Summer is my favorite time of year. It is when my flowers are the most beautiful. I spend hours in my garden every day. Everything is growing so quickly, and each week, it will look like a completely different garden. Let me take you on a tour, so you can see my cottage garden summer view, now that July is here.
The seed starts and perennials have been planted. Flowers have been pinched. And the majority of weeding and mulching has been completed.
Summer Gardening Projects
Now my focus changes in July. Here are my current projects for the summer…
Fresh Cut Flower Garden
I’m always excited to see how my cut flower garden turns out each summer. I switch out the seed varieties I sow each year and try to add at least two flowers that I’ve never grown before.
What I Look For When Ordering Seeds For the Following Year
It must be fairly easy to sow the seeds and maintain them in the garden. The only exception I make is for snapdragons. I just love them too much to say goodbye! The netting can be a little tedious.
I always look for flowers that will last in a floral arrangement for at least a few days.
My favorite flowers are cut-and-come-again flowers, which means the more you harvest them, the more they will bloom.
The 4 different varieties of sweet peas I planted in my garden this year were Windsor, Raspberry Flake, Noel Sutton, and Jilly.
Snapdragons are one of the most productive early summer bloomers in my cutting garden.
Although the seeds are the tiniest you will ever see, and I have to put netting over the flowers so they do not break off, they still are one of my favorite flowers of all time.
To extend your harvest, deadhead, or clip any spent blooms, This will encourage your plants to send up new growth and flower stalks over long periods.
As crazy as it sounds, now is the time to start thinking about what spring-blooming bulbs you want to order.
The Shasta daisies were the first of the summer flowers to bloom this summer. These are happy flowers that are so easy to divide and transplant throughout your garden every year.
They do tend to fall over, so I stake them by the first of July.
Galvanized buckets and tubs are perfect flower containers. Drill holes in the bottom of the container, and add a layer of rock for drainage.
This whiskey barrel is my newest addition to the garden.
The Stunning Puget Sound Summer Views
This was a magical night, with the most beautiful sunset.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my early July cottage garden summer view. Make sure you stay tuned. The black-eyed Susans and dahlias are ready to bloom this week. You won’t believe what a difference these blooms will make!
Until next time,
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