July in the Garden

We’ve had so many amazing sunsets lately. IMG_1924

July can be a bit of a let down from all the perennials that peak in June, but daylilies come to the rescue. They are super winter hardy and very long lived. They do have a downside–deer will nibble on the flowers–but we plant them in the middle of the main garden, surrounded by plants deer don’t like, and they do well there.  Here are some that are blooming today.


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Lots of herbs are ready to harvest right now, including catnip. It’s strongest just as it’s getting ready to bloom, so that’s a good time to cut it and dry it. Junipurr, the resident cat, received a letter from a friend with a packet of catnip enclosed! He was thrilled.


Junipurr devoured his catnip fresh, but you can dry it, too. It’s easy to dry herbs for use later. Just tie them in a small bunch and hang them out of direct sunlight. This time of year they’ll be dry in a week or two. Oregano is one that is good to cut this time of year. My favorites to dry are oregano, sage, and winter savory. I’d dry rosemary, too, if I didn’t have a big pot of it inside to use in the winter. Basil needs to be used fresh or made into pesto and frozen–it doesn’t keep its flavor when dried. It’s fun to grow herbs, but don’t forget to harvest them!






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Blooming on the First Day of Summer

If your garden is a spring garden, that fades as the temperature rises, you might want to plant some of these for summer color.


Achillea ‘Pomegranate’


Showy Navajo tea, milkweed, Orlaya.


Kniphofia–Red Hot Poker.

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