Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’ has been blooming for two weeks now. Here it is complemented by May Night Salvia and Veronica spicata ‘Blue Bouquet’ (aka Speedwell), each at the end of its bloom cycle. One of the hens and chicks has sent up a thick, odd-looking flower spike as well:The wild Ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) are nearly finished for the year, and the Cleome has just begun:
An adventuresome stem of the bright pink rose grew its way right through the ferns:There is a plethora of dragonflies in the garden this year. I can’t remember ever before seeing so many! The tall Balloon Flower I transplanted from a friend’s garden last summer has its first blooms above the ferns and the last few flowers of Geum ‘Mrs. Bradshaw’:Jason from Garden in a City identified this Coreopsis verticillata as ‘Zagreb’:My shorter Balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus), possibly ‘Astra Blue’, is in full glory: I am not alone in my love for these flowers!Bright red Bee Balm (Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’) overlooks the Balloon Flower. I prefer purples and pinks, so this scarlet is not my favorite Monarda, but it doesn’t bother me in this space as much as it did last year. I did clip a good portion of it back early in the summer to keep it a bit shorter and encourage it to branch out more:Talk about a bad hair day!More Cleome play nicely with Coreopsis grandiflora, possibly ‘Sunfire’ (thank you again, Jason!), while the first Black-eyed Susans are opening in the background:
Elsewhere, here is the first bloom of Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Summer Dreams’. I love the pink blush suffusing its petals:In the front garden, the Astilbe bloomed profusely and are nearing the end of their run:The Asiatic lilies are also fading fast, but still retain some of their gorgeous shades of yellow and pink:The tropical Hibiscus on the front porch must have heard it was Bloom Day!The Oxalis is very happy in its outdoor summer home. The filtered light and high humidity agree with it:The color on this Rieger Begonia is more intense here in its porch corner, away from the direct sunlight it received during the winter and spring on my kitchen windowsill:Many thanks, as always, to Carol from May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly garden party! I hope July is happily chaotic in your gardens too!