August’s Arrival – Six on Saturday

Can you believe August has arrived already? There are times when it feels like the garden is about to go over but then there are flashes of colour and some things just coming into their own to give hope that the season has not yet come to its floriferous finale!

When I loosely planned the colour scheme in the garden, it started with all the pastel colours of Spring, merging from pinks and light purples into deeper pinks, purples and whites of Summer to finish with a crescendo of red in late Summer with the Crocosmia Lucifer.

It still works along those lines but the Crocosmia is no longer the last blast of colour to appear. Not only does it seem to be blooming earlier and earlier every year but I want don’t want everything to finish in August any more. The more you learn about plants and flowers, the more you want to have and by adding things like Hydrangea Paniculatas and my favourite Salvia Amistads, I’ve extended the whites and purples into Autumn.

Hydrangea paniculata Phantom
Salvia Amistad

The wet Summer downpours which have helped make everything look lush have not however, been loved by the poor Lavender which is now starting to look straggly in some areas. I have a lot of Lavender dotted around the garden, in the ground and in pots but it looks like it will need a haircut this year slightly earlier than normal! Since I took this picture earlier in the week, it has been battered by heavy rains.

Something to look forward to though is the emerging flowers on the Ipomoea Purpurea. This variety of Morning Glory is called ‘Party Dress’ and the pink is so vibrant that I wish I had a dress that colour – just look at how the white and the pink work together in perfect harmony. The pictures aren’t great as I’m growing them in containers to hang off my balcony and I was hanging off it trying to get a snap. Their natural habit is to climb so we’ll see how successfully I can get them to dangle!

My last flower to show is either an epic fail or an epic disaster – I cannot decide which!

I grew Shasta Daisies from seed last year, potted them on and planted them out in early Spring. The packet said they’d grow to 90cm or 3 feet high, let me tell you, these bad boys are now at over 5 feet high! So in terms of growing a huge plant, a total success but planting them at the front of a border, where they obscure everything else and are actually now growing into the trees, a total fail! I’ll have to move them in the Autumn once they have finished flowering but for now, I’m constantly cutting the tallest stems for vases in the house to try and reduce the height!

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  1. That Morning Glory ‘Party Dress’ looks like some I’ve grown this year. I grew them from seed free with a garden magazine and they were supposed to be Split Second Double but weren’t remotely the same as the picture on the front of the packet. Your lavenders looked great. I’ve had similar issues with alleged plant height!

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  2. Lovely Six, thank you for sharing. My allotment garden appears to have skipped August and got its September coat on. The sweet peas, larkspur and crocosmia have finished – Quite sad really. I’ve made a note of ’Part Dress’ in my little green book for next year 😁

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  3. My Shasta daisies grew to about 50 cm last summer and looked really miserable in the heat- totally different climate, of course. Amistad is a wonderful Salvia: I’m finding I have to cut mine back a couple of times over summer as it gets very big, but it’s also very hardy.


  4. Your snaps of Party Dress are wonderful. Rousing a bit of temptation in me, but no . . . not sure I could contain/train it properly. Your daisy story made me laugh. If only all plants did what it said on the tin! Hope you find a good spot in the garden for them. Love the salvia.

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