Posted in August 2012

August Review

August Review

The last day of August arrives, heralding Summer’s decline; yet the garden is not giving up without a fight. Advertisements

Caught

Caught

For six weeks or more we have been enjoying baskets full of sweet sun-ripened tomatoes from the greenhouse.

Editing The Late Summer Borders

Editing The Late Summer Borders

After a few weeks of high winds sweeping our hilltop, many of the Verbena bonariensis stems went from rakish angles to almost horizontal, leaning heavily on their neighbours.

Jamming

Jamming

There is a cluster of small trees along our wild boundary with the field, which in spring are covered in white foaming blossom, while through the summer small green fruits grow and slowly turn purple.

Gongylodes

Gongylodes

A wonderful tongue-rolling name for the cultivar group of kohlrabi, the German turnip (Brassica oleracea Gongylodes group).

August Anthems

August Anthems

The mid-August garden is still awash with colour. The light is changing slightly as summer draws on; towards the end of the day the shadows seem deeper and flowers glow vividly in this early evening caress.

Brassicas and Butterflies

Brassicas and Butterflies

A wet weekend was forecast, punctuated with thundery showers, and indeed Saturday saw a few squalls pass through, so when I slipped into the garden after breakfast on Sunday it was with the anticipation of soon being driven into the greenhouse by rain.