>Bloom Day July 2010

>I feel like I have been way too absent from the sheer love of gardening that normally drives me to post on the 15th of every month and link to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  School gardens, summer camp schedules, hot weather…all seem to have soaked up the spare time I usually reserve for my own patch.  But today, I was determined to get out and take some photos.  This year, with the courtesy of the rains we have been having, I am seeing some beautiful blooms come out and some of the reworking of plants that has been done over the past few years has finally matured and taken hold. 

Without further ado, blooming at Kiss of Sun in July…

I had to start with this photo of my crinum lilies.  I bought two pots of these three years ago and divided up to end up with about 15 plants.  I took a handful of them to East Texas and planted them at my grandparents graves as I had heard about how well they do when left to their own at gravesites.  I planted a few at my uncle’s lakehouse, where I think they might have not done as well.  And I planted a few in various locations around my yard.  Every year, the beautiful strap foliage comes out and no flowers.  This is the first year they have bloomed and the smell is heavenly.  And having this connection in my garden to something I have left in memory of my grandparents is a lovely thing to see every day. 

Now, let’s go big and bold.  My 8-foot tall sunflowers are blooming.  They are just gorgeous and I love taking the kids out to see them. I will sometimes look out the kitchen window and see neighbors staring at my house as they are walking by and I finally realized it is not because of the window which has that permanent foggy look to it, but because they are looking at the sunflowers which are towering over my side yard. 

Too many other flowers to attach photos but the Cenizo Sages are in beautiful bloom right now from the recent rains, the Cypress Vine is putting on delicate red blooms, and the cleomids are continuing their purple bloomfest run.  The wildflower/septic field is filled with bee balm, Mexican Hat, and plenty of seeds as the flowers dry up. 

In the vegetable garden, we have tomatoes, tomatillas, canteloupes, and patty pan squash.  The pickling cucumbers I gave out to so many friends seem to be consistently putting out the fattest, most enormous cucumbers I have ever seen.  And all of my friends who took some of the plants are getting great crops.  So, yay!  Cucumber salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  My suyos are slow to develop this year, but seem to just be coming into their prime, for whatever reason.  Since I have had plenty from the school garden and my mother-in-law, I’m OK with this delayed development. 

I am taking a chance with canteloupe this year after swearing off of them two years ago when my beautiful melons yielded absolutely no sweetness in their flesh.  I currenly have three beautiful melons developing. 

And a really nice crop of tomatillas is coming in.  The balloon husks are so fun to see in the garden and so far I have only picked a few but I look forward to making many sauces in the coming days. 

Hope your garden is flourishing and you have the time to enjoy it.


6 thoughts on “>Bloom Day July 2010

  1. >I love the story of your crinum lilies and where you have planted them. They are not hardy here, so of course, I want one. Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

  2. >Do not give up on the canteloupe! Just back off of the water as is gets closer to harvest time. If they receive too much moisture it waters down the sugary sweet taste. Same thing for watermelon.

  3. >Those criniums are beautiful and you seem to grow them with such ease. Nice story for a lasting memory. The bush pickles you gave me did well to begin with and now are producing very little. I had only one cantaloupe, another is on the way, and my tomatillos are sparse producers too. Hornworms were to blame there. You will have to let me in on your secrets. I passed by a field os sunflowers on the way up to Dallas- what a great sight to see them all with their heads facing to the sun. I'm not surprised the neighbors stop to look.

  4. >That crinum lily is lovely. Mine are big and green but without flowers…well except for the C. bulbispermum. But they are nowhere near as spectacular as yours.Rain does make all the difference, I agree. Heat or cold doesn't affect my garden as much as the amount of rain.

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