photo of red Daylily

July In The Garden

July can be a rough month in the Midwest garden. It often ends with a few weeks of drought, lots of steely, tap rooted weeds, and a Japanese beetle infestation. But, this year, June brought a lot of rain, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

photo of blueberry bush covered with tulle netting.
Tulle net keeps the jays from getting the berries.

The blueberry bushes are thriving. So far, I’ve been able to keep the chipmunks and jays out with a variety of netting and twine. The jays are smart enough to peck at the twine and net. I’ve been checking and securing it regularly.

photo close up of blueberries under net.
The berries can ripen under the net.

The Maltese cross has been vibrant.

photo of Maltese Cross (Lychnis chalcedonica)
Maltese Cross (Lychnis chalcedonica)

The Blood grass is a complement to the July blooms.

Photo of Japanese Blood Grass ( Imperata cylindrica)
Japanese Blood Grass ( Imperata cylindrica)

Asiatic lilies do well within the garden fence.

Photo of bright orange Asiatic lily
Asiatic lily brings a bright glow to the garden.

So do the Daylilies.

Photo of peach Daylily
Peach Daylily
photo of red Daylily
Red Daylily

Hosta “Francis Williams” blooms profusely.

photo of Hosta Francis Williams
Hosta Francis Williams

Hosta “Blue Angel” has a heavenly scent!

photo of Hosta Blue Angel
Hosta Blue Angel

Even the onion blooms look spectacular.

photo of white onion bloom
White onion

Lettuces and kale come into their own.

photo of lettuce "Freckles"
Lettuce “Freckles”
photo of kale


This Goatsbeard lights up the shady areas of the yard.

photo of Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus)
Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus)

Here’s to a bountiful growing season. We’ll check back again in August!

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