End of month view August 2009

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Another month is over and the weather has meant that I haven’t got any where near as much tidying up as I had planned to do done whilst I have been on annual leave plus with all the rain everything is growing so fast.

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The new border by the pond is really filling out now.  In another couple of days the annual Rudbeckias will start to flower.  They are late opening this year as I was tardy in planting them out.  The colour scheme hasnt worked out quite how I wanted so I will have to think about that over the winter.

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The border in front of the pond is looking much better this year than last and I am really pleased with the Lobelia and Dahlia.  I just need to work on the far end of the border which you can’t see!

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The nursery is really full now and I need to decide how to overwinter the plants.  Do I leave them in their pots on top of the soil; do I top up the bed with sand and push the pots into this or should I plant all the plants out?

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The greenhouse is dominated by tomato plants at the moment and you can just see my first red plum tomato.

Previous end of month views here: July, June, May, April, March

This month Gardening Gone Wild is doing a workshop on ‘Time in your Garden’ and includes looking at your garden over a period of time to see how plants develop.  As these End of View posts have been recording how the borders develop over the past six months I think I will pop over and put a link on their post.

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I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited
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12 Responses to End of month view August 2009

  1. Joy says:

    Helen .. I love the discipline you have to stick to the reviews .. I think it helps tremendously with the development of not only our gardens .. but of ourselves as knowledgeable gardeners : )
    Job well done ! Keep it going girl : )
    Joy

  2. hayefield says:

    Thanks for leaving us the link, Helen, just in time to make the Design Workshop wrap-up post. Your end-of-the-month journal is a super idea.
    -Nan at Gardening Gone Wild

  3. This is a fantastic idea, this monthly review – and I have just the same problem as you with my nursery plants. I did think about putting them in the greenhouse but that would soften them up too much and not all of them are big enough for planting out – what to do?

  4. Lovely post Helen – Your lobelia is looking very good. I do think that your end of the month review is a good idea.

    Re Nursery plants:- I put a cheap plastic cloche over mine – I got them from Aldi last year, although possibly a bit unsightly, you could leave the pots where they are and just put straw around them, to protect the roots from the worst of the cold.
    K

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  6. gittan says:

    And a lovely view it is / gittan

  7. lovely view indeed. i love this cottage garden style look.

  8. Anna says:

    Interesting to see the difference from month to month. I think that I might do this next year if I remember :) I like the phormium in the new border by the pond. Which one is it Helen ? As for the nursery area I think that I would get the plants into the ground overwinter as soon as possible. If not how about having a pane of glass that you could lay over the top, so that you could have in effect a cold frame for when the weather is really severe ?

  9. Gail says:

    Helen, I was admiring your brick wall and the cascading plant when I noticed a really cool green house in the corner! That would be fun to have….(contain envy, gail). You’ve created a lovely garden~~the lobelia must be in heaven with all the rain! Helen an end of the month wrap up would make a good meme. gail

  10. Mary Delle says:

    I love your garden. We move with the changes– too much rain chez vous, no rain chez moi. It all demands a certain patient gardener.

  11. tina says:

    Your end of season garden looks so good! I really like that third picture down with the nice edging and pretty red flower and dark red dahlia in it. So neat! I am having the same questions as you with the started plants-plant or overwinter inside? Hard to decide because you never know how it will turn out. Have a great holdiay! That first building is most beautiful.

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