End of Month – August 2012
So, another month has passed, what can I say? Time seems to be running away and we’re now beyond all hope for any summer. Yes the beginning of August was good, and I think we managed around 3 weeks with next to no rain; however I still feel somewhat bereft, wondering what happened to my summer and lamenting the realisation that soon autumn will arrive.
Anyway, enough of the moaning. I think it’s time to concentrate on the garden.
Things are beginning to get a little out of hand i.e. plants are growing much larger than normal and it’s all a bit overgrown. Added to that, is my inability to get out and weed. I have begun to cut things back in areas and once the Buddleja finishes blooming I will chop it back and attempt to rip up a section of the border being invaded by couch grass.
Aster season is on its way, the Flat-topped Asters remain the only ones blooming, however I have plenty more that are close behind and will extend the season further. In total, I have another 10 Asters yet to bloom, with two ‘Lady in Black’ plants which often bloom very late.
Just a few days ago I moaned to Ronnie from: Hurtled To 60 and Now Beyond on twitter that I have poor experience with Anemones… That only one has buds on it, I’ve lost two and planted three more this year which also haven’t bloomed… Well guess what? Two of the newbies do have buds on them, but they’re very small – 30cm off the ground so I hadn’t noticed them. Some blooms are better than none, right? Even if it is only three buds ;)
The three new plants are on the upper tier, where I think next year I want to do some shuffling around with some of the Asters.
This weekend I would like to get out and do some work in the garden, it’s all very overgrown, too many weeds and left hedge trimmings in places. The Cherry border looks OK, but the other end is a mess after I ripped up the herb Robert because it was taking over there’s now large bare patches that will hopefully fill in next year.
As shocking as the weather has been, the only positive to come from all this is that the garden is still looking lush and flowers are still in abundance (even if it has meant Hayfever season has been the longest for a decade and yes I am still suffering).
Yet another border that’s looking more like an overgrown patch is the right border. I am going to give one of the Sea Hollys to my parents, move the bird’s foot trefoil, move a Thistle to the upper tier and add more Rudbeckia.
The front garden has largely been left on its own for the last week or two – I’ve tried to stay away from the garden because I keep getting bitten. Weeds are taking over in the window border and I haven’t mown the lawn for at least 2, maybe 3 weeks now because it’s been quite cool and any rain isn’t evaporating.
I’m pleased to see the £1 Heathers have survived being so wet and they’re blooming! Excellent; I had never expected them to survive and bought them purely to fill spaces last year when the border had only just been planted.
Along the path, things are looking very pretty. I’m liking the splashes of orange from the Crocosmia and the beautiful blooms from the surprise umbels! The white Salvias further along are taking a little break in blooming before their next flush. There is still a very clear line between the sections which I need to rectify so there’s more flow along the border. I’ll be saving seed from the ammi to sow along its length.