Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: July 2014
Lagerstroemia (unknown crape myrtle cultivar)
It's the middle of July in Washington, that hot, steamy time of year that prompted me to dub it the "DC Tropics". It doesn't help that we've had several days of rain, cranking up the humidity to decidedly tropical levels! But this is when my garden starts reaching its peak, and the tropical, subtropical, and other heat-loving plants start looking their best. Below are some of the plants that are blooming today. For the full set of photos click here. For more Garden Bloggers Bloom Day posts from all around the blogosphere, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
Sure, the flowers are pretty until it rains and somebody walks on them...
Sabal minor 'McCurtain', blooming for the first time
Nepeta cultivar (name lost long ago)
Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle'
Silene regia 'Prairie Fire'
Spigelia marilandica, very last flowers
Is this cheating? Hibiscus 'Fireball' had flowers yesterday, and will again tomorrow!
Argh! Begonia grandis 'Early Bird' will be open tomorrow
Phytolacca americana (Yes, this is pokeweed. Yes, this is a weed.)
Finally, a couple of views of the garden, still recovering from our coldest winter in 20 years:
View from the roof deck
So... here are the flowers. Now where are all the hummingbirds and butterflies?