Hot winds of July fit
like a wet blanket
on a humid night.
Garden paths lit
with roman candles,
It's time to slow the pace, to think about a summer respite, perhaps a vacation.
But first a last look at the lovely redheads and hotter than hot pinks and golden girls of July. Some will bloom through August, some will fade before mid-summer.
July and August are all about attracting as many butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to our garden as we can.
Having them as guests feels like a gift, of color, of sweet fragrance, of the beauty of nature, and especially a gift of the miracle of life in all of its diversity.
|Josie's buttery yellow day lilies|
|First of at least two oregano crops|
|Pretty annuals hug the ground|
|Wild bee balm, loved by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds|
|Wild marshmallow - Roots can be dug, dried and used to make tea|
|Trumpet Vine- a hummingbird invitation|
|Butterfly Bush shelters the ever faithful Cinco de Mayo roses|
|A tiny bouquet of roses perfumes the whole house!|
|Phlox heat up a sunny corner of the perennial bed|
|Virginia's day lilies bloom from July 15 to mid September|
|Garlic chives getting ready to bloom|
|Lobelia, another hummingbird magnet|
|This daylily gets redder every year. It used to be a rust color.|
|Bumble bee and cone flowers still going strong!|
|Softer colors in the shady garden|
|Pappa's helper loves to spray the garden!|