August in your garden...

Well into another month of the gardening year... and the weather has been much better.. plants are flowering strongly and the the rain has helped keep it all lush and green.. how is everyones else's going so far in a year that has not seen good weather for us all.

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  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Here in the Fens everything seems to be about a month late. Only just finished Broad Beans, normally can compost plants at end of June. Runner and French beans look frankly pathetic. A few tomatoes are ready but none of the plants look very happy. Ther will be 3 pears this year (50 kilos + last year) and the same for quinces, but there will be Damsons and have just picked the last of the Gooseberrys (2 x green ones and 1 x red) and black currents all huge and v. sweet. Flowers have been vast; Delphiniums towering over me and Verbena Bonariensis. Roses are producing blooms, which then get hammered by the rain and turn into papier mache. Pelagoniums also don't like heavy rain. Strangest gardening year ever for me.

  • that is al sounding very good artjak.. better than our veg plot.. half our swede were lost.. foun dout due to too much rain.. but our pes and carrots have be splended this year, french beans are now producing and had some today very nice too.

    everything else in garden is doing well. rudbeckias are coming out to their full glory.. will take a picccie tom) yearh weather has been wierd this year.. thou last few days very hot and humid.. supposed to get rain tonight.. i can believe i am saying this but hope so to refill water butts,

  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,541
    Lots of cutting back to do after being away in Wales last week, Crocosmia Lucifer finally out but bowed by very heavy rain yesterday, astilbes not quite there yet. Flowers on my clematis, dark purple not sure which one, every flower bud has had the top eaten off it, so strange looking flowers now. No flowers out on purple loosestrife yet and the figwort is huge, I'm having to think about the future of that one!
  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Bees on Hollyhocks...

    http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab51/falcosubbuteo/hollyhock.jpg

    Bees on Heleniums...

    http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab51/falcosubbuteo/helenium2.jpg

     
    http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab51/falcosubbuteo/helenium1.jpg

    Seven bumble bees on one Buphthalmum...

    http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab51/falcosubbuteo/six-bees.jpg

    Various lilies...

    http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab51/falcosubbuteo/lilies.jpg

    Cannas...

    http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab51/falcosubbuteo/cannas.jpg

     

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    Despite the awful Summer- the garden has held up well. Could do with some more sun to finally coax, the cosmos and scabious into flower. I've had 3 measly cosmos flowers all year but the plants look very healthy.

    My self sown snapdragons have been my favourite so far, started them off indoors in January. Also learn't that dead heading is another full time job!

    Taken on the weekend.

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     This morning when the sun was out, briefly and before it started raining......again.

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     Good to see this back

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     Not sure what this called,but looks very similar to the yellow plant that Gary Hobson has and is definatley an insect magnet

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  • @holllie hock.. your snap dragons are great... i sowed some again this year but once again they have failed to grow bigger than 5 ins tall.. i am giving up on them and will be buying htem at morrisons next year tray of 20 for 1.99 much easier.

    @gary .. lovely pics there looking stunning. we have had drizzle rain today until lunch time then the sun came out.. hot.. we are due sune for next fews days.. thou must admit could do  with some heavier rain as our butts are nearly empty here..

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    @gardeningfactic- Thanks, I'm so pleased with them. It was my first year of growing them from seed.

    Went out in the garden earlier and the scent from my night scented stock was all over the place.

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  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,014

    Lovely pics - thankyou for sharing your gardens image Must check to see if my Cyclamen has appearedimage I can smell your night scented stock just by seeing your pic Hollie- Hock and your  Snap Dragons are great image

    I love all the Bee pics Gary image

    Pam x

  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,541
    Just cut back lots of perennial geraniums and alchemilla from the top of my garden, I can actually see the steps now. I need crampons really, almost came a cropper. (what actually is a cropper or is it croppa?) The ferns are huge with all this wet weather. Need to find something to fill the gaps now, preferably that the slugs don't like. Saw some nice Monarda yesterday, do slugs like them?
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