August in the Garden

“August,” it reminds me of the word “exhaust.” That’s almost how I feel nowadays when I enter the garden. Those 85° days have arrived, along with high humidity and merciless sun. The July weeds have a good toehold and seem unaffected by the lack of rain.

Thankfully, the forecast brings change. Soon, I’ll be able to stop dragging the hose around. We normally have a cool down this month, before the last bit of summer rolls in. It’s time to throw grass seed over the bare spots, do a bit of tree pruning, make and freeze some pesto, and sow the last crops of  lettuce, spinach and kale.

photo of Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) reflects the August sunshine.

 

photo of Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

 

photo of lilac colored Buddleia (Butterfly bush)

A Buddleia panicle glows in morning sun.

Photo of Lungwort (Pulmonaria)

Lungwort (Pulmonaria) is growing like gangbusters.

Photo of Bellflower (Campanula) close up

Bellflower (Campanula) close up

 

photo of rabbit in garden

This little guy wasn’t intimidated by my picture-taking.

Photo of peach colored daylily

I bought this daylily from a school fundraiser 25 years ago. The last of my daylilies to bloom, it is such a beautiful color, but I can’t remember what it is called.

 

Photo of feverfew

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) pops up everywhere.

 

Photo of Stonecrop (Sedum 'Autumn Joy')

Stonecrop (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’) just beginning to blush.

Photo of Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) looks striking against the leaves of lilyturf (Liriope muscari).

 

Wow! There’s more than I thought growing on around here. What plants are you enjoying these days? Here’s a post that you’ll enjoy – a view of a UK gardener’s busy summer.  The Propagator offers great advice on multiplying your garden treasures.  Give this blog a look. It’s a great day to learn something new!

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