Sunday, July 15, 2007

July Blooms on Bliss

It's July and it's time for another garden bloggers bloom day. For more information see May Dreams Gardens. As it is Summer, there's a lot in flower on Bliss today. Let's start with the potager, shall we?

- borage (blue)
- artichoke (see first picture)
- fennel
- corn
- pumpkins
- strawberries
- chives
- lilies
- sweet peas
- sugar snaps
- lady's mantle
- dahlias (many colours)
- poppies ( dark red and purple)
- love-in-a-mist (white and blue)
- rocket salad (yellow)
- nasturtiums (yellow, orange and red)
- agapanthus (white)
- lavender (lilac and white)
- nicandra physalodes violacea
- petunias (purple, mauve and pink)
- wall flowers (lilac)
- solidago (yellow)
- rue (yellow)
- sweet william (dark red, pink and white)
- tomatoes
- peppers
- solanum crispum alba
- centranthus ruber (pink)
- courgette
- bacopa
- blackberries
- cosmea (pink)
- calendula (double, yellow)
- hypericum
- bergenia (very surprising)
- impatiens glandulifera (white)
- cymbalaria
- potatoes

The White Garden is looking wonderful at the moment too, roses abound:
- rosa Sombreuil (still in flower)
- rosa Madame Alfred Carriere (still in flower)
- rosa Guirlande d'Amour (again)
- rosa Blanc Double de Coubert (still in flower)
- rose Moonlight (again)
White roses aside, there's more to be admired in the White Garden such as:
- gaura
- impatience glandulifera
- geranium
- bacopa
- lavender
- catnip
- gillenia trifoliata
- verbena hastata alba
- lysimachia clethroides
- delphiniums (last flowers)
- snapdragons (scented)

And last but certainly not least the borders. There's so much in flower now that I'm bound to forget to mention some of them. It's a long, long list this time:

- hybiscus
- verbena bonariensis
- bacopa
- verbena hastata (pink and white)
- star jasmin
- petunias
- many phloxes in pink, burgundy, pink and white, purple and white, and purple

- verbena ( white, lilac, pink and purple)
- tomatoes
- violets (deep purple) and self sown
- sanguisorba (pink)
- salvias (blue and dark blue)
- borage
- echinacea vintage wine and echinacea alba
- impatience (pink, double)
- daisies (white and pink)
- cosmos (pink)
- agapanthus and lobelia (both blue)
- centranthus ruber (pink and white)
- pelargonium (pink)
- hydrangea
- sidalcea (pink)
- astrantia claret (deep burgundy)
- lavender
- dahlia Fascination (purple foliage and stems with pink flowers)
- deschampsia Goldtau
- lady's mantle
- campanula Loddon Anne
- achillea ptarmica the Pearl
- hemerocallis Princess Blue Eyes
- hemerocallis Corky
- solidago
- dahlias in many colours
- sweet peas
- nasturtiums
- polemonium (blue and white)
- linaria
- geranium (many varieties)
- eupatorium purpureum
- clematis Hagley Hybrid
- honeysuckle
- catnip (blue)
- penstemon (white)
- hollyhocks (black)
- buddleia
- rosa Magenta (standard)
- rosa Memories (standard, white)
- ipomoea (burgundy, pink, blue and white)
- spider wort (light blue)
- clematis Multi Blue
- scabiosa atropurpurea
- campanula (blue)
- clematis white
- echinops
- lavatera
- heuchera
- oxalis
- chives
- clematis Ice Queen
- sanguisorba Arnhem

Rather overwhelming that plethora of blooms, isn't it? Here's something to pick you up a bit : some chocolate. Mmmmmmm, delicious! Scratch and sniff, people!
- cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate scent)

You can't get up too early, if you have a garden. You must be early due yourself, if you get ahead of the bugs. I think, that, on the whole, it would be best to sit up all night, and sleep daytimes. Things appear to go on in the night in the garden uncommonly. It would be less trouble to stay up than it is to get up so early. Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in the garden, 1871


Rosalind said...

Phew, Yolanda, you hadn't posted for such a long time that I was worried that you were unwell or something, so I was very pleased to see your latest post. What a lot of lovely, lovely blooms. All of mine are hanging their heads in the persistent rain we are having in the Uk. Perhaps I will see some lovely gardens when I come over to the Netherlands next week. Please keep blogging, I look forward to your posts!

RUTH said...

An abslolutely stunning collection of plants, many which I am happy to say I grow myself. Isn't gardening wonderful :o)

Carol said...
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Carol said...

Lovely, lovely flowers. I agree, quite unusual to see bergenia re-flowering in July especially.

Thanks again for participating in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and I appreciate the quote from the book selection for June-July for the Garden Bloggers' Book Club (

You've got it all covered!

Crafty Gardener said...

t's the middle of July and time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. You have lots of beautiful blooms in your garden. Lots is happening in My Canadian Garden ... hope you can stop by for a visit.

Nicole said...

Wow, what a profusion of lovely blooms! That artichoke is stunning. I also like the borage, (grew a plant once)clematis, and dahlias.Dahlias were my father's favorite flower, I remember this huge purple one he grew, and the pompom ones. I'd really like to get around to growing some,

Hannele said...

