I am participating in the Garden Blogger's Bloom Day for July 15 with this post. An exciting bloomer that just began is Crocosmia 'Lucifer'-
Mine always seems to flop and had to be tied up again. Another new bloomer is the native Fireweed, now called Chamerion angustifolium. It appears by itself in my yard and comes up every year. It also tends to flop.
Another native flower that takes care of itself is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, which is not very open yet.
Lady's Mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris, is a tough herb that can be used for tea and blooms with profuse tiny chartreuse flowers that last well in an arrangement.
It also self-sows and can be used in those tough dry places, and on banks.
Tansy Ragwort, Senecio jacobeae, also self-sows and takes care of itself. It is on the weed lists but I grow it as a host for the Cinnabar moth caterpillars, aren't they cute. Last year I had lots of them so expected more moths, but apparently there were enough. The moths are so beautiful!
Lavender has just begun to bloom recently as well,
Lonicera heckrottii 'Gold Flame' is continuing to bloom, it's easy to see how it got its name, hopefully the hummingbirds will like it better than Halls' which is also blooming.
Roses have been blooming for a while, and the once blooming Gallicas are past their prime but still blooming. I have lots of photos of them in other posts so will show some daylilies, which are showing off now.
Here are some nice red "spiders"- Spiderman
Open Hearth is ablaze.
Then for some cool colors, there is the delicate and prolific clematis 'Viola violacea-
Spirea japonica 'Little Princess'-
And the irrepressible lawn weed and famous medicinal Self-Heal, Prunella vulgaris.
The charming and profuse Campanula pocharskyana
Exuberant Lychnis coronaria
The delicate but long-lasting Baby Blanket-
And now to pique your appetite, some examples of What is Fruiting Now!
The wild native Salmonberry,
The native and irascible Thimbleberry,
The extremely invasive, small native Blackberry Rubus ursinus, AKA vegetable barbed wire-
Raspberries, I think this is Meeker-
The weeping form of Mulberry, whose berry is small and earlier than the others-
And, surprise, the first sweet cherries that have set in many years, but it rained and they are splitting,:-(
Finally the native Blackcap Raspberries, Rubus leucodermis, with their pale greenish-blue stems. The red ones taste better than the purple ones.