As I mentioned in my last post we had our first rain for over a month during Monday night plus the temperatures have dropped this week by about 10°C, making it again possible to work in the garden with some degree of comfort at least for most of the morning and in late afternoon. Today I worked on until 1.30pm and it was hotter than I at first realised! Caution is needed, I was wearing a hat!
Last week the lavender was pruned as you can see there appears to be large amounts of it that are dead. It may improve with more rain but I am seriously considering changing the lavender for something else. I love the pollinators that appear like magic when the lavender is in flower but actually prefer the look of the garden when it is tightly pruned. Realistically I can’t afford to replace the lavender with Box which I would rather like so I’m pondering alternatives. If I replace the lavender I will plant more lavender in other parts of the garden, possibly in the large island, where there is already one plant, and the Slope, where they can grow steadily larger and therefore not have dead wood showing.
From this central image you can also see that the large Bay block at the back isn’t central, I am encouraging some new bay to reach the statue of this pre-existing feature. I want to change the bed in front of the bay to become a focal point with a bench to look back to the house, I’m considering some kind of arbour too with the bay forming a dark background; I’m not sure if I’ll do this this autumn or next year.
Some foliage is always reliable whatever the temperature, Holly, Arbutus and Choisya ternata cope well, even in last year’s severe drought they remained beautifully green; the Agapanthus and Canna are better with some irrigation or better summer rain to look their best.
I have several clumps of Miscanthus sin. ‘Morning Light’, my favourite grass; it isn’t flowering yet but doesn’t need to be to look beautiful, I love its arching habit and the light it brings to the borders; I divided one clump in spring – some being replanted and some put into pots. Those planted have needed irrigation and will, I hope, look better after a winter in the ground,; those in pots will be planted in September or early October.
In the Large Island (which has no regular irrigation (plants only given water if in dire need) it is the silver plants that sparkle and the purple sedum sets them off to perfection.
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Donna at Garden’s eye view has already included some lovely foliage in her monthly roundup of the garden. And Deb at Deb’s Garden Journal just posted about her front garden which is filled with mouth-watering foliage; do visit them.
What foliage is looking at its best in August in your garden?