End of Month View – August 2014

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I have been off work for just short of two weeks and have completely lost track of time and the date so unfortunately the photos for this post were taken at midday when the sun was shining in my eyes so apologies. August has been very mild this year and wet and has, along with Dad’s illness and death, has meant that the garden has been somewhat overlooked.

I will start with the Big Border which I am really pleased with considering the planting was done this Spring.  Tweaking is required as there are far too many strappy leaves at the sunny end and I want to increase the amount of yellows, oranges and blues as the intention is that this time of year will be the real focus of the border.

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Conversely the Cottage Garden Border is having a real overhaul as it hasn’t been performing as per my imagination.  I now have a scheme for it which should have interest throughout the summer with some late spring interest.  I am currently digging up everything that isn’t in the right place or I have doubts about and then I am going to improve the soil and then plant out all the plants I have collected over the last couple of weeks.

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The Hardy Exotic Border is slowly filling out and I am pleased with the textures.  It will be interesting to see how it progresses next year and I want to add a mass of bulbs to give it Spring interest but I haven’t decided what.  My first instinct is tulips in reds and other rich colours but I am reluctant to do this as I am sure it will encourage the badger to visit and big up everything in the border.  I recently threw a load of tulip bulbs on the compost heap and surprise surprise the badger visited and trashed the place again.  I don’t want camassias as I have those in the Big Border so maybe a load of daffodils would be a good idea.

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The Not Bog Garden is looking OK but needs some work to give it more structure and definition. I am still pondering this but I feel a shrub is needed in the gap to the left.

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I am really pleased with the original woodland border this year.  I had been frustrated with it as after the spring bulbs and flowers it looked flat and uninteresting.  This spring I added a large persicaria from elsewhere and repositioned a shrub and this height at the back of the border has made a huge difference and added lots of interest.  In fact it has gone a little too far the other way and I need to reposition some of the original plants.

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I am also pleased with succulent border under one of the front windows but I still have to get rid of the dandelions! The sempervivums have really bulked up in the trough and I am now thinking of adding more around it.

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Nipping back round to the patio the Patio Border is entering its late summer period when the Kirengeshoma palmata comes into its own.  I need to reposition the Edgeworthia to the left of the border to balance it out better and add some more bulbs for spring.

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Finally the Staging area is at capacity with pelargoniums and succulents enjoying the last of summer.  I need to do more weeding here and remove the Mind your Business Plant yet again – never by this plant you will regret it!

So there we are at the end of August.  Not as much progress with projects as I had hoped when I wrote this post in July but then life has a habit of throwing curve balls and there isn’t anything that can’t wait.

Everyone is welcome to join in with this meme and I love visiting all your gardens to see what you are up to.  You can use the meme as you want whether its to look at one area over a period of time or just to have a tour of the garden.  All I ask is that you link to this post in yours and put a link to your post in the comment box below so we can all find each other.  Have fun.

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Helene says:

    It’s nice to come back and see your garden at different times, I haven’t visited since last month and I can see the subtle changes. I am also planning to create a staging area like you have, just need to find where to put it in my tiny garden.
    So sorry to hear about your father’s passing, I lost my own father in February and it still feels very raw. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    Here is my End of Month view for August:
    http://graphicality-uk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/end-of-month-view-august.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Helene
      I find the staging very useful so have crested another one in a shady area. You won’t regret it

  2. my condolances with your fathers death

  3. rusty duck says:

    I love the original woodland border Helen. I’ve just put a persicaria in a very similar position and having seen how good yours looks am now sure I did the right thing.
    Here’s my link:
    http://www.rustyduck.net/2014/08/31/itchy-fingers/

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Fellow Plant Shifter
      Thanks for joining in again this month. Maybe we should set up a self help group!

  4. Alison says:

    Your garden is looking good, lots of lush green and lots of colour. There is a very nice begonia in the not bog garden and it looks like you have a lot in pots waiting to go in.

    My EoMR is here http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2014/08/end-of-month-review-august-2014.html

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Alison
      I picked up some begonias from Dibleys at the spring show and I think I ought to think about bringing them into the greenhouse soon.

