flowers for July

One of the beds in front of the house is going well with previously existing flowers! The purple, taller plants are Bellflower, and the white are Shasta Daisies, I believe.

Bellflower and Shasta Daisy

I’ve been picking rocks out of this bed and pulling weeds, and will have plenty of room to add some more plants. I think that it could use more daisies, and maybe another something?

The Bellflower clearly isn’t getting quite as much sun as it would like, since it’s leaning noticeably to the right. The daisies are pretty alright, though.

Shasta Daisy

There’s also whatever is closer to the house (on the left side of the bed), which hasn’t started to bud yet. What might it be?


warm front

We’ve had some really gorgeous days lately, though the temps are getting so high now that it’s almost too hot. It was almost ninety on Sunday and we’ve been in the eighties almost every day lately. It’s summer, I guess.

Dames Rocket and Shasta Daisies in the front garden

This is one of my favorite areas of the garden right now. The Dame’s Rocket shows up really nicely against the Shasta Daisies. You can see the chicory in the background – it is getting insane! I have mixed feelings about it – it’s a good green and has some cute little flowers, but the foliage is so reminiscent of dandelions that it ends up on the weedy side of wildflower. We’ll see. For now I am still filling in the empty areas using sod delivery in Orlando so I’m not inclined to create another one.

poppy anemone in the front garden

The Poppy Anemones haven’t stopped blooming yet!

lavender mountain lily (?) in the front garden

This is, I think, Lavender Mountain Lily. It’s striking against the Artemisia and I love the delicate blooms. I am a bit bummed, though, because I had a ton of it and only two have come up so far. Squirrels may have eaten the bulbs?

in the front garden

Here’s the view to the front door. The white salvia is coming in, and the Verbena is still a beautiful lilac. The Iris by the door are almost done blooming.

foxglove buds in the front garden

Foxglove budding.

new hose storage in the front garden

Hooray! We bought this hose holder thingie a few years ago and never got around to mounting it. Awesome K did it for me on Sunday while I was working. It’s so much better than leaving the hose in a heap on the ground, and it even has a little tilt-out drawer thingie I can use to store the nozzle.

white salvia coming in next to the purple in the front garden

This might be my absolute favorite view in the garden right now. The different colors of salvia make such a nice contrast and the pincushion flower is really starting to come into bloom.



I noticed recently that there are a TON of seedlings sprouting near the (now-defunct and in need of trimming back) daisies in the front garden.

something sprouting in the front garden

Because of the proximity to the daisies, I’m assuming that’s what these are. Does anyone know if that makes sense – and/or if they’ll have time to grow into anything this year?

something sprouting in the front garden

There’s some Love-in-a-Mist nearby, which keeps self-seeding. It’s so tiny but so pretty!

Love-in-a-Mist amidst something sprouting in the front garden