Sunday, 25 August 2013

Our garden in August

This year we still have lots of colour in our garden. This hydrangea bush on the edge of the patio makes up for the roses no longer blooming. We bought the plant for £5 in the market 20 years ago and it is still thriving.



The wild scabious and the sedum make a wonderful combination.



The phlox plants provide both scent and colour.


 I have managed to grow some zinnias this year, although they are as impressive as Bobbie Lynn's at Why I love to garden. We both enjoy comparing each other's gardens and growing conditions. Her roses are amazing. I wish we had as long a growing season as she does in California with sweet peas in flower in April!



The echinacea white swan (coneflower) was a rash buy as despite our best efforts may not survive, but is beautiful while it lasts.


The rubeckia goldstrum  in our gravel garden are just coming into flower and are always a quite a sight when they are fully out. What is looking good in your garden at the moment?

I saw the first Christmas cards in the shops this week and I also bought these....


I apologise for turning thoughts to winter and spring, but sometimes you need to get prepared! I bought the purple pack last year. All of the bulbs went into one pot and were magnificient and they also flowered at different times. If you happen to be passing a Lidl store - do go in and have a look. I bought all of this for £10 which I think is good value and will hopefully be brighten up those Spring days which the other half of the world is now starting to enjoy!



Sarah x

36 comments:

  1. What a beautiful garden you have! I love having a nosey at other people's gardens!!!!

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  2. The echinacea is beautiful. I've seen it mentioned a lot this year and really do need to get one.

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  3. What a great selection of late summer plants you have in your garden. Rudbeckias are one of my favourites - they are so sunny and cheerful. My Zinnias have been spectacular this year - I love them for cutting as they last so long in a vase. I don't even want to think about buying bulbs just yet - but the shops are full of them now - so decisions will have to be made eventually.

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  4. I love Hydrangea's Sarah, I managed to bring two from Cornwall, they were bright blue in the acid soil there, but here in the Moorlands they are Pink. Yours looks wonderful,
    My Zinnia's got eaten so no show, the sweet williams put on a lovely show, as did the fox gloves that I had sown last year, thanks for the tip about the bulbs I shall keep a look out for them.
    Happy Weekend
    Thea xx

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  5. I really like the white echinacea which appeals to me more attractive than the pink. I am a great Lidl fan, some people are very snobby about it, but they do not know what they are missing. I bought a wonderful stephanotis there for £4 which would cost £12 in a garden centre, and it has filled my conservatory with its luscious scent and white waxy flowers all summer.
    Like your new look blog - it compliments your lovely photos well.

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    1. I have also bought some good plants at Lidl and Aldi at very reasonable prices. Thank you for the comment about the background, I have always noticed that the dark background you have makes your photos stand out.
      Sarah x

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  6. Hi Sarah, your garden is looking lovely! I love Hydrangeas! I love Lidls for plants and bulbs, they are really reasonably priced so will definitely have a look. Have a great week! Sharon x

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  7. Hello Sarah
    Love your hydrangea I have some here in a few varieties it has to be one of my favourite shrubs. Yours is flourishing! in fact the whole garden is by the looks of it.
    I too have been looking at bulbs not bought any yet! x

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  8. GOOD EVENING dear and far-off friends! August has a personality of its own - from being the last "HURRAH" month, to showing off some of the brightest and heftiest of gardens. Just as the flowers are in their full glory, we are having to say good-bye at the end of the month. Your garden Sarah is spectacular, and thank you for sharing with us! Anita

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  9. I love your hydrangea! In fact, I have a white one in a pot on the porch only just starting to be at its best. I got it from my daughter as a mother's day present in May 2012 and I kept it in our semi-warm classed-in veranda through the winter. It wouldn't have survived here if planted outside. My roses on their warm sunny spot by the house are also still blooming.

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    1. It must be quite challenging gardening in your climate, it is quite mild here (most of the time)so many plants survive the winter.
      Sarah x

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  10. your garden is divine! the zinnias are especially lovely.
    x

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  11. Hi dear Sarah,

    what a beautiful garden you have, I love the Hydrangeas. In our garden we have different kinds, but because of the heat the last weeks, they are fading in to autumn colors, a little bit too early for my taste... In the next months, we will have a big garden projekt in our small garden. An old fir tree have to remove, so the garden will change his look enormous, but so I can plant many new plants :-)

    Yes, we where the first time in Scotland, but the next time we will certainly visiting Skye.

