Most of us are in the full swing of summer. That means the weather’s hot and the gardens are growing like crazy. Blooms are everywhere and the birds and bees are busy as can be. Here are a few of the things that are blooming in our gardens.
Here at Chiot’s Run I love flowers, I have large front foundation borders filled with a mix of flowers, fruiting shrubs, and vegetables. Each year they get bigger and bigger and I expand them out taking over even more lawn.
Most of the flowers in my gardens are beneficial flower for the birds and the bees. I have a lot of herbs and a lot of native plants that provide pollen and nectar for the bees and herbs for my teas, like this anise hyssop.
Of course some flowers are planted simply for their intrigue, like this ‘The Watchman’ Hollyhock.
It’s Jennifer! Down here it’s been hot for a while. These are the Dog Days. Grass starts to brown and blossoms wilt. Rainy days, when they arrive, bring a much needed respite from Summer’s heat.
Although we still have blossoms it seems their colors reflect the warmth that is covering much of the country.
We keep what we can alive without supplemental watering. That means a lot of drought-resistant plants and natives.
Our water barrels are reserved for our edibles.
and that’s okay by me. I’d rather focus on staying cool than do extra outdoor work in this heat!
Kim here...I don’t usually have many blooms other than those that lead to edibles. But due to a funeral and a fundraiser at my house I have many ornamental flowers blooming….along the front walk, on the back patio. If I’m not careful I could make a yearly habit of adorning my house with such lovely blooms!
But a lovely as the purposely planted blooms are…
They can never be as lovely as natures own floral arraignments!
What’s blooming in your garden right now?