Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: Summertime and the Living is Easy

It is the 15th of the month, which means Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day again. To view links to other garden bloggers' blooms around the world to see what it blooming in their gardens and to read their collective comments, go to

Here is a small selection of what is blooming in my garden on the Washington, DC/Silver Spring, MD border -- solid USDA zone 7.

Crape Myrtle 'Natchez'

Echinacea 'Sombrero Salsa Red'

Thunbergia aka Black-eyed Susan vine

Water Hyacinth in my pond
 So what is blooming in YOUR garden today?


Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing your garden!

In my native plant garden, the following are in bloom:
Clematis virginiana, Liatris spicata, Asclepias incarnata, Pycnanthemum tenuifolium, Rudbeckia triloba, Rudbeckia hirta. I think the Coreopsis verticillata and the Callirhoe involuctra are still at it too.

I love the Liatris spicata at this time of year!

Margaret Fisher said...

What is "blooming" in my garden, to my utter delight, are the fritillary and several other kinds of butterflies, frogs, hummingbirds, a dozen types of bees, dragon- and damsel-flies, and a hawk moth - just to name a few! The place is just bursting with life. This is due to a combination of planting native plants which have come into their own after a few years, and putting in an ornamental pond three years ago. This native-plants-attract-insects idea really works! I learned that the common violet is the host plant for the fritillary butterfly. When we put in the pond, violets started taking over the disturbed soil, which I thought was a nuisance. But now that we are swarmed with butterflies, I am so glad!
NOVA natives that are currently blooming in the more traditional sense: Phlox paniculata, Rudbeckia hirta, Liatris spicata, Asclepias tuberosa, Oenethera fruticosa, Monarda didyma and fruticosa, Silphium perfoliatum, Ruellia caroliniensis. In the pond: Saururus cernuus, Pontederia cordata.

WashingtonGardener said...

Thank you for sharing, Margaret! I too am celebrating the return of large numbers of butterfly aka flying flowers!

And Anonymous, your native garden sounds enchanting!