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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- July 2018

Once again the fifteenth of the month has rolled around and Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is here. Although I took photos earlier this week knowing it was coming, I needed to be reminded yesterday when I visited Peter The Outlaw Gardener's Open Garden, which is why my post is a bit late in going up. Usually I would have it ready for early morning automatic publication, but not this month.

Anyway, here's a look at some of the flowers in my Zone 7 (Zone 8 according to the USDA although I beg to differ, given my 600 ft. elevation) garden right now. It's been sunny, very dry and hot (in the high 80s and supposed to hit 90 today and tomorrow).

Inula (and bees)

Echinacea purpurea

Himalayan Honeysuckle/Leycesteria formosa

Himalayan Honeysuckle/Leycesteria formosa

Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy Red'

Eryngium 'Blue Glitter' and an old Allium seedhead


Lilium 'Saltarello'

Lilium 'Royal Sunset'


Hemerocallis 'Tiger Kitten'

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'


Nasturtium 'Orchid Flame'

Nasturtium 'Orchid Flame' is looking very flamey -- showing red edges on the petals in an interesting number of variations on the same plant

Dahlia 'Totally Tangerine'

Calendula 'Solar Flashback'

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Check out her post here.


  1. Himalayan Honeysuckle - I'm having to look this one cool! Great looking blooms. It's going to hit - 100-101 today here.. Ugh. I'm melting.

  2. I didn't even make it through you whole post before I was off to my Lily go-to sites to see if either offer 'Saltarello'. Success !

  3. Gosh - your garden is looking fabulous, Alison! I covet your Leycesteria (SO wish I had room, and I really need to try my hand at some Sweet peas. Tried once in my early gardening days, and failed miserably. Wrote them off as thinking they don't like this kind of heat, but everyone else around me seems to be able to grow them, so.... I really miss them, so will have to try again!

  4. Maybe it's a good thing the Leycesteria I planted a couple of years ago has now been delivered to a dusty grave - I never imagined it'd get that large. The Inula made me smile as I remember the flowers covered by bees at our last stop on the 2017 DC Fling.

  5. There is so much blooming in July, but I fear they'll all get cooked in this heat. What happened to "moderate maritime climate"?

  6. Lots of pretty going on in your garden but 'Saltarello' took my breath away. What a delicious color. I'm loving the heat but won't be so fond of the water bill for this month.

  7. You really are a flower floozie! Your lilies are to die for...

  8. Your Himalayan Honeysuckle is really interesting. What a fun looking flower. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Everything seems to be enjoying the heat. Love that orchid-color daylily.

  10. Your lilies and daylies are fabulous, wonderful splashes of colour. I'm finding too that the daylilies are standing up well to the heat of summer.

  11. Whenever I come to your blog I have trouble looking at your beautiful blooms because I am laughing so hard at the memes on the left side of the page. They never get ME!


  12. Great lilies! And I was just looking at some Inula at the Lurie Garden the other day. Interesting flower.


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