|Phlox paniculata 'Goldmine' and Coreopsis 'Star Cluster' bloom with a crispy-brown lawn in the background.|
The drought has set the garden back to nearly the point where it should be. It's only slightly ahead of normal, which means coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea),
July also means daylilies,
July usually means lilies too, but most of the lilies have already passed.
This morning, I spied a hummingbird visiting the only Fuchsia that's blooming.
I don't know if the hummer has been visiting the honeysuckle (Lonicera 'Winchester').
The Pelargoniums have proved themselves through the heat and the drought.
What has really surprised me are the Clematis. 'Betty Corning', 'Evisix' (Petite Faucon™) and 'Madame Julia Correvon' have yet to stop blooming, and in spite of everything, 'Rhapsody' is beginning to rebloom.
Next to it, poor Hydrangea macrophylla 'Claudie' is reduced to only two bloom clusters because of the extreme warmth of March and then the freeze in April.
Just beyond the hydrangea, in the raised bed, the balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) is in full bloom. I don't know what cultivar this is, with its occasional double and semi-double flowers.
Who knew they were drought tolerant?
So much of the Woodland Garden is struggling in the dry shade, but amazingly, the spikenard (Aralia racemosa) looks no worse for the wear.
At the front of the Woodland Garden, Lobelia 'Monet Moment' has just started its show.
I wish there was room for a picture of each plant that has persevered in the face of adverse conditions as they deserve the tribute, but I'm happy there are so many of them. I'll leave you with my favorite little charmer, Geranium 'Bob's Blunder'.
May Dreams Gardens for all the Bloom Day posts from near and far.
Also in bloom:
Antirrhinum (a self-sown seedling)
Calycanthus floridus 'Athens'
Campanula persicifolia 'Alba', 'Blue Eyed Blond', 'Telham Blue'
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides making an early appearance
Consolida ambigua (larkspur)
Dianthus 'Cranberry Ice'
Eryngium 'Jade Frost'
Geranium 'Blogold' (Blue Sunrise™), 'Jolly Bee'
Geranium nodosum 'Svelte Lilac'
Hemerocallis 'Evening Seas', 'Grape Velvet', 'Little Grapette', 'Pink Lavender Appeal', 'Super Purple, 'Woodside Amethyst'
Heuchera 'Citronelle', 'Frosted Violet'
Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'
Hosta 'Cherry Berry', 'Gold Standard', 'June', 'Maui Buttercups', 'Rainforest Sunrise'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer' (Endless Summer™), 'Penny Mac'
Hydrangea quercifolia ''Little Honey'
Knautia macedonia and K. 'Thunder and Lightning'
Lobularia maritima (sweet alyssum)
Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'
Oxalis regnellii 'Triangularis'
Pansy (I know, weird!)
Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise', 'David', 'Grenadine Dream', 'Nicky', 'Red Riding Hood', 'Super Red'
Rosa Carefree Beauty (not worth showing because of the Japanese beetles)
Talinum paniculatum 'Limon'