The Garden in August 2018
The garden seems to be more autumnal than last August. My flowers put on an early show with the long heatwave in May and June, and they have now run out of Steam!
Sadly, the Gladioli which looked magnificent at the beginning of the month have now deceased.
Agapanthus always make me smile. I have the white variety which look great in their deep blue glazed ceramic pots.
These Japanese Anemone have been blooming for a number of weeks. They greet visitors at my front gate with a warm welcome.
The mummy plant has a number of babies surrounding her in various stages of growth.
Crocosmia and Smoke Bush
Crocosmia and Smoke Bush enhance each others hues. I love the combination of bright oranges, reds, yellow or cerise flowers juxtaposed with dark foliage.
Unfortunately, the Lilium Manitoba Morning I set last autumn died back very quickly with the heat, and left a gap that needed filling. This called for some new plants :
I chose a combination of Achillea, Silene and Salvias, with Foxgloves for more colour next summer. I shall tweak as necessary.
Rosa glauca has lots of lovely berries, waiting for the birds:
She has also acted as a great support to her neighbour Clematis jackmanii:
I added some Verbena bonariensis to this little corner. She injects a bit more sparkle:
Rosa Princess Margareta
I have been nursing Rosa “Princess Margareta” as she had a very slow start, and looked a bit poorly. She is now on the mend, and I am thrilled to share her first delicate orange buds:
Hopefully, she will clothe her corner with LOTS of luscious blooms next summer.
This Bronze Fennel towers over my Roses at nearly 8 feet tall. I cut it back each autumn and it rewards me with its elegant spires all summer long:
I have been enjoying the fruits of one of my three apple trees for a few weeks, and transformed them into several tasty apple pies:
There are lots more to harvest. They will be cooked and frozen for winter consumption.
Jobs for September
My autumn tidy has already started. These Candelabra Primula were wilting a lot this summer, so I have lifted and divided them and moved them under the shade of my Rowan tree.
It is a nice damp spot which will ensure they thrive.
Lifting and Division
September and October are ideal times to divide perennials. I shall share more on this topic in next month’s post.
Planning for Next Year
September is a perfect time for planning next years planting.
I have already ordered these seeds:
“Tall Double Mix” Scabious, “Rich Velvet” Wallflower, Dahlia “Bishop’s Children”, Verbena rigida, Poppy somniferum Mix and a Cottage Garden Mix will be sown next spring, to fill a few gaps from plants that are past their best, that will be re-homed in loving gardens.
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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.