Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, July 15, 2012

Wow, it’s still hot.  And the garden is baking.  The day lilies that were in glorious bloom just a week ago are now fading.  I’ve begun removing bare scapes and scraping at the lifeless brown leaves that seem more prevalent this year than seems normal.  The garden gets watered daily thanks to the in-ground system.  Michigan, surrounded by water, rarely gets water restrictions.  But the heat is taking its toll, especially on the hydrangeas.  In fact, I may lose a couple even though I give them extra water each day.  Sadly, there seems to be no end in sight.  At best, we have a chance of thunderstorms this week.  Weeks of 90 degree heat just isn’t what my garden is used to.

Veronica Spicata, Sunny Border Blue…the Great Black Wasps are loving this!

This tattered Purple Cone Flower has been a feast for Japanese Beetles.

Crocosmia, a nameless pale yellow day lily, and to the far right rear Barbara Mitchell day lily. All of these are weeks early. Man of the day lilies now have budless scapes that need to be removed.

A few Endless Summer hydrangeas are blooming, but the heat is really getting to them. Behind them is a pot of petunias. To the right is one of several Great Expectations hostas.


At least the annuals will still be blooming in August…

Fragrant Angel Cone Flower

The old Rose of Sharon


A single geranium bloom

3 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, July 15, 2012

  1. Hello! First, I love the vignette with the little statue, and your Rose of Sharon is gorgeous! The heat is rough here too, especially when we don’t get enough rain. But in a way we are suffering less, since this is usual for the southeastern US, and I think a lot of our plants – as well as the people – are better adapted. But I am looking forward to fall!

    Also, thanks so much for visiting my own blog and becoming a fan of mine through Blotanical! You made my day. I really look forward to exploring your blog, too!

  2. It’s frustrating to wait so long for the garden season and then have it all whiz by because of the weather. NPR did a big story this morning on Michigan’s drought. I hope you get a good soaking rain soon — maybe in time to revive your hydrangeas.

  3. Wow – your echinacea is weeks ahead of mine, and so is the the veronica and the crocosmia – it just goes to show the difference in sumer we’ve been having. Even as I write it’s just begun raining, again.


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