14 July 2010

July 2010 Bloom Day

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day
What's blooming in the garden on the 15th of the month.

The perennials are in full swing, with some beginning to fade as the annuals take over. Oh, and the vegetable garden is beginning to produce.

I resisted the temptation to flood this post with photos of the same beauties that bloom every year and are already posted. Only a few new rookie notables are included this month like the millet - winning my affection as the best new plant of the year in my garden.

As usual, you can find other garden bloggers' July bloom days at the blog May Dreams Gardens.

Cosmos 'Sonata Pink' (Cosmos bipinnatus )
Ornamental Millet 'Jester' (Pennisetum glaucum )

Mexican Zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia)

Zinnia 'Violet Queen' (Zinnia elegans )
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima )

Hosta 'Gold Standard'

Garden Calendar:
  • Blooming: pink cosmos, mexican zinnia, petunia, red cosmos, nicotiana, calendula, phlox, cleome, coneflower, salvia
  • Harvested: 5 cucumbers


Tufa Girl said...
I have not grown the millet in my garden. Tell me will the birds find it soon? It is a lovely color.
Swimray said...
So far, no birds. The small birds prefer my coneflower (and crabgrass) seeds.
Gardening in a Sandbox said...
Wonderful blooms.
noel said...

i love your photos of your beautiful flowers especially how you present them in this mosaic showcase

thanks for sharing your blooms today.
Les said...
My uncle grew a small field of millet to attract doves (only with the goal of shooting them) and it was one of the most beautiful things I have seen planted.
Pam said...
Very nice!!!
Swimray said...
I'm glad you added that last word to your post. Otherwise, I thought it was a beautiful thing shooting doves.
Dagliljan said...
I just googled Zinnia angustifolia and found your blog. What is your experience with it? Long bloom? Need a lot of heat?
I garden in a cool zone 6 in Sweden :)
Best wishes
Swimray said...
Dagliljan, I haven't been back to this post in a while. My zinnia agustifolia reseeds itself every year. It is slow getting started, but once it gets going, watch out. It blooms all summer long. I am in Zone 7, and believe it will do well in zone 6.
Dagliljan said...
Thank you, I will use it for edging this summer. Just sowing it inside in trays.