Friday, July 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - July 2011

A few contributions for this month's world wide display.  I've picked a dozen of my most interesting blooms for July.  Thanks to Carol at for hosting this.

Dianthus 'Devon Magic' - one of the few pinks I grow

Dahlia 'Procyon'
Phalaenopsis orchid - included because I've succeeded in reblooming it in the house
Roscoea purpurea - a gorgeous little hardy ginger
Phygelius 'Salmon Leap' - rather gangly plant that prefers to grow through a supporting shrub

Fuchsia splendens 'Karl Hartweg' - not hardy - so how does it survive my winters?  It's early this year.
Hydrangea aspera ssp sargentiana - fleeting flowers but lovely dark plush leaves

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' - black leaves and pretty little flowers

Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' - flowers nearly all year with me

Hydrangea 'Madame Emile Mouillere' - a mophead that flowers on new wood so has a very long season

Geranium 'Salome' weaving its way through Pieris 'Flaming Silver'

Ceratostigma willmottianum - gorgeous, hardy, blue flowered shrub


  1. So many beauties! Geranium 'Salome' is stunning and so is your Ophiopogon. Such lovely colours. Great job on getting your beautiful Orchid to re-bloom. It is just gorgeous.

  2. Lots of really beautiful blooms. That Clematis is really interesting.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. The clematis is an interesting one. It's a selection of the evergreen Clematis cirrhosa from the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. It flowers on old wood so, if you cut it down in spring it won't flower till the late autumn and goes through till early spring. It's not that vigorous so I've let it clothe part of my shed wall and never prune it except to remove unwanted growth. It then flowers from July right through to April, has a couple of months holiday and starts again. It's supposed to be scented - but I can't detect anything even with my nose pressed into the flower.

  4. You have lovely blooms to show - I love the Phygelius 'Salmon Leap' and the Clematis and the ... oh I love them all!
    Happy GBBD :)

  5. Lots of lovely, delicate looking blooms. Love the dahlia, I planted a dozen bulbs for the first tome, waiting for blooms, though some of the leaves look insect attacked.

  6. My first time seeing 'Freckles'... how unique it is! I love dahlias but was very unsuccessful with them in the gardens until I started growing them in pots... I do a few of the dinner plate ones and now they perform beautifully for me... I believe the problem before to have been caused by insects and the buds always blasted and wouldn't open. Yours is very nice! Larry

  7. Happy GBBD! You have a nice variety of blooms for July.