Fashionably late

The Cutting Garden 7-16-07I’m a day late for the Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day party! If you feel like a little web crawling, click on the link above to see what’s blooming (as of yesterday) all over the country and even out into the wide world. It’s amazing to see the summer progress at different speeds!

I went out into the garden this morning with a multi-blooms post in mind and was arrested by the Cutting Garden (not really – it wasn’t a cop issuing speed-walking tickets. — But can you imagine?! — What if the garden pulled you over and said “Ma’am, do you know you just passed that rose without smelling it? I’ll give you a written warning this time. Do that again though and I won’t be so generous …”). Anyway, here’s some of what I stopped for in the Cutting Garden this morning. Hover your pointerfinger over a picture to see the name and click-on for a slightly larger image.

Eustoma aka LisianthusRudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’

Gomphrena ‘Woodcreek Red’ (Globe Amaranth)

Ammi majus (False Queen Anne’s Lace)

Here are a few choices from the Idea Beds: Eschscholzia californica ‘Apricot Flambeau’ (California Poppy)Stachytarpheta mutabilis (Porterweed)Phlox ‘Natural Feelings’ about to open!  (keep a lookout for this one - it’s weird)

In the Rose Garden: How many beetles does it take to eat a bud? Japanese beetles right before the lot of them went for a sudsy swim

Down by the water garden I spotted these bloomers and also noticed how our rainless days are affecting the pond. The pond 7-16-07I hope someone did a rain dance at Blithewold’s annual Hoe Down last night! The Hoe Down is more of a horseticultural event (there were pony rides) than horticultural or else I probably would have been there. Did anyone who’s reading this go and was it tons of family fun? Let us know!Cephalanthus occidentalis (Button Bush)Rhododendron viscosum (Swamp azalea)