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Summer Blooms: GBBD, July 2014

July 17, 2014

blue&yelllow july 2014I’m a bit late with my bloom day post, but this is one that I definitely don’t want to miss. In my Maine garden, even in a year when flowers are blooming later than normal, mid-July is a time when summer flowers burst into bloom. Each morning’s tour of the garden brings new delights.

Daylily (Hemerocallis) season has begun in earnest, with ten of the more than forty different varieties that I grow currently in bloom. The first daylily to flower was the early rebloomer, ‘Happy Returns,’ which is currently gracing the back slope along with a velvety red daylily and the first flowers of Platycodon grandiflorus (balloon flower) ‘Sentimental Blue.’

back slope blooms red daylily in rain

circular july 2014The circular bed at the turn into the driveway, which has suffered somewhat from close encounters with construction vehicles, also features an early daylily , an unnamed neon gold seedling from the Barth breeding program. Most of the flowers blooming with this are in more pastel shades that allow the daylily to take center stage. I especially love this combination of Geranium x ‘Brookside’ and Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle).

barth large gold 2014 circular brookside & alchemilla

holding area july 2014The holding area at the side of the house, where I put plants that needed to be moved out of harm’s way during construction and that will eventually go back into a new front garden, is a riot of color. Several daylilies are blooming here, as are five different colors of Tradescantia, an unidentified pink lily, Heuchera ‘Raspberry Regal’, Heliopsis helianthoides (false sunflower) and a pale pink astilbe. I would not normally plant all these different colors together, but I’m enjoying the effect. I especially love the combination of strong yellow and pink.

pink lily holding area color
In the back garden, only one flower bed, the blue and yellow border, has daylilies in bloom at this point. (Both the deck border and the fence border have varieties that will bloom later.) The first daylily to bloom here was another early rebloomer, ‘Boothbay Harbor Gold.’ This was soon joined by the large fragrant flowers of ‘Alna Pride.’ Many more varieties, all in shades of yellow, will join them in the days to come. These daylilies are accompanied by tall spires of delphinium, which have begun to bloom, and by the strong yellows of Heliopsis helianthoides and Coreopsis verticillata ‘Golden Showers.’
b&y daylilies
alna pride 2014
heliopsis b&y july 2014 golden showers july 2014

deck border july 2014Although the blue and yellow border will soon take center stage in the back, the deck border still has more happening. Varieties of Astilbe are the most prominent flowers here. I am particularly happy to see the pale pink blooms of ‘Betsy Cuperus,’ which is thriving after being relocated last year. And my favorite Astilbe flowers are always those of ‘Ostrich Plume.’

betsy cuperus 2014 ostrich plume & goatsbeard 2014
In the fence border, in addition to the flowers of Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis), tradescantia, and geranium – all which have been blooming for several weeks – clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’ is now blooming on the fence, and the first flowers of the tall Rudbeckia x ‘Herbstsonne’ have just begun to bloom. clematis comtesse 2014

fence border july 2014

serenity with bench

patricia serenity In the back by the woods, the serenity garden seems like a calm oasis of foliage. A closer look, however, finds a number of flowers in bloom, including the bold magenta of Geranium x ‘Patricia,’ the pale pink of Astrantia major, and the first flowers of Deinanthe cerulea (false hydrangea).
astrantia serenity deinanthe serenity

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog for links to what’s in bloom this month in gardens of many climes.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane permalink
    July 17, 2014 8:13 pm

    Your Betsy Cuperus are so pretty!

    • July 22, 2014 10:04 pm

      Jane, ‘Betsy Cuperus’ is one of the oldest cultivars of Astilbe, having been bred almost 100 years ago. But it was never happy in my garden. Finally, I moved it out of the corner it was crammed into and also removed the hosta that was crowding it — and, voila! it rewarded me with more blooms than it has ever had before.

  2. July 17, 2014 8:35 pm

    It looks as though you’ve got a veritable explosion of color going this month, Jean! As yellow is my favorite color, I’m particularly impressed with all the yellow and gold flowers. Happy GBBD!

