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A Tour Through the Garden in July

Welcome to another week of Tuesdays In The Garden! Summer is flying by, and I've really been enjoying July. Daylilies are in full bloom and dahlias are getting taller each day. I'm still having great success with the clematis I planted in a big container this spring. I'm feeding it regularly, keeping it's feet cool and making sure it has plenty of water. 

On another note, I've been dealing with some garden struggles lately. It's been a series of unfortunate events, seemingly one right after another. Between critters wreaking havoc, aphid armageddon and slugs deciding to throw a giant samba party in my planters, I just can't seem to catch a break. It can be challenging to notice all the plants that are doing well amidst all the chaos. As someone who prides themselves on hard work and sweat in the garden, it can be really difficult not to get down on yourself. I'll be the first to admit it. I want my plants to look happy and healthy, not dismal and devoured.

I'm doing the very best I can to stay positive, though. I've been hitting the plants weekly with my insecticidal soap, physically removing those slimy slugs by gloved hand (make sure to wear gloves, no joke) and pruning back damaged foliage daily. I even braved a dreaded tick thanks to my nightly slug removal. The battle scars and bites have been worth it though. I'm seeing some improvements and letting go of those plants I can't save. I'll keep trying though, and plan on replanting those plants I lost.

Now where was I? Oh yes, back to the positive points of my garden this July. I'm excited to share with you what's blooming and thriving right now! I'm thinking of starting a blog series to show all the realities and pitfalls you run into when taking on Mother Nature. Until then, please enjoy each and every plant that is keeping a smile on my face!

In the butterfly garden

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I started this butterfly garden around three years ago. I planted two milkweed plants and added on from there. At the beginning of April, I planted a wildflower seed mix. I've never planted a large seed mix like that, and now I want to do it everywhere! It's very easy and low maintenance. If you travel during the summer months, consider giving it a try. You won't be disappointed with the results!

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Swamp Milkweed from American Beauties Native Plants

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In the sun garden

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Featured in this photo are my Pink Knock Out Roses from Star Roses & Plants

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Here are my Carpet Roses in pink. They actually bloom hot pink at the top and coral at the bottom! I'm not complaining!

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I won this DRAAM Brass Hose Swivel at The Garden Bloggers Fling this June! This will seriously save you from that daily battle we all have with the hose. You know the one that looks like you are attempting the polka so you won't trip?

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Coreopsis, otherwise known as Tickseed from American Meadows

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My dahlias seem to be growing taller each day! This year, I am growing Penhill Watermelon, Miracle Princess and Catching Fire dahlias. These varieties can be found at Longfield Gardens.

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I love it when the daylilies bloom!

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Another treat from the Garden Bloggers Fling! We received this lavender named 'Phenomenal' from Peace Tree Farm. It is named phenomenal for a reason, people. So many of us struggle to grow this herb. This particular variety is hardy, does well in colder climates AND is resistant to disease. Make sure to hide my purse, because I may just order enough to fill my entire yard!

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Yarrow

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Drumstick allium

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I feel like there should be a drum roll for this flower! Here is my Hollywood Hibiscus Gossip Queen from J Berry Nursery

In the shade garden

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My shade garden is in a bit of a transitional phase right now. My Heucherella 'Catching Fire' from Walters Gardens is keeping it colorful with it's bright foliage. I want to add some July/August blooming perennials or annuals around them! I'm thinking maybe some agastache or coleus!

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Here is my Cardinal Climbing vine. It has come a long way in just one month. You can see what it looked like in June by clicking here.

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Harris Seeds was kind enough to send some of us Garden Blogger Flingers their new variety of tomato called 'Red Racer'. It is a determinate hybrid cocktail tomato that matures in 57 days. They are potted up and resting safely in my greenhouse. So excited to watch them grow!

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My 'Ruby Moon' hyacinth bean vine grown from seed. I'm so proud to see it growing!

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I added two small Golden Marguerite plants to my garden a little over two years ago. Since then, I watched them grow over 4 feet tall and spread like wildfire. Since I am rebuilding a large portion of my garden, I recently had to transplant them to a new spot. I'm crossing my fingers they take! I have grown very attached to these beauties!

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Here is my Proven Winners Lemon Coral sedum adding some gorgeous foliage interest in my container combination.

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I planted some Moonflower vines at the base of my clematis. I've watched it use my clematis as a trellis, and I'm loving the combination of vines! I was hoping the Moonflower foliage would shade the clematis roots, and it's definitely doing the job!

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Persian Shield adding some drama to my container garden

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Do you remember what this bare root rose looked like just last month? You can refresh your memory here. 'Shining Moment' by Star Roses and Plants is truly starting to wow me! 

Inside the birdhouse…

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I've watched a very tiny, gorgeous bird make a lovely little nest in my handmade bird house. I'm never sure how long they will stay for, but she has it pretty good. It's within feet of my bird feeder and very close to my bubbling Aquascape fountain. I also have a bird nesting ball hanging off in the distance. The house is up rather high, so the other day I grabbed a chair to take a little look. I was thrilled to see that she has eggs! I didn't want to disturb her or her new babies so I just snuck this quick picture before I got down!

