to play with color in containers. I got a free Petunia which looks sort of like your reddish one. I also did a dark red thing, but with Pennesetum instead Canna (does better when I forget to water it).

Layanee said...

Self seeding hollyhocks? Lucky! Great blooms for bloom day!

heirloomgardener said...

What a lovely bloom day post!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Wow, you have such wonderful plants in your garden beds. Some very interesting ones that are new to me.What is a gardener to do so many plants and so little room ;-)
Thanks for dropping by A Hocking Hills Garden. Always great to hear from Buckeyes.
Lona

Dreamybee said...

Ooh, I love your feathery daisy-very summery! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sorry it took me a few days to get around to making the rounds. :)

donna said...

The lilies look like they're plugged into electricity...really gorgeous. No wonder they're the stars in your garden. I sure like the look of that feathery daisy.

Muum said...

Blackswamp gal-
let me know how the crocosima works for you. It is 'successful' here because conditions are right for it, not because of MY expertise! And, yah, the cannas... my first time with them, but I'll get them started earlier next year..!

Frances- thanks for your kind words. that silver plant, your idea might be right. have to look it up. gotta write this stuff down!

Rose-
there is a helichrysum that I see a lot as a 'spilling' plant in containers, this is another of the same family, I believe.

Mr. McGregor's daughter-
I think containers might be my best way to work with colors at this point. Everything else takes so long, somehow. and the daisy.. again, gotta write this stuff down. I need to get plants labeled and listed /per bed. Then I won't forget anything -yeah, right.

Layanee-
I thought all hollyhocks self-seeded ? or maybe it is the singles, which I prefer.

Heirloom gardener, thanks for your kind words.

HOcking Hills gardener-
I love to see Ohio gardens, it does remind me of home (although Utah is home, too) It is tough when you run out of room. :(

Dreamybee-
thanks for your kind words, also.

Donna- glad you liked the lilies and daisy!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

You have VOLUNTEER hollyhocks. How lucky is that. That photo is my favorite.

Sylvana said...

I love the spider daylily. And the daisy is wonderful.