    Wishing you an lovely late summer!
    Bine



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    1. It will be interesting to see the changes you make in your garden. I always love choosing new plants to fill in the space!
      Sarah x

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  12. Such a pretty garden Sarah. We've put some Hydrangeas in this year for the first time and so pleased with the results. They are in large pots but seem to be thriving well. Not sure how long they'll last or even what they'll do over the winter, guessing they will re-appear again next year. I'm looking forward to searching out Spring bulbs too and am going to Lidls today as it happens.
    Patricia x

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    1. This hydrangea was in a pot for quite a few years before being moved in the garden. We have other hydrangeas in pots and they are always the plants to show me they want watering.
      Sarah x

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  13. Lovely flowers Sarah... None of my white swans survived the slug munching earlier but I do have some seedlings for next year. Are your Rubeckia goldstrum perennials? I'd really like to grow some as the bees love them... but I've only seen a pot for £8.99 and the said they were annuals... Would you be up for some seed swapping?? Cass x

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    1. Our rubeckia are perennials - I'll try and see if I get some cuttings for you . They have been wonderful plants in our garden.
      Sarah x

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  14. Your garden is looking wonderful Sarah. I love the rudbeckias. (Mine have faded out! Imagine! I thought they were toughies...) Thinking about colours for spring is always nice and helps me accept this season's end.

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  15. Your garden looks beautiful Sarah, ours is looking a bit tired & sad right now. I have a few hydrangeas all with a bluey tinge due to our soil, that's the only thing I know about gardening!

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  16. Such a pretty garden. You must have very green fingers.
    S xx

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  17. I always love seeing everyones flowers, we share many of the same.
    Our morning glories are finally in full showing this past week and they are everywhere around the farm. On posts and fences arbors and sheds I love viewing the happy color of morning glories when I go out early to do chores. If all goes well they are with us right through September.

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  18. Ι'm really jealous of your colorful garden Sarah!By us, the garden remains green with great pain and lots of watering!The only color we have it's offered by the bougainvilleas.I also love hydrangeas but impossible to grow them!Too difficult!I can't imagine you have this plant for 20 years!!!

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  19. The nice thing about a late spring is that the flowers still seem to be flowering this late on. Yours are beautiful.

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  20. Dear Sarah,

    You chose some beautiful bulbs! I thin I will follow your example soon and buy some extra bulbs as well. There are a few spots in my garden that can use a bit of colour in springtime.

    Your garden is still looking beautiful! Wish I had so much colour in my garden.

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

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  21. What a beautiful garden you have.the hydrangeas are beautiful they seem to be blooming enorm everywhere. I love your new bulbs too Nice for spring flowers

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  22. Omg is it really bulb buying season already!!!!

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  23. Hi Sarah. I love Echinacea White Swan-I'm not sure it would survive the slug and snail attacks here though. Beautiful garden pictures and great combinations of flowers. I have a yellow clematis that is doing very well this year and is looking good.

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  24. Hi Sarah,
    Thank you for your sweet comment and I just love the colors you have in your garden. Look at the beautiful hydrangea bush. You also have those lovely scabious. I had those once and I have been thinking of bring them back into my garden. Somewhere in the rose area. You have echinacea, what a great flower to have. So many pretty colors and looks of them also. Right now the zinnias are growing by the hour with this heat and humidity. In my garden, that is the only summer annual that loves this kind of weather. When nothing else grows, just plant zinnias (I'm learning that just now). Glad you like the house color. I wanted some color on my walls. Now I need to find more plants that will look nice against the house.
    Thank you for sharing more of your beautiful garden. Have a wonderful day.
    Blessings,
    Bobbie Lynn

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  25. P.S. I hope you got my comment. Having some issues with my blogspot..

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  26. Darling Sarah!!!!!

    I loved your comment to me today; what a fabulous story of love, across the pond. To have your husband break out in a smile upon seeing YOU...now that tells it all. Thank you for coming to leave a trail of kindness and love. Have a super week, and give Miss Daisy a squeeze! Anita

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  27. You have some lovely flowers in bloom at the moment. I've plans to plant more rudbeckia here for next year - and scabious too, in my planned wildflower patch. I have started to think about spring bulbs as well, (although I won't buy them just yet). I've just cleared an additional area for them.

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  28. Your flowers all look lovely!

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