Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - July 2020

Like many of the gardeners I know, I have been spending even more time in my garden this month. So you'd think I'd have even more flowers to show for my efforts on this July Bloom Day. Not so much. The flowers in my garden typically peak in June, so there's generally more foliage and fewer blooms as summer moves along. But I still have flowers, so here come the stars of my July garden.

Aesclepias tuberosa is winding down but still happily attracting pollinators.

Catananche caerulea is hitting its mid-summer stride.

The odd but pretty flowers on a Syneilesis aconitifolia hybrid. I like the dark and light contrast.

Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy Red' has pushed out a few last blooms.

I know it's Bloom Day, but I think the foliage of Eryngium pandanifolium var lasseauxii rivals its blooms. Let's enjoy them both!

And here are the bigger, fatter blossoms on Eryngium agavifolium.

A surprise, late-blooming Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Shades'.

It's Agastache time. My all-time favorite, below, is Agastache 'Acapulco Orange'. 

And here are A. 'Apricot Sprite' in back, and A. rupestris in front.

Keeping it red hot (with apologies for the equally hot exposure) is Echinacea 'Sombrero Salsa Red'.

And heating up the shade, Clivia miniata 'Belgian Hybrid Orange'.

An unknown heather, putting on the pink.

Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'.

Helenium puberulum had a rough go of establishing itself, but it has stabilized and is blooming with lots of goofy round flower-balls.
Dianthus barbatus 'Green Ball' was a novelty impulse purchase a few years ago. I never expected it to winter over for multiple years, but it's better than new. (ummm, kindly ignore that tuft of oxalis I missed weeding out.)

I love the waxy look and the peachy-pink color of Hesperaloe parviflora flowers.

Let's conclude with the vine and flowers whose scent epitomizes summer to me, Trachelospermum jasminoides.

And that's it for blooms at Longview Ranch, where I'm joining Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, to celebrate the flowers of July.

Happy Bloom Day!


  1. Thanks for providing me with a full ID of that Eryngium pandanifolium. It has languished in a pot for several years, until I finally moved it to my community garden plot this summer. So excited to report, that I now have one of those odd little flower stalks too. Amazing what a little sun can do. I love that Acapulco Orange Agastache. Those hot hues are just perfect for this hot day. Happy Bloom Day, Jane!

  2. Continued jealousy for your Lewisia. Need to buy a couple. I have Eryngium yuccafolia and I really think Ilike E.agavefolia better.If I had a meadow it might be another matter.

  3. Nice Lewisia. I can only seem to keep the yellow/pale pink alive.

  4. I am curious how much water you give your Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'? mine have stopped blooming and I've been told it's due to lack of summer water.

    1. I never water my Eucomis. I was told it makes them flop, and so far they've bloomed and been fine with zero supplemental water for years. But E. pole-evansii stopped blooming for me because of too much shade, so maybe that's the issue for yours?

  5. I saw that Echinacea at a local botanical garden - it was just as surprisingly red as yours. Maybe soon some year you may find it in my posts. Do the pollinators visit is as much as the purple native?

    1. Since I've never grown the native, I can't say, but they sure love Sombrero Salsa Red!


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