I was on the road when Bloom Day rolled around last month and didn't get to participate in my favorite monthly meme, so I wanted to be sure that I got my post done early for July.
It's been an interesting week here - very, very wet, with more than ten inches of rain falling in a three-day period. Along with the rain came a bit of windy, stormy weather. The result of all that is that a lot of the blooms in my garden look rather beat up just now. Nevertheless, let's take a look at them, shall we?
July means it is time for the coneflowers to bloom.
July is also sunflower time. I bought a packet of mixed seeds earlier this year and planted them in the garden and now they are giving me a variety of blooms.
The oddly-shaped blooms of the shrimp plant are also great favorites of hummingbirds.
The crocosmia has been blooming for several weeks now.
Summer phlox also brightens the garden for weeks.
'Montrose Purple' vitex is now on its second flush of bloom.
Caesalpinia pulcherrima. the 'Pride of Barbados' plant, also has a long bloom period.
But the star of the garden on this Bloom Day is the Duranta erecta, "golden dewdrop," and not just because of its blooms. When I went to take its picture for this post, I found the shrub alive with butterflies!
There were several different varieties of butterflies sipping from the flowers, including Gulf Fritillaries and various skippers, but the majority of the visitors were members of the swallowtail clan. The two on the left here are Giant Swallowtails, the one on the right is a Tiger Swallowtail.
Most of the butterflies, like this Giant Swallowtail, had damage to their wings which could have been from predators but I suspect a lot of it came from the heavy weather we had this week.
Even somewhat tattered, this Tiger Swallowtail is still beautiful.
I hope this July Bloom Day finds you and your garden flourishing. Thanks once again to our hostess Carol of May Dreams Gardens for continuing to bring us Bloom Day each month.