Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day July 2013

Oriental Lily 'Casa Blanca'

Oriental Lily ‘Casa Blanca’

I am setting new records for delayed Bloom Day postings.  Unfortunately I was on travel once again for the Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day event which should be on the 15th of the month.  Nonetheless I will use this post to sum up the state of flowering in the garden as I find it useful to see what changes from year to year.  For instance I note that we are still well behind last year when the crocosmia were well into their bloom and only just budding up right now.

First the new items…

I’ve now gotten the first blooms from the Roscoeas.  I planted both Roscoea purpurea and cautleoides from Thimble Farms this spring.  The latter got knocked over by a rabbit or squirrel so I didn’t get the full bloom, but the purpurea came through just fine.

Roscoea purpurea 'Spice Island'

Roscoea purpurea ‘Spice Island’

This ginger relative makes a bright statement with rich green foliage.

I also put in a new Agapanthus from Plant Delights as part of my foray to the south this spring.

Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud'

Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’

The resulting plant stands almost 4 feet tall and has deep purple flowers, much nicer than the average Agapanthus.

Finally from Far Reaches I acquired a pure yellow Toad Lily that has just come into flower, probably a bit early because of the greenhouse.

Tricyrtis ohsumiensis

Tricyrtis ohsumiensis

I need to find a good shade spot for this little gem.

Beyond those newcomers there are all the standard pleasures of this time of year, dominantly annuals and lilies.

Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)

Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)

Red Daylily

Red Daylily

Oriental Lily 'Time Out'

Oriental Lily ‘Time Out’

Oriental Lily 'Marco Polo'

Oriental Lily ‘Marco Polo’

Trumpet Lily 'Lady Alice

Trumpet Lily ‘Lady Alice

Oriental Trumpet Lily 'Anastasia'

A mass of Oriental Trumpet Lily ‘Anastasia’ over 10 feet tall.

Oriental-Trumpet Lily 'Scheherezade' shares space with the Joe Pye Weed.

Oriental-Trumpet Lily ‘Scheherezade’ shares space with the Joe Pye Weed.

Red Oriental Lily

Red Oriental Lily

This last had definite signs of virus so I’ve yanked it out.  The cluster was over 9 feet tall and vigorous but I can’t afford to have virus spread to the other lilies.  I’ve just ordered Spuria Iris to take that place for next year.

So that’s a brief summary of the state of the art around Ball Rd.  I hope to get more organized by next month’s GBBD posting.  In the meantime you should journey over to May Dreams Gardens to see what others have posted.

2 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day July 2013

  1. Lea

    Such brilliant colors!
    I especially like the Lilies!
    Happy Belated GBBD!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  2. Scott Weber

    Better late than never (I’m never on time for Bloom Day)! LOVE all the Lilies! I just planted Anastasia and Scheherezade this spring…and your photos make me so excited for their progress over the next few years!