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My garden in August.

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It’s been a great summer so far hasn’t it and the gardens have been such a pleasure even though most things came into flower about 3 weeks later than expected. We have had the grandchildren staying quite a lot this past 2 weeks so we haven’t been able to get anything much done and the garden was getting a bit out of control and was desperately in need of dead heading and cutting back so, as I had a couple of hours free tonight, I got as much done as I could. It felt so good to run amok with the secateurs…. It was lovely to see the plants I grew from seed this spring starting to flower. When I planted them they were only small but soon began to strengthen up once I got them out of the small pots and into the soil. The Zinnia are lovely colours…


The Baby’s Breath is a lovely cloud of white. I’m wishing I had put some coloured flowering plants near it now. I planted it as a very small plant about 4 years ago and it didn’t amount to much until this year. I love it..

The Lucifer Crocosmia are flowering so well now. I haven’t had to stake them this year.


There are only a few Echinacea, Gailardia and Rudbeckias in flower up to now. I grew these from seed this year and found that these too didn’t really take off until I planted them in the garden. I don’t know if it was the compost I used for my seed sowing or the weather that held them back. Anyway I was pleased to see them making progress.

The daylilies have been brilliant this year. I have never had so many flowers.

This is the second Gladioli to flower. I didn’t tie in the first one so it bent right down and lay on the lawn so I cut it for indoors.

The roses are having a great year too. There’s some black spot on one or two but not too bad really.

These Digitalis surprised me today. I hadn’t noticed them growing so well until I cut back the flowers in front. These were from seed this year too. I hope I can keep these. I think they are very pretty.

Elsewhere around the garden there is some nice colour to brighten the borders..


I am so pleased with this as it’s one I grew from seed. There were only 2 germinated from the packet so it’s great to see this one flowering.

I love these yellow Chrysanths….

My first Dhalia. I set seeds for these this year. They are the Bishops series. I like the dark foliage and I wonder what colour the rest will be.

Aren’t these new Dianthus pretty. I bought them last year but they didn’t flower until this month.

When I set these seed I thought they were hanging basket type plants and wanted them to cascade over the side of the pots…lol. I can’t remember the name off hand.

Well that’s about all for the moment. I hope your gardens are full of colour and you are really enjoying being out there in them. Happy gardening…..x

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You really do have a lovely garden and not a weed in sight!!! I love all of your plants, you have such a wide variety, well done:-))

9 Aug, 2013

 

Lovely blog Sheila, and lovely garden pics as well. My Ruds. were the same, small till planted, and the other seeds as well.... did we use the same sowing compost?making up for it now.:-))

9 Aug, 2013

 

Lots of interest in your garden, lovely colours, my roses have been a bit like that too, but still the flowers were lovely, waiting for their second flush now. :O)

9 Aug, 2013

 

You've got some fantastic cottage garden plants, Homebird! I love that Gaillardia.I've not seen one quite like that before.I don't have a lot of luck with them(my clay soil, I think)
Once the cold winds of spring and June died down, it certainly has been a great summer for the plants down here too!

9 Aug, 2013

 

You have a beautiful selection of plants Homebird and they all look so healthy. Your Dianthus is very pretty and I like the Eucomis.

9 Aug, 2013

 

All looking very nice Homebird, you have some great flowers.... :))

9 Aug, 2013

 

Your garden looks lovely, Homebird. The Bishop dahlias are lovely, aren't they. I agree with you - I love the dark foliage. That foxglove is so pretty, too.

9 Aug, 2013

 

Nothing lost for the inattention to your garden , Hb !
Lovely healthy plants , and beautiful flowers .
My seeds have done well , but I delayed putting the sunflowers in and they got quite pot-bound . They are coming along , but slowly . The ones that I gave away were planted earlier and are looking very good under various friends' care !
I love the Baby's Breath , does it have another name ?

9 Aug, 2013

 

You have a lovely selection Homebird, my seedlings took an age to get started this year and I also put it down to my first lot of compost, once potted on into a new mix made up of a new bag and homemade mixed together they romped away.
It feels good to have what I consider a proper summer and the gardens are loving it, long may it continue with a graceful slide into autumn, I enjoyed seeing your lovely plants.....Happy days....

9 Aug, 2013

 

Simply stunning plants lovely to look at .

9 Aug, 2013

 

All my favourite flowers Hb....The dahlia looks like 'bishop's children', if it is the flowers are all orangey/reds...lovely

9 Aug, 2013

 

lots of fabulous colour, you have a beautiful garden!

9 Aug, 2013

 

It's been a pleasure to look around your garden HB - as usual it's immaculate!
I do like the little yellow daisy in the blue pot - they look good together.
Thanks for showing us around!

9 Aug, 2013

 

All looking lovely Hb, great blog.

9 Aug, 2013

 

Thankyou everyone for your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated. I was looking through the seed packets for names and realised that several little plants have disappeared from the garden. It looks like all the poached egg plants (Limnanthes) has gone as has the Lysimachia. Oh! Well there's always next year. :-)
Scottish I found the name of the little yellow flowering plants in the pots are Sanvitalia. I love to say that name...don't ask me why.!!!!
Driad, the Babies Breath is Gypsophila paniculata.

Moti the dahlias are Bishops Children. The seed packet says they are single blooms in shades of red, yellow, orange and the occasional pink. Bred from the ever popular Bishop of Llandaff. It'll be nice to see if I get a mixture. Although I would be happy even if they all turn out to be the same. :-)
Paul the Gailardia is grandiflora Goblin. I'm waiting for the first of the Arizona Red to flower.
Thanks again you lovely people....:-) I'm hoping to have time to catch up on everyone's photos and blogs once the G/children go off on holiday.

10 Aug, 2013

 

Beautiful!!!!!!!

10 Aug, 2013

 

Thanks Nana.

10 Aug, 2013

 

your garden looks so lovely you must be very pleased with the results..

from jane...

11 Aug, 2013

 

It's been a real pleasure this summer Jane. Thankyou.

11 Aug, 2013

 

I love the colours in your garden! Puts a big, big smile on my face.

13 Aug, 2013

 

That's very nice of you to say so Chickweed. I'm off to check out your photo's.....:o)

17 Aug, 2013

 

phew that was a long way down :) here now.. all looking so neat and tidy.. beautiful garden :) thank you!!!

from jane...

28 Aug, 2013

 

ps:- enjoyed every part of the journey :):) thank you very much homebird..

28 Aug, 2013

 

You are very kind Jane. Thank you very much.

28 Aug, 2013

 

:) most welcome!

28 Aug, 2013

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