Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2021

Busy, busy, busy is the theme of the garden this time of year: lots of weeds to pull, veggies to harvest, seedlings to pot up, seeds to sow, and seeds to collect. It looked like I’d have to skip a Bloom Day post this month, until I came up with the idea of doing something different: a video tour instead of a long series of photos. I hope you’ll forgive the lack of professional quality, as well as my mistakes and sometimes odd pronunciations; it’s not often that I have to say botanical names instead of writing them. I’ll put the plant names after each clip for clarity. Let’s see how this goes….

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  • Filipendula ulmaria ‘Aurea’ (golden meadowsweet)
  • Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’ (hardy hibiscus)
  • Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Tanna’ (burnet)
  • Tanacetum vulgare ‘Isla Gold’ (tansy)
  • Hemerocallis ‘Nona’s Garnet Spider’ (daylily)
  • Sanguisorba ‘Dali Marble’ (burnet)
  • Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ (purple smoke tree)
  • Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’ (Diabolo ninebark)
  • Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’ (golden catalpa)
  • Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’ (Mellow Yellow spirea)
  • Coreopsis hybrid (coreopsis)

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  • Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’ (hosta)
  • Buxus sempervirens ‘Elegantissima’ (boxwood)

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Well, that didn’t end up saving much time, but it was kind of fun for something different. Feel free to let me know if you liked the videos better than the photos, or if you’d rather I went back to the old way of posting, and we’ll see if there’s some sort of consensus. I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer in your own gardens!

10 Comments on “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2021

  1. It’s great that you took the time to make the videos and identify everything and gave a new understanding of your gardens and their layouts and relationships to one another. The variety of what you grow is simply astounding. I prefer the still photography, however, now that it’s clear the videos don’t save you time. They make it easier to focus on the individual flowers and plants – I’ve learned to identify a lot of flora from your photos and captions over the years. And though it hardly needs saying – your photography is always superb in and of itself.

    Thanks, Christina; it’s very helpful to know that, I appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback. Have a great Bloom Day!
    -Nan

  2. Great idea, the little walk round and wow, you REALLY know all those names. You are a genius

    You’re so kind, Caroline, but ugh, trying to keep all of the names straight is getting increasingly difficult, particularly with all of the changes to the botanical names!
    -Nan

  3. Wow, Nan. Thank you for the delightful videos. They’re a wonderful new way to enjoy Hayefield, and I learned a lot, as always.

    Hi Sandy! Thanks ever so much for taking the tour today. May you enjoy a beautiful Bloom Day in your own garden.
    -Nan

  4. It felt like taking a garden walk with you, Nan! I think it helped to see plant habits and height, and some added information about your likes and dislikes of a plant. I like both methods, and thank you for sharing your wonderful garden!

    Hey there, Donna! I appreciate hearing that; thanks. It was something different, anyway.
    -Nan

  5. I’ve always looked forward to taking a walk in your garden but today was quite different. Normally, I brag about each new entry and share the link with my gardening friends, but not this time. Sorry, I may be the only one but the intense black background was too much for me to handle. I’m hoping this is a work in progress and the background will soon be changed. I was not able to watch any of the videos and feel bad about that. Sorry.

    I’m really sorry about that, Mary. I’m not seeing the black background on my end; maybe it appears differently in different browsers? Sounds like I’ll have to go back to the still photos, maybe with a much smaller number to save time.
    -Nan

  6. I love that you made lots of short videos as opposed to one or more long ones, and it was wonderful to get a sense of what your amazing gardens look like when you take a step back. I still prefer the still photos, but this was a nice treat!

    That’s useful to know, Kem; many thanks. Another vote to go back to the old way. I thought everyone would be bored with that by now, but I guess the folks that still visit here are ok with it, and it’s ok with me too!
    -Nan

  7. Hi Nan, nice to see the plants in action, so to speak, but I had difficulty with the sound level. Maybe it’s my laptop, but if you do the videos again in future, is there a way to pump up the sound your end?

    Also, I appreciate (as always!) your listing botanical names and common names, but when I enlarge the videos full screen, the list goes away and I lose the benefit of identifying the plants as you go along. To see the list at the same time you’re naming the plants, I have to watch the videos at a much-shrunken size so a lot of the detail of the plants is lost. Sorry to sound critical! But I thought I’d let you know. Thanks for all you do for us. —Vicki

    That’s all really valuable feedback, Vicki; thanks! It was worth a try, but I now know not to do videos anymore. Look for a return to photo-based posts next month.
    -Nan

  8. Good morning Nan, this was a lot of work for you, thanks! I loved hearing your voice! That was fun. Hard to imagine how many plants you grow and seeds you save, amazing walk about. Glad the cicadas are gone. Now Japanese beetles, always something. Things are so early for me this year, hope that doesn’t mean an early winter! I have dahlias blooming and I usually don’t get them till mid Aug in the pots and these ones that are blooming are in the ground. And we are even having rain, great summer so far. Picking broccoli Raab and zucchinis too. Some tomatoes, cherry style are ripening. I did up window boxes of peas and beans early in the cold greenhouse and have been eating them too. Can’t complain. Hope all your plants give you lots of seeds, have a great day! TTFN…Sue

    Hi there, Sue! Great to hear from you. Gosh, I too hope you don’t get an early winter; your growing season is short enough as it is. May your rain and mild temperatures continue to give you a bountiful harvest and an abundance of blooms for a couple more months!
    -Nan

  9. I love the short videos.
    I grew that Solanum ‘bed of nails’ one year from seed you shared. I think it’s so cool.
    I’m growing the tassel flower ‘Irish poet’ and the Moldova marigolds this year…also from seed you shared some years back.
    I collect my own seed from that flat yellow bean seed you shared. We just love them. They take a bit longer to produce but they’re worth it.

    Hi Mel! Thanks for the feedback on the videos. Yeah, that solanum is amazing. I’m growing it in a container this year with the idea of being able to drag it into the greenhouse if there’s a possibility of getting seeds to ripen this fall. I greatly appreciate that you shared back some of the ‘Moldova’ marigold with me, since I had lost my supply. I’m looking forward to it coming into bloom any day now. (Got a late start due to the first sowing getting slug-eaten.) Great that you too really like the ‘Merveille de Venise’ pole beans. It seems like they are never going to start producing, but once they get going, it’s hard to keep up with the bounty! And such a wonderful, almost nutty flavor.
    -Nan

  10. Hi Nan, thank you so much for taking the time and effort, to show us around your beautiful garden. I enjoyed it very much, sorry to hear that you won’t be doing more videos ☹ I am going to watch it all again, as I want to make a note of several of your plants, hope I can get the variegated sunflower in England, as we’ll asTanacetum Vulgare Isla Gold, Monarda Raspberry wine, and
    Heliopsis burning hearts to name just a few. You mentioned Chiltern Seeds so I will look there. Thank you once again Nan, take care.

    Lovely to hear from you, Allan. Well, now that I know the videos weren’t horrible for everyone, maybe I’ll try again. The ‘Sunspots’ sunflower seed was from Plant World two years ago, and they usually had it every year before then, though I think it’s not on their site right now; perhaps they’ll relist it this fall. Make sure you read the description if you find seeds somewhere: there is also a strain called ‘Sunspot’ (singular) that is NOT variegated. The golden tansy was originally from your part of the world, so you should be able to find plants. Not sure about the monarda availability, It doesn’t look like Chiltern has the heliopsis, but I see other UK seed sources do. I wish you the best of luck in your search. Hope your garden is treating you well this summer!
    -Nan

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