Corn and potatoes, everything, lovely garden.

jodi said...

I too was wondering where you had gotten too--that perhaps you and the Bliss team had gone for another well-deserved vacation. So glad to see your garden is blooming marvelously. I can smell the chocolate cosmos from here...I had it one year but the tuber didn't overwinter well, and I haven't seen it available locally since then.
You're right--we do have many plants in common, even across the miles. And may more that I'd love to try, too.

Green thumb said...

Oh dear Yolanda that is such a huge and impressive list!
Going down through your bloom list my eyes start complaining but my heart aches for more.
Your absence was sorely missed from the blogosphere, as there was an unusually long gap since the last post, from your standards.

kate said...

A visit to your blog is always great fun. It is like an adventure wondering what next my eyes will see. Your corn is amazing - I love the Nicandra. And then there are the cats who I love to visit - Vita and Surprise. They are all adorable ...

Barbara said...

Wow, your potager must be immense according to all the plants you listed. Just wonderful! Here the roses have a break at the moment. I'm longing for the second blossoming. Actually I am reading Charles Dudley Warners very wise and entertaining book "My Summer in the Garden".
Greetings from Switzerland.

Pam/Digging said...

Your colorful border is a delight, YE. Wish I really could smell that chocolate scent!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

It's so good to see your beautiful blooms again. I'm glad you joined us in the Blogger Bloom Day fun.

Sanni said...

Do you have some flowers! Nice to see that we are catching up. We have same flowers in bloom here, but not the bergenia? I love yor Dahlias and that Echinacea is so amazing. Happy gardening and sunny days!

Bev said...

Wow Yolanda, you have a beautiful array of blooms. Such a wonderful variety. I enjoyed the visit.!

Layanee said...

YE: As always, impressive and lovely! The artichoke is amazing! Lots of color there! Thanks for sharing the garden!

Chitweed said...

Yolanda, Yolanda, Yolanda...I am always so bowled over by your garden. So many flowers! How do you ever have the time to keep them all so wonderfully healthy? What a wonderful garden!

jocelyn said...

I especially liked seeing the Achillea 'The Pearl'---rather unusual? The poppy is beautiful, too. Quite a wonderful variety of plants, and thanks for sharing so many photos. It's amazing to see how many plants we have in common from so many thousands of miles away!

Also, thank you for the tour of Piet Oudolf's garde---really a treat!

Carolyn gail said...

Hi Yolanda,

I've never seen Bergenia bloom twice ! Your garden is just incredible, and yes, although many miles apart , we share a lot of blooming flowers.

Kylee said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Your garden must give you great joy and comfort, just walking through it and seeing such beautiful things growing in it.

Andrea's Garden said...

Hi Yolanda, nice to see you back. It is alright not to post at times. After all one shouldn't feel forced to do it, because it wouldn't be fun any longer. Love your snapdragons with a scent. We saw some bright orange ones yesterday in combination with purpe, blue and white and they looked breathtaking. Have a great week! Andrea

gardenmomma (Chris) said...

You are sooooo right, Yolanda is truly a PLETHORA of plants in bloom! I am amazed! I haven't caught up with my blog reading in the past few weeks, but it was wonderful to see you at work again!

marl1 said...

Wat veel in bloei nu! (meer dan in juni?) En bij het zien van de prachtige chococosmos rook ik het zalige geurtje...bijna....!

Gerti said...

Fijn, dat je terug bent!
het is een feest je tuin te bekijken; heb trouwens nog nooit een bloem van een artischok gezien
gr. Gerti

Naturegirl said...

I would have to agree with your quote you can't get up too early when you have a garden!
I am sure you do with the size that you have!!
All your blossoms are glorious!Such
a variety! I am sure one could stay working in this ~Bliss of a garden~ day and night ..a wonderful variety and colorful Yolanda!
Blissful gardening NG

Anita said...

Wow, what an amazing choice of July flowers you shared with us, thanks a lot!

I love that blue borage in salats, for instance and I have even a white one. Well, I sowed it last summer and very surprisingly found it this year in some of my borders, too. The white one is a bit smaler, but of course pretty, too!

Is the weather in the Netherlands as hot as in Germany today? We have more than 35 °C and I just need a break from the heat...

Groetjes uit Duitsland,

Annie in Austin said...

Hi Yolanda,

It's fun to see your garden in mid-July - what an abundance of flowers you have, and how beautifully you've blended the colors.

Plants must change their demeanor when they go to the Netherlands - those often rowdy American wildflowers Joe Pye Weed and Goldenrod, for example. In your garden they go by their formal names of Eupatorium purpureum and Solidago, and seem to be behaving very well!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Wow... your list just kept going, YE! Lovely pictures, and I admit that I turned green with envy at the sight of your chocolate cosmos. I have planted 5 roots of chocolate cosmos this spring, and not a one of them has had the decency to show up. *sigh*

Molly said...

What a list! I've been looking for chocolate cosmos seeds, or even the plants, for a couple of years now and can't seem to get them here. I did find a packet of seeds in the Schiphol airport last year, but US customs confiscated them (along with all my other seeds!). Next time I won't make the mistake of declaring them. ;)

Ki said...

