This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Friday, 2 August 2013

Best of July Blooms

July was a warm, sunny month for us in Northern Ireland and the flowers have enjoyed the unexpected long periods of good weather. During July the average high temperature was 22C / 72F - might not sound that warm to those living in other countries but for Ireland it's really great weather (we don't have the need for air conditioning).

Looking over my photos for July, I thought I'd share some of my best flower photos for the month. Many of these plants are still in flower - roses, petunias, etc are great for their long flowering periods.

L-R: Climbing rose, aquilegia (grown from seed), rose, petunia.
L-R: Aquilegia x 2 (grown from seed), chives, leek flowers (grown from seed).
L-R: Petunia, astilbe, foxglove, delphinium (grown from seed).
L-R: Dog rose, unknown, sedum, silverdust/cineraria (grown from seed).
L-R: Nasturtium x 2, Calendula, lupin - (all of these where grown from seed).
I just love the delphinium (grown from seed) and the background of our July blue sky!
May all your blooms be bold and bountiful!

Copyright: All words and photos are property of Kelli's Northern Ireland Garden.


  1. Beautiful flowers, and so healthy. Mine would be at least have one or 2 holes from grasshoppers. If any of them were blooming still. :D
    A question...maybe a stupid one but Dog rose - that is the rose that later makes rosehips we use in tea??
    In my country every plant that makes rose hips is called "šipak" and this one has the same flowers so I'm wondering if it is the same one :D :D

    1. Hi Leanan, The dog rose does make rose hips. I imagine it's the same plant as you have in your country.

  2. I'm sure your garden must have been beautiful and colourful - long may it continue

  3. Lovely colourful summer flowers. Nice to see that you grow many of your plants from seed too. We don't have a nice warm summer, but it is unusually hot, over 35 degr.c. today!

  4. Beautiful blooms and I love the way you have them arranged in fours in like colors. Good photos and a clever way to show them. The delphinium did really well from seeds, as did you other plants. Wish I could grow so many from seed!

  5. Beautiful flowers Kelli and such a wonderful assortment of colours.
    Julie x

  6. Beautiful ... if only all our summers were like July eh?

  7. Our family's favorite flowers in are garden are the Aquilegia (columbine) yours are so beautiful. After a year or two here ours all cross and turn Yellow...such beautiful flowers very enjoyable thanks...

  8. Kelli, you are the Colour Queen! A wonderful collection. Just think what your garden would be like if you could rely upon weather like you have had the last month!

  9. You really have a beautiful garden! I'm impressed you grew so many of these from seed. LOVE those lupins!!

  10. July was a good month for you, wasn't it? For us, July was rather cool and rainy. Ice for a change. Your color collages are beautiful.

  11. hello kelli,
    wow your flowers are sooooooooooooooo have really a wonderful is it hot,to hot we have 43degress in the sun.
    have a nice week,