End of Month View – August 2018

The garden is looking a lot fresher since now we have had a couple of weeks of more changeable weather, with cooler temperatures and lots of rain.  The ferns either side of the bench were so desiccated by the heat that I cut them back hard sometime in July and now here we are with lots of fresh growth.  I don’t know if I show this area much but its at the top of the garden and is shady with a lovely view down the garden.  My tender fern collection is nestled here too in the left corner of the gravel. The assorted rocks are some of left overs from digging up the top path – I’m sure I will find something to do with them but at the moment I’m not sure what.

My usual first photo for an EOMV post.  The colour is a little washed out due to the low light levels this evening.  I’m hoping that next year the rose and clematis, planted under the obelisk, will get their act together and put on a better show.

The chaos of the Big Border which has done relatively well this year in the heat.  I replanted the area to the right just before the heat wave so the plants have done well considering.

A view from the top of the garden where the new woodland border is.  This shows the old pond and bog garden which I filled in a few years back.  I’m impressed with how well the plants in this border have come through the drought and it shows that the pond lining, which I left in with holes punctured,  retains water better than I thought.  I’m pretty pleased with the path above as a few weeks ago it was impassable due to weeds.  Just one of the small things I have achieved in the garden since the heat abated but there is still so much to do.

The final view is of the grass path.  The path would benefit from a cut but I have only cut it twice over the summer partly because it just wasn’t growing much and partly to avoid that hideous parched look that some lawns have.

So that’s my back garden at the end of August, and I apologise for the bleached photos, hopefully next month I’ll manage to find time to take them in better light.

How has your garden fared over the summer?  Why not join in the End of Month View.  All I ask is that you leave a link to your post in the comments below and link to this post in your post.

 

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. AWESOME! We have had some good and much needed rain here today. Thanks for sharing the nice photos of your beautiful yard.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Well, the landscapes that I work in do not look that good. Of course, that is normal for our region. It can be kept in better condition, but only if watered very regularly, which we prefer to not do. I intend to get two bronzed Norway maples like yours eventually, but they do not hold their color as well here.

  3. Anca Tirca says:

    Your garden looks great at this end of summer! My EoMV could be seen here:https://timpingradina.blogspot.com/2018/08/end-of-month-view-august-2018.html

  4. Angie Baer says:

    Oh my… that first photo. That is what I strive to hopefully have someday. A little area where the woodland creates this sense of privacy. Looks so peaceful. My gardening this summer has been touch and go– with lots of traveling we knew it would be so I am glad that I have what I have… although nothing like your beautiful garden: https://angiebaer.com/blog/last-days-of-summer my…

  5. Steve says:

    Hi Helen, I guess we have all had a tricky time this year with the extremes of weather. The biggest disappointment has been the dahlias which needed much more water than I could give. here is my link. https://glebehouse.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/end-of-month-view-august-2018/

  6. The rain has made a huge difference – although we were up in the hills today, and it’s pretty dessicated up there still! Love th lush new growth on the ferns..

  7. Cathy says:

    You must be pleased with how relatively lush much of your garden is looking – the rain this August really made a difference, didn’t it? Thanks for hosting – my own bleached photos are here, Helen: https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2018/09/01/end-of-month-view-biding-our-time/

  8. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Your garden looks so lush. The rains have been kind to your garden.

  9. Alison says:

    Your garden is looking wonderfully lush Helen, not cutting your lawn has clearly helped it stay green. My EoMR is here http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2018/09/end-of-month-review-august-2018.html

  10. jenhumm116 says:

    Your garden always seems to look lush, despite the lack of water earlier. Here’s mine, looking a bit exhausted now!
    Thanks for hosting.
    https://duverdiary.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/end-of-month-view-august-2018/

  11. That ferny area looks like a shady and cool green retreat Helen. I’m building a small collection of ferns in pots outside our caravan in the Lake District. There is an area of woodland just behind the caravan so that plus the usual rainfall in the area should suit them. These cooler and wetter days have been most welcome indeed.

  12. Hi Helen, thanks for hosting. Here is my contribution.
    End of Month View of the Garden. August 2018 thecynicalgardener.com/2018/09/04/end…

  13. rusty duck says:

    I love all your big leaves. It’s something I don’t focus on enough, apart from ferns, and they really do contribute to the lush look.
    With apologies for the late link, things are gradually getting a bit more normal around here and I can pay attention to the garden once again, yippee!
    https://www.rustyduck.net/2018/09/04/sliding-softly-into-autumn/

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