Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Pocono Mountain Garden In Late July

July didn't start out with fireworks in the garden department.  Cool and rainy weather got things off to a very slow start, but the end of the month is going out with a bang!
The yarrow is blooming its head off! I have both a red and pink variety.
Annual candytuft, a dwarf variety, is really pretty this year. Most of the flowers are purplish, but the white ones fade to a soft pink.
Columbine is still hanging in there. Only a few flowers left, but they are tough.
Jackmanii Clematis is starting to bloom, but kind of sparse with flowers. It took a long time to get going this year.
Catmint is blooming. At least I think it's catmint.  I planted it 2 years ago and nothing came up last year. This year it came up and took off.  The leaves smell like catnip, but they are slightly larger and the flowers are different than my catnip. If any of you can confirm this is catmint, let me know.
Now this is definitely catnip. I planted the seeds in a pot this spring just for my cat, Patch. I have to semi-barricade it to keep him from tearing it apart. He does nip at the leaves that peek out of the cage. I plan on harvesting it later in the season so Patch will have his favorite treat all winter.
Oh, this is Patch chilling under the front porch. 
This year I direct sowed sweet alyssum in a few of my garden beds. Such a pretty little plant. This variety is a pinky/purple color.
Yellow day lilies still blooming.
Climbing nasturtiums are sporting flowers.
Annual poppies are completely pooped out now.
Cleome, also called Spider Flower, blooming in a large pot. Have some planted in a garden bed, but they are just starting to set flowers.
Gaillardia, also known as Blanket flowers are bursting with color.
Petite french marigolds really filled the window boxes with color this year.

I planted dwarf snapdragons under my yarrow down in my mailbox garden. They are doing great in a very sunny, dry spot. I have to water them everyday though to keep them perky!

Well,  hope you enjoyed the garden tour!


  1. Great garden tour, Jane. Lovely variety of blooms. If anyone should be able to id catmint it should be me! I'm pretty sure it is catmint. Interesting given our different climates that I have some of the same plants - catmint, yarrow, nasturtiums, alyssum, clematis. I used to have columbine but found them not to be tough enough.

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