Sunday, July 29, 2018

The End of July, Already

Hello! It's hard to believe that July is nearly over and back-to-school is just around the corner already. It seems like this gardening season has simply flown by. But we did have a very late start to spring -- I wasn't able to do much work in our gardens until nearly the end of April -- so I guess that makes it seem like a shorter season. After a very hot June and early July, we're enjoying cooler weather the past couple of weeks, and that does make it seem like Fall is coming -- even though I know we'll have more days in the 90s before long.

At any rate, we've been enjoying our fall-like temperatures, and I've been able to do a bit of light work outside this past week in the pleasant evenings. And even though it feels like fall, the flowers we've been enjoying have definitely been high summer season flowers. Here are a few:

The new Paradise Garden is really filling in well, particularly the colorful annuals. I think that next spring I will remove the "stairway to nowhere" in front of the porch that is now enclosed into a sunroom. I'll probably lay paving stones on the ground where the stairs are and perhaps put another bench there. 

Another view of the garden from the other direction.

The 'Rooguchi' clematis I planted next to the pergola is blooming prettily.

This is the first time I've ever tried growing 'Sweet Sultan' Centaurea moschata, and the seeds I direct sowed in May have been blooming for the past few weeks. They're related to Bachelor Buttons, but are lightly scented and look a bit like thistles. 

Tall garden phlox along my front fence.
Self-seeded hollyhocks and pink flowering tobacco in the Front Border.
The Yellow Garden is looking golden in the setting sun.

Sunflowers romping away in the Kitchen Garden.

I had no luck growing gladiolus for cutting last year, but
these are looking better this year.

The gladiolus are certainly flamboyant, aren't they?

Hope you are enjoying many summer flowers in your own gardens these days, and that pleasant temperatures are in your forecast too. Thanks for reading! -Beth


  1. Your flowers are beautiful! I love zinnias and roses, but seeing that beautiful gladiola pic has me making a mental note to try and get some gladiola bulbs planted in next year's flower beds. I also thought that the dark purple /blue flowers in the flower pots were very eye catching and were a lovely contrast to the other colors in your flower garden. I'm hoping to be able to schedule knee replacement on my second knee next year in early summer after I have some flowers planted. This year my surgery was scheduled in May and I didn't get to plant any flower seeds because cold, bad weather went on so long into spring here. I'm missing my zinnias and all of the butterflies and hummingbirds that come to them this summer.

  2. Your garden looks wonderful, I really love the annuals as Zinnias and Nicotianas, and then the view over the fence .....

  3. Your paradise garden is looking gorgeous! Roguchi clematis is one of my favorites. I really love your pink hollyhocks, too! That was very obliging of them to seed there!

  4. Oh well done, your paradise garden is such a success, it looks wonderful.

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