Thursday, July 15, 2010

GBBD - July 2010

July is hardly ever a good month for my garden, and this year is even worse. It just looks like a huge jungle. I really didn't even think that I would find many flowers, but SURPRISE! There are some after all.

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Visit May Dreams Garden to see what everyone else has blooming!


Blogger meemsnyc said...

I love the sunflower! So pretty!

7/15/2010 1:07 PM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Just "a few" flowers, huh?! ;) I love that volunteer goldenrod--such a nice lemony-yellow color.

Don't your ligularias volunteer for you, too? My 'Othello' does, prolifically, but I wasn't sure whether they all do.

7/15/2010 1:46 PM  
Blogger Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Love to find a daylily that smells like pudding. Hmmmm.

7/15/2010 2:57 PM  
Blogger Tufa Girl said...

You must have a big place if you had to look around for some blooms. They are fabulous!

7/15/2010 3:20 PM  
Blogger Queer by Choice said...

You're gardening in such a different place than I am, yet we have several of the same plants blooming. Your Rudbeckia hirta are more colorful than mine, though!

7/15/2010 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Denise said...

What counts as not-much-blooming in one garden would be a heckuva lot in, so great to see where prairie plants and other perennials really flourish.

7/15/2010 6:35 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Meemsnyc, my sunflowers usually have a little extra color in them (like browns and reds) but I like the plain ones too.

BlackSwamp Girl, I keep reading about everyone's pups, but I get NONE. Even my Desdemona, as strong as she is, doesn't reproduce.

Gardening in a Sandbox, it is delicious.

Tufa Girl, sometimes flowers hide in all that green :)

Queer by Choice, many of the prairie plants are great for many different areas because it gets really hot, really cold, really wet and really dry here -- they have to survive it all. These rudbeckia hirta are from volunteers that showed up in my garden 12 years ago. They usually only live through flowering, but seed out and new plants pop up here and there giving me surprises the following season.

Denise, I have been building a great prairie plant collection. Speaking of prairie plants...I can't believe that I forgot my ironweed! It just started to bloom a couple of days ago and is a magnificent rich purple. And my rattlesnake master and quinine are blooming too. I might have to amend my bloom list :)

7/15/2010 7:20 PM  
Blogger Annelie said...

Smells like pudding??? Sweeet, gotta have.
For me, the month of July is one that I don't care for gardening. The weeds grow like crazy, the weather is hot and sticky and my perennials are usually struggling. But, like you, I have a few perennials that seem to do better than others and they are mostly yellow.
The coreopsis, like you said is easy peasy. Have divided it many times and moved to different places. Requires minimal effort and blooms happily in this poor month.
Golden rod grows wild sporadically, but I'd like to have it a bit more en mass, like you.
Coneflowers are doing okay and my cuce and zucchini flowers are in abundance.
Is yellow the color of July?
Love your sunflower. It's smiling at me.

7/16/2010 6:37 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Annelie, I usually don't go out much during the months of July and August -- too hot and sticky. That's another thing I like about my raised beds in my vegetable garden, I can go out there really early in the morning and work while it is still relatively cool and not get muddy or soaking wet from the dew.

Yellow most certainly seems to be the color of July!

7/16/2010 7:09 AM  
Blogger Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You have lots blooming! July is usually not the best month in my garden either, so many things are in between. I'm jealous of that Sunflower, none came up for me this year.

7/16/2010 12:38 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Catherine, sorry to hear about your sunflowers. They are so nice to have in the garden. The birds plant all mine.

It is just as well that July isn't a good month for the garden because I'd rather not be out there in this heat!

7/16/2010 2:56 PM  
Blogger Pam's English Garden said...

Love that pumpkin flower! I don't grow them because they take up so much room. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love yours and will return. Pam

7/16/2010 4:23 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Pam my son's birthday falls near Thanksgiving, so I have taken up the tradition of baking him a homemade pumpkin pie for his birthday every year. I like Triple Treat pumpkins for their taste, looks and seeds. And my son loves his pies, so I make sure to have the room for pumpkins :) I grow 18 pumpkins and melons in an 8x8 bed (along with two huge rows of rutabaga and sweet corn). I also planted 6 Cinderella type pumpkins in my raspberry bed. They do spill out into the lawn, but mostly behave themselves.

7/16/2010 5:39 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Wow, everything looks gorgeous! I love all the oranges and reds. Glad to know that bee balm will do ok in the shade. I love those!

7/17/2010 10:39 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Wendy, normally bee balm prefers the sun, but for some reason this one is liking the shade better. Sort of like my HUGE Desdemona ligularia that is supposed to prefer the shade but likes its now sunny spot better.

7/18/2010 4:01 PM  
Blogger Gigi said...

Love your garden. I have many of the same flowers in mine. We haven't had rain for three or four weeks here in southeastern Wisconsin. Phlox leaves first had mildew and now are just brown.

7/18/2010 7:49 PM  
Anonymous dining sets said...

You have a rare collection of flowers in your garden. I wish I also have a garden of flower just like yours. I want all your flowers. Thank you for sharing it.

7/19/2010 8:18 AM  
Blogger garden girl said...

Beautiful blooms Sylvana! You are growing lots of my favorites. I love centaurea montana. Here in our more shady garden it doesn't bloom as long as in yours, but I'm still very happy to have those wonderful blue blooms for as long as they last. Have a great week!

7/19/2010 5:50 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Good morning, Sylvana! Lovely blooms--we share some of the same ones, I see. I planted a couple Rudbeckia hirta last year, and now I have them everywhere:) But such cheery volunteers like this are always welcome here. I also have goldenrod, which I never planted--it's great to have some easy fall color. I don't have any sunflowers, though--my husband accidentally mowed down all the babies I planted:)

7/20/2010 9:20 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Hi, Sylvana;
Love that pumpkin flower best of all. I wish I had a long enough growing season to enjoy pumpkins... Such a fun garden tour -- I'm originally from Minnesota so this reminds me of the gardens I left behind. Happy (belated) bloom day! :)

7/20/2010 11:06 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Gigi, we have been getting rain at least every third day, but after over five years of drought, it is much appreciated.
I'm hoping some comes your way soon!

Diningsets, thanks.

Garden Girl, blue isn't so easy to find for the garden, and this one is an easy keeper.

Rose, Ack! Mowed your sunflowers?! Oh well, make him study seedling flash cards and hope for a better year in 2011!

Kate, pumpkins can be a real labor of love. They are doing great this year though. I already have about a dozen pumpkin fruits with more on the way. I will have more pumpkins than I will know what to do with! I will probably freeze a lot of puree for cakes, muffins, pies and soups.

7/20/2010 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

What a lovely "jungle"; wouldn't mind be lost in it, at all! Thanks for sharing.

7/26/2010 10:32 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

I'm impressed, very nice :). With all of the rain we've been having, and the monster sized mosquitos, I've been avoiding the garden. Now, everything is going to seed.

8/05/2010 10:25 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Linda, I think you could get lost in it! My son was very good to me last week -- he weeded the entire pathway so it looks like an actual garden again!

Lisa, if I had time to garden, I would still be avoiding the garden -- right now the humidity is horrendous!! And of course, that means that the mosquitoes are too. Not even the strong mosquito repellents are keeping them away form me.

8/09/2010 7:51 PM  

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