My July Garden


July brings the daylilies into bloom – if the deer don’t get them first. I have been almost successful this year, with only one night’s damage. But that it all it takes. We spray with a rotten egg yoke mixture but we must have gotten a nighttime rain that washed it away and the deer nibbled off buds here and there – not a total loss. Consequently I have been able to take photos of my favorites.

I thought they would make a big show of color this year because of all the buds. But because of the pruning by the deer the supporting players are stealing the show.

The coreopsis and black-eyed susan are just starting to bloom so I am hoping I can extend the blooming time on my three different shades of pink coneflowers by deadheading to maintain a pleasing balance of color. I am having to water frequently because we are having a hot, dry summer.

My flower garden is helping me develop patience, I think. I like instant results and it just doesn’t happen when growing plants. It is exciting, and a little frustrating, that I now see that one of my new cone flowers would look better in the middle of the lower level, away from the stone wall – but I can’t move them until Fall and then I have to wait until next year to see if I’m right. I have a new, small hibiscus in the garden that has lots of buds and I sure wish they would hurry. But then I remember that I planted it so it would provide some late summer color. The most frustrating are the poppies I planted that won’t bloom until next summer.

I probably will not become more patient. Instead I can remind myself to enjoy what is while I look forward to changes for next summer. If I didn’t want to improve next summer I think I would miss half the fun.

14 thoughts on “My July Garden

  1. The words, “instant gratification” came to mind after reading your blog. We want to see results now. As I know you have found out, in nature it does not work that way, but we still continue in our persistent vein. Are we, as we age scarred that we will not be around tomorrow? I don’t know, I can only speculate. We have a maple tree in our front yard at the lake that grew from seed last year. I left it there, put stakes around it so I would not mow it down. I will never see that tree grow to full maturity, but my grandkids or their kids will. Therein, for me lies the joy of nursing that life along. Your garden is gorgeous, and if it gives you joy and satisfaction, then you are gardening in the right time and place. Thanks for sharing.


    • So right, Dan. You stimulated my thinking on the topic of gratification. I get the joy of nurturing your tree. I don’t have the same need to see a tree finished – I can plant it and forget it. A garden seems to be different because it needs constant attention or it goes to weeds, thus I notice what could be done to make it better, but at the same time can’t do anything until the time of the garden is right. Maybe something like raising kids. We just need to do our work to nurture growth while at the same time enjoying what is in the moment. Thanks, Dan.


  2. Pat – your garden is so lush and colorful. My garden at high altitude requires constant patience. Some things won’t even bloom if we get an early mid-Aug frost. I put out a lot of seed last fall, so I’ve been trying to wait and not pull what I think might be weeds in case they’re flower sprouts. Sometimes, I have to wait 2 years to see blooming! Last evening, we had a terrible storm with hail that made the ground white. Many of the flowers got battered to the ground and bushes were shredded. I’m hoping sunshine will help some come back. Gardens here definitely teach me patience!


    • I thought we had a hard growing season. My biggest problem is too much clay. It takes so much amending and I didn’t have time to do it when we moved to this house.


  3. A while back, we looked out and saw a pair of deer looking hopefully at our garden. The garden abuts our house, and has a short fence, so presents challenges to them. Anyway, we watched each other for a few minutes and they left. A few days later we awoke and noticed several plants adjacent the fence had been topped…..

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    • Funny woman! I almost had them there but they couldn’t understand the difference between new and dying flowers. Must take higher reasoning.


  4. I keep trying to have a vegetable garden…but alas the critters eat everything..thus the need for a greenhouse to grow a few things spring and winter…summer much too hot….I too strive to improve…well the garden…patience is a lost cause. 🙂


    • We have relocated some critters to a nearby lake with a have-a-heart trap, but the deer are too big to get in it. My daughter lives in Texas as is having a hard time getting used to the difference in growing seasons.


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