For me, August is a quiet transition time for the garden. I feel I have done all I can to try and make it look pleasant for this year, so I can only really maintain and plan what needs to be done in September. Perhaps I'm being a little slapdash, but then again, I haven't had to do any watering after Hurricane Bertha has been taunting us with its sudden torrential downpours! I have done quite well with a variety of (last minute!) flower mixes including a Blue&White mix from Miracle Grow, and a £1 shop wild flower mix, alongside my faithful Lilds alliums, and my truly beautiful Sarah Raven Sunflowers which have been bursting into bloom despite the unsettled weather! The vegetable garden hasn't been quite as successful as last year, but I still did well with a variety of French Beans, chard, and trusty courgettes of course!
These beautiful Sarah Raven Moonwalker Sunflowers shot up in a matter of weeks after surviving the constant barrage of slugs and snails that managed to escape the pellets and tuck into the other Sunflowers that should have filled this entire bank, never mind, the survivors are looking very healthy! I also have a couple of Teddy Bear ones that look like they'll be flowering in September. Sunflowers are very special to me and my family so I'm very pleased to have such beautiful ones this year!
My gardening jobs for the next few weeks:
- - Cut back herbs to encourage new growth
- - Plant winter vegetables - cavelo nero, kale, swiss chard and oriental cabbages all good choices!
- - Keep an eye on the tomatoes, pick out side shoots and support as needed (disappointing year for these so far!)
- - Sort the strawberries out! Cut back leaves and save runners for new plants
- - Prune rambling roses after flowering