It's been a bit of a challenging year to garden so far.
We had a really dry spring (a 7 inch rainfall deficit at one point).
Then we made that up with torrential rains in July, but we've settled (like much of the country) into an uncomfortably hot and humid weather pattern.
So even though I don't want to toot my horn, I must say I'm rather pleased that the garden has been looking pretty good - - and with very little supplemental water (I think I've only watered with a hose about 4 times this year, plus other occasional spot waterings with a can.)
Without further ado, here are some scenes that caught my eye when I was in the garden on July 20th.
|Gaillardia x grandiflora and bumblebee
|Gaillardia x grandiflora and a teeny-tiny bee (not its real name)
|Hibiscus moscheutos, this is the straight species version of our native hibiscus. (I also have the 'Luna Pink Swirl' hybrid or cultivar of H. moscheutos.) This is my first year growing the straight species. It's in full sun on an unamended clay hillside and seems to be thriving, despite the fact that it would probably prefer wet-to-moist conditions.
|Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb', attracts lots of little pollinators
|French marigold, Tagetes patula
|Hibiscus syriacus, rose of Sharon, 'Diana' cultivar
|Cosmos bipinnatus and bee.
|Agastache foeniculum (anise hyssop) and bee
|Cosmos bipinnatus with skipper butterfly. White-flowered 'Diana' rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) in the background.
|Glandularia canadensis (rose verbena)
|Large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) on rose milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
|More Cosmos bipinnatus with bumblebee
|If you look very closely, you can see lots of pollinators crawling through the flower cluster on this Asclepias incarnata (rose milkweed). Oh and there's a large milkweed bug hanging out beneath a leaf in the lower part of the picture!
|Coreopsis lanceolata (lanceleaf coreopsis)
|Coreopsis tinctoria (plains coreopsis) with pollinator
|Heliopsis helianthoides (false sunflower) with bumblebee
|Polanisia dodecandra (redwhisker clammyweed)
|Helianthus annuus (sunflower) with bees
|Ailanthus webworm moth on Agastache foeniculum (anise hyssop)
|Just a pretty, colorful tableau - sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) in the front, 'Rozanne' cranesbill geranium behind it and a few blue balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) peeking into the upper left corner.
Hope you enjoyed this quick tour through the July garden.
What are some of your favorite summer flowers blooming in your garden right now?