july in bloom

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These drumstick alliums are new this year, and they colored up just in time for Bloom Day.

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The other Allium that is new this year is ‘Hair’. I am cheating a bit by using a photo taken when it was at its peak, but, like all of its cousins, it dries in place, so that all that really changes is the color.

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The Hydrangea quercifolia is all about foliage, but the blossoms peeking through add interest.

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Hemerocallis ‘Still Life’ is ready for her close-up.

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Now that I have found the formula to deter deer, Rosa ‘Dortmund’ is putting on a good spurt of growth.

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Can’t get too upset with creatures as lovely as this…and they now satisfy their rumbling tummies with dandelion greens.

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Here’s another beneficiary of the deer bomb. Hydrangea ‘Preziosa’, blooming for the first time, with variations from cream to deep mauve on the same plant. I especially like the dark wine stems.

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The blossoms are a delightful afterthought on the ground cover Hypericum ‘Brigadoon’. The plant tag suggested full sun, but it is happier now that it is getting shade (tends to sunburn).

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The hornbeam that is generating that shade was one of the first things planted in this garden. I like this photo because it shows the deeply pleated leaves as well as the hop-like things that have begun to appear in late spring and hold on til late fall. I guess they qualify as blooms(?)

There are many other plants in bloom, but rather than trot them all out, I will direct you to May Dreams Gardens, where you can step into a whole world of blooming things on this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

4 Responses to “july in bloom”

  1. Loree/ danger garden Says:

    Love that first photo of the drumstick alliums, they are all rushing over to great you. Like kids at the park when the ice cream truck pulls up.

    I grew the ‘hair’ allium for awhile but it eventually just disappeared. Never could figure out why. Yours make me miss it.

    And that hornbeam is a beauty!

  2. ricki Says:

    Loree~Why does it not surprise me that you have grown ‘Hair’? All of my alliums seem to peter out after a few years.

    What a fun image: kids clamoring for ice cream!

  3. Karen Says:

    Oh, that drumstick allium photo is priceless! I have never seen these before and really want them. Do you know that variety? No worries if not, but I want to keep an eye out for them. And ‘Hair’ is hilarious! Where do you find such unusual bulbs?

    I had seen those hoppy things on trees and wondered what they were – thanks for adding hornbeam to my tree ID brainbank!

    So, maybe I missed this, but what is your anti-deer potion that works? My folks are dealing with deer for the first time and are totally freaking about the potential for mayhem. Thanks!!

  4. ricki Says:

    Karen~The drumstick alliums are (now here’s a mouthful: Allium sphaerocephalon). My source for the oddball stuff is http://www.johnscheepers.com. My post about the deer repellant was: http://bannersbyricki.com/archives/468.

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