July Cottage Garden Journal…
Its been over a week since I’ve posted…Whoa how time flies.
Last week it was horribly hot and humid. Unfortunately I don’t do well in hot weather. Hot weather mixed with humidity makes me mis.e.ra.ble. My energy level is at an all time low which turns me into a couch potato.
In our older home a/c can hardly make it upstairs which makes it too hot to be up there decorating. Since we have a stand a/c unit in our bedroom which does provides us relief.
I haven’t shared my gardens since the end of May! So its certainly time for some garden photos. Oh wait, I did share my heirloom rose that finally bloomed..
If you didn’t see the post click here to view the beautiful shrub rose.
One of my favorite perennials is in bloom, Queen of the Prairie..Her blooms look fragile but she is a very hardly plant. She handles fun or partial shade and her blooms last for two weeks.
She looks pretty tucked in a white vase a top a vintage milk stool.
Monarda, Bee Balm. A beautiful flower which will attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds.
Cleome a beautiful annual for our cottage garden. These were freebies from last year because Cleome is a heavy reseeder.
Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) has a unique flower head that resembles a goose’s neck. The flower will tilt over more in a few days. This is a great perennial for shade to semi-shade. Even though it spreads easily it is also easy to remove.
Salvia, Victoria Blue, which is another heavy reseeder. The last two years I’ve not needed to start any from seed. At the end of the season don’t deadhead them and let the seeds fall.
Also you’ll need to “recognize” the seeds sprouting next Spring so they aren’t pull out!
Zinnia, a great work horse of the garden. Bees, Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. This is a new variety I started this year, a much shorten one, about 1 1/2 feet which is great for the front of the garden.
Liatris (Blazing Star or Gayfeather). They typically grow from corms that sprout in Spring. You can plant in Spring or Fall. Besides that they can take very cold winters.
The first Cosmos to bloom. I didn’t start from seed this year but in this section seeds were spread for a cutting garden. I was a little heavy with the seeds as you can see from the vegetation in this area.
Our beautiful Wisteria is in bloom again.. This is her second set of blooms and will have the most flowers. Then she will bloom again in late summer/early fall.
Wisteria blooms on new wood (current years growth or new growth). Taking advantage of this lets me get 3 different set of blooms each summer. Spring, Summer and then late summer.
Wisteria can grow up to 35 feet but I keep mine at no more than 10. I prune her back hard in fall. So the first blooms in Spring are minimal, then in Summer the most abundant blooms. After this set of blooms I prune her back hard again and get another set of minimal blooms in early fall.
Instead of having only 1 flush of blooms in Spring I like having three throughout the summer which also helps keep her at 10′.
The only Endless Summer Hydrangea I have left in my garden..But since this one is in fuller sun its been giving me more blooms.
A beautiful white Clematis, Henryi’. Its a larger flower size from the with a pure white color.
Its always fun to share my gardens and it was as much fun to share July Cottage Garden since this is the month my gardens really come alive.