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“August,” it reminds me of the word “exhaust.” That’s almost how I feel nowadays when I enter the garden. Those 85° days have arrived, along with high humidity and merciless sun. The July weeds have a good toehold and seem unaffected by the lack of rain.
August To Do List
Thankfully, the forecast brings change. Soon, I’ll be able to stop dragging the hose around. We normally have a cool down this month, before the last bit of summer rolls in. It’s time to throw grass seed over the bare spots, do a bit of tree pruning, make and freeze some pesto, and sow the last crops of lettuce, spinach and kale.
Before and After
The cardinal flower looked great last year, but I think it is even prettier this year:
Last year featured pink buddleia.
The pink buddleia has disappeared this year, no doubt of victim of my hapless transplanting. The white buddleia soldiers on:
The bunnies have flourished, and a pair are regularly spotted nibbling away in the yard and garden.
Plant of the Month: Feverfew
I’ve developed a new appreciation for feverfew. Regular deadheading has produced a season-long bloom! Additionally, it has stood up to droughts, rabbits, and deer.
The stonecrop is developing its flower heads, but is only beginning to take on its pink cast.
Pink, Pretty, and Tasty?
Unfortunately, my purple coneflower is MIA. I think it may have been a preferred rabbit food.
I enjoy these blooms almost as much as the finches do. If you leave the flower heads on to develop seed, your feathered friends are sure to visit.
Wow! There’s more than I thought growing on around here. What plants are you enjoying these days?
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