Through the Garden Gate August 2023
Welcome to my August garden, we have welcomed back a second flush of roses giving us another chance to enjoy their mass of blooms. With the wet weather we have had throughout this summer they have flourished!
The rest of the garden there is still an abundance of flowers which are dominated by the Dahlias, Cosmos, Achillia, Rudbrekia and Helianthums. The colours in the garden change during the season and at this time of year more oranges and yellows make a welcome appearance.
It is always special when your friends share their plants with you! I admired this Daucus carota Purple kisses (a purple form of wild carrot) and now have this growing in our garden too.
The vegetable garden also has been very prolific, with gluts of cucumber, tomatoes, courgettes and runner beans which we have been sharing! One neighbour in return gave us an amazing runner bean slicer which has transformed the way I feel about runner beans! My parents had a device about 40 years ago that never seemed to do the job so I had never used one since! Do you use any special tools for cutting up vegetables and fruit? Our daughter accidently cut her hand recently and ended up in minor injuries needing stitches for cutting herself while taking out a stone out of an avocado. It is well-known injury in accident and emergency departments and is known as avocado hand! Friends have subsequently recommended a tool for this too!
Elsewhere in the vegetable patch we planted some green manure 'Phacelia seeds' with some African marigold seeds they have been a pleasing combination and brighten up a small corner of the vegetable patch.
I always like to try out different species of plants that have done well in the garden. Last year I bought a Yellow Xenox sedum from Farmer Gracy and was quite disappointed with it. This year as you can see from the image above it is beautiful and the insects are loving it too, it just shows that with gardening you need to be patient, sometime plants take their time to get established!
What are the highlights in your garden this month?
It is always wonderful to see other gardens and watch their development during the year. If you want to join in with Through the garden gate each month please let me know in the comments below and I will add your site.