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My garden in August.

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August is always a frustrating month for me in my garden. I see things I want to move but it’s the wrong time, I see gaps I need to fill and I’ve planted out all the things I’ve grown in pots and the ground is drying out unbelievably fast. Still, there are pleasures to be found, such as…
…the Clematis, which are flowering fantastically this summer..


..and the Dahlias which are just coming into flower…


The Fuchsias aren’t doing to badly, although they have been really late to flower this year. This new Paula Janee is my favourite at the moment.


Phlox Junior Dazzel is looking good too.


…and I am so pleased that the really tall lily has escaped the attention of the lily beetles that spoiled the shorter ones.


These primula were a surprise, I didn’t think they were supposed to flower now?


I wouldn’t be without my Penstemons. They flower for at least 6 months of the year. I’ve just sent for some more from Hayloft.


The Lavender is getting ready for trimming. Each year I say I need to replace it with new plants but it keeps producing well although it is getting very leggy.

As soon as the long wet spell ended, the roses bucked up and are flowering well. Next spring I need to give them a really good prune. They are becoming very leggy too.


On Friday I couldn’t resist chopping back the hedge on the right side of the slope lawn border. It had become about 4 ft wide. I did the usual….start it myself with secateurs and loppers then T takes pity and takes over with the hedge trimmer….We gained over 2 ft of border.. The hedge looks massacred but it will bounce back next year. The soil was so compacted and hard I couldn’t get the fork into it. I put the sprinkler on for an hour and yesterday it was a lot easier to turn the soil and incorporate some compost and to pull the ivy out. I still have the top bit of border to fork over but it turned so warm once the sun came round to that side I left it and hope to sort that bit out tomorrow.
We even found a rose tree we couldn’t remember seeing for years!!

So, all in all, I can’t grumble and we decided last night to take our dinner up to the garden room and cook it up there for a change. T had put a small gas oven and hob in there for me, to supliment the barbecue. It was so warm inside we brought the table and chairs out onto the decking. Not a lot of room but plenty for us two. ?

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Know just what you mean HB, but your OH has the right idea. August is for resting and drinking wine! :)

7 Aug, 2016

 

Yes, August is the time to let the garden coast along on its own and for me to relax thinking about what I did right and what I did wrong in the garden and how to amend that next year. There will be enough to do later on when the light dims and the burning frost starts to blanket everything.

7 Aug, 2016

 

Nothing quite like supper in the garden . . cheers!

7 Aug, 2016

 

Delightful garden and as for those clematis at the beginning, they are really beautiful! No need to make changes, it is so lovely just as it is! Cheers ??

7 Aug, 2016

 

Cheers..?
This year I intend to do what I always say I'm going to do but never get round to doing it....write a list of what I want to move. ✍

7 Aug, 2016

 

Your garden is lovely Hb, and a summer house with a kitchen ! What could be better. Lovely penstemon so.

7 Aug, 2016

 

Your garden always looks lovely,Sheila..but I know what you mean about wanting to move things..I am guilty of moving things at the wrong time ,but they seem to cope ..
I have an old Lavender too,but I bit the bullet this year,and cut it right back..even into old wood ,to where I could see a tiny shoot..I thought I'd lost it,and it's struggled ,but it's just lovely again,and looks like a new plant.but much smaller,and tidier :o) I love your Summerhouse dining area too..Will you plant anything where you have cut your hedge back? .

8 Aug, 2016

 

Your garden looks lovely. Love the roses. I'm just about to look up Penstemons as I'm desperate for colour next year and see if suitable for my garden :-).

8 Aug, 2016

 

They will grow pretty much anywhere Jen.

8 Aug, 2016

 

Think I need some penstemon too..six months of flowers sounds good to me. Love chopping back and discovering lost lovelies in the undergrowth "

8 Aug, 2016

 

Agree,penstemons are great value. Your garden is lovely Homebird. I want to move things too - same every year, and when autumn comes either its too rainy or some other reason crops up. I even made a list last year but didn't move anything...

