What's blooming? In upstate New York, the more relevant question is, what isn't?
Oh yeah, the roses and peonies are done and so are the tulips, but who remembers those things, now that the dahlias and lilies are taking off in earnest?
Above, in my front bed are crocosmias, a butterfly bush, an ineffably cool almost black Asiatic lily and on the lower left, a helenium.
Also worth a mention is this clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans.' (Please focus on the plant and ignore the peeling paint. We bought my super-athletic daughter a show pony two years ago and decided to let the house fall down in order to pay for it.) This is reportedly an ancient variety rediscovered by one of those mid-century Brits. I love its weird purple-grey color and eagerness to climb. It's doing much better for me in my sandy soil than any of the large-flowered clematis.
I am also loving my front-of-border campanula carpatica 'White Clips." After five years of being petite and discreet, in this rainy summer, they are turning into giant marshmallows of bloom.
Here, behind a low-growing single dahlia, is something new to me: a stachys with unhairy leaves and purple drumsticks of flowers that I don't instantly want to cut off, the way I do with stachys byzantina flowers.
We've also got coneflowers going, daylilies galore, liatris, phlox, a weird unnamed perennial-behaving allium that I bought at a plant sale, an icy-blue spiderwort that I love, and white hydrangea arborescens, a weedy native shrub that suckers and seeds itself everywhere, but that is so beautiful– if you cut it back in early spring, it will give you giant flat white flower clusters–that it's impossible to argue with.
Okay, I'll stop after one last photo:
This Asiatic lily 'Pink Giant' is reliably tall and spectacular, even if it does need to be staked–and given the way it's reproducing in my yard, staked and staked and staked.
Ask me about upstate New York in November, when I'm facing five months of winter, and I'll growl something about "anywhere but here." But July 15? I wouldn't rather be anywhere but here.