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Friday Night Photos: Midsummer Flowers (2010 Garden Update #6)

Bee BalmI love to wander out in the garden with my everyday camera and take photos, and I’ve already shown you some of the early flowers that bloom in my yard. Now it’s nearly midsummer, and there’s a whole different crop of flowers to photograph! First up, this lovely spiky bloom called Bee Balm, a plant that’s actually a herb, and one of my very favorite flowers.

Along the west side of my front yard is a border of Yarrow, and here’s a flower head that’s only half in bloom.

More yarrow, and this one is a little farther along!

And another clump of yarrow. I love this plant, although I hate the smell.

Every summer garden has to have Shasta Daisies, which I have in my backyard and also in the front of the house.

Here’s a slightly different color of Bee Balm; I have the two colors side-by-side, which is really pretty.

Along my front porch I have a big patch of these Lilies, mixed in with Shasta Daisies and Bee Balm. (I took this photo when the sun was too bright, but these Lilies are gorgeous!)

Here’s another shot of the Lilies, which are also one of my favorite flowers.

And finally, I think this spiky purple flower is really a weed, but I can’t bring myself to pull them out!

You can see more about the vegetables, herbs, and flowers I’m growing by using the label 2010 Garden Updates. If you have flowers, what’s blooming right now in your yard?
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    19 Comments on “Friday Night Photos: Midsummer Flowers (2010 Garden Update #6)”

  1. Anonymous, I don't know but it might be the lack of himidity in Utah that's good for growing Bee Balm.

  2. My bee balm always get moldy looking. How do you keep yous clear?

  3. Ooh, no I want some red Bee Balm!

  4. Never have seen that color of bee balm — ours is a bright red!


  5. Oops, just realized I mistakenly typed citrusy, lemony rather than citrus and mint 🙂 I have lemons on the brain these days!

  6. citrusy, lemony…sounds like the bee balm leaves would be something good to infuse in oil, juice drink, or in a simple syrup? I would certainly do more research and maybe give that a try? I wonder if those grow here in So Cal. I'll have to keep my eyes open.

  7. Such beauty! Thanks for sharing it!

  8. lovely photos, Kalyn! I really liked the bee balm.. such a vibrant color.

  9. Your lilies are oh-so-gorgeous! My daylilies are blooming like gangbusters, and so is my pink yarrow, but with no rain and hot, hot weather, the mint has been shrivelling up, and so are the chives, drat it.
    Loving your garden this year!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous, Kalyn! Our flowers are really sad this year with the drought and deer in our woods. All I have blooming right now is wilted hydrangea, butterfly bush, and a few coreopsis (which are fairly drought resistant). The deer even ate the sedum plants … that's never happened before. Guess they are super hungry with our drought and heat. We're getting a tiny bit of rain right now and are grateful for even that. Anyway, I loved taking a walk through your garden with you–thanks!


  11. Interesting to hear about Bee Balm jelly as well as ice cream. Wonder what else you can use it for? I think I need to pick some bee balm leaves and see what the flavor is like!

    Deborah, sorry to hear about the bad garden luck. Utah is a desert, so of course I have sprinklers to keep my garden alive, although this year we had one of the rainiest springs I ever remember!

  12. My flowers are about all I have been able to keep going in this drought. I have mint, basil, and a few cherry tomato plants that have not succumbed.

  13. Beautiful flowers. My favourite by far are the lilies. I have had Bee Balm jelly. It was very good.

  14. I love garden art. All your photo look great. Nice blog also.

  15. OK, apparently it's the leaves you use. They are citrusy, minty. Cool!

  16. I have that same purple weed in my garden, and because my garden's colors are yellow, white and purple, I leave it to flourish. Love those lilies; I don't have anything red or pink in the garden because my house is dark brown and I don't like the color combination, so I'm always drawn to those colors in other people's gardens.

  17. CC, I am intrigued by that idea. I had heard the plant was edible, but never tasted it!

    Thanks Debbi!

  18. Gorgeous flowers! I'm jealous of your garden! Thanks for sharing!

  19. I just read today on Twitter about Bee Balm Ice Cream, served at the Herbfarm. I don't know what it tastes like.
    Nice pix, girlie.