Goodbye August, Hello September!

With a distinctly autumnal feel to much of the month, it is hardly surprising that August was over in a flash, and that September is poised to come out of the shadows and wave a cheery “Hello!” Many potential summer tasks were put on hold due to the heat and dryness and have now morphed into ‘tidying up at the end of summer’ ones instead. I all but gave up on most of my pots of annuals and there are numerous new plants still waiting to be planted out when conditions permit, although I religiously continued deadheading throughout and watering potted perennials and in the greenhouses. The wisteria was pruned at the end of the month as usual, but the recent burst of cutting, lopping and trimming is something more likely to be seen in the ‘real’ off-season. Colour in the garden is mostly confined to roses and the cutting beds, with some busy lizzies, persicaria and a few clematis too, set against the overwhelmingly green backdrop, albeit in various shades from vibrant to parched.

After a cool start this morning, things have brightened up as the day went on, and a warm breeze added movement to the garden, which you may notice if you watch the monthly video. Under The Garden tab above there is a (slightly out-of-date) map of the garden to help you orientate yourself and a guide to the route of the video. As always, this end of month review of the garden starts with what we see from the back of the house (above and below). You will see from the second photo below, looking back towards the house, that continued work on the apple tree, removing overhanging branches (still some stumps to cut back), has opened the area up and brought in an unimaginable increase in light levels. It also triggered a burst of activity from our neighbour on the other side of the fence, clearing his own overgrown corner!

The woodland (below) looks unchanged, although some of the canopy is less dense than it was. At the far end is the boothy, and the view from this looks out over the main borders which are also seen from ground level.

From the same position as the last photo, we can see the bronze heuchera bed (there are two new heuchera waiting to go in, to replace the ‘not bronze enough’ ones) and clematis colonnade, and look through the woddland edge border:

We pass the grass border and two not-so-bold borders before reaching the cutting beds and the working greenhouse. The tomatoes in the greenhouse have been cropping since June.

Quickly passing the lacklustre blue & white borders to the rose garden, under the clematis colonnade and between the main borders, we head back towards the house, passing the ex-snowdrop border with its naked obelisks and looking across the paved area to the back of the house and the wisteria:

Finally, let’s have a quick look in the Coop and see one or two eucomis and a solitary streptocarpus flowering before catching up with the Coop Corner (which seems to have no clear identity) and then sitting down for a cup of tea and maybe a slice of cake… While relaxing, why don’t you have a closer look at the garden by watching the monthly video?

* the metal poles you see at the start of the video form part of our lightwight scaffolding, brought out to begin cutting the hedge in due course. Note also the seven new clematis waiting for wetter conditions before they are planted!

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13 Responses to Goodbye August, Hello September!

  1. bcparkison says:

    Enjoyed the tour both in print and video.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beverley – it’s such a good record for me too. On the odd occasions I watch the video myself I find myself seeing things I mightn’t otherwise have noticed!

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Fantastic, I must get out into the garden and start some serious tidying now that it is cooler. You’ve reminded me to add a clematis to my gardening shopping list.

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    We really do seem to have gone from hot, hoigh summer to autumn in a flash.

  4. mconley14 says:

    Love it!

  5. I do love your garden it is like walking through different rooms πŸ™‚ Lots of interest.

  6. Cathy says:

    Loved the tour Cathy. Happy September!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – by the way, I haven’t forgotten about propagating my streptocrapus and passing plantlets to your parents, but I have been really struggling trying to get their cultivation right, and they were also ravaged by tiny aphids in early spring. I have lost some too πŸ™„

      • Cathy says:

        Oh, thanks Cathy. πŸ˜ƒ Whenever you have some spare I’ll send you Mum’s address. She will be so pleased as she has had problems finding them and can’t get to garden centres very much these days.

        • Cathy says:

          I am eyeing up a leaf I could cut to propagate one of them, but from what Monty said on GW recently it takes quite some time for any new plantlets to establish, so it won’t be happening in a hurry. It seems surprisingly difficult to get the right balance of watering, but I am determined to succeed with the plants I still have!

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