End of Month View – August 2017

I started doing an End of Month View in August 2016 having seen Helen Johnstone’s blog,  The Patient Gardener, on my reader. In August 2009 she invited bloggers to join her End of the Month View by adding a comment and link to their End of Month View.

This simple idea has certainly caught on with many bloggers contributing to a global End of Month View community each month. Recently demands on Helen’s time have meant she is reluctantly giving up her hosting of the End of Month View.

The idea is too good to let it disappear and I have offered to pick up the mantle of hosting the End of Month View. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Helen for hosting this over the last 8 years and wish her the very best for the future.

In the meantime please add your comments to my blog together with a link to your End of Month View. Also please add a link back to here at the end of your blog so that other readers can find their way to all the contributors to the End of Month View.
Thank you.

Glebe House Garden – End of the Month View – August 2017

The weather this August has very variable with lots of rain and grey overcast skies. Temperatures have ranged from very cool, cool enough to actually switch on the heating in our house, to record breaking temperatures at the end of the month. As always the best growing plants have been the weeds and the borders need to be patrolled frequently for specimen weeds which can suddenly appear!17_08_25_6898This is the view I often centre on in my EoMV, looking across our main lawn to the old kitchen garden wall.17_08_25_6899The same walls and border looking diagonally across the lawn. 17_08_27_6913 And looking along the other diagonal. Originally the kitchen garden wall extended across the lawn to form a kitchen garden enclosed on three sides and open on the fourth where there was probably a hedge. 17_08_25_6889The late summer border is starting to look very full with many of the herbaceous plants growing very tall and needing plenty of staking to prevent them falling across other smaller plants.17_08_25_6906At the corner of this bed is one of those lucky combinations of colour with the soft pink of Geranium sanguineum striatum, the dark red of Osteospermum ‘Tresco Purple’ and the red of Salvia ‘Cerro Potosi’. The white/pink osteospermum is a very hardy osteospermum my mother gave me but as we do not know the variety and so we call it Nancy’s osteospermum after my mother!17_08_27_6917The tall plant is Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’. This was only planted in April this year and has certainly grown well. However, “the jury is still out” on whether it stays. Yes the flowers are there but many are covered with the green leaves. Maybe the flowers will be more prominent later in September. We will have to wait to see.17_08_27_6918The star of the border continues to be Ricinus communis ‘Impala’ 17_08_27_6920The leaves of which are absolutely fantastic. These are grown from seed and as such are only a few pence each.

To the right of this corner before the pond are a couple of blue flowered plants. Clematis ‘Wyevale’ at the back and Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ towards the front and in the detail picture (with a red salvia photo bombing!). Salvia ‘Phyllis Fancy’ has been relatively hardy although I do take cuttings each year.17_08_25_6904Coreopsis ‘Redshift’ a new plant this year at the front of the corner bed. Lots of flowers but seems to flop very easily.17_08_28_6923I found this caterpillar making great speed across the lawn. It was about 3 inches long with two pairs of false eyes and a small horn on its tail. At first I was fooled and thought it was a snake! A bit of research identified it as probably an elephant hawk moth caterpillar.17_08_27_6921The other corner of the wall has a green oak pergola to provide a seating area and some shade. The rose growing up the pergola is Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’

Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’ 

The pergola has a number of grape vines that grow across the top to provide the shade. Grape vines grow at a rapid rate and in the summer some pruning of the new growth is require to achieve a dappled shade and also to encourage bunches of grapes to form.17_08_25_6895This year I could only prune half the vines back as a pigeon had decided to make a nest in the vine. 17_08_28_6925This week two chicks hatched out and are doing well but the vine remains un-pruned.

At this time of year the border to the left of the pergola contains mostly dahlias; Bishop of Llandaff and Bishop of Auckland. Although our dahlias started slowly the weather through August has given them all a real spurt of growth with Bishop of Llandaff  up to five feet high.17_08_25_6896Looking back from the pergola to the corner bed.17_08_25_6893

You can just see a rose on either side of the pond. These were planted this year and are Rosa Pink Gruss an Aachen, a small rose plant that seems to like the location.

