Finally 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.This is the same view this time last year!You 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!This 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. This 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.The roses have not repeated but there is still time.Some 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.This area is more like prairie planting but again the Dahlia ‘Fairfield Frost’ should be covered in white flowers and be at least 30cm taller.Salvia ‘Cerro Potosi’ obviously likes the heat.And similarly Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ looks very happy.This is Cosmos ‘Cupcakes White’, a very nice Cosmos that I will certainly grow again.Other areas look very dry and brown although Rosa ‘Alister Stella Grey’ is beginning to repeat.
The good news is the grapes are looking good!and oddly the Wisteria is having a second flush.Meanwhile by the compost heap I found this young grass snake. Maybe an off spring from the large one I photographed earlier.
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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.