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Flowers Blooming in Our Garden in June and July – Part 2.

A close up of our dark violet Clematis, which is blooming very abundantly this year.
A close up of our dark violet Clematis, which is blooming very abundantly this year.

Here is part 2 of my blog post about flowers and shrubs blooming in our garden in June and July of this year. To read part 1 please follow this link.

I have also described 10 roses we have in our garden. All of them are still blooming for the second month, but some of them like Memorial Day, Eden, Florentina, Abbosford, Poseidon and Ebb Tide have more flowers than others. You can learn more about our roses in part 1 and part 2 of my articles about these flowers. I also plan to write a separate article about lilies which usually start blooming in our garden in July.

Clematis

Our dark purple-violet Clematis, July 2017.
Our dark purple-violet Clematis, July 2017.

Our dark purple-violet Clematis is blooming very abundantly this year. We have it for the third year.So far each year it is growing a little bit bigger. The variety we have (I am not sure what is the exact nae),  dies to the ground during the winter season and once the new growth appears, and I cut the dead branches, it starts growing very fast. I am giving it a bit of composted manure at the beginning of the growing season and then in the beginning of July, I have given it a bit of fertilizer for flowering plants.

This year year it has many more flowers than last year and I think they last longer. It seems to like the cooler weather and lots of rain we have this year in our region. It is already blooming for at least 2 months and I hope it will continue to bloom well into August.

Here is a view on our Clematis from another side. It the background our new face still under construction.
Here is a view on our Clematis from another side. It the background our new face still under construction.

Clematis likes to have roots in shade and I have placed a piece of wood over his roots, which is now well hidden under the fast growing creeping thyme. This variety of thyme blooms in pink in late spring. Clematis seems to like additional shade it creates for its roots. A small lavender variety is growing beside it on the left.

Astible

Below you can see our pink Astible, which I have planted last year on the left of our garden in semi-shade. It was getting ready to bloom for a while and finally opened small bright pink flowers around the beginning of July.  It adds some nice bright colour to this area. Last year the flowers didn’t last for too long, probably because it was just concentrating on developing roots.

Pink Astible blooming in our garden in July, 2017.
Pink Astible blooming in our garden in July, 2017.

It grows beside some of our Hostas, with a little blue flower “Rocky Diamond – Blue Heart” in front of it. This small flower usually blooms with beautiful dark-blue bell shaped flowers in the late fall. I have written about it in my other post.

Purple Dahlia

Recently I have purchased great looking burgundy coloured Dahlia, which is flowering as well. I will have to take its rhizomes out from the ground before the winter. It is not winter hardy in our zone 5b.

Our new burgundy colour Dahlia is still small, but has several beautiful flowers.
Our new burgundy colour Dahlia is still small, but has several beautiful flowers.

It is the forth dahlia we have in our garden. Others are not flowering yet. This one already had flowers when I have purchased it from our local Vandermeer Nursery.

Lavender

One of our lavenders – Lavandula angustifolia is in full bloom for at least 2 last months. It has dark-lavender colour flowers and smells so beautiful. Is is the kind from which essential oils are often made. There is Othello rose in the background.

Here you can see one of our lavenders - Lavandula angustifolia is in full bloom with Othello rose in the background.
Here you can see one of our lavenders – Lavandula angustifolia is in full bloom with Othello rose in the background.

Here is another look at our lavender.

This lavender has grown to a big mound about 3-4 feet across over the last 2.5 years. I have purchased it when it was only in 5" pot.
This lavender has grown to a big mound about 3-4 feet across over the last 2.5 years. I have purchased it when it was only in 5″ pot.

It doesn’t require much care.  I occasionally give it a little natural fertilizer or bone meal and slight trim in the spring and maybe cut it a bit when the flowers are gone. I usually leave most of the flowers on the plant, unless I want to collect some fresh flowers before they are too old. Flowers could be used for making herbal salves, creams, tonics, or floral sachets to freshen home.

Important is not to overferilize it and do not overwater.  Also the soil should be well drain.

Penstemon

This year our only Penstemon is flowering very well and the flower lasted much longer then last year, when we had very hot summer. It was flowering for about a month or 6 weeks and kept blooming till most of the flowers were gone in the middle of July. I have cut them down and maybe it will flower again later this year. Bees, as well as hummingbirds seem to like it.

Penstemon blooming in our garden, 2017.
Penstemon blooming in our garden, 2017.

Night-Scented Stock

The insignificant looking light pink-purple flowers of Night-Scented Stock (Matthiola bicornis) are well worth keeping in the garden because of their very sweet, beautiful scent they are emitting in late evening and at night. You can see them in the picture below.

It is interesting that they don’t really have any detectable smell during the day and only start to emit their scent in evening. The flowers  you see here have just grown from left over seeds dropped by the plants last fall.  It is an  annual plant. , I have left it in the garden for winter and noticed it growing in the spring. I was happy to see these flowers back.

Window Box Arrangement

This year I have also created a floral arrangement for a window box for our shed, which stands in the back of the garden. The arrangement consists mostly of petunias, along with a few other annuals. I have also added there a few seeds of heritage variety of nasturtium, which will bloom in pink. You can see how this window box looked in the middle of July below.

Window box floral arrangement in front of one of the sheds, July 2017.
Window box – a floral arrangement in front of one of the sheds, July 2017.

Citronella Scented Flowering Geranium

Last but not least I would like to show you a variety of scented geranium, which I have purchased as citronella variety in a 5″ pot when it was already blooming with beautiful flowers about 1″ across. They almost look like little butterflies. It is not only beautiful, but also is supposed to help to discourage mosquitos because of its citronella fragrance emitted by its leaves.

Originally I thought I would leave in outside in the garden during the summer, but because we have rain almost every day for at least the last  3-4 months, I decided to keep it in the house, so I can enjoy its beauty right there. It stays in one of our windows facing South-West and it is already blooming for  6-8 weeks. I have even moved it to slightly bigger pot and it continues to bloom.

You can see this little beauty below. So far I am very happy with this flower, which I have purchased just for a few dollars from our local Vandermeer Nursery.

Scented geranium - citronella variety blooming in our house in the window facing our garden. July, 2017.
Scented geranium – citronella variety blooming in our house in the window facing the garden. July, 2017.

Tell Us About Your Garden

I hope you have enjoyed looking at our flowers and perhaps it will inspire you to try some of the plants, which I have described,  in your garden.

What are your favorite flowers and shrubs blooming during the summer? Please share your experience and comments with us. Thank you.

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The Copyright.

All photographs and this article are copyrighted by me, Renata Ratajczyk unless otherwise mentioned. I you would like to use any of them in your publications or on your website, please contact me.

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