July Blooms

As the days heat up more flowers are starting to blooms.

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Liatris spicata – blazing star – is a prairie plant.  I added a number of new bulbs to the garden this spring.  In the background are Shasta daisies.

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Bumble bee on liatris spicata – blazing star.

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I was so excited to see a monarch butterfly on my butterfly weed this week.  I took this picture from the kitchen window because I did not want to scare it away.

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Today I saw a red admiral butterfly on the butterfly weed.

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First flowering of Buddleia buzz midnight – a butterfly bush I planted this year.  I am waiting for it to get a little bigger and for the butterflies to find it.  In front is lacinato kale.

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The zinnias I planted from seed are just starting to bloom.  I went out and bought a little wire fence to put around them so they won’t fall on the lawn.  Later I put down some mulch here and around the yard after I did some weeding.  These flowers are a real draw for the butterflies and the goldfinches love to pick off the flowers, too.

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The dwarf mums have been blooming 6-8 weeks already!  This color is called ‘bronze.’

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Coreopsis – Tickseed

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Cantaloupe flower.  Other yellow flowers in the garden now are on the cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and kale.

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These are the wax beans I picked over the past two days.  I boiled them with salt and pepper and added a little butter.  Delicious!

Cooking:  I also made a little pesto with basil, parsley, cashews, olive oil, nutritional yeast and lemon juice.  It was really nice on a little French bread!

7 thoughts on “July Blooms

    • I had a hard time getting bees on some flowers this spring. However, I find that as summer gets hotter and the flowers get tastier the bees get a little slower. That is just my theory. The bee on the liatris was just walking slowly around and that helped! But I know what you mean about just getting focused and they take off!

  1. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing these pictures. I have a back yard for the first time this year and have planted my first garden. Fun to watch it grow, and definitely a learning experience for me. I’d love to have some butterfly and bee friendly flowers…

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