Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for July 2010

Oriental Lily 'Time Out'

Well it is Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day once again where thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens we are called upon to describe what is blooming right now.  For us it is lillies, lillies, and more lillies.  The problem is that because of the drought we have been through all the flowers are much smaller than normal.  More about that later.  First let me share some of the flower pictures.

Oriental Lily 'Salmon Star'

Oriental Lily 'Marco Polo'

Trumpet Lily 'Scheherazade'

Lilies provide the added benefit of striking fragrance on a summer night and their smell permeates the house if you bring them inside.

Even the daylilies are getting into the act.

Red Daylily

Yes, there a lot of other players in the yard right now — the Shasta Daisies, the Black-eyed Susans, Yarrow, Gaura, Heliopsis, and Joe Pye Weed.

Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)

And our favorite Glad is out in bloom.

Princess Margaret Rose Gladiolius is the first one out again

And let us not forget a cute little annual Celosia.

Celosia 'Flamingo Feather'

But the biggest feature of the garden has been the lack of water.

We went on vacation at the end of June.  June was a very dry month before we left.  But I had watered everything I could before departing.  For the full month of June this is what we got for rainfall.

Weather for June

Note the record heat.  In addition during the two weeks we were gone there was zero rain and the heat got worse. Through the first 8 days of July not a drop fell at our house and the temperature went to a 106 degrees.  I had counted on getting at least one little rainstorm and hadn’t expected desert-like temperatures.

I still haven’t finished toting up the damage.

The dead and dying on the Maple Allee

This is the sight I faced on the evening I returned.  A lot of labor and years of growth on the little Maples — wasted.

The newly planted Coral Bark Maple is toast...

Garden disasters - note shrunken water-starved corn

Potted plants on evening of our return home

The positive on this last picture is that with water our thirty year-old Grapefruit has opened it’s leaves again.

I’m sure there is some lesson here about abandoning your garden while hiking through the wildflowers in Colorado, but I don’t want to hear it.  Maryland is supposed to have better weather than Nevada…

3 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for July 2010

  1. Carol, May Dreams Gardens

    First, let me say that the lilies look great. Very colorful and cheery. The devastation caused by no rain is heartbreaking! Here in Indiana, we had the 3rd wettest June since records were kept. Then it dried up and got hot, but not so hot as to cause anything to dry up and die. I feel bad for you and your garden!

  2. Larry

    So many nice lilies! I’m anxious to see new Sheherazades open for me as I installed them for the first time this past fall, I’m sure that the loss of the acers must be very disconcerting to say the least. This is the first summer in several that I haven’t had to water the gardens. Larry

  3. Les

    That Acer Allee is a said photo. It is so disheartening when you put all that work in only for naught. We are under similar conditions here, but have had a few life-support storm rains. I went to my parents on the Eastern Shore, and the corn looked more like yuccas and is now a total loss I’m told.