August in the Garden

Photo of Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

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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.

photo of Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) reflects the August sunshine.

Before and After

photo of Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

The cardinal flower looked great last year, but I think it is even prettier this year:

Cardinal flower has blooms of a shocking red color

Last year featured pink buddleia.

photo of lilac colored Buddleia (Butterfly bush)
A Buddleia panicle glows in morning sun.

The pink buddleia has disappeared this year, no doubt of victim of my hapless transplanting.  The white buddleia soldiers on:

Buddleia davidii

The bunnies have flourished, and a pair are regularly spotted nibbling away in the yard and garden.

photo of rabbit in garden
This little guy wasn’t intimidated by my picture-taking.

Plant of the Month: Feverfew

Photo of feverfew
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) pops up everywhere.

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.

Fall Blooms

The stonecrop is developing its flower heads, but is only beginning to take on its pink cast.

Photo of Stonecrop (Sedum 'Autumn Joy')
Stonecrop (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’) just beginning to blush.

Pink, Pretty, and Tasty?

Photo of Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) looks striking against the leaves of lilyturf (Liriope muscari).

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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3 comments

  1. Wow! Is it August already?!?! Currently in a coastal climate, so not much of a change. I can enjoy yours, though!

    1. Right?! I swear I just finished my planters last week. Thanks for visiting!

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    There’s not a lot to enjoy in my garden at the moment except the first bulb spears and the anticipation of the arrival of spring.

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