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July colors

By Penny Stine

 

Red, white and blue are great for a day, but I love the other colors of July, too. I know the white flowers pictured here in my parsley/mint bed are shasta daisies and there is some Russian sage in the background. I can't remember what the little pink flowers are. It was some sort of drought tolerant perennial that I bought at Bookcliff Garden for a couple bucks in a two-inch pot. It's spread quite a bid and seems to be able to hold its own in the never-ending battle for supremacy waged by the parsley, mint and bindweed. 

 

 

 

 

Who doesn't love the bright orange tiger lilies that are blooming all over town right now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm also a big fan of yarrow. This is the pink version. I've got white and yellow somewhere in my yard... the yellow flower in front of the yarrow is goldenrod. 

 

 

 

I'm happy about the petunias in my flower pots on the deck. I started them from seed and they were still incredibly tiny when I transplanted them outside.

The purplish ones are supposed to be a brand new type of petunia with pointed leaves. I got the seed from Park Seed, but I can't remember what it's called. I looked on their website and none of the names sound familiar, either. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tiny petunia plants looked silly in this big pot, so I transplanted some morning glory that was coming up where I didn't want it,  which is why my flower pot has a tomato cage on it. Not sure if the petunia will survive being shaded by the morning glory wants it takes off, but it's pretty now. 

 

Now here's an interesting flower.  This is a pepper plant. I'm growing six different types and I have no idea which kind this is. But it has purple flowers!  Every edible pepper plant I've ever planted has had tiny white flowers. 

 

I've got giant marigolds and zinnias growing happily in my garden, so I should have some nice color there in a few weeks, too. 

Don't the colors of summer just make ya' happy?

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