Compared with the color bounty in June, new hues, although bright, unfurl in a parsimonious sequence through July.
We must share our gardens with uninvited guests this month. Starting with swarms of mosquitoes laying in wait in every cranny not protected by a 30 knot wind, grasshoppers growing to gargantuan proportions, and beetles from the Orient ruining any plant's chance at reaching its potential, it takes rose-colored glasses to overlook the carnage.
July is the month during which the wise Midwestern gardener first coined the phrase, "Gardening is not for Sissies."
|More Eucomis cavort with potted tropicals.|
|Bread poppy 'Lauren's Grape'|
Besides the double-flowered Papaver somniferum, another I don't recall planting in the spot where it's growing is 'Lauren's Grape'. I'll take the credit for sowing the seed in front of the fence, though, as it seems to be made for its ability to positively pop when paired with grey.
|Echinacea 'Solar Flare' acts as leaning post for Nicotiana (flowering tobacco).|
|Pelargonium 'Peppermint Star'|
For now, though, on this mid-July Garden Bloggers Bloom Day celebration, my excitement has been aimed at the Gloriosa Rothschildiana growing from bulbs I bought from Easy to Grow Bulbs. One of the coolest thing about this vining plant is that each flower looks good for several days, transforming itself from pale greenish yellow lightly streaked with red to a nearly solid red color about five days later. For something really exotic yet easy to grow in a pot on a lightweight trellis, I can't say enough about Gloriosa lilies, except that I wish I'd grown them sooner.
|Gloriosa lilies just getting started.|