Garden in Bloom: July 2008

Purple Clematis Vine

Since the garden at Pear Tree Cottage appeared to be a blank slate when I bought it, there have been a few surprises. The biggest, and I mean that literally, is the clematis growing on the back fence, behind the pear tree that the cottage is named for. I had a hard enough time believing it when it spread out 15 feet on either side to cover the fence, but when it bloomed? Wow.


I tried to capture the vine’s immense size, but without anything for perspective, it’s hard to tell. I’m sure others have seen bigger, but *I* haven’t!


I took hundreds of pictures of it, trying to capture all of the shades of blue and purple on this one plant.

Clematis Blooms

It wasn’t until I looked at these photos that I realized there were two different types of blooms in two different colors. I know for sure it’s one plant (I had taken a good luck at the structure over the winter). Is it reverting to a species, perhaps? Or is this common to clematis? I don’t actually know.

Clematis Close Up

Either way, I love taking pictures of the blooms. I just think they’re beautiful.

July Blooms Mosaic

And, oh yeah, there were some other flowers blooming in July here.

1. Ditch lilies I brought from the other house (Hemerocallis fulva). I love these, taken them everywhere.
2. New Minarette lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus ‘Minarette’)
3. Some old-fashioned pincushion flowers that I found (Scabiosa caucasica). I like the height and larger petals on variety better than the more common “Butterfly Blue.”
4. Something new for me, a native plant, Oregon fleabane (Erigeron speciosus ‘Pink Jewel’).
5. Another volunteer, some feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium).
6. The rose campion (Lychnis coronaria) from June is still going strong.
7. This yarrow I brought from my old house. It’s called Cerise Queen and I never see it in nurseries anymore (Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’)
8. Another transplant, one of my favorites, the Brazilian verbena (Verbena bonariensis) brought from the other house.
9. And last but not least, that mystery rose from June is going and going and going…. :-)

How about you? Did anything blow your mind in your garden in July?

~Angela :-)

This post is a part of the July Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, sponsored each month by May Dreams Gardens.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes, no summer to speak of did blow my mind but in a bad way. Fortunately October is making up for it as we’ve had such lovely weather lately. Not quite summerish but very much spring-y.
    Lovely pics Angela, your new garden is getting there in leaps and bounds.

  2. So beautiful! The purple is so bright!
    -Sandy Toes

  3. My garden just whispered into my ear. It told me that one day, when it finally grows up, it wants to look just like yours : )

  4. Ambrea Hanson says:

    Hi Angela! That is such a pretty plant! It’s surely one of the largest and healthiest I have seen! Just lovely!

  5. David B Katague says:

    I love to garden also, but my garden is now in the Philippines. In my younger days, I used to garden in Colesville, Maryland. I have blooming plants almost all year round. Is the purple flower plant, a clematis? Happy gardening!

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