August Gardening

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Firstly August gardening has been a pleasure! It’s been a beautiful month here in Perthshire and the garden has flourished. Furthermore the cooler temperatures have made working so much more bearable unlike last month. Moreover there has been just enough moisture falling from the clouds. As a result that saves me the chore of unrolling and rolling up the hosepipe everyday! If you were to walk through my garden gate today here’s what you’d discover…

Beyond the garden gate

For starters you’d come across an unusual collection of items.

beyond garden gate - sedum collection
Sedum Collection – August gardening

Old steel capped boots nailed to the fence with houseleeks now making them their home.  Along with a collection sedums there’s also a little bit of lost property that I’ve found along the Lade.  (If you’re interested I’ve put together a quirky collection of containers for sedums etc over on my Gardening Pinterest page).

But what’s beyond that little winding path besides the bike?

beyond garden gate - Newly planted Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus) for autumnal and early winter interest
Newly planted Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus) for autumnal and early winter interest

Around the Patio

At the moment the colours mostly surrounding the patio are shades of reds, pinks and lavender. Low growing stonecrops  (Sedum) full of pink buds hug the edges of some containers while dwarf sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus)  and Mexican fleabane (Erigeron karvinskianus) spill over the edges of others.

beyond garden gate - South westerly facing patio full of pots of herbs, sweet william and cornus shrubs
South westerly facing patio – August gardening
beyond garden gate - Mexican Fleabane (Erigeron karvinskianus)
Mexican Fleabane (Erigeron karvinskianus)

Even the lettuce Lorro Rosso has made an appearance in the containers. I use it as much as as a dark foliage plant as well as an edible salad leaf.  While the Cornus ‘Baton Rouge’ stems have turned to a more intense scarlet again and contrast so well with the soft carex grasses.

beyond garden gate - Lettuce 'Lollo Rosso' used as a foliage plant
Lettuce ‘Lollo Rosso’ used as a foliage plant

The Inner Circle

Along the gravel path from the patio in what I call ‘The Inner Circle’ a Japanese Spiraea ( Spiraea japonica ‘Shirobana’ (Genepei))  is just smothered in pink and white blooms.

beyond garden gate - Multi coloured blooms from Spiraea japonica 'Shirobana'
Multi coloured blooms from Spiraea japonica ‘Shirobana’ – August gardening

Around The Perimeter

Elsewhere in the garden this has been the best year ever for the Calamagrostis grasses (Calamagrostis  x  acutiflora ‘Overdam’) as they act like exclamation marks throughout the borders.

beyond garden gate - Flowering Carpet Red Standard Rose in The Inner Circle border with Calamagrostis grass growing in the border beyond
Flowering Carpet Red Standard Rose in The Inner Circle border with Calamagrostis grass growing in the border beyond

Many of the day lilies flowered earlier this year due to last months heat while others have been moody and have no intention of flowering at all. Hemerocallis ‘Pink Damask’ is the best for the shadier parts of this garden. Moreover it reliably flowers every year with greater and greater numbers of trumpet shaped blooms.


Hemerocallis 'Pink Damask' - August gardening
Hemerocallis ‘Pink Damask’
Just behind one of these chairs last week I watched a bumblebee burrow a hole into the ground under the Berberis shrub as it made itself a little nest.  

Little Dixter Corner

I’ve finally laid the bark down on the new pathway in the Little Dixter Corner of the garden. On one side I’m establishing 3 clumps of red flowering Crocosmia  and Stipa grasses (Stipa tenuissima ‘Pony Tails’) with Shirley poppies (Papaver rhoeas ‘Shirley’) mingling throughout.
Little Dixter Corner of the garden
Little Dixter Corner

This is my first year sowing Shirley Poppies. Consequently it’s great to see such a variety of poppy colours appearing each week.

Papaver rhoeas 'Shirley' - August gardening
Papaver rhoeas  ‘Shirley’

Air traffic control is needed when new poppy flowers open in the mornings. Seriously the popularity of these freshly opened flowers is unbelievable with the pollinators. In fact it has to be seen to be believed. Sometimes there are 15 hoverflies on one poppy flower with as many hovering above waiting for a ‘nectar slot’ to become available. The bees don’t wait! … as in the case of this buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

poppies are a great nectar bar - august gardening
leavesnbloom Nectar Bar

In closing I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of what’s beyond my garden gate. As in keeping with previous months here’s a birds eye view of part of the garden for August 2013.

August Gardening

beyond garden gate - view of the august garden
2013 August gardening



Interested in this topic?  You might enjoy comparing today’s post with these from previous years.

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15 Responses

  1. eileeninmd

    I enjoyed the walk thru your garden gate. What a beautiful garden, so much to see and enjoy! The poppies are one of my favorite flowers! Thanks for sharing, lovely images.

  2. Carolyn ♥

    You've created a lovely, peaceful landscape, Rosie. Hope you have time to just sit and enjoy for awhile. Some one should take a picture of the gardener in the garden.

  3. ann

    I as so glad that we got to tour beyond your garden gate. While I love the macro shots of beautiful flowers, I often wonder what sort of garden they thrive in. I do macros because my garden is so full of weeds, especially this year with all of the rain that we have had. You have a wonderfully creative garden with beautiful flowers. Right now in my garden the gladiolas, roses and tiger lilies are in full bloom, alone with hail pelted tomatoes trying to ripen.

  4. Rosie Nixon

    Oh Ann your garden sounds lovely at the moment and you have such a size of garden too to care for never mind lecturing at uni.ann

  5. Curbstone Valley Farm

    Goodness! That nectar bar shot says it all. You really do need an air traffic control tower in that part of the garden. At first I only noticed the bumble bee, but when I looked closer, I realized just how occupied that air space is! Very impressive!

  6. Vijay Nair

    I trudged through the woods
    Lush and green
    The rivulets and waterfalls
    A poets dream
    With birds in chorus
    And rustling leaves
    This surely was
    God's constant whistling
    As i gazed all around
    The colourful landscape
    Just amazing
    His powerful strokes
    Homeward bound
    Safe and sound
    The woods i conquered
    Laurels at last
    Rested and prayed
    Alone in my balcony
    Then my heart opened
    As if on cue
    Amidst the dew
    My little garden spoke
    What was so true
    " Weren't we in your sights at all
    How come the woods
    got it all "