It is hard to believe, but I haven’t done a post about my garden in a month. There has been a lot going on between the Christmas In July hop and the Safelight Project, but I know some of you like to know what is growing and flowering on our mountain. Today, I’ll show you how my garden grows. I have taken photos of this group several times over the past month, and it just keeps getting prettier. The vibrant red geranium is set off nicely next to the white petunias. That pink variegated coleus is getting really tall now too.
Lettuce and garlic are coming up well in the pot on the right. Calibrachoa in three colors planted in two pots bloom only sporadically. The daisies in the back are done.
White begonias are overflowing several pots on the veranda.
After having my Summer Luncheon and giving away a bunch of day lilies, one of my guests dug up the white iris in her own garden she didn’t want anymore and dropped them off on my veranda with a gerbera daisy. Those went into the ground the same day. I love getting new plants!
The phlox is getting a bit taller, and the color of the flowers got a bit lighter.
Fresh parsley is wonderful for cooking, and this one is doing well with the yellow Calibrachoa. Some of the parsley went into the shrimp risotto we had for dinner this week, adding a wonderful fresh flavor.
Multiple basil plants are giving me lots of fresh leaves for caprese salads with heirloom tomatoes from the farmer’s market.
These are Cherokee Purple tomatoes, cannot wait for them to ripen!
The tomatoes in this pot are coming along too.
These are cherry tomatoes in the front bed, hoping for a good harvest here too.
Early in the month, the mornings were crisp and cool, perfect for sitting outside in the early dawn hour, listening to the birds. I found it was a great time to get some pictures of the choir in their natural setting.
Apparently there was a meeting scheduled, but I didn’t get the memo to attend.
There were still plenty of birds visiting the feeder too. This young female cardinal stopped by.
Goldfinches stay here year round. A male and female were in the tree, looking around and taking their turn at the feeder.
Now that I know what the wood thrush looks like, I have seen him quite often. Oops, brain glitch, this is a purple finch, thanks, Jan!!
Other mornings dawned foggy, lasting a couple of weeks, giving us humid, and (for us) hot days near 90°F (32°C).
There are a bunch of apricot gladiolas on the mountainside out back, I think some were planted by the previous homeowner and some may be volunteers. Either way, they are difficult to get to. But DH got out the limb lopper and managed to get some blooms for me to enjoy in vases in the house.
I put them in vases with some of the pinkish hydrangeas and a few tall purple hosta blooms. They look really good with my Stacked Bricks table quilt.
After those were done, it was time for the yellow gladiolas to bloom, pretty aren’t they!
Our resident skink made an appearance. Usually he runs away with any movement, but this time I caught him from the veranda while he was hiding below near the hydrangea. He ran inside the drain pipe, then slowly peeked out to see if the coast was clear. I think there is a good size family that lives here, and I like that they eat a lot of bugs.
The snapdragons are still going, and I put the white iris in with them.
White petunias bloom nicely in the front flowerbed next to more snapdragons.
A woodpecker watches as I water the garden.
The hydrangeas are still blooming too. After I took more pictures of the gorgeous blooms I deadheaded the bush. This lavendar color is so clear and pure.
I did add some lime to the top in the hopes that I’ll get some more pure pink blooms like this one.
This one is blue to lavendar on the same flower, such gorgeous colors!
Looks like the African violets are going to bloom again too, unlike me they love the heat and humidity.
The northern flickers are back too.
A friend gave me this adorable birdhouse for the garden, and it looks perfect in the big pot next to the front door. I have been a bit disappointed in the lobelias, usually they give profuse vibrant blue flowers all summer long, but this year they aren’t doing as well. The chocolate variegated coleus is getting bigger, and the begonia is blooming a bit too.
So, that is the garden in July. The torenias stopped blooming for a bit, I think they got stressed when we were gone to Lexington for a few days. They are beginning to bloom again, but will take a couple of weeks to fully come back. I did see the hummingbird one morning while watering the flowers, she came up and hovered right in front of my face. It was a magic moment, and I watched her in wonder.
What’s going on in your garden?