A glimpse inside the greenhouse

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Here are my watermelon plants growing in my greenhouse! Recently, I've had a critter come in and cause mayhem in there. I will not be sharing any pictures of that in this post. I want to pretend like that never happened!

What's growing in your garden? Do you have a favorite flower or shrub that blooms this month? Tell me all about it in the comment section below. We will be back on July 25 with a fun post featuring great garden gift ideas. It's Christmas in July and you are invited!

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Welcome to another week of Tuesdays In The Garden! Summer is flying by, and I've really been enjoying July. Daylilies are in full bloom and dahlias are getting taller each day. I'm still having great success with the clematis I planted in a big container this spring. I'm feeding it regularly, keeping it's feet cool and making sure it has plenty of water. 

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  • Patti
    July 11, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Hi Angie,

    We are having a tough season with slugs too. My neighbor was even commenting because she has a lot of hosta and you know how much they love hosta. I told her about all the natural remedies I know but usually I just let them be. Your flower pics are beautiful as always. I can’t believe it’s already July. Summer will be over before you know it.

  • Lana @ The Joy Blog
    July 11, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I’m having a rough year too! My new garden boxes have had some issues with drainage causing all sorts of issues to deal with! But our triple digit heat has helped with water retention and stuff is finally growing, mostly. However, most of my planned for veggies are just not going to happen. I definitely feel you on the whole getting down thing. You put so much into the garden and when it doesn’t work it’s so hard. Your sun garden is looking amazing though!

  • Natasha Botkin
    July 11, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks for allowing me to enjoy your beautiful garden. I just sold my home and this is the first time ever in my life that I do not have a garden. Xoxo

  • Aprl@LoveOurRealLife
    July 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Gorgeous pictures of your garden. You have a beautiful selection of flowers!

  • Shelly
    July 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Sorry to hear about all the havoc you’ve been experiencing this year. I think you might have gotten our slugs. This year was really light on slugs, I didn’t have to battle them in the strawberries although they did attack everything but my tomatoes in my cold frame.

    You have so many beautiful flowers in your garden. The photo of the daylily made me miss our old garden where we had a bunch of them. The carpet rose is so pretty too.

    We have a bird house that is occupied right now on our shed. I can hear the baby birds when we go in and out soon they will be out and about in the garden. It’s so fun to watch the wildlife in the garden too.

  • Diane Williams
    July 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    What a lovely garden. Thanks for sharing such great inspiration!

  • Jami
    July 11, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I seriously want to come and just hang out in your garden – what a glorious variety!! Definitely enjoy the beauty there even though the other garden setbacks happen. 🙂

  • Carol
    July 11, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    My word your garden is beautiful!

  • riitta k
    July 11, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    That is so true, not always ALL is great looking. Every summer there are spots that are going through replanting of some sort – and are not pretty. I don’t have many slugs in the garden but someone is eating all my Alcea Nigra leaves! They are like lace. Yesterday we had a pouring rain. I have not yet had the courage to see the damages (it is 6.45 now).
    Waiting for your reality posts! Let’s enjoy those plants and spots that look pretty and satisfy us. We cannot control The Mother Nature 🙂

  • Carol ("Mimi")
    July 12, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Such beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them. I love how you have your garden divided into zones: sun/shade/butterfly, etc. It makes such a rich variety of foliage and flowers.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mii

  • Karen @Beatrice Euphemie
    July 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    What a pretty garden you have! So many lovely blooms. I love the hibiscus and its charming name! x Karen

  • Melinda Mitchell
    July 12, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Angie, I love your blog name!! Your gardens are gorgeous!
    I need to get some of that Persian Shield!! It’s purplicious!!
    Congrats on winning the hose thingy!
    Thanks for being a loyal follower!

  • Mitzi
    July 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    WOW…you have such a wonderful garden! Flowers are such incredible things…no matter the type, they can lift your spirits in a mere moment…though my favorite is the Sunflower!

  • Ramblingwoods
    July 15, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I’m sorry there have been so many garden challenges for you Angie, but the photos are beautiful. We are too wet here and now have found some poison oak near the pond to take care of…. Michelle

  • Michelle Marine
    July 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Tough seasons seem to be the theme this year! We got back from our epic road trip out west (we were gone for 3 weeks) and I have weeds that are now as tall as I am! And I’m 5’9!!! I had to go on safari to find my garlic. 🙁 I’m hoping for a good fall garden this year – and that would be a first for me too. Hang in there, Angie! There’s always next year. 🙂

  • Jeannie
    July 17, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I am sorry it is such a rough year. Gardening is not for the weak of heart. It is hard work, but the rewards are so wonderful. Stick with it.

    I too have a bird nest. First she built the nest in the silk wreath on the front porch one foot from the front door. Every time we walked out of door she would fly away and startle us. As soon as the chicks were gone, I threw the arrangement away to keep her from returning. Yesterday I saw her, again, now she is in the tool shed so we can not close the door until she is gone. She is becoming a pest.
    Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry.Blogspot.com

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