Saturday, July 14, 2012

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day July 2012

It is July in my northeast Long Island garden and the landscape is full of color and life!  We are located in zone 7 on the south shore of Long Island near the Long Island Sound and there has been an abundance of blooms.  The gardens are very much ahead of schedule due to the unusually mild winter...or rather lack of winter this past year.  Come walk with me to explore my July garden...
Monarch Butterfly
My new miniature butterfly Bush has given me more enjoyment that I could have imagined.  It is constantly the haven for butterflies of all types and the Monarchs have been such a joy to watch and admire.  Everyday the butterflies visit from morning until dusk and they are not at all camera shy! I think this little fellow might actually be posing.
This is a close up of the beautiful blooms of Lantana on my new patio tree. This was a surprise present from my husband and I love it.   It will have to come in for the winter in this zone 7 garden and I am hoping I will have it for years to pretty and fragrant too!
Lantana Patio Tree

Lillium 'Stargazer'
The 'Stargazer' Lillies are several weeks earlier this year...
Lillium 'Cassablanca'
and so are the 'Cassablanca'.  The sweet fragrance of the 'Stargazer' and 'Cassablanca' is fabulous and can be sensed all around the yard.
Local Visitor
The neighborhood ducks from the local pond have been paying quite a few visits to the garden this year.  He will just walk along with us.
Perennial Gardem with Salvia 'May Night', Hemerocallis 'Grape Velvet' and Stachys
The perennial garden is now in full bloom with Salvia 'May Night', Hemerocallis 'Grape Velvet' and Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear).  It will continue to bloom throughout July and August. 
Hosta 'Fire & Ice' -20"diameter, flowers in July-August
Here is the newest member in my hosta collection, 'Fire &Ice'...
Astilbe 'Visions' (Purple)
and the newest Astilbe addition, Astilbe 'Visions' in purple. Both are welcome additions to the shadier part of the garden.
Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue' - blooms on old wood
The hydrangea are all in bloom with vivid blues.....
Hydrangea Endless Summer 'Twist & Shout'-blooms on new and old wood
and delicate pinks.  The above lace cap hydrangea planted last summer is really producing some nice blooms.
Perennial Garden (Full Sun)
Here is the full sun area of the garden.  In the backdrop is a Weeping White Pine (left) and Yaku Jima Maiden Grass (right).   In the foreground is Astilbe 'Sprite' (left) with its light pink blooms and Sedum ' Dragon Blood' (right). Don't let the name get you-the blooms are a vibrant fushia and last for throughout the summer.   My Astilbe 'Sprite' does just fine in full sun with irrigation.  This one gets just a little bit of afternoon shading from the Weeping Pine above it.  The sedum takes full intense sun and drought and is very hardy.
Evergreen & Perennial Garden
Here is another view of the garden showing the Golden Hinoki Cypress, Montgomery Globe Blue Spruce and Daylily 'Stella D Oro'.  To the right is Sedum 'Brilliant' which will bloom next month.
Nepeta 'Walkers Low' and Knock Out Rose 'Double Red'
It wouldn't be July in the garden without Nepeta and Roses...  I love this combination.

Here is his mate.  I knew she couldn't be far behind.  These two feathered friends feel very comfortable walking around the gardens and are quite adorable to watch.  Two years ago they nested under a tree and we had baby cute!
Garden Gal
 So another month has come and gone and another Garden Blogger's Bloom Day has arrived.  Our Long Island garden is alive with color, fragrance and visitors galore and nestled under a tree...Garden Gal is still smiling!  Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed the tour. For more July gardens from around the world be sure to visit our Garden Blogger's Bloom Day hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  Thank you Carol for making every month of the year a gardener's paradise!

"Dirty hands, iced tea, garden fragrances thick in the air and a blanket of color before me,
who could ask for more?"
- Bev Adams, Mountain Gardening

As Always...Happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.


  1. I really enjoyed that walk, thanks! What a beautiful garden you have, I especially liked your lilies, but I can see we have many plants in common :-)

  2. Gosh, Lee! Every flower is just lovely!! And your visitors - butterflies and ducks - seem to be enjoying the blooms as well. Thanks for letting us tour your garden on GBBD!

  3. Thank you for visiting Linda, Helene and Astrid and a Happy GBBD to you as well! Yes-lots of visitors in the garden this July!

  4. Lots of visitors indeed and your blooms are amazing! Beautiful gardens Lee.

  5. You have so many gorgeous blooms. I enjoyed seeing all the plants that don't grow well down here.

    Happy GBBD!

  6. Hi Lee,
    You have a beautiful place, and what a bonus to have duck visitors! Your miniature butterfly bush blooms look similar to the one I got 4 of a few years ago that was not supposed to get taller than 4 feet. Each year, they have gotten a bit taller. This year, the ones I planted across the street are about 6 feet tall. I cut the one in our yard way back so it can't get that tall.

    Thanks for your nice comment on my bloom day post. I consider myself a plant collector, and feel like my gardens are pretty hodge podge, so for a landscaper to say it looks cottagy and inviting makes me feel very good. I'm pleased to meet you, by the way!

  7. Happy GBBD! I very much enjoyed this visit to your garden to see what's blooming. Great photos of the butterfly, I have no luck getting pictures of butterflies. My Stargazers aren't open yet, they are one of my favorites.

  8. How beautiful. I also am jealous of the way you have captured the butterflies.

  9. Oh, I'm envious! Your garden is full of color and blooms! We just returned from two weeks in Europe, and our gardens look horrible. The stargazers and casa blancas all bloomed while I was away--boo! I love your lantana tree--just lovely. What a good husband! ;-) Happy GBBD!

  10. Your garden looks wonderful...and the ducks are TOO CUTE! I'm so jealous of your scented Lilies...I need some next year in my garden :-)

  11. Well after several hot days the blooms are really ahead of schedule. It should be interesting to see what's blooming in August. Thank you everyone for visiting and for your comments!

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  13. That lantana tree is gorgeous.And I love Garden Gal with the creeping jenny. Your garden is lovely.

  14. wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Lovely.... real attractive and I love the Lillies. Ducks are great too, but might be a stretch too far for me as my dog would chase them off :)

  16. Oh yes, this is my kind of day trp out. Planting fields looks incredible, I could spend all day nosing around their collections paricularly those glass houses.<a href="</a>Gurgaon Flowers</a>

  17. Thanks for sharing this with us! Some really amazing features.


Thank you for visiting. I love reading your comments and knowing you have been here, and will try to reciprocate on your blog. If you have any questions I will try my very best to answer them. As always...HAPPY GARDENING!


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