Tah Rah Rah Bloom-A-Day July 12- 18 Part One: The Watering Outlaw

Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'

I know, I know--you're not supposed to water overhead. But it's so much quicker and easier because you can really cover some ground with an overhead sprinkler. It's especially tempting fate when your plants grow tall enough to make you feel like a Liliputian. But sometimes you have to say: Tie 'em down and let 'er rip!

As you can see from the photo, Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' is attempting to reach for the roof of my house! It's at least as tall as I am, but the hummingbirds love it and I can't do without it even if it is a space thug.

Zinnia 'Queen Red Lime'

If you like bi-colored blossoms, you might want to try Zinnia 'Red Queen Lime'. (Select Seeds) This little beauty is just beginning to bloom--staked to the nth degree, but worth the effort. If you have more sun than I do - more than 4 hours a day - you shouldn't need to stake it.

Hydrangeas cavort in the garden

Not actually bi-color but putting up the effort, Hydrangea 'Incrediball' seems to have a tuft of pink in its center. The pink petals are actually from a bloom from Hydrangea 'Invincibell Spirit' planted next to it. (Both from Color Choice)Sometimes neighboring plants take to cavorting when you least expect it--which is one of the cool things about gardening--you never know what will happen from one season to the next.

Lilium 'Orania'

One of my all-time favorite hybrid lilies is 'Orania'. It's a cross between an Oriental and a trumpet type lilly, has a very faint but pleasant scent and is available at Brent and Becky's Bulbs.

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