After a very promising start to the growing season, the previously reliable rains have disappeared, making gardening a lot less enjoyable over the past month. Still, I know that many of you are enduring much worse drought, so I won’t whine about it further, I promise. Instead, let’s focus what is still looking ok despite the less-than-ideal growing conditions.
To mix things up a bit, I’m organizing the plants by color this time. I chose the photo above for the very first spot, because it didn’t fit well anywhere else due to the mix of colors. It was supposed to be Linaria ‘Plummy’, a blue-purple-flowered cross of L. purpurea and L. dalmatica from Plant World Seeds. The seeds produced a variety of colors, including pinks, purples, cream, and white, on plants that all look like L. purpurea. Though the results weren’t what I expected, I can’t say that I’m disappointed: the mix is very pretty, and the bumblebees certainly are enjoying the bountiful blooms.
Now, starting with the greens and creams…
Not a bad showing for midsummer. Time will tell how things look here by next month: It may be equally colorful or mostly bleached green, crispy brown, and withered black. Here’s hoping for the former. May all of you who need rain get a good soaking (but not TOO much), and may those of you who are in need of sun have your world brightened soon. Thanks so much for visiting today!
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13 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2022”
Nan, organizing by color was a great idea!
Thanks, Sandy. Something different, anyway. Hope you enjoy a beautiful day!
Oh this is lovely. The strains you’ve selected for the gomphrena and nicotiana are just beautiful. I need to get some of those Hayefield Green flowering tobacco for next year. Absolutely charming!
Thanks, Gabriella. I’m really pleased with both finds, but the nicotiana really is lovely, with the sturdy plants and long, willowy stems of the species but the softer colors.
I love that Tomato Keith’s Ailisa Gold. Where can I get seeds?
I will have them available by late August or early September.
Great pictures! A pleasure to view them.
Kind of you to say that, Steve. Thanks for visiting today!
Wow! Everything looks beautiful despite the lack of rain. I hope you post a photo because I’m also looking forward to seeing the blue seed pods on that castor bean.
Oh, I sure will post a picture of them! This strain is behaving differently than other castor beans I have grown: much smaller seeds, and a much longer germination period, and the flowers are different too. I can’t wait to see the pods and hope they make lots of seeds. The plants are on the top of my must-water list.
Love the way you organized by color, Nan! Great post!
Thanks, Lorraine! It was fun putting the post together that way.
Always look forward to your Bloggers Bloom Day and continually amazed at your huge variety of plants! Truly inspiring. Wishing us all more rain! :)
Hi Esme! I appreciate that. May you get rain too, very soon!
In this hot season, the hot pinks are catching my eye! That Ruby strain of flax, your own gomphrena…so many to love! Thanks for bringing to our eyes some of the tiny beauties we don’t often see. Needing rain here too!
There was a time that hot pinks would make me cringe, but I’m with you, Donna–they are really making me happy this year. Wishing some rain for you too!
Love your wonderful pictures! You have an amazing garden and meadow and green thumb!
Thanks so much, Joy. I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Bloom Day in your own garden!
Nancy, I forward eagerly to your bloom day each month, and even take notes!
Thank you, Marian–it’s neat to hear that!
Beautiful — and phenomenal — as always!
Thanks so much, Kem!
Every month you have some of the most unusual flowers I’ve ever seen.
Thanks, Carol! You know I have lots of the old favorites, too, but I like to keep things interesting here with the oddities.
Gorgeous plants as always. Your Daucus carota ‘Purple Kisses’ is at the top of my seed wish list. I’ll try to watch for when it hits your seed list. Also loving the Calendula ‘Orange Flash’. (And so much more)
‘Purple Kisses’ is really getting my attention too! I can’t promise that all of the seedlings will produce that deep red color, but nearly all of mine did this year, and once again, I removed any that were white or pink as soon as their color showed. There are lots of seeds forming on the plants that are left. If you want, you could sign up for a back-in-stock notification on the seed’s listing page; that way, the site will automatically email you when I list the new harvest.
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