Month 8. Two thirds of the way through the year. Sylivia Plath puts it well in her journal: “August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
The garden is still lively though, and the vegetable plot is rewarding us far in excess of our efforts. Runner beans, late peas, carrots, courgettes, cabbages, spring onions. The lettuce has gone over, as have the radishes, and the leeks, parsnips and tomatoes yet to come. It’s now three weeks since I bought vegetables from a shop. So what else is in the garden this week?
First up is a sign of the turning season. This leaf from the cherry tree was on the lawn this morning. A reminder that autumn is very close indeed, whilst the parched grass underneath it tells us that summer is not away yet.
Next is this Lysimachia, yellow loosestrife. I don’t know the variety but it has these lovely red-tipped centres to each small flower. It has seeded in different parts of the garden and I really love it. The flowers are long-lasting and the leaves a really fresh green when it first comes up.
Third up is this. I couldn’t resist putting it in, although this photo does it no justice at all. It is the view from the front garden and from the sitting room window. It is the joy of my life.
Next is something from the vegetable garden. Cabbages. Does anyone know if they freeze well? Here’s a tip – stagger your plantings of cabbages, do not plant them all at once!
Fifth is a clematis. Weak and leggy last August with no flowers when we moved here, I almost got rid of it. I wasn’t sure which pruning group it belonged to, so I just chopped it off to the ground in the spring and hoped for the best. It has a few flowers now, but not as many as I had hoped, but at least it’s identifiable. I think this is Nelly Moser, a group two clematis. I shall nurture it and hope for a better show next year. That leaf got in the way a bit.
And finally, fast becoming one of my favourite plants, is this white agapanthus. More fragile than our blue ones, it dies back in winter. We bought it with us from our old house where it grew feebly in a pot and scarcely flowered. It seems to like it here because we have lots of flowers and it’s looking very perky. The foliage behind the little wall is nerine for later in the year.
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