Wednesday, July 15, 2009


My garden usually looks like hell around this time of year and there's usually not much blooming, but amazingly it looks pretty good and there are tons of things blooming! There's a lot to look at, so I'll keep the words to a minimum.

"Lipstick" alpine strawberry

Balloon flower

Armeria (new to my garden this year)

"Red Shades" bee balm and mullein

native Blackeyed Susan

"Carefree" rose - truly is carefree

cutleaf sumac

"Montana" centaurea - seeds out well for naturalizing

"Prairie Sunset" heliopsis - prone to aphids, but a little soap water does the trick!

echinacea - planted these from seeds 10 years ago and they have been slowly taking over ever since!


"Elodie" double lily - they survived the move!

"Golden Queen" globeflower

"Gold Flame" honeysuckle

hoary vervain - native

"Italia" lily - These are one of my favorites! Fortunately they also are multiplying since I can no longer find them offered.

These were labeled as "Latvia" when I purchased them, however, after further research, they are not. So, if anyone out there has a clue as to what they might be, please let me know. They are very dark red on the petal exterior and a glowing red/orange on the inside. Very nice. Plus they have nice form and are very sturdy - no staking needed.

Common mullein - volunteer

"Molten Lava" lychnis

"Miss Wilmot" cinquefoil

"Pewter Moon" heurchera - still blooming since last GBBD!!

"Parker's Gold" achillea

pink catchfly - volunteer

"Queen of the Prairie"

red bee balm

Rattlesnake Master - native

"Zebrina" malva

"Zagreb" coreopsis

white rose campion

Volunteer sunflower - I planted sunflowers about 10 years ago and have never had to plant them since. Every year I just go around the garden and move the volunteered seedlings to where I want sunflowers.

Zucchini flower

Angelique lily - very scentastic!

Rudbeckia hirta - volunteer. I love these flowers and look forward to seeing them every year. They are biennials that re-seed moderately. I have about a dozen seedlings waiting their turn next year. I can't wait!!

Street-side view

patio view of main garden
(not every flower seen here is from this garden as I have four other major gardens in my yard).

Let's thank Carol at May Dreams Garden for creating and hosting Garden Blogger Bloom Day every month. It's fun and interesting to see what every one has blooming -- and sure makes shopping for new stuff easy! ;) So hit the GBBD link and find out what's going on.

BTW - I had started posting this on the 15, but due to some technical difficulties did not get it finished and live until the 19th.


Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Beautiful pictures. I couldn't pick which I like the best so I pick them all! -Jackie

Sylvana said...

Ellie Mae's Cottage, I know! I was trying to trim out pictures, but they were all so nice, plus, now I can look back on this post and know just about everything that was blooming in my garden at this time of year.

ConsciousGardener said...

Your beebalm is so vibrant! What a gorgeous show :)

Town Mouse said...

Great flowers! I love the bee balm, too. Happy belated bloom day...

Sylvana said...

Conscious Gardener and Town Mouse, my bee balm has been struggling along for several years. This is the first year that it has looked decent!

Caroline said...

Lovely shots! I just planted one of those Carefree Wonder roses - glad to hear it's doing well for you!

renee (reneesroots) said...

When I saw you had visited my GBBD post, I had to come check out your garden. Glad I did. Your blooms are lovely!

Sylvana said...

Caroline, I don't cover this rose and it doesn't seem bother by anything. I like that the underside of the petals are dark pink and the insides are light pink and occasionally, as in this photo, they get a little speckley.

Renee, I would look much like those coneflowers in that heat!

Entangled said...

Wow, you have a lot going on. That must explain the "gardening in the dark" profile photo? ;-)

And you have Edelweiss? I always thought it required mountains and the von Trapp family. All kidding looks great.

Sylvana said...

Entangled, my husband took that picture as proof to the world that I am The Obsessive Gardener!

...and the von Trapp's are just out of frame ;)

Muum said...

great flowers! and thanks so much for visiting my blog, too.

Sylvana said...

Thanks Muum.

Dreamybee said...

Wow, you DO have a lot blooming in July! Beautiful garden, and I had no idea strawberries bloomed in any color other than white!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Beautiful photos!

Sylvana said...

Dreamybee, I even had more than this, but my post was getting long -- I didn't even cover my delphinium! But you can see them blooming in a couple of these pictures.

Iowa Gardening Woman, thanks! I was pretty happy with how they turned out.

Anonymous said...

Your flowers are beautiful but your photography is outstanding!

Sylvana said...

Anon, ::blush:: You're too kind.