Friday, July 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day July 2016

Wasn't it just June 15?   Why does the short summer speed by so quickly?

Welcome to this edition of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, where gardeners and flower lovers from all over the world post pictures of what is blooming in their houses, and yards, that day.  Hosted by Carol from May Dreams Gardens each 15th of the month, every photo in this meme is posted with love by each blogger, hoping to refresh and inspire you.

In my zone 5b garden near Binghamton, in upstate New York, some of my flowers are enjoying our hot weather - others, not so much.  But I love every one of these flowers.  For so much of the year, it is too cold here to have outdoor blooms.  Perhaps, if I had year round flowers, I would appreciate this time of the year so much.

My daylilies are in full bloom.  Every year for the past three years, I've bought one or two new plants.  Enough of them were "we don't know what they are" type plants, which were a lot cheaper.

Here are some of my lilies.
Another.

This is my latest day lily.

This short yellow lily, which I got at a closeout at a local nursery, is such a prolific bloomer.

This is one of my oldest lilies.

I took this one a few days ago (but it is still blooming) after a rain shower.


More and more each year, I fall in love with daylilies.
This one, in a semi shade area, still blooms despite not being in full sun.  This one, I believe, is my oldest lily, bought from a mail order nursery and still blooming after all these years. 

My hostas are blooming merrily in the hot weather.  Since I don't seem to be too good in remembering names, here they are, anonymous just like my daylilies.
I've had this one for years. We've divided it into a small patch.

My last astilbe.  Some contractors working on our house stomped several of our astilbes into - well, we'll know if they come up next year.  We only had two this year, this white one and a red one.  This one is fading away just in time for GBBD.

One of my two lantanas.  I love variegated plants - I also have a variegated petunia in a basket with lovely small pinkish flowers.  But the pink flower in this picture is one of my geraniums.

A hanging geranium basket given me for Mother's Day by my son.  I love how it glows in early morning light.

Here's another. 

At this time of year I marvel at how many flowers I had to keep out of this posting, while, by the end of winter, I am hunting through my house for a tiny flower to show.

Today is day Six of Write Tribe Festival of Words #6, and I welcome all my new (and returning) readers.  I hope that seeing my flowers gives you as much pleasure as taking and posting these pictures gave me.

And now, please visit May Dreams gardens and click on other linked blogs, and visit gardens from all over the world.

What is blooming in your neighborhood or yard today?

25 comments:

  1. My astilbe struggled from the heat and lack of rain. Their blooms were stunted. Yours look lovely.

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    1. Thank you. Fortunately, our back yard doesn't get dry too quickly, but we've had to start watering back there.

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  2. So pretty! I love, love, LOVE the daylilies, especially the pastel colored ones and the ones with ruffled edges. So pretty! Thanks for sharing your beautiful gardens at Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! - Jenny, www.harmonyhillshomeandgarden.com

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  3. Dear Alana

    I've been visiting your site but often find it difficult to leave comments on an iPhone because of my iffy wifi connection. Thanks for your regular visits and comments on my blog. They are really encouraging

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    1. Thank you for letting me know. This made my day!

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  4. You have beautiful flowers Alana
    Tina

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  5. Your lilies are so pretty. Thanks for sharing

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  6. Your garden is the ultimate dream. I just knew white lilies... but you got so many varieties :D Gorgeous!!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. There are lots more than that. Our climate, apparently, is ideal for day lilies.

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  7. What a lovely garden you have and what a caring gardener you are....Its good that its summer and we get to see this treat....:)

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    1. Thank you. My husband and I both work at this.

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  8. I love that ruffled lily. So different! I'm almost all shade and it is such a challenge for this flower lover. I enjoyed living vicariously through your pretty pics!

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    1. We have so few full-shade flowers even here in our temperate zone. Sometimes, I think it is better to try to work with leaf color and texture in shade. A shade gardener taught me that many years ago.

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  9. Your daylilies are lovely. Mine have all just about given up the ghost in the heat, but I'm still hoping for some late blooms if we ever get any rain. Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. You still have a lot blooming despite your heat. Happy GBBD to you too, Dorothy.

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  10. Beautiful pictures. I have Day Lillies too and I just love that there are so many color options. I love my lilacs too, although I'll have to wait until next year to see them again.

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  11. Wow! Look at those blooms. Such lovely shots. So good that you get to see them. Happy bloom day :)

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  12. My lilies are in bloom. It would be good for me to post some photos of my garden and new soup I'll be making tomorrow.
    Coffee is on

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  13. LOVE the flower pictures, especially all the lilies AND the geranium - spectacular! I really want to get sun and shade gardens planted on either side of our front entry.

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