July Bloomers

Lilium superbum Wm


Lilium superbum (Turk’s Cap Lily)


There are some real gems appearing in the July garden.

The Turk’s Cap lily is inherited, a glorious surprise.


Rose Pat Austin 002 Wm


Rose ‘Pat Austin’

Roses are in their prime right now.


Rose Alpine Sunset 003 Wm


Rose ‘Alpine Sunset’


Alstroemeria Princess Diana Wm


Alstroemeria ‘Princess Diana’


Cosmos atrosanguineus 'Chocamocha' Wm


Cosmos atrosanguineus ‘Chocamocha’

This one not only looks like chocolate, it smells like it too.


Campanula punctata 'Pantaloons' Wm


Campanula punctata ‘Pantaloons’


Penstemon Apple Blossom Wm


 Penstemon ‘Apple Blossom’


Dierama Guinevere 001 Wm


Dierama ‘Guinevere’ (Angel’s Fishing Rod)


 Up on the bank..


Cornus kousa 'Wieting's Select' 003 Wm


 Cornus kousa ‘Wieting’s Select’


Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' Wm


 Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’

A shrub with a truly gorgeous scent.




 I thought I’d end with an update on progress over the last few days.

Not only has the heat been hard on the gardener, it’s baked the ground solid. Before long I’ll be adding a pick axe to the kit bag.



 Still to come Wm


 Last week


Progress Wm


 Last night.

 Slowly but surely.


Linking to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens


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  1. Ronnie@Hurtledto60 July 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful photos!

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Ronnie and welcome to rusty duck.
      Many thanks… I have tried to leave a comment on your blog too, but I seem to have a problem with WordPress at the moment with comments being diverted to spam. That is where you will find it! I don’t know why this is happening, but must contact Askimet and sort it out.

  2. Vera July 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Lovely set of photos Jessica, looks you really do have a garden full of flowers. I don’t know if any of our ‘proper’ flowers in our ‘front’ garden are still thriving because everything has gone into a furious jumble, but we do still have lots of wild flowers which helps keep the bees happy!

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks Vera. It’s relatively easy to pick out individual flowers to photograph. What I can’t do at the moment is show you bountiful borders brimming with colour, because the garden is just not developed enough. Perhaps next year!

  3. woolythymes July 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, beautiful!!! I’ve got the heat…I’ve got the pick-ax hard ground, but I sure don’t have the flowers!!! Love the stroll through your garden.

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      It’s easy to see which plants get the water and which don’t. Even with a watering system it’s still taking an age.. Thanks Steph.

  4. ournewlifeinthecountry July 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Lots of lovely flowers.

    I hate it when the ground bakes hard it just makes everything that much more difficult. I am praying for a heavy downpour of rain (overnight would be good), to water everything and soften the ground up again.

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      You and me both. Can’t see it on the weather forecast though..

  5. Rosie July 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Our ground is rock hard too so when it rains it will run straight off it. I love your orange scented philadelphus ours is a different variety which has a slight scent but not as lovely as the orange scented ones. I like the pretty apple blossom penstemon too:)

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      It’s supposed to be getting even hotter by the weekend, perhaps it will set off a shower or two. The penstemons are looking good this year. I like the way they keep on going, and don’t need holding up!

  6. Jo July 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    You’ve got some beautiful blooms there. Part of the fun of taking on a new garden is waiting to see what pops up, there can be some real surprises.

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      Absolutely. We have done as advised and waited a year, over a year, before doing any serious work on the borders, and still there are surprises.

  7. Em July 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous photos Jess. I like the Angel’s Fishing Rod best. Beautiful. Great progress on the precipice.

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      It’s a star that one.. I bought it a couple of years ago, an indulgence at £12! Then it had two flower spikes, now it has 12… I wonder if I can split it and recoup..

  8. Joanne July 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Is the Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ the smaller version?, I want a small one for my front garden. The angles fishing rods also look lovely

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      I think it is (1 to 1.5m). Having grown it with other types in the past it does have a more attractive shape, but it’s the flowers that are special and very highly scented.

  9. CHERYL July 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Your flowers are a delight. Thank you for all the photos. It is very hot and humid in New England. I hope for some cooler days soon to get back to the weeding.

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Cheryl and welcome to rusty duck.
      Hot and humid here too, quite a change after a run of poor summers. Gardening now restricted to the cooler parts of the day!

  10. Vintage Jane July 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful flowers, especially the roses. Glad you are getting some floral reward for all your toils!

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks M. For some reason I’ve ended up with roses all very similar in colour. Will need to be a bit more adventurous next year!

  11. Jill Chandler July 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Some fantastic flowers there, how do you know all their proper names?

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:34 pm - Reply

      Keep the labels!

  12. haggiz July 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Your hard work is really paying off. Our ground is like concrete! I love the roses and the cosmos – pity the photos aren’t scratch and sniff! Julie x

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      The cosmos really does smell like chocolate. I could eat it!

  13. threadspider July 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    You have some real treasures there, beautifully photographed. Worth all the hard work and setbacks when you see them, isn’t it?

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      It certainly is. Clearing the weeds on the bank and revealing the plants underneath is what’s keeping me going at the moment.

  14. frayed at the edge July 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    As the proud possessor of an O Level Latin, I really shouldn’t have read the name of the first flower as super bum!!
    Beautiful photos of stunning flowers!!

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:48 pm - Reply

      Mike beat you to it..
      Thanks Anne.

  15. snowbird July 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I am spoilt for choice here….delightful, I adore that rose!xxxx

    • Jessica July 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm - Reply

      I love the shape of the David Austin roses, all those crumpled petals. Perhaps not best for bees, but there are plenty of other bee friendly flowers in the garden.

