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What happened to July and August?

I seem to have lost July and August this year, so if anyone finds them …. please could you pop them in the post to me!

Canna in pots behind ornamental grass

What a wonderful summer we have had – a proper summer, with lots of sunshine, some rain and thankfully very little wind. Of course, the gods love their little ironies;- earlier in the year I removed all the canna, banana, dahlias and eucomis plants from the “hot border”, stuck them in temporary pots behind the greenhouse and promptly forgot about them – they have loved this summer, and thriving on neglect have grown large and lush (behind the greenhouse) so they have now been moved to our “new terrace”. Although the one pictured above seems to be amongst the ornamental grasses and rudbeckia!

gravel and slate sitting area

For those of you that have visited the garden, this is where the “top pond” the one right outside the back door was. We have changed the flower bed to give a bigger area for seating, filled the pond, and created a gravel area with large slates around it. Shedman just wants to change the row of slates to the left of the picture and then it will be completed. While I may not have been on the computer much (far to nice to be indoors, not to mention far to tired in the evenings) Shedman and I have done a couple of other major things to the garden. Actually, mostly it was Shedman, my time has completely been taken up with our fledgling nursery. Although it does feel rather like we are “Open all hours” but that is part and parcel of village life, cut flowers for a funeral at 7 o’clock at night, the request for flowers not the funeral, that was 9.30 the following morning. Some colour because “Mum in law is coming later today and I need to plant the pots” at 8.30 in the morning! Oh and lots of phones thrust in front of me displaying blurry images of plants and the question asked “what is this?” (Hydrangea) and “Have you got it?” (No). It would seem that locally we are gaining a reputation for selling plants and having some knowledge.

The garden is thriving on neglect if you look at it through half closed eyes. The lovely weather has also brought out all those “lovely” pests. I have never seen so many cabbage white butterflies in the garden, one day I counted over 50 and I thought that was a little unfair, as we don’t have any cabbages. I think most leaves in the garden have had a caterpillar, slug or snail nibble chomp. Oh and the earwigs! gracious they are going for garden domination! Next year I am going to move my dahlias to another part of the garden – perhaps it will take a month or two for the earwigs to find them again.

Sadly, I have not done all those little tweaking tasks that I intended to do this year, so it looks like I will be in for a busy Autumn moving and planting the plants sitting in pots behind the greenhouse (not the “hot plants” but all the others that are lurking there) and sometime over the next few days I fully intend to take some time and simply sit and make notes of all the things that have flitted through my mind over the past couple of months. For example at some point I decided I absolutely had to have another peony (or three) for the keyhole garden. We had to remove the apple tree that was in this area, so there is a gap (yay) – you would think that the 6 peonies I all-ready have is enough for any garden, especially as they are so very fleeting – yet so very delicious.

table and chairs in the keyhole garden

So that was my summer … hard work but totally delicious. How is your summer going?


18 comments to What happened to July and August?

  • VP

    Having a proper summer means you have to enjoy it. Properly :)

    Standing by for tweaking duties in October!


    PS I’ve been pondering earwigs and Dahlias this week. They don’t seem to touch ‘Moonfire’ (and other singles) but are having an extra big go at my doubles. Have you noticed the same?

    Fantastic to hear the nursery business is taking off too :)

  • Absolutely beaut!
    Great to hear from u Karen!

  • Hoorah a blog post – the garden looks wonderful and so many places to sit. I bet you dont use many of them!

  • Hugely envious of your Japanese anemones – mine here in the Small Country are ankle high, knee high at most. I kid you not.

  • Dear Karen, I am out of breath thinking about all the work each day must hold for, but breathlessly in love with your garden. So many project, not enough time. It all looks beautiful!

  • All looking very nice, Karen, but do SIT and enjoy it, life is too short for work alone.

  • You have been so busy over the summer, everywhere is looking so good with the rain you must have had. We haven’t had enough at all so have had to water far too much. Good to know that you will soon be running a nursery business, lucky people who live near you!

  • Dobby

    Hi Karen
    Lovely to come home from work to find a post from you!
    The garden looks great. And you don’t have to squint everywhere:-)
    The cannas have done really well and look stunning.

    I am seriously considering pouring concrete over my garden. Went up there last night to do a bit of weeding and came in 20 mins later with 6 Mossi bites! So it is not only the cabbage whites and earwigs that are going for world domination.

  • Well I am not sure but i think it has been so busy, I had forgot to notice, Monday is September and the last time I looked is was April. I have been in the sea ( swimming ) a few times, which was nice. I have just noticed my sweet peas have flowered, they have taken their time. I needed them before now to put in vases on the tables. Is everything late?

  • Good to know we are not the only ones to have lost July and August. We have been revamping parts of the garden for our NGS opening next year so we lost track of the days. Your garden is looking good.

  • It is looking lovely, both on the blog and in the garden. I am not surprised you are getting a reputation for knowing about plants because you do! xx

  • Great to see you posting Karen. Your garden is looking glorious, lush and green – can you spare me that bit in the bottom photo please. So please to read that the nursery is hitting the ground running too. Hope that you and Shedman have allowed yourselves the occasional sit down with a glass of wine during this lovely balmy summer.

  • I think your garden is looking lovely, and I really admire your patience in dealing with (some of) your customers – especially the emergency, early ones. My [particular favourite bit? Hm, difficult to decide between the new patio and the keyhole area – I just love the latter. Neglect (don’t believe you) clearly works!

  • What a gorgeous garden you have! July and August went far too quickly indeed. In my mind I’m still waiting for them to happen! Even though it was great weather and I spent a lot of time outside. I never managed to do a lot of my tweaks either. Oh well, there’s always another time :) Great seeing the photos of your garden, it’s just beautiful :)

  • Hello! I like the post very much especially the bit about the tender plants in pots which I do myself. All the effort is worth it when I see the dahlia blooms. I found your blog via a List of Top garden blogs, I am so happy I found you because I am looking for UK garden blogs with an artistic interest. Will follow. Thanks again!

  • How wonderful to be so at the heart of your community with a thriving nursery, must be madly busy though. Garden looks beautiful as always, hope you get the time to sit and write lists etc., and the weather allows much autumnal tweaking!

  • Ooh, what a beautiful garden – I absolutely love the two seating areas among the naturalistic planting. You seem to be very green-fingered too if you can forget about plants and find they’re thriving like mad without you. Beautiful conservatory – I’d like one of those especially with autumn now rapidly approaching!

  • Seems as far as blogging is concerned you’ve lost September too. Having seen your early photographs of what your garden looked like when you moved in, it’s great to see how it is now. It has an ‘established’ look even though you have only been there for . . what? . . . five years? (This post makes me glad about earwigs too. It’s never struck me before reading it that we don’t have any in our garden. Hurray!)