To the right of the pergola the outstanding plant is Salvia involocruta bethellii. This has proved to be very hardy. We cut it down to the ground each year but it produces huge plants with many flowers.17_08_25_6900The end of the wall on the right has a very sad looking Cotinus ‘Nottcutts Variety’. Normally it has very attractive dark coloured foliage but this year it seems to be dying! The foliage has gone dry and brown and is spreading through the shrub. Looks like this will be coming out soon.

2017 Gardening Hours
Week beginning
August 19th
Total 2017 to-date Average per week
32 703 21

A busy week in the garden, cutting out some of the “autumn” in the border, a lot of hedging and of course weeding.

All are welcome to join in with the End of Month View community. You can use it how you like all I ask is that you add a link to your post in the comment box below and if possible it would be great if you could link to this post from your post.


47 thoughts on “End of Month View – August 2017

  1. Your garden is beautiful as always! Thank you for taking over the EOMV from Helen – it’s because of her I found you and several others blogs that I look forward to reading. I haven’t the knowledge to include my own garden but regularly post photos on instagram @gardeninthegrove . One day perhaps!

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  4. Having just written my EOMV and saying I am far from dissatisfied I now look at pictures of yours and wonder if that really is the case! I am very conscious that there is not as much cohesion in my planting as I would like (especially at this time of year), whereas your borders are looking wonderful! A bigger garden has the advantage of allowing bigger clumps whereas mine feel quite spotty and dotty – something I will continue to work on. I tend not to focus on specific plants in my EOMV but it was good to read about some of your stars – that Salvia involocruta bethellii looks wonderful and what a performer your Blush Noisette is. Thanks so much for taking this on – like others, I too was introduced to many other bloggers through EOMV when I was real blogging novice, and it has served many useful purposes since. Mine is at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/end-of-month-view-what-a-to-do/

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      • You are probably right Steve, but generally what we feature in our EOMV will depend on whether we write our blogs to meet our own needs or that of our readers. Personally, I feel there are other memes that feature blooms and I use EOMV as my own month by month record and I don’t really mind if others find it interesting or not! 😉

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  6. I follow Cathy (Rambling in the Garden) and followed her link to you from her EOMV post. You have a gorgeous garden and how I envy you that wall! I have always coveted a walled garden 🙂 and you have the most beautiful borders. The Coreopsis ‘Redshift’ certainly caught my eye and I wonder if it would like to flop over my small granite wall. I am assuming that it like full sun. I haven’t joined in the meme before, but I do try to write a monthly update of my relatively new garden (moved in 17 months ago, but spent the first year simply observing what came up). Here’s an update on my patch at the end of August:

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  7. Dear Steve,
    it is always great to see pictures of your beautiful garden. Even now, near the end of summer, your plants look great. My garden does´t look so great at the moment as it has been an unusually dry summer this year in my climate. However, I am looking forward to next year´s gardening season. Thank you for the inspirational pictures!
    Best wishes,

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  8. Hi Steve. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog about End of Month view. So glad you are taking on EoMV – although I was an intermittent contributor I shall try to get back to it. It’s a good reason to really look at what is happening in the garden.

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  10. Thanks for taking up the mantle of the EOMV, Steve, and for letting me know! Good to know there’s a hardy Osteospermum out there: I love them, but the white-and-ash-grey ones I last planted went the way of all flesh once the frosts came. I will keep persevering!

    In comparison with Glebe House’s lovely, lush growth, the Next Square Metre still looks a bit like a building site:


    But it’s really beginning to take shape now the walls are in. Hopefully I’ll be planting at least some of it, soon!


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    • Thanks for your EoMV. We do take cutting of the Osteospermums in case they do not overwinter. The Tresco Purple does not but it is so nice I just take cuttings. Look forward to seeing your garden develop.


      • Thanks, Steve. I’ve had mixed success with cuttings—even managing to kill a buddleia cutting, and who does that?—but the last few have been a bit more successful so if I get any osteospermums I’ll give it a go!

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