Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – July 2011

The garden is at the half way stage – the early summer flowers have gone over and the late summer flowers are yet to really get underway.  However, there is still plenty putting on a good show such as the Achillea Flowerburst Red, grown from seed last year.  I love the colour but I do find the  flopping nature of the plant annoying.

Anyone who knows me well will know I’m not a fan of Heucheras but I do like the one above.  Its leaves are green with a bit of marbling but it is the flowers I like.  Happily the Heuchera is planted near the Achillea above and they go very well together.  Sadly, I know its name as it was a gift some years back.

The first of the daisy flowers is blooming away.  This is Leucanthemum Broadway Lights, not looking as yellow as I remember from last year and suffering from Salvia flowers falling on it.

I’m pleased that Clematis viticella  Etoile Violette is flowering on time especially as I unceremoniously dug it up earlier in the year and relocated it without the care it should have had.

The Clematis above also works well with the Catananche which is hanging down from the top of the wall border.  It’s such a pretty flower.

My Francoa has come through the winter well and is filling out well.  The Lobelia tupa (below) are thriving and bulking up.  They look so exotic that I was really surprised they survived the winter without any protection.

The Agastache just keeps coming back year on year and getting better and better.  The scent is quite heady and it is a real magnet for bees and other nectar seeking insects.

There are lots of Salvias and Geraniums in flower but the photos did not come out very well so instead I will finish with one of the Sunflowers growing at the allotment.

So that is a selection of my blooms this month.  For more Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts visit May Dream Gardens.

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

17 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – July 2011”

  1. I love your sunflower photo! I keep meaning to plant some sunflowers, but then it slips my mind in the spring when there are so many things already on my list. Your garden is beautiful. Happy GBBD!

  2. Loads of colour Helen. My allotment sunflowers are going to be a lot later than yours! I am new to achilleas, and most – so far – are not flopping, but one is, and if this is a trend then I’m not sure what I am going to do about it, I hate staking except in a cutting garden but I am worried that if I plant them too close to other things to help them stay upright the dreaded powdery mildew will ride roughshod through the border. I will watch out for what you do about yours… Happy GBBD!

  3. I bought Leucanthemum Broadway Lights Tuesday and planted it out Wednesday it already had a few buds so it’s nice to see yours, what I have to look forward to, I love daisies, you have some beautiful plants Helen, Frances

  4. I get annoyed by flopping Achilleas too,(love this pink colour tho’) – i’ve used up my supply of old wire hanging baskets, – putting them upside down over the crown of the plant when little and that gives them a bit of support as they grow, – by now, there is no sign of the hanging baskets.

  5. You have plenty of pretties! Funny how we think we haven’t any blossoms and then realize there were plenty to photograph, it just isn’t a great big show like late spring and the beginning of cool weather.

  6. Great post…I’m so jealous of your Lobelia tupa…aren’t they just amazing! I visited a garden recently that had hundreds…what amazing color! I’m a huge lover of Agastache, too…I have so many now and love walking past them, brushing against them and releasing that sweet, spicy fragrance!

  7. Enjoyed your GBBD post Helen. Miffed that I did not get any sunflowers in at the lottie this year. Yours is a fine looking specimen.

  8. I used to get annoyed by floppy achilleas but this year they have flopped just right forming a slope of terracotta and cream mix. The rain has eventually turned up here and caused a whole load of flopping around the garden – if it ever stops now there will be a lot of staking going on.

  9. You do have some wonderful plants. It must be great to sit and watch all the bees and butterflies they must attract.


  10. Beautiful Achillea, and the Catananche flowers are lovely – not a plant I’m familiar with, but very pretty cornflower-type blooms. Your Agastache looks marvellous too – that’s a plant on my wish list for next year…

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