Great looking purple artichoke and impressive collection of flowers. I love that chocolate treat!

marga said...

wauw zeg.......wat bloeit er veel in jou tuin! Die chocolade cosmos heb ik ook al een paar keer geprobeerd maar die wil het hier niet echt doen....jammer. Vond 'm heerlijk ruiken.

Deviant Deziner said...

The is one beefcake of a buddlea !
Wowza !
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the rest of the blog too !

I'm going to have to come back and spend more time exploring... What a find !


Marian said...

Je hebt ècht van alles in je tuin staan hè!
groenten waag ik me niet aan, dat zou ik niet willen eten want alles wordt hier ondergepist door ongecastreerde katers :-(
Artisjokken bloeien prachtig hè, zo noemden wij het vroeger als we naar artis gingen artissjokken ;-)
Bij jou ligt ook de lavendel plat, jammer hè, maar dat heb je gauw met die lange stelen!
Het was weer even genieten bij je,
tot ziens!

healingmagichands said...

Wow! And double wow! I thought I had a lot going on, but you take the cake, Yolanda. Well worth the visit.

Birgit said...

Hallo Yolanda, Dein Garten ist das reinste Paradies. Hier ist ja eine Fülle von Pflanzen, dass für jeden etwas dabei ist. Alles zusammen sieht so wunderschön aus bei Dir. Sag, machst Du eigentlich auch mal "Offene Pforte". Ich denke, Dein Garten wird real viele Leute brennend interessieren. Man kann so viel lernen bei Dir.
Danke für Deine lieben Worte für Bonnie.
LG Birgit

Connie said...

Thank you for the bloomin' amazing collection of wonderful flowers! I hope to have a white garden some day.

Felicia said...

Ok, wow. Wait, let me say that again. Wow. Beautiful. Thanks so much for the delightful tour :)

stadtgarten said...

I really love your kitchen garden and I hope some day I will also have one.
There is so much in bloom in your garden now, wonderful!
Groetjes, Monika

CountryGirl said...

What wonderful blooms! I love the idea of a white have me thinking. I also enjoyed your post of Piet Oudolf's Garden. What a wonderful garden to tour with it's contrasts!

Laurie & Chris said...

Your gardens must look great.Thank you for the information on our mystery plant and stopping by our blog.

A wildlife gardener said...

A veritable kaleidoscope of colour, Yolanda! blissful! Thank you for sharing :)

Poppins said...

Thank you for the nice words on my blog. What beautiful photoes you show! They are astonishing! And your cats are very sweet and seem to have strong personalities.

Entangled said...

What a list! I kept scrolling and scrolling and getting more and more envious. I must start getting up earlier....

I was especially interested in your Verbena hastata, since I planted some this spring for the first time. Mine are just starting to bloom.

jalos said...

Te veel om op te noemen eigenlijk hè en het gaat maar door!
Er komt steeds meer bij, tenminste bij mij wel, t'is ook maar net wanneer je de meeste bloei wilt.

Leslie said...

Your flowers are just have several things blooming together that we have bloom at quite different times...your garden is really impressive!

Nan - said...

I love the sweet peas and the arches. Do they grow over them or are the arches for some other flower? I've got to look into that chocolate cosmos? I love all cosmos, but that would be an extra treat. We use cocoa shell mulch and when we first put it down and water it, I must go in and bake brownies. :<)

Shirley - Choosing Voluntary Simplicity said...

I agree with what you wrote on my blog... from your photographs I can see that we are growing a lot of the same flowers. I like your gardens and your flowers are beautiful. Gorgeous cats, too!

Choosing Voluntary Simplicity

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Such a blissful garden! Great photos, I love the borage, it has such a pretty blue bloom, I forgot to plant borage this year.

David in Greensboro NC said...

You have a wonderful garden (and handsome cats!) I'm curious about the July weather where you are. Is it generally hot and dry or cooler and damp? (I'm not well versed in the climates of Europe.) Love your blog. I've got a friend from the Netherlands who needs to see it!

Libbys Blog said...

As always your garden looks stunning, such diversity of colour and form. Beautiful!

Heidi said...

What a beautiful rainbow of colors! I just got some cosmos atrosanguineus for the first time this year which I have in a pot. I love that chocolate scent! It helps calm me as a confirmed chocoholic!

Hope you are having a great summer!

lisa said...

Great post! Your garden is so huge, with the flowers AND a fantasy garden! Congratulations on such terrific sucess!

Bert said...

Hi Yolanda,
You still got a lot of flowering plants in your garden. Realy very beautiful.
Have you got troubles with the vast amount of raiwater falling lately?


shirl said...

Hi again, Yolanda

What an great selection of plants in flower - summer certainly looks like it has come to your garden! I have finally posted for GBBD too if you fancy a visit.

Becky~ said...

oh my gosh, i am dizzy with joy looking at all your lovely flowers.
I am so glad I found your blog and will be back to read more and more.

garden said...

Beautiful plants ...
I see that we like the same thing:)