The August Garden…

In June, I was just happy things had survived the winter.

In July, I was excited to see the butterflies enjoying the garden.

What happened to August?  I’ve got no idea where the month of August went. It is just gone. Weird. The best times always fly by don’t they? This summer has flown by. It has been a great garden year – in my opinion. We’ve had a bit of rain and things have flourished. With all that rain and extra plant growth, I decided some new muck boots were in order. I realize that I don’t really have any official muck in my urban landscape, but these little colorful things are the best. My new boots have added a little fun to my garden maintenance duties…

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Despite living nowhere near the mountains or any semblance of an open or nature type space, a hummingbird made it’s way to my garden!  And – I just happened to be outside – in my new muck boots – with my camera – at the perfect time! I occasionally hear the hummingbirds but very rarely get a glimpse of them. So, I was pretty excited to see this little guy…

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The Rose Garden is thriving. This is the view from our dining room window. Yes, I am now referring to this area as my “Rose Garden”. These finicky plants weren’t supposed to survive after the garden reorganization last fall.  I don’t love roses, so I wasn’t too broken up by the thought of losing them. Though, now, they are survivors. It looks like the roses are here to stay. You’ve got to love the tough survivors…

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My August garden is usually dried up, dying, and generally lacking much interest. I am constantly trying to add late summer color to our landscape.  I think I may have gotten a good start this year in the side garden. There is a pretty sprinkling of color with coneflowers, black eyed susans, coreopsis, sage, and the previously mentioned roses…

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The ornamental grasses that border our baseball side yard have taken off. Last year some of these plantings were only a few blades of grass at less than 12 inches high. I love ornamental grass.

DSCN5064The regular grass is also a crazy, beautiful green for this time of year. I don’t remember a year when the grass has been this kind of bright emerald green. It looks a little like Wizard of Oz around here – minus the flying monkeys – and floral muck boots instead of ruby slippers.

We’ve also got some Dr. Suess going on in the August garden.  The hens and chicks have sprouted some sort of odd flower tower that is kind of cool…

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You know I can’t talk about any kind of gardening without mentioning my favorite green roof sedum ground cover. These are clippings from trimming back my south side garden. I threw the clippings down on the north side to see if it would take. It did.

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As just mentioned, I am always trying to improve the garden color and interest in August. In the past, I haven’t had a ton of success with just plants. Our front yard is a good example of my point. I have added “more color for the front yard” to my action plan for 2015…

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This year I decided to spuce the place up with a few colorful decorative elements…

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I also added a little bit of the traditional back into the side yard. A mini birth bath for any birds who would like to frolick in some clean water.  I haven’t had any takers yet…

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The front bed that got rebuilt and replanted in the spring has filled out a bit. Here is the before – just as a quick reminder where we started a few short months ago…

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Here is the after – filled in and fluffy…

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It still has great color with the annual impatiens.

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The columbines bloomed again which was a nice surprise that I didn’t expect…

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The dogwood – the big green shrubby thing at the corner of the front bed that was planted for winter interest – has done so well that Tad thought it was a weed last week…

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The edible plantings were also quite successful in the month of August – delicious grape tomatoes, tasty lemon cucumbers, and strawberries, again.

The grapes are getting ripe. Thank goodness because Tad’s sister has been asking if the grapes are ready to pick since June. She loves the really sour, tart flavor of these tempting clusters.

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Then, there is my favorite – even though it does signal the beginning of fall…

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Green chiles.  There is nothing better than the smell of roasting chiles all over town – and in my own kitchen.

Happy Labor Day.