  5. Hi Helen, your garden looks splendid, everything looks so healthy and lush. It must be almost a full time job to keep it looking so good, well done! I spend all my time pulling up the Mind your Business – it has taken over the gravel area on the side patio so some work is much needed there.
    This is my contribution http://hurtledto60.com/2014/08/31/end-of-month-view-august-2014/

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      hi Ronnie
      No I don’t spend any where enough time in the garden and like you I am selective in what I show!!!

  6. Cathy says:

    Will we ever be happy with our own gardens, Helen?! Yours looks so bright and promising compared to the seeming shabbiness of mine 😉 My ‘shabby’ EOMV is at http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/end-of-month-view-underwhelmed-and-overwhelmed/

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Cathy
      I am happy with the garden but can always see how to improve it. I bet your garden isn’t shabby but am popping over to check it out!

  7. I had no idea of just what Mind your own business plant was, therefore had to do a bit of reading. Thanks for the warning and I can see exactly why!
    I like your trough with the Semps. I was never fond of them until I was given some a few years ago, did exactly as you have done and now rather like the display they make.
    My EOMV is here:
    http://mygardenblogs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/end-of-month-view-august-2014.html

  8. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Still no photo of you ‘relaxing’ on your seat!!! Take time to smell the roses!

  9. jenhumm116 says:

    Hi Helen, so much to admire as ever! I think your woodland border’s looking fabulous. Here’s my offering.
    http://duverdiary.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/end-of-month-view-august-2014/

  10. Shirley says:

    Your garden is going well even without your full attention. I love the idea of more yellows and blues in the border. I am always trying to change things too. It’s part of being a gardener.

    http://rockoakdeer.blogspot.com/2014/08/end-of-month-view-august-2014.html

  11. While my garden is blooming it is a mess as I have not been out all summer due to recovery…but September should be when i can get at the front gardens…I love your woodland border as well. I have major overhauling to do in several areas I let get out of hand…and yes I do understand those curve balls. Had several thrown my way this year. Here’s my link Helen:

    http://gardenseyeview.com/2014/09/01/gardens-eye-journal-september-2014/

  12. Nell Jean says:

    Deepest sympathy in the death of your father. I know you’ll miss him. Gardening is a refuge.

    It’s so interesting to tour your garden, see the successes and hear your plans for the next renovation.

    It seems there’s nothing new to show at my place but growth and blossoms continue despite oppressive heat:
    http://seedscatterer.blogspot.com/2014/08/end-of-month-views-august.html

  13. The Big Border is looking great, warm and summery. And doesn’t the Woodland Border look lush. You are executing your ideas wonderfully Helen.

    I recently visited a garden where Kirengeshoma palmata was planted & flowering, and now understand your enthusiasm for this plant, particularly as it is one that flowers later in the year and likes shade. Mmmm, I think you have given me an idea to a question I ask in my EOMV…!

    Which is here: http://www.gwenfarsgarden.info/2014/09/end-of-month-view-august-2014.html.

  14. Pauline says:

    I suddenly realised that I hadn’t left my link after posting my EOM view, better late than never!
    I will definitely move my Kirengeshoma into the woodland after seeing yours, mine is so pathetic, it didn’t deserve to be photographed!

  15. Pauline says:

    I still haven’t done it!! My link is
    http://leadupthegardenpath.com

  16. Alison says:

    Condolences on your Dad’s passing. Dealing with things like that does take a lot out of us. Your hardy exotic border is looking good, you have some nice foliage contrasts there. Daffodils would be better than tulips if you’re trying not to entice the wildlife, but they don’t come in as much variety of color. It took me a couple of days to get my EoMV post together. It’s here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2014/09/end-of-month-viewpeek-inside-greenhouse.html

  17. Big hugs to you. I wish I had your talent and patience – I lean more of my attention to what I can eat 🙂

    Here is our post! https://novascotiaroots.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/end-of-the-month-garden-tour-august-was-a-big-month/ Enjoy!!

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