The July Garden

Categories: The Garden 2016.

July is here and the pace of living and blogging has slowed right down.   The weather is gorgeous for sitting in the garden to watch, read, knit, crochet, craft and photograph.

In fact some days it has been so humid, even the shade feels hot.  Thursday was one of those days when the humidex was close to 40 Celsius so even sitting in the shade is hot.
So I took the opportunity to spend some time putting together five things from the garden this month to share with Five on Friday.

The first to share is the gorgeous yucca.  The flower spike it about 5 feet tall and the blooms starting opening at the beginning of the month. On July 7, when this was taken, they are just about all open.  The friend who gave it to me stopped by for a visit and was amazed with its growth.

the yucca in bloom at

This plant is also called yucca filamentosa or Adam’s Needle and it also belongs to the evergreen family.

the yucca in bloom at

The second are the blooms on some other plants.  Even though we are in a drought situation the daisies, coreopsis, anemone, daylilies, evening primrose, heliopsis and a few more are blooming.  The grass is dry and parched and only the weeds continue to grow.  Why can’t we all have the stamina of weeds in this hot weather?

blooms in July at

The third share is the veggies that are thriving because I water them daily and shade them from the excessive heat.  They are flowering, growing, producing and getting bigger by the day.  We’ve had the odd delicious sweet tomato and there is the promise of lots more to come to pick.  Beans and peas are blooming and the radishes keep popping out of the ground.

veggies at

The fourth thing to share are the birds. They have been busy feeding their young, eating the honeysuckle berries, checking out blooms for nectar, and singing to brighten the day.  One little female downy woodpecker has been sampling the food from the hummingbird and oriole feeders.  Does she have a sweet tooth, or I should say beak, or perhaps it is the ants that climb the pole to get the food that are interesting her.

a downy woodpecker at the hummingbird and oriole feeders at

The last thing I’m showing you this week are a couple of garden gazing balls that I quickly made from large Christmas ornaments.  I bought the ornaments in the sales after the Christmas holidays for $1 each knowing I would be making them into gazing balls for the garden.  I took off the hanging part and just slid it over a metal rod that was poked into the garden or flower pot for a different type of decoration.  Quite awhile ago I made a big gazing ball from an old bowling ball, sand a mini one from an old rubber ball.

gazing balls at

I’ve been creating other bits of garden whimsy and will share them from time to time.  I recently showed you my flag whimsy and I also made a new twirler which I’ll show you soon.

I’m sharing with Five on Friday.  I’ve been taking a break from joining in link parties for awhile but will be back from time to time.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Are you enjoying a lovely July and seeking shade wherever possible?

garden journals – 2013 – 2014 – 2015 – 2016

Blooming:  pansies,  stella d’oro daylilies,  impatient, yellow loosestrife, yellow daylilies, evening primrose, coreopsis, lady’s mantle, penstemon, rose campion, sorrel, money plant, rudbeckia, yucca, drumstick allium, ditch lilies, lovage, daylilies, anemone,  wegelia, potentilla, bee balm, 

Veggies and Herbs: tomatoes, radishes, rattlesnake beans, dwarf beans, yellow snap beans, telephone peas, potatoes, snow peas, kale, dill,  parsley, thyme, oregano, lemon balm,  Egyptian walking onion

Harvesting: rhubarb, radishes, kale, onions, tomatoes, 

Blooms finished: crocus, daffodils, tulips, trilliums, hyacinth, ajuga,  mini iris, sand cherry, violets, lilacs, lily of the valley, yellow iris, purple iris, solomon seal, peonies, poppies, honeysuckle shrub, bleeding heart, vinca, snow in summer, nine bark,spirea, honeysuckle vine, 

Trowel & Error: garlic, jack in the pulpit, painter’s pallet, lavender is very patchy,

the gardener side at

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