Beyond the garden gate
For starters you’d come across an unusual collection of items.
|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?
|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.
|South westerly facing patio – August gardening|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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’|
Little Dixter Corner
|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’|
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).
|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.
|2013 August gardening|
Interested in this topic? You might enjoy comparing today’s post with these from previous years.