Good morning campers! It’s the 15th of the month so, you know that means Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted by the splendid Carol of May Dreams Gardens. I went out last night and took some photos. Because we had popup showers all day, and my son mowed the grass, which is still surprisingly green, everything sparkled.
Let’s go check out the blooms at our Little Cedar Garden, shall we? Click on the photos in the galleries to increase the size of the pictures and read the captions.
I took these yesterday evening after I worked in the garden all day. It was cloudy, and we had intermittent showers so the weather was humid, but not too hot. I would say that’s Oklahoma’s summer song this year, and in the garden, it shows.
Blooms are abundant, and the stars of the summer garden are the panicle hydrangeas and crapemyrtles, although the roses have also responded to the rain. All of this makes me very happy, but it also means the weeds are very happy too. For every action, there is a corresponding reaction. I’ve been showing some of my battles with the weeds on my Instagram profile. I think it’s important to not only show the beautiful, but also the reality of garden work.
While laboring outside yesterday, I even considered showing my Instagram followers a before and after of me working in the garden. Then, I thought again. Covered in sweat, I am not a pretty sight.
The other day, someone asked me who keeps up with the garden here. After laughing a bit hysterically, I said, “Me.” I rarely have help with the actual garden, but today is a nice change. I hired my friend, Annette, to come over and help me tidy up the spent daylily scapes along with mulching some areas that need it.
As for other garden chores, deadheading is essential now. It makes everything look better, but it also encourages many plants to rebloom. So, don’t forget to cut your zinnias and other annuals, trim up your roses and other blooming shrubs and lay down a little mulch to get everything through summer. In September with cooler temperatures, you’ll have abundant blooms again.
I’m growing Queen Lime with Blush zinnias for the first time this year, and I think they are splendid. I think they’re a sport of Queen Lime Ruby zinnia seeds. At the other end of the garden flower spectrum, ‘Scheherazade’ OT lilies are blooing their big hearts out. Sadly, my other lilies didn’t do much this year. I think I didn’t remove spring bulb foliage fast enough for them to grow through. I do still have plants, but they are very small. Something to remember for next year.
The daylilies are nearly done. ‘Autumn Minaret’ is blooming at the end of the garden, and other yellow and red daylilies are still putting up a few desultory flowers. It’s nearly time for the asters and mums which is hard to believe. This summer has gone by so fast. One more month of extremely hot weather, but the sun is already going down in the sky a bit earlier each day.
Speaking of daylilies, my friend, Pat Leuchtman, wrote her Between the Rows column this month for the Greenfield Recorder on the fabulous daylily. You should go read it. Lots of great information there. She can also be found at her blog, Commonweeder.
Okay, gotta go weed some more. Happy Bloom Day everyone! Here’s hoping summer has been kind to you, and your blooms are abundant and bright.