July flowers

July is midsummer in the northern hemisphere and the time when gardeners can take a rest and sit back, relax and smell the roses (or even the sweet-peas)! Most of the spring flowers are over by now and it is the turn of the half-hardy perennials and the annuals to show off. So many flowers to choose from, so this is just a selection.

great dixter
Great Dixter in summer
Clockwise from top right: Martagon Lily; hardy geranium, white cosmos, sweet-peas, water-lily; agapanthus; lavender, white pelargonium, helichrysum, delphinium

What is your favourite flower of the month?


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  1. I have always loved sweet peas Jude as I grew them as a child (about the only thing I think I’ve ever grown successfully!). I loved looking at all your flower photos – they are all so pretty and Great Dixter looks like the quintessential English village! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Great Dixter is a gorgeous garden. There are several in that part of Kent / East Sussex, I was in heaven!

  2. Sue Slaght says:

    I’m choosing the lily Jude. These images belong in some magazine is all I can say.
    I am off to visit my Mom in rural Canada for the next week or so . i likely won’t be commenting as much but I shall return. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Lilies are wonderful aren’t they? I’d like more, but at the moment I don’t have space for another pot! Enjoy your visit to your Mom, I’m sure you’ll find a few views to photograph for us en route 🙂

      1. Sue Slaght says:

        I hope so but I will say it is a lot of flat empty land. I will fine tune my search. 🙂

  3. restlessjo says:

    Staying with roses, I think, Jude, but I do have a big soft spot for sweet peas. We always had them on a trellis backdrop to Mam’s rose garden. And clematis, and… you know it’s a difficult question, don’t you? 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sweet-peas take me back to the 1950s when my dad grew them (and I did too!) as well as sweet-william. I think that must have been the start of my love of fragrant flowers. Oh, he also grew old-fashioned roses too, the ones with the deep musk perfume. I usually grow sweet-peas, but didn’t plant any for this summer. Maybe next year… 🙂

      1. restlessjo says:

        We used to have sweet william too, but I took against them. Not sure why! They didn’t seem to mind me 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          An essential in a cottage garden. They do seem to have fallen out of favour, but oh, the perfume!

        2. restlessjo says:

          I seem to remember that’s what I didn’t like 😦 I don’t like the smell of jasmine either. Is this sacrilege? How many Hail Mary’s do I have to say? 🙂

        3. Heyjude says:

          You don’t like Jasmine? Well, it can be overpowering. I suspect you like a light fragrance. Maybe citronella, a hint of rose. I’d be interested to know what perfume you wear.

        4. restlessjo says:

          Currently ‘La vie est belle’. But not often 🙂

        5. Heyjude says:

          I don’t know that one. A good philosophy for life though 🙂

        6. Heyjude says:

          I like the whiff of jasmine as I pass by, the same with honeysuckle though both can be a bit cloying. Like you I rarely wear perfume. Currently I have J’Adore and Channel No 5 open but my absolute favourite is Dune. All floral notes! I still have a bottle of Opium that my brother bought me for my 21st birthday! I used to just dab on cheap patchouli oil in those days!

        7. restlessjo says:

          Ah- I remember patchouli oil! Memories 🙂 🙂 Not sure what Dune smells like. I’ll have a whiff next time I pass through an airport and think of you. I don’t use perfume unless I’m ‘going out’ or meeting someone. One of life’s nice indulgences. I do love opening a new jar of coffee though. Cheap thrills 🙂

  4. nowathome says:

    The sweet peas are beautiful

    1. Heyjude says:

      If only I could pass on the fragrance!

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A fabulous collage, I wouldn’t have thought of picking a pelargonium but it’s beautiful. I went to Great Dixter back when Christopher Lloyd was still alive, he was pootling in the garden!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m quite a pelargonium freak Gilly. I love all the different colours and varieties. It must have been wonderful to see CL in the garden. It is a gorgeous space.

  6. I love growing poppies. Each flower lasts for only a little while but they are such abundant bloomers and look lovely in my tall pewter vase.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Poppies are very pretty from the red field poppy to the more elaborate oriental ones. They look lovely in a meadow.

  7. Patrick says:

    Here in the San Francisco area, it is extremely dry due to the fourth year of a drought. Anything green at this point, except weeds, is appreciated. Glad to see such beautiful flowers. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Happy to share them with you Patrick. Sorry to hear about your drought, that’s a long time! Do you have water rationing?

      1. Patrick says:

        Yes we do. 25% indoor and 50% outdoor. But the only penalty if you don’t cut back is one pays a higher cost. Wealthy areas still have many green lawns and beautiful flowers.

  8. Sweet peas this month, because they are simple, perfumed and my father grew them. That’s if I can’t have horse chestnut and laburnum! I love the building, and the collage-bouquet.

    1. Heyjude says:

      No Meg! You can’t have horse chestnut and laburnum! They have finished flowering long ago 😀

      But sweet-peas it is. Interesting how many of us are reminded of childhood through this one flower.

      1. But they haven’t finished flowering in my heart!

        1. Heyjude says:

          You and your heart – it must be FULL of flowers from springtime. You’re not back on Mt Tambourine in September are you?

        2. Home in September. Home. Home.

  9. pommepal says:

    What a beautifully coloured bouquet you have given us Jude and I notice tucked in the top corner the everlasting daisy that brings back fond memories of the acres of them nodding in the wind in WA. As for perfume I am a lavender lady, love its sweet refreshing scent., and it reminds me of my Mam as she always wore lavender perfume.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Lavender is a lovely fresh scent. I like rubbing lavender through my fingers (and mint, and rosemary). It is supposed to relax you. You seem a very relaxed person 🙂

      1. pommepal says:

        Yes a triumvirate of tranquil scents Jude.
        zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…. 🙂

  10. Sue says:

    Ah, Dixter! Lovely place, time I went back….

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