Thursday, July 14, 2011

July Bloom Day--Happy to be Here

It was a wild week that saw intense, hurricane-force winds wreak havoc across the Chicagoland area, and at my house we lost power for three days. Now that the electricity has been restored it is a relief to be home and posting for Bloom Day, hosted monthly by Carol at May Dreams Garden. So without further ado...

There are lots of umbels blooming in my front garden right now, namely these cilantros which have bolted and the 'Moonshine' yarrows still going strong in the background.

Hyssops (Agastache foeniculum) are starting to bloom... the native monardas (M. fistulosa). Finally! I guess my threats to them last year made an impression.

I have no idea how or when these got here...they're some type of Rudbeckia I think, but which kind? Possibly the classic Black-Eyed Susan (R. hirta), but I honestly don't know!

These Candy Oh! roses from Proven Winners were a free trial last year...I've done no spraying or maintenance and they seem fine. I don't love their really small blooms but they're bringing some color to a forgotten spot on the side of the house.

There is a sea of salvia nemorosa 'Plumosa' mixing with prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)...

...and daylilies...

...including this great wine-colored passalong from Mr. McGregor's Daughter. Unfortunately it's languishing in a rather dry spot (although everything is languishing in dry conditions, but that's another story).

In the rain garden swamp milkweed (Ascelpias incarnata) is blooming...

...but the most interesting plants in the whole garden right now are these yellow coneflowers (Ratbida pinnata):

I planted these last fall and they've exploded! Pretty much all the blurry greenery behind these flowers are more yellow coneflowers. I can't wait until they're all in full bloom; it should be gorgeous. On the downside, I think they've crowded out all my nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum), which are conspicuously absent after a lovely show last year.

I've included this picture to give you a sense of how tall these flowers are. That fence? It's four-and-a-half feet high. As you can see the yellow coneflowers clear it by about six inches. I had no idea these would get so tall and robust! I now need to figure out how to balance them so they don't choke out anything else!

For those of you in the Chicago area, I hope your gardens came through this week unscathed. It's shaping up to be quite the challenging year for gardening, between the cold, rainy spring, severe storms, and now weeks of hot drought (the rain Monday fell so fast it didn't make much of a difference). It's time for tough plants to act as such!

Also blooming, not pictured:
Coral bells
Big-leaved aster (Eurybia macrophylla)
Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

PS-Yes I know I'm a little early with this post but it's Friday tomorrow, and I didn't want to risk missing Bloom Day due to weekend laziness. I hope you understand.


Rose said...

I heard about the storms in Chicagoland; I'm glad you're okay, but three days without power (and A/C!) is awful! I'm glad it's back on for you and that you were able to join in Bloom Day. I have some volunteer Rudbeckia that is far away from the originals, and I'm wondering, too, how it got there. Your yellow coneflowers are amazing! I tried to start some from seed, but didn't have any luck. It must like your garden, Rose:)

garden girl said...

Glad your power's back on Rose! We had the high winds, but little rain here in the south 'burbs. Our power was out only for a couple of hours, thankfully.

Love the swamp milkweed! All your blooms are wonderful. Happy Bloom Day!

Dorothy Borders said...

Glad to see you and your plants survived the extreme weather. Your garden looks lovely.

Sissy said...

Oh, Rose! No power for 3 days, Yuck! I know we need rain, badly, but your garden doesn't look like it is suffering! I hope you are able to stay in the next couple days with the A/C on, it's hot!

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