The Garden in July 2018
Day Lily happily quenched
The heatwave that lasted for seven wondrous weeks departed in mid July and we have had LOTS of rain glorious rain!
I felt greatly relieved and so did my plants…
The intense heat suited some plants but not others. The Roses loved it but Rose James Galway (seen below between Rose Paul’s Scarlet) looked incredibly pleased when the drought ended.
I enjoyed taking photographs of my flowers adorned in raindrops:
Sadly, my new Lily Manitoba Morning did not flower for too long in the heat.
Hopefully, she will thrive a little better next summer.
I scattered a wild flower mix among the gaps in my borders for a bit of zing. Unfortunately, lack of rain stopped them from germinating but they are now galloping ahead.
My Dierama also known as Angel’s Fishing Rods are growing HUGE. I think they will need a bit of division in the autumn.
Two years ago, I had a terrific crop of apples. However, last year, my trees produced much less. I am happy to report a bumper crop again this year.
In a few weeks time I shall be able to pick them, and stock my freezer with homemade apple pie.
Jobs for August
Seeds can be saved throughout the summer season – to pass on to friends or grow on for planting out next year.
These Aquilegia produced thousands of seeds in June, which have now been dried, saved in envelopes, and stored in a cool dark cupboard.
I will pass them on to my gardening friends.
Watering and Feeding
Watering and feeding continues as needed. Please honour any hosepipe bans which have been enforced.
Deadheading throughout summer will ensure a profusion of healthy blooms on Roses, Calendula…
August is a good time to plan any changes to your planting schemes. Look around your garden and see what is working well, and what needs a tweak.
In my garden:
- Lychnis coronaria tells me it would be happier next to Heuchera,
- Lysimachia needs removal where it has overgrown,
- Echinops is hidden at the moment and will move to a better spot…
Autumn is an ideal time to move perennials to new homes, but you can enjoy creating a new planting scheme right now.
If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy some of my older garden posts:
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from a debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.