Summer Flowers: GBBD, July 2013
In my Maine garden, summer of 2013 has brought alternating periods of rain and unusual heat. (We have already surpassed the average number of days per year with temperatures of 90F or higher, and it is only mid-July.) We are currently experiencing another period of heat; it feels like summer, and summer flowers are blooming.
In the Deck Border (see above), flowers of Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) and Astilbe are on display, accompanied by soft pink blooms of Geranium x oxonianum and by dense white inflorescences on varieties of Hosta tokudama (as in ‘Love Pat’, shown here).
In the unusual heat, some plants that would normally bloom all summer long in the cool Maine climate seem to be going dormant. I am particularly aware that Tradescantia (spiderwort) are not blooming as profusely as they normally would, although a few are still flowering each day. Here we can see ‘Osprey’ blooming with Astilbe in the Deck Border and ‘Danielle’ blooming in the Circular Bed.
Daylilies are not at all affected by the heat, and this is the month when they are in their glory.
A row of orange, yellow and red flowers greets those who venture this far up my dirt road.
The daylily display has not yet reached its peak. As of today, 15 of the more than 40 varieties in my garden are currently in bloom, including these three in the Circular Bed:
The old-fashioned orange daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) that I planted along the driveway at the edge of the woods a number of years ago are beginning to naturalize and are making a very nice display this year.
|In the Blue and Yellow Border, yellow daylilies are blooming with delphiniums.|
As intended, the Serenity Garden provides a cool green oasis of foliage amid the riot of color in the July garden.
The foliage is accompanied by the quiet blooms of Astrantia major and by a pop of color provided by flowers of Geranium x ‘Patricia’ among the ferns.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see what’s in bloom this month in gardens around the world.