    • July 22, 2014 10:05 pm

      Kris, Yellow is my favorite color, too. From mid-July until frost, I have lots of yellow flowers blooming, and their cheery presence makes me happy.

  3. Nell Jean permalink
    July 18, 2014 8:20 am

    It’s never too late. Every day is Bloom Day. Narrow-leaf Coreopsis plays so well with Daylilies.

    • July 22, 2014 10:07 pm

      Nell, I haven’t had very good luck with other varieties of coreopsis, but this one (which I bought a 4″ pot of once and have divided endlessly) always does very well in my garden. I also love it as a cut flower where, depending on its companions, it can seem airy and refined or informal and daisy-like.

  4. July 19, 2014 10:10 am

    Loved all the different colors in your garden! I have a love for daylilies as well and have several different varieties coming up. Great photos!

    • July 22, 2014 10:08 pm

      Thanks, Sue. I never get tired of all the different varieties of daylilies. No matter how many I have, there always seem to be more that I just have to add to my garden 🙂 .

  5. July 20, 2014 10:16 am

    I love that Alna Pride daylily. Gorgeous. I’m surprised you don’t have a deer problem, though. You are so lucky!

    • July 22, 2014 10:21 pm

      Sarah, Alna Pride is a favorite of mine, too. It is one of many distinctive daylilies from the Maine daylily hybridizers Joseph and Nick Barth (father and son). O’Donal’s nursery in Maine (see link in my sidebar) is now the official source for Barth daylilies, and you can see photos of many of the Barth offerings on their website.

  6. July 20, 2014 11:17 am

    Hi Jean, look at those vibrant daylilies and of course, I am a big fan of the clematis! A surprise I had in the garden a fortnight or so ago was discovering that the mass of leaves in a shrubby-border-gone-wild was in fact daylily and it has started flowering. I’ve never had one before. I’ll try and get round to taking a picture so I can ask for ID.

    • July 22, 2014 10:26 pm

      Sunil, Enjoy your first daylily. You may find it impossible to ID it. There are almost 100,000 different registered varieties of daylilies. And for each of those, there are probably several others that were never officially registered. I have several that I’ve never been able to establish an identity for.

  7. Anonymous permalink
    July 23, 2014 3:38 pm

    congratulations mam……beautiful flowers…………..

  8. July 23, 2014 9:11 pm

    Gorgeous bench, is that new? I too love the bright yellow and pink combination. It’s just a happy look. I have been very slow to join in on the daylily fascination but this year I purchased my very first. There is a breeder in our area and I purchased one of her very own plants. It just flowered a couple days ago and I’ll admit I’m smitten. Not sure why it took so long for me to get on the bandwagon.

    • July 28, 2014 9:53 pm

      Good eye, Marguerite. Yes, the bench is new; it is one of the last pieces of my plan for the serenity garden to be put in place. (All that’s left now is to put in some flagstones as a path leading to the bench.)
      In Elizabeth Sheldon’s Time and the Gardener, she writes about the changes in her plant enthusiasms through time — even noting that she’s more than once suffered the embarrassment of becoming smitten with something that she previously disdained. I’m not sure what it is about daylilies that can be so addictive — maybe that they’re relatively easy to grow and come in such astonishing variety. Enjoy!

  9. July 30, 2014 8:00 am

    What a lot of work goes into having a garden that looks so natural.

    I think you’re right about daylilies being so popular because they are so easy to grow. Even I can do that! Our local farmers market and garden club sell them a couple of times a year and I’ve accumulated about 6 or 8 different kinds—not bad for a non-gardener like me.

  10. July 30, 2014 8:23 pm

    Oj Jean I wait every simmer to get my fill of your garden and all those daylilies. I marvel at how they all withstand the wildlife. Mine would be mowed down with many other plants if I did not intervene with the deer….how is the construction coming along?

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