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Bloom Day, July edition

Happy Bloom Day, everyone!

Bloom Day is our monthly observance and evaluation of what's going on in Long Island gardens. On the 10th of every  month, readers share  photos right here. So grab your camera and head outside, then upload your snapshots to the gallery and browse photos of other readers' gardens.

We're extending the fun this time around, since the July 4 holiday fell on a weekend this month. Here is what's going on in my drought-ridden garden.

I was out of town last week when the heatwave struck (didn't see that one coming), and when I returned, many of my plants were crunchy, including these verbena:

The grass wasn't looking much better, but at least it knows enough to go dormant. It will survive.

On the bright side, I've confirmed that Easy Wave petunias hold up like champs:

And so did these Burpee Fancy Dress petunias, my standout favorites this year:

This Bonnie Plants corn thrived in the heat, growing maybe 2 feet while I was away:

And, once again, my Earth Boxes did me proud -- not only protecting my precious Burpee Big Boy tomatoes from drought, but look at the size of them!

The smaller -- but thriving -- tomato in the bucket is a Bonnie patio, which I gave a good soaking before leaving. It didn't look this good when I returned, but bounced back nicely.

What does your garden look like today? Upload your photos here.

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