July is usually a very hot and dry month for us, and my blooms sometimes begin to suffer and fade. However, this July has been uncharacteristically cooler and wet. It has been a welcome turn of weather. However, I expect that soon the weather will revert back to the norm. We'll see...
This month many plants give their last hurrah of blooms. And I will miss them. Some of the hydrangeas and lillies will soon offer their last blooms for the season. Although there are still many blooms in the garden and I appreciate all of them, some of my favorites will be done...for now.
Over the years, I have planted many varieties of lillies that bloom early to mid-summer. I have yet to add some varieties that bloom in late summer. It would be nice to have an extended bloom of these colorful plants. After reading the Lilyfest posts by Lona of A Hocking Hills Garden with the many lily photos and extraordinary colors, I am very tempted to get to the garden catalogs and order some.
The hydrangea macrophylla and quercifolia will need to be pruned before the end of July if I want blooms next year.
One of the many things I like about hydrangeas is the color transformation. Each week there is a surprise of color.
I trimmed off the top of the coreopsis hoping for another bloom spurt. I see some buds forming...
Other bloomers that will bloom for many more months are the Black-eyed Susans.
The 'Vanilla Strawberry' hydrangea will slowly turn pink and burgundy. This is my first of these hydrangeas, and I look forward to observing its color transformation. They start out bright white...
This is also the first year I have planted caladiums. I enjoy the pops of color among the other foliage.
The penstemon, buddleia, and 'Limelight' hydrangea will keep my garden in blooms for a few more months.
It is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her to see what other garden bloggers have blooming.
I am also joining Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday Flaunt Your Flowers.
©Michelle A. Potter