July brings hot temperatures and more reluctance to work in the garden. I limit my time to the cooler hours of the morning and late afternoons, wander here and there, pulling weeds and thinking of all the things I need to “fix” for next year. There are always disappointments. My alyssums did not do well with all the rain we got earlier. They are spindly and sparse, not the full white cascade of blooms on the seed envelope. The marigolds I envisioned blooming brightly among the red cabbages are still forming with barely a hint of blooming. The border is not what I imagined. I will have to change my plan and wait patiently for a more successful showing next year.
In July my hydrangeas bloom white then turn to a nice limey green. These are Annabelles and I’m very pleased with them. They are not as tall as I’d like, growing only about 4 feet and they tend to flop from the weight of the the flower heads. They provide three seasons of white to lime to beige blooms…well worth the space and limited maintenance.
I have harvested several cabbages. I enjoy walking outside with my knife in hand and announcing that I’m headed out to “get supper”. I return with a cabbage, type “shrimp and cabbage” into a search engine, and a little while later I’m serving up a new dish. It all just seems to taste better when it comes from your own garden.
One of the best pleasures of summer are grape tomatoes. They are named that way I think because of their shape and how they cluster on the vine like grapes. I think someone noticed how much eating them resembles eating grapes as well. I love to keep a bowl of clean grape tomatoes on my counter in the kitchen. However, they rarely make it to the table this way as I tend to snack on them as I prepare supper.
Though it has been really hot the last few days, I have still taken some time to move a few of my daylilies. It is so much easier to move them when you can still see the blooms. I’ve tried marking them with ribbons or stakes and taking pictures so I would know which ones to dig up later, but it never seems to work. Some plant always ends up where it wasn’t supposed to be. Now I just dig them up when they are blooming and put them where I want them. They are one of the few plants you can do this with in the heat of summer. It is best to cut them back and water them really well. I have lots of daylilies, most I got from a neighbor who has since passed away. She called these “King Alfred”. I love how they look behind my hellebores, which are holding up nicely in the heat and sun.
One of my favorite daylilies is one I purchased myself and have divided often. They are one of the shorter daylilies and they bloom profusely. These are “Silk Ruffles”.
My alliums bloomed early in July. I like scattering them among other blooms.
My snowcap daisies were marvelous. I wish they bloomed longer but they are stunning for a couple of weeks (sometimes longer depending on the weather).
One of the hard things about gardening is realizing at some point that you have too much of something, and that you have to let it go. I hate to throw out good plants though, so I try to give them away to anyone nearby that will have them. I have already populated my neighbor’s yard with extras from my garden. This week I decided to try something different. I got a box and put in a hosta, some daylilies, and a few miniature irises that I had dug up and had no place in the garden to put back. I wrote “FREE” on the box and set it in the shady part of the driveway. The box was gone by the end of the day. One more benefit of gardening….sharing!
- Open Garden – Daylilies in bloom this past weekend (rosedalegardens.wordpress.com)
- Want New Varieties of Daylilies? Then Propagate. (blogher.com)
- Blooming in July! (faroutflora.com)
- Summers Bride – Marigold (funflowerfacts.com)
- 271: Learning to love summer (bogsofohio.wordpress.com)