I like how the garden looks in summer but the amount of patio is starting disturb me! There just seems to be so much of it which is not covered in greenery! Seeing this is only one half of the garden and the other half is all patio I find it even more disturbing!
I was hoping by the end of August the patio will have been concreted – since it was cleaned there are now huge gaps in between the slabs that concern me, they are more than big enough for a hedgehogs leg to fall down! However I have only managed to complete half of it and unfortunately I don’t think the rest of it will be done this year!
I have found some of the taller plants have needed to be staked up this month as they have been falling over onto the shorter ones. The method I have used this time is to just put a cane at the back of the plant and use some twine to wrap around the plant to hold it up. I might have to look for a better method for next year. I have removed some of the leafy weeds that have been taking over the garden, I don’t have any idea what they are but they have gone as they just seem to be smothering everything else!
August 1st – a small purple flower has been teasing me all summer, its either a bud or a seed head and its taken me ages to figure out what it is…well I think I know what it is… a perennial flax.
August 8th – I sometimes get a small helper in the garden! He sits there looking grumpy until he gets cuddles and then thinks its helpful to use the raised bed as his bathroom facilities!! There’s a field behind that fence – why can’t he use that!!!
August 14th – I have been around the garden this evening and deadheaded the roses. I keep forgetting to do them so tonight they have all been cared for. I have also been collecting some seeds from the plants that have been going over.
August 21st – I’m rather pleased with the tomatoes, I have never grown them before and there seems to be loads of fruit forming on them 🙂
August 27th – I have been gifted a couple of lavender plants, they will have to live in pots as there isn’t really any where for them to go in the garden but at least the pollinators will appreciate them when they have grown a bit bigger.
August 29th – I had to cut back some of the jasmine tonight. It was on the list of things to do but the task had to be brought forward as the brother of my friend decided he didn’t like it dropping water on his head and took a chainsaw to it! I was going to cut it back so that it would have the best chance at flowering again next year but I don’t really know how it is going to do now 🙁
August 31st – I ordered a compost bin so I can make the most of the ‘waste’ from the garden 🙂
September 2nd – Last month I sowed some Sweet Williams and they have sprouted 🙂
September 10th – I cut back some more of the Jasmine, half of it has now gone!
September 12th – I trimmed back the hedge at the front of the garden and collected up the fallen blackberries for the birds. I removed most of the brambles from the front garden as they were running very wild and tangling themselves around everything, they were newly established so thought it was best to get them removed before they took over entirely! The ivy has started to flower 🙂
September 17th – I’ve had to pulled up a few of the leafy ‘weeds’ as they seem to have taken over again! I really hope they aren’t so much of a problem next year! Also I have had to relocate some of the daffodil bulbs as a certain four legged creature has broken the pot they were in and dug them up! He wasn’t admitting responsibility!
September 20th – I have been tidying up the jasmine by pulling out the wilting vines which we cut off the other week. It still needs to be reduced and weaved into the arch way to make more of a feature out of it. It has become obvious as it has been cut back that it has been winding its way into the cables for the house which has made it a little more difficult to deal with. It has however started to sprout at the base again so I am hoping that the new growth can be weaved into the trellis on the wall and then managed as it grows so it doesn’t become unmanageable again.
September 27th – The jasmine was finally fully cut back tonight, I feel awful for it! I just hope it does okay over winter and bounces back next year.