8 Aug, 2016

 

I particularly love Penstemon 'sour grapes', so ordered seed earlier in the year. At last they have flowered . . . a sort of burgundy colour! I'm disappointed, but can't remember where they are from, so can't complain. Just bad luck I suppose :(((

8 Aug, 2016

 

Yes Karen they do don't they. Jen, I have them in full sun, semi shade and also in an area that only gets sun in the evening. The ones on the front are in a very dry west facing bed and cope with all extremes of weather.
Thanks so much Cinders and Bloomer. It's the largest, flattest area at the top of the garden where T built me the summer house and it's been really used well. It's too exhausting to keep running down all the steps to the house for drinks and loo. It's nice to take everything up at once and saves my legs...lol especially when the grandchildren are here.
I bought some roses and a clematis this morning to plant in the border, they will hopefully distract from your barrenness until the hedge greens up again. The border looks so much better today because I've spent the rest of the day digging it over and putting the last of my compost in it. I've split and transplanted some Heuchera and primula too. I feel so much better now I can see where I've been.
I'm going to try and cut my lavender right down Bloomer like you did this time and if I kill it it won't hurt to buy new. :o)

8 Aug, 2016

 

Thanks Sandra, Stera and Sheila.
Terry has carted 2 of those builders bags, the ones that hold a ton of sand etc, filed with the hedge cuttings to the recycling centre. One at a time, it took some stuffing into the boot of the car...lol.
Lol...Stera , the best laid plans and all that...
What a shame Sheila, do you think they will change colour a bit for next year. I've never tried growing from seed.
Sandra I have found that most of mine have kept their leaves over winter for the past 3. I know I should have cut them back but they still grew away well and flowered early.

8 Aug, 2016

 

They have been written down on my wish list. They sound great!!! I was just about to comment on your lovely summer house this morning and how very continental it looked there with your OH and wine when I got a txt from Dpd saying since I wasn't in, my parcel was not being delivered, as I was sitting here writing my 1st message! So I cut short and then tried to find a landline number to talk to them. 4 numbers later finally got a human to tell them that they must have gone to the wrong house!!! Luckly the driver turned around and delivered it as it was my daughters birthday present for Wednesday.

8 Aug, 2016

 

Oh! How frustrating Jen, but I'm glad you managed to get it delivered and no longer a worry that you wouldn't have it in time for your daughters birthday.
I have to go to town in the morning as the postman left a card to say my parcel wouldn't go through the letterbox. The frustrating think is, I was in the back garden and both our neighbours were in....no Christmas box for this postie this year!!!

8 Aug, 2016

 

Poor you. We are very lucky, we have a wonderful postie here. Our 1st morning she came and introduced herself as Emma, said that if there is any time that something arrives that needs signing for and we out, that we agree a hiding place and she will sign it and hide it. If we have letters that need posting, to give them to her as our nearest post box is a mile away. She always has pockets full of dog biscuit so my 2 love her and now think anyone delivering is going to feed them :-). I shouldn't laugh but funny seeing some of the delivery guys faces when they see 2 male 40kg German Shepherds trying to get at them and then I have to explain that they are friendly but just think they are getting more biscuits. I gave her a Christmas box last Christmas and if I've done any baking I alway give her some as she has a sweet tooth.

8 Aug, 2016

 

What a lovely blog :o)
I especially like your Lavender. It looks very pretty.

8 Aug, 2016

 

You have a lot of colour H'bird, I love all your clematis and wish mine looked like yours, they really have struggled this year even though I have fed them, we have to make the most of our few decent days, your hubby looks well settled with his wine, after tackling that hedge I think you both deserved to relax...

8 Aug, 2016

 

Loved your blog Homebird, Cheers.

9 Aug, 2016

 

Fabulous idea.... eating in your summer house at the top of the garden....the beauty of owning a long garden, no chance here I would be at the top of ours in less than a minute lol!!
Hedges do take up a lot of space, we gained four ft by removing ours, a much needed four ft......also getting up and down the ladder was getting too much for OH!! but hedges do look good in a long/large garden...
Our lavender has struggled this year.......wish I had cut it right down like Sandra!!
You're Clematis have done you proud.......and your garden looks lovely....a great blog!

20 Aug, 2016

 

Lol Jen. We had change of postie last year along with a shake up of the time our post arrives. It was always around 10am but can be anytime now between 12 and 2pm. I used to have a soft spot for the postwoman as my mum was a post lady for years and I used to be a relief before I started work full time, many moons ago. I hated the wet and snowy weather but worst of all were the letter boxes with hard springs, finger trappers....

20 Aug, 2016

 

Thankyou Hywel, Lincs and Dd, I'm going to try cutting our Lavender further down this year and see if it comes back.
I'm sure the hedge will look much better next year and the roses will definitely benefit from the extra room and light. We have been lucky with the Clematis. The extra rain at the beginning of the summer helped I think but I didn't like the cold weather we had for such a long time in June and July.

Thankyou Klahanie.

20 Aug, 2016

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