Monday, August 15, 2011

August flowers

Just as an interlude my witterings about the Isle of Wight (for yes, dear reader: there is more to come): a little pictorial heaven from my back garden (and the side one, and the veggie one too).

I usually feel really grumpy about the garden in August. It's such an in-between time: so not-quite-summer and not-quite-autumn. You're expecting billowing borders of beauty and bounty: what you get is a rag-tag slump of tired flowers and tireder foliage.

The rudbeckia you forgot to stake are lurching over the path, and the paeonies are a bilious shade of blotchy purple as the leaves die back in that ugly way they have (and half of them have been bludgeoned into the ground by over-enthusiastic dogs anyway). The bindweed is making its presence felt; none of the trees are flowering or doing interesting things with their leaves and you can't see the bark yet so you can't even enjoy that. And it's raining.

It's not the best time. Yet - as so often - when you're forced to go out there and look, not for the faults but for the nice bits, you are surprised and not a little delighted to find there's more than you thought there was to gladden the eye and lighten the heart. For once I managed to plant some dahlias this year; the rudbeckia are fabulously rugged in smouldering bronze, when you overlook their drunken posture; and the cosmos are flowering on, and on, and on.

Here's my little selection of previously unremarked treasures for this month: and I shall try to be less late-summer gloomy in future.

Thanks as always to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!


The Sage Butterfly said...

I echo your sentiment about this time of year--feeling that in-between time. Your cosmos and nicotania are stunning. Happy GBBD!

VP said...

Your clematis looks rather like 'Arabella' and possibly 'Garden News' for the Fuchsia (though might not be double enough)?

The Constant Gardener said...

Thank you TSB! and I have just fallen in love with my nicotiana. Who couldn't adore something that naturally produces different-coloured flowers on the same stem.

VP: you could be right with the 'Arabella': it's definitely a summer-flowering large-flowered clematis, though when I say summer-flowering I do mean very early summer to what's looking like it's going to be late summer. The fuchsia isn't double at all though... was given it as a present and liberated it from its very very small pot, so never really had a label for it.

scottweberpdx said...

I'm glad in spite of everything, there are still some beautiful blooms in your garden!

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