It is strange to think that tomorrow is another month altogether as the last few have flown past in a whirl of garden activity. Until very recently, August was an ’empty’ month on our calendar, with little planning ahead beyond our open garden days. Now, everything has quietened down in the garden and the need for watering has lessened, activity is limited largely to gentle deadheading and an element of taxing the old brain cells as ways of ‘improving’ the garden are mentally deliberated. I use the term ‘improving’ rather loosely of course, as it’s more a case of ‘changing in the hope of gaining greater pleasure from the end result.’
June and July’s heat and drought have dumbed down much of the garden, with colour limited largely to the cutting beds, parts of the bold borders and pots on the paved areas, but there is still healthy foliage to appreciate, particularly from hostas and ferns. Nevertheless, providing views of the same areas of the garden from month to month, whether colourful or not, is a useful monitoring exercise and I am grateful to Helen the Patient Gardener who hosts the EOMV meme for providing the opportunity to do so. Don’t forget that there is a map under ‘The Garden’ tab above if you want to orientate the photo locations within the garden.