Wordless Wednesday: July Approaches


Along the front porch the delphinium patch has so far avoided the usual violent summer storms. 

delphinium flower

Close ups show a bicolor effect which I never notice from further away.

rose black forest

Never sprayed and a little ragged, Rose ‘Black Forest’ is still unstoppable in the tropical garden.

lilium regale

Regal Lilies (Lilium Regale) perfume the ‘potager’

alcea holyhock

Hollyhocks in the front border.  It’s been at least 30 years since I last grew these (even though I still hesitate to admit I’m no longer 30).

Berkheya purpurea

Berkheya purpurea in the rock garden… which still lacks rocks…

23 comments on “Wordless Wednesday: July Approaches

  1. Deborah Banks says:

    Lovely pictures!

  2. Chloris says:

    What do you feed your gorgeous delphiniums on? They are stunning. And your fabulous lilies, unscathed by lily or pollen beetle, it’s not fair. Love your June garden.

    • bittster says:

      We are so lucky to be outside the range of those disgusting red lily beetles (for now). I suspect that when they get here I’ll just give up… although I will try and hide the fritts.
      The delphiniums do get all the leftover liquid feeds and whatever is left in the watering can. My methods are far more art than science 😉

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Those delphiniums are delightful. I have never had luck growing them. I didn’t even know there was a bicolor delphinium, very interesting. Your lily is living up to its regal name. Happy summer.

    • bittster says:

      I had no luck growing delphiniums for years, and then just hit on the right plant in the right spot and have been holding my breath ever since. I’m sure the luck will run out soon enough!
      The lilies on the other hand are easy. They’re from seed and only needed about two or three years before I saw the first flower. I don’t have lily beetles though, and I hear they are a regular lily-destroying menace…

  4. Oh, phew. For a minute I was worried there really weren’t going to be any words and I had no clue what that last plant is. Glad you got to enjoy your delphiniums in a pristine state. Mark it on the calendar as I know it rarely happens.

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Delightful! You must be thrilled with those beautiful delphiniums!

  6. plantgeeksgarden says:

    I love the how you show the two tones of the delphinium. Just beautiful.

  7. Eliza Waters says:

    I love seeing how your garden has progressed, Frank. Time and tide wait for no man. 😉 Where the heck did June go?
    Your delphinium are gorgeous, btw. Wish I could grow them, but slugs would do them in, for sure.

    • bittster says:

      Isn’t the year going crazy fast!? I know they say time flies as you get older, but this year seems especially fast. I swear I was smelling daffodils just a couple weeks ago.
      For me the beginning of July is still busy, but hopefully after that there will be plenty of smell-the-roses time. I only hope there will still be a few roses left over to smell!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Absolutely! I remember my 90-yr.old grandma laughing and telling me that a year to her was like a month. I’m beginning to see what she meant. No matter what I do, time still flies past. Sigh. Viva mid-summer!

  8. Christina says:

    Your delphiniums are spectacular, sadly they need far too much water to survive here, do show some more close ups I love seeing the different tones mixing.

    • bittster says:

      The delphinium enjoyed the well-watered spring, but they still sulk once the heat and humidity roll in. I think you have to head just a little further north before they enter the ‘easy’ category!

  9. Glorious Delphiniums! I would like to smell those lilies.

  10. Gorgeous delphiniums! I grew them in my very first garden where I discovered they did not like tornado-type winds. Glad yours are surviving the weather.

    • bittster says:

      ‘Glad yours are surviving the weather’… that only lasted until Wednesday. Whatever was left of the shattered stems now decorate the kitchen table.

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