Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2013

Okay, I’m dipping my toes into the water…this is my very first GBBD post.

Given that we don’t have blooms in our gardens here in Calgary for about 8 months out of the year, I’m going to really celebrate July’s flowers!

Click on over to May Dreams Gardens to join in the fun!  Thanks so much to Carol for hosting!


The only rose I have room to grow in my garden…in the miniature (Kordes series)



Gypsophila repens ‘Rosea’


Alchemilla mollis ‘Thriller’ and Salvia superba


Linum flavum compactum


Dianthus barbatus ‘Indian Carpet’


Thyme and Dianthus deltoides ‘Confetti Cherry Red’


Verbena – one of the ‘Quartz XP Mix’


Silene uniflora ‘Druett’s Variegated’  with Engleman ivy in background


Click on the photo to join the meme!   

Have a wonderful week, everyone! 


  1. Lovely to see what you’re growing Sheryl! I love those mixed Verbena. I had a pale one last year but didn’t see any around this year. It all looks so fresh and summery. 😀 (My garden is already showing signs of the heat).

    • Thank you, Cathy! I love those verbena as well (and so do the hares, apparently – I actually didn’t think I would get any blooms at all, as the lop-eared beasts munched them all down when I put them in last month). I do hope you get some rain soon – if I could send you some, I would! One thing I haven’t had to do much of this summer is water….

  2. Congratulations on your first Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post!!! Enjoy the other gardens you see there, including mine!!

    • Thanks so much! Your new garden looks lovely, Johanna – so lush and full of flowers! It must be rather fun to move into a house with an established garden…you don’t have to build from the ground up, but you can “tweak” things to your satisfaction. All the really difficult work, the bones of the landscaping, is done. Enjoy the summer sun! 🙂

  3. Really like the salvia with the lady’s mantle. The purple and yellow is very striking. Like you our summers are short in the maritimes, make the most of those blooms while you have them!

  4. Lots of pretty blooms! The rose is lovely – what a pretty color. Your salvia looks wonderful against the wall. And your verbena looks so happy! I have tried to grow it here, but for some reason, mine is never happy. It looks very nice with ‘Rosea’ in the background.

    • Thank you very much! 🙂 I was so happy that a few of my verbena plants managed to recover from the munching of the hares…the long-eared critters just decimated them when I first put the plants in. When all the rain started, I thought for sure I’d have to throw in the towel, but they’ve actually rebounded surprisingly well.

  5. Your verbena is a big improvement on the sad specimen gracing one of my hanging baskets. It looked great for a few weeks, but has fallen into a slump from which I am wondering if it will recover. I like the Gypsophila repens ‘Rosea’ and the little miniature rose. Very pretty. I am about to tackle my first floral jelly. I see you made lilac jelly. I am giving rose jelly a go.

    • Yum, rose jelly! How did it go? I made some last year and it was so delicious – I wanted to do some again this year but the wild roses weren’t really great this year and I don’t have any garden roses other than the mini. I know you’ll enjoy yours – such an amazing flavour! 🙂

      I really love that verbena as well, but the hares seem to think its their own gourmet treat. I don’t think I’ll plant it again – it just seems to ATTRACT them. If I had hanging baskets, it would be a definite consideration, though – the colours are spectacular.

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