End of Month View August 2012

The End of Month View is a day early this month as I have signed up to FoodiePenpals and you are meant to post  about your food parcel on the last week day of the month e.g the 31st August.  I’m not sure how long I will continue with Foodie Penpals but I will also continue with the End of Month View post although it may end up moving to the Start of the Month post!!

Anyway here we are at the end of a soggy August.  I don’t really mind the rain too much as I hate heat but it has been somewhat frustrating when you want to spend a day off work in the garden.  Anyway, as you can see from the soggy photographs we have had more rain this week.  The patio border is very full and the Kirengeshoma palmata is about the flower.  I love its flowers as they remind me of curls of butter.

The Cottage Garden border hasn’t delivered as I had hoped this its first year although if I am honest my plans for it and the planting was a little haphazard this  time last year.  I have made the decision that I want this border to peak May – June with the baton being picked up by  other parts of the garden.  So I have some Delphinium seedlings  to add as well as more Geraniums, Evening Primrose and Verbascum.  Then I will fill in with lots of cosmos to give some interest at this time of year – well that’s the plan anyway.

The daisy border has filled out in the last year and the daisies are beginning to burst.  However, I think I need to remove one of the clumps of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ as they are dominating the border and I would like to add more variety and in particular more Echinacea.

This is the ‘I haven’t got a clue’ border and this winter/spring’s project.  Its in the corner and one of the few flat places in the garden.  I did say I was putting the raised vegetable bed here but the voice in my head has convinced me that I should  listen to it and that I will be happier and more content with no vegetable growing.  So what to do with this corner.  I  toyed  with an alpine raised bed but having looked at the rockeries and crevice gardens at the Alpine Garden Society garden in Pershore I decided this wasn’t really for me at all.  I really like alpines but prefer them in pots rather than in a big planting.  So instead this week’s plan is to transform this into the bench border.  I want to gain access to the bottom of the slope so a narrow path will  go  in there and then we are going to get a nice bench  and choose the best position for it and move plants around as needed.  Well …….!

The ‘front of the pond’ border although there is no longer a pond so a new name is needed.  I have planted a monarda and phlox this week in this border to see how they do.  The books say they both need moist  and well-drained soil – heavens knows what that really means.  My soil is definitely moist so I have added a little gravel under and around the plants.  I want to do something like the wonderful phlox/monarda border I  saw at Stone House last week which was smothered in insects.  If the phlox and monarda come back well next  year  I will add to them.  In the meantime I have some narcissus to add for Spring interest.

The Woodland border at the end of its first year.  I am pleased with this area as it has done very well given my poor preparation during the dryness of last summer.  This border is designed to be of interest in Spring with lots of bulbs which I will add to this Spring.  I do need to do some editing and tweaking as some plants are swamping each other or not in the best position to show them to their best advantage.  Notes have been made in the faithful notebook.

The bog garden has done well  in its first year, no doubt due  to the rain we have had.  We have decided to remove the branch of the prunus  tree which runs above it as it is forcing the flowers to lean at an angle in search of better light.  I want to move some candelabra primulas to this area but apart from that I will be leaving it be for the coming year.

So that’s most of the back garden this year.  There is also the top raised bed which runs along the back  fence  and leaves me cold.  I can’t think what to plant  in it amongst the three bamboos that have been planted to provide a screen.   I think maybe some big leaved plants would be the answer but I am waiting for the lightbulb moment.  There is also the little wood store border which is only a few months old but maybe I will show you that in the future – who  knows.

If you would like to join in the End/Start  of  the month meme you are very welcome.  You can do use it for whatever purpose you want, it’s entirely up to you but it would be nice if you could  post a link to your post in the comment box so we can share.


Author: Helen Johnstone

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

30 thoughts on “End of Month View August 2012”

  1. Thank you for sharing your space and your thoughts. Having seen your end of month view at the end of July, and thinking what a good idea it was, I decided then that I would start posting a monthly overview too, as much for my own records as anything else. One of the reasons I started my own blog was to keep some sort of a record of the garden and what’s flowering when, so this monthly overview is a good discipline. Mine will be posted at the beginning of September at ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com

  2. Hi Helen, your garden is looking beautiful. I love the tapestry of colour in that patio border, and the bog garden is a triumph! After the moving hiatus I am back on board, hoping that EOMV helps me maintain a little focus in my new garden. I am currently flitting around from one area to another, buzzing with ideas, but reminding myself of the White Rabbit… My post is up, thanks again for hosting. I look forward to seeing your bench border come together, it sounds like the perfect use for that area, I am glad you have allowed yourself to ditch the edibles and follow your heart.

  3. Looks like you’ve been doing a lot of work. Phlox and Monarda sound like a great combination. Your daisy border looks good to me. I agree “moist and well drained” is pretty confusing, sounds like it means moist but dry. Perhaps it’s a zen concept, like the co-existence of yin and yang.

  4. Yvonne – NZ – How lush!! We had lunch at Eden Gardens – thousands of tulips out. They had a tulip festival on weekend but thousands go so prefer to go mid week! So lovely – many magnolias out also. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful garden so close. Their cafe was doing a roaring trade with yummy food. My dog loves it there as all the old ladies from retirement villages who go there make a fuss of her. If she is lucky she gets to say ‘hello’ to other dogs too. Theraputic for by ‘blues’ re probably shifting.

  5. I have been dipping into the other end of month view gardens via the links in your comments – and it is so refreshing to see and read about the gardens just as their owners see them. It makes it much more personal – thank you for facilitating this. Still being a novice at this blogging lark, how do I make sure when I post tomorrow that my post links with your site and this thread? What do I need to add? Thanks!

    1. Hi Cathy – what you do is copy and paste the url (web address) into your blog post. Usually there is a icon at the top of the page where you are writing the blog post which looks like a couple of links of chain. If you highlight some appropriate words e.g. Helen’s blog and then click on the link icon you can paste the url from my blog into the box and that should work.

  6. I love the lush gardens you have as mine look like mid fall already…I too do not like the heat and with the very hot temps and no rain it has been hard to garden…I will love to see how your monarda/phlox do as I have them all over and they are native here…I will link in on Monday with my post

  7. I have a lot of “haven’t got a clue” spots around my gardens too! Good luck with the monarda and phlox. I have some monarda (all right, there is no such thing as just ‘some’ monarda!), but I have yet to be happy with it where I put it, so it’s getting moved again at the end of this season (soon, in other words.) Thanks for hosting, and I hope you’re enjoying Food Parcel day!
    Here’s my link: http://cosmosandcleome.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/end-of-month-view-august-2012/

  8. It’s rather soothing to look at a complete garden now I’m back to square one with our new seaside garden. All that height and green-ness is heavenly. And I love that you have a haven’t a clue border. I always have one, too – like the drawer in the kitchen that has all the weird bits and bobs that don’t have a home. It’s the planty junk drawer.

  9. Your tiered approach is very effective. I need to do something similar to a hillside patch that needs some reworking. You have a very lush garden. I hope it’s OK to link in my “Lessons Learned” post for the season. I will plan to be more faithful with end of month posts, too. Here’s my link: http://bit.ly/PMEoEJ. Thanks!

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