  16. elaine July 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photographs Jessica – just shows what you do with a decent camera. The roses are to die for.

    • Jessica July 16, 2013 at 12:00 am - Reply

      Thanks Elaine.
      I want to put lots more scent into the garden as it develops, so there will be more roses. They do seem to struggle with blackspot down here though. Perhaps too damp.

  17. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA July 16, 2013 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Wonderful photos. That Turks cap is native here. It’s seems quite happy there. The Austin is one of my favorites, can’t beat that color. The slope is coming along. Maybe a break from it is a good thing. Gives you time to look at it and think.

    • Jessica July 16, 2013 at 10:22 am - Reply

      My Dad used to grow roses and had a cracker called ‘Whisky Mac’. It seems most of the roses I’be bought since are of a similar colour, the David Austin roses add the extra virtue of delicious scent!

  18. Willow July 16, 2013 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Fabulous flowers ~ the Angels’ Fishing rod is dripping with beauty !

    • Jessica July 16, 2013 at 10:24 am - Reply

      It’s in a darkish corner and really brightens it up. Possibly even better now – more spikes are opening up their flowers.

  19. BadPenny July 16, 2013 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Wonderful photos

    • Jessica July 16, 2013 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Thanks Penny.

  20. countrysidetales July 16, 2013 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Hmmm, thought I’d left a comment yesterday but it seems to have disappeared! Anyway, lovely flowers- I especially like the lily and the “pantaloons” 🙂

    • Jessica July 16, 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

      You did.. it got attached to the previous post for some reason..
      ‘Pantaloons’ is a spreader. It would take over the border if I let it, so hopefully I can get it growing in other parts of the garden too.

  21. garden337 July 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I know how difficult heat can be. Michigan suffered from a hot drought last summer. And this week the temps are in the low 90’s, but it doesn’t look like that will have a devastating effect. It’s normal to have a few really hot days. May your garden bounce back as mine did.

    • Jessica July 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm - Reply

      Hi there and welcome to rusty duck.
      We wouldn’t normally get temperatures as high as yours.. as it doesn’t happen often we tend not to be used to it! The last five years summer has been dire in the UK, so the current spell of hot weather makes headline news. The garden is looking a bit parched, even though we have an irrigation system, but I’m sure it will bounce back. I hope..

  22. Simone July 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    You have some delicious looking plants in your garden but the one that stole my heart is Rose ‘Alpine Sunset’. Stunning!!!

    • Jessica July 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      It’s a beauty. There’s quite a bit of colour variation between individual flowers so it really stands out in the border.

  23. Sarah July 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Your flower gems are wonderful, and look so good too. Our plants aren’t enjoying the hot weather despite our watering.
    Sarah x

    • Jessica July 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      It’s difficult to keep on top of the watering. I don’t have so many pots to keep watered this year, as it turns out not such a bad thing.

  24. Annie @ knitsofacto July 16, 2013 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    We have Chocamocha in the garden as well – love that scent! – but no roses sadly. If we did I’d definitely be adding Alpine sunset to the list. Perhaps I’ll mention it to my dad, he’s got room for another rose or two 🙂

    • Jessica July 17, 2013 at 9:35 am - Reply

      I have an orchid indoors that has just started flowering with a strong chocolate scent too…all in all it’s very bad news for the diet.

  25. Helene July 17, 2013 at 2:27 am - Reply

    I love lilies, your Turk’s Cap Lily is gorgeous! I used to grow chocolate cosmos but got fed up of having to replace them every so often because they didn’t survive the winter. I saw the ‘Chocamocha’ in a catalogue, maybe for next year – and perhaps I should just treat them as annuals so i won’t get disappointed if they don’t come up again the next year 🙂

    • Jessica July 17, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

      The mice have had most of the lily bulbs I planted. This one has escaped so is even more precious!
      I’ve had exactly the same experience with chocolate cosmos, so am trying again now that we have moved to the South West and milder winters. Chocamocha is also shorter, although not as compact as I’d have liked. It works well where its long flower stems can intermingle with other flowers.

  26. Wendy July 17, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Wonderful photos of some gorgeous flowers – and plenty of sun to show them off, too. Good to see the weeding progress, it is hard work at the moment with the heat and baked ground.

    • Jessica July 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      It certainly is hard work.. but we’re threatened with some heavy rain tomorrow afternoon down here. We sure need it..

  27. Dorothy July 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    You have some lovely flowers for Bloom Day. I especially like your white Dierama. I’ve never seen it in white, but it is lovely. I have a pink one that I grew from seeds years ago. I love to see it swaying in the breeze!

    • Jessica July 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Dorothy and welcome to rusty duck!
      I’ve taken seeds from this one, and planted out the youngsters in Spring. Whether they come true or not remains to be seen. They like a moist soil though, so surviving our current hot dry summer will be their first challenge.

  28. young at heart July 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    utterly beautiful!!

    • Jessica July 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      Ta muchly!

  29. Orchardier July 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    And my goodness I do admire your tenacity gardening in this heat. I think you might well be adding that pick axe to the gardening equipment…

    • Jessica July 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Tenacity is being sorely tested now, I go out and give it a try, but give up a bit earlier each day!

  30. CherryPie July 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    All very pretty 🙂

    • Jessica July 19, 2013 at 12:30 am - Reply

      Thanks Cherie.

  31. Bilbowaggins July 20, 2013 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Lovely pictures, you’re growing some of my favourites :}

    • Jessica July 20, 2013 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Bilbo.
      Hotting up your way today, keep cool.

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