August is the month for destruction at the supermarket flower section. Rows of sad, wilting plants reduced in price, past their best but holding out the glimmer of hope for a rescue. For a pound I was tempted and brought one home. It was submerged in water and left in a shady place to rehydrate. Thankfully it did and here it is.
Leucanthemum ‘Broadway Lights’. I would have taken more but the others really did look past all hope.
August brings the arrival of the late summer flowers. This year this includes some late sown plants, the first of which is this cleome. I have about a dozen of these dotted round in the gaps that also seem to appear at this time of year. Some I pinched out to achieve a bushier plant with more flower heads, this one was left to grow straight up.
My zinnias, that have been promising to deliver for weeks, have finally made it into flower. More much appreciated magenta pink, although it looks more red here.
This year I dug up several bits of the rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