The August Garden
|232/365: the view from the living room|
It's still looking colourful after the recent heatwave though a lot of the pots don't bear close inspection. The sorry looking pot of cosmos plants has been moved to the left hand side by the wooden planters as it's become home to an ant's nest and we wanted to isolate it from the pots containing perennials. The burgundy clematis (seen on the right hand side of the photo) really struggled in the heat and I think it's given up flowering for this year, as has the deep pink gaura to the left of it.
The pots of perennial nemesia (bottom right hand corner of the photo above) have got really leggy and need to be cut back next time M is here. The new clematis (on the first trellis) is doing well but I'm unlikely to see any flowers this year.
The centre bed (above) is just starting to look a bit raggedy. The cosmos were frazzled by the heat and haven't fully recovered, not helped by the fact that a lot of deadheading is needed (tomorrow's job!). The gladioli are over for the year as are the pink salvia and the pink penstemon. Over by the fence, the hydrangea probably won't finish it's flowering cycle this year - the flowers change from white, to pink, to red, but it's been scorched and has started dropping its petals.
The view from the far side of the centre bed (above) to show the trellis that's not really visible in other photos. The new potato vine on the left hand trellis is growing nicely and has started to flower and the jasmine (below the hanging basket) seems to have liked the heat and had a bit of a growth spurt.
Looking back to the house (below), the crocosmia are almost over for the year and their leaves are yellowing. All of the hanging baskets are holding on but have all been affected by the excessive heat ... I'm hoping they'll make a come back!
And finally, below is the view from the bedroom window.