End of Month View – August 2018

18_08_30_9237Finally we have had some rain and the grass is coming back with the exception of the areas where there had been paths in the original walled garden. These totally dried out and will require some reseeding. This is the view I always post on my EoMV but for the end of August it is looking very green and brown as many of the flowers that normally would be at their best eg Dahlias are not out.17_08_25_6898This is the same view this time last year!18_08_30_9243You can see here how the dahlia, which should be about 100cm high and covered in red blooms has become dried up with the lack of water. Hopefully the tubers will be OK for next year!18_08_30_9245This Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff  together with Ricinus communis ‘Impala’ look good because they happen to be on automatic watering as the area is very dry being under the steps. 18_08_30_9238This would have been a good colour combination with Rudbeckia ‘Dwarfs’ and Rudbeckia ‘Cherokee Sunset’ set against  the dark foliage of Dahlia ‘Twyning’s After Eight’ but once again the dahlias have done nothing yet.  Maybe the rain will bring them into life.18_08_30_9240The roses have not repeated but there is still time.18_08_30_9235Some areas have come through relatively well. Here Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ seems to like the heat and Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ towards the back is full of blooms although we did water this.18_08_30_9239This area is more like prairie planting but again the Dahlia ‘Fairfield Frost’ should be covered in white flowers and be at least 30cm taller.18_08_30_9241Salvia ‘Cerro Potosi’ obviously likes the heat.18_08_30_9244And similarly Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ looks very happy.18_08_30_9246This is Cosmos ‘Cupcakes White’, a very nice Cosmos that I will certainly grow again.18_08_30_9248Other areas look very dry and brown although Rosa ‘Alister Stella Grey’ is beginning to repeat.

The good news is the grapes are looking good!18_08_30_9251and oddly the Wisteria is having a second flush.18_08_30_9233Meanwhile by the compost heap I found this young grass snake. Maybe an off spring from the large one I photographed earlier.

2018 Gardening Hours
Week beginning
August 25th
Total 2018 to-date Average per week
30 647 19

The hours are beginning to add up. In August I have done a lot of hedge cutting. Particularly with Box the current view is to cut in August to help prevent blight.

This has been a difficult year with a cold grey spring followed by a very hot dry summer. I realise this is to be expected in the future as a result of global warming and we will need to adapt to this.

Do have a look at Helen The Patient Gardener’s blog where you fill find links to other gardens at the end of August. Thank you to Helen for hosting this meme.

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17 thoughts on “End of Month View – August 2018

  1. It is apparent that your area needs more rain. This looks more like my part of the world rather than England. Many of my plants are shorter than they normally grow. I just hope they survive this hot dry summer. I hope yours does too. I remember the snake picture from earlier. Amazing what a snake will try to eat. I wonder if could have swallowed that toad without your disturbance. I rather doubt it. Nature is grand.

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  2. It’s so disappointing to be at the mercy of the weather for such a long time, especially if you’re not used to having a long dry spell in summer. It’s par for the course for us. Your garden still has a lot to delight the visitor, though. I’m surprised to see Ricinus communism growing in your garden- it’s a noxious weed here.

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    • Hi James. Ricinus is quite unusual here. I normally pay around £3 for six seeds and grow them in the green house as I love the foliage. maybe if continue to have hot summers it will become a weed too!

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  3. Your grapes look delicious, I’ve only planted one recently and so far no grapes, fingers are crossed for next year. My Dahlias thrive on the heat but are regularly irrigated as they are on the cut flower beds.

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    • Some parts have had water rationing. The issue in England is that we are a very small island with few mountains so few natural water sources. Since we have had some rain most of the dahlias have come back and yes I do lift them each winter.

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  4. Thank you for joining me this month. It has been a strange year in the garden we to have noticed the plants haven’t grown so tall this year. It is amazing how your lawn has turned green after your previous pictures! Your grapes look good too. Sarah x

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