Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: July 2016

This month’s Bloom Day in Zone 6 features many more daylilies than I ever realized I had — so, about four, spread all about the property in unexpected places, as the previous owner was wont to do. Perhaps the deer repellant is working, or perhaps the mild winter helped coax some more blooms out?

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2016

One thing I can definitely attribute to the mild winter is the plethora of blooms on all my mophead hydrangeas! This makes me wonder if perhaps I should take the time and effort to winter-protect at least one or two of my eight Nikko Blue hydrangeas. I love having these covered in bloom — even if my soil pH is such that a single bush can bloom in both blue and pink.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2016

I actually planted some annuals this year. These Potomac Appleblossom snapdragons are beautiful — I only wish I’d planted more! (And that I’d staked them earlier.)

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2016

I also planted some Cosmos seeds in the late spring. These yellow Xanthos are coming in nicely, but the white Purity Sensation are currently no-shows.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2016

Speaking of white flowers, this white rose is such a prolific bloomer, and blooms from June through October. I love it so, and I still don’t know its name.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2016

The pollinators are so entranced with the gooseneck loosestrife that I was able to get this close-up with my phone and this bee didn’t even care.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2016

August promises to be full of bloom, too, as I wait for my new Liatris Spicata ‘Alba’ to bloom, and the Altheas will be more prolific. (I saw one or two blooms at the very top of one of the trees, but I opted not to try to photograph it just yet.)

Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day on the 15th of each month!

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