Hello, hot, sticky July.
Shade or sun, heat or blasting furnace, the garden blooms. Hold you hat, because it is impossible to tour my garden without loads of photos, and a more intimate look at plant companions. Not to miss the colorful and far too sunny and dry June garden as we stroll into July.
June is a month that the bloom just never stops! The two images above show little change from the beginning of the month to the end, other than that one red lily reaching for the sky. It is a mutant I think since the other red lilies are much shorter.
There are long-blooming perennials in the garden, like the butterfly weed, pincushion flower, and sage. But… some plants you can see above are still only foliage (Russian Sage, Daylilies, Asters and Hibiscus) but are ready for July.
Compare the June garden side-by-side to my May post, a drastic change of the color palette. The plant partners really change greatly as the May plants take a snooze.
Like my last post, a full garden requires some culling and lots of seedling removal or it would be far too crowded. The airy, sway in the breeze look of the taller self-seeding plants makes the garden feel like a meadow. It is a refreshing feel, but work to move around those numerous seedlings in spring.
Two weeks from the image below, the daylily, Jamaican Me Crazy in bud is blooming.
The Asiatic lilies in bloom often bloom with the Daylilies. The Lilac tree is past bloom come the end of June as the flowers fade to yellow-brown. I should have pictured them in full bloom. A very nice small tree.
I do like to show a garden in its entirety rather than that “special beauty shot of one flower”. You cannot get a sense of a garden without seeing plants that bloom together.
Ok, here is the Jamaican Me Crazy Daylily portrait, shown with its partner, Butterfly Weed.
How is your garden surviving the heat and lack of rain?
Speaking of heat, we were in the 90’s this week, with high humidity. To see if the garden fades in July, see it here. This post will discuss the Dusty Doldrums of Summer. Talk about doldrums…we have had zero rain since April 4th. Even days that had 80% chance of rain produced nothing. Today they say 40%, so we’ll see. It has been days and days of watering, I shudder at the water bill.
Having those heat tolerant standbys, like Daisies, Monarda and Echinacea is a blessing. Verbena bonariensis is also long-blooming and does not mind the heat.
Containers – they’re portable color, but thirsty every day. In the Garden Walk Buffalo region, every garden niche is planted. That is a lot to water when we have too.
Heavily planted Garden Walk Buffalo gardens are small enough to maintain, but just barely. A lot of work and a lot of watering. Gardens there are not unlike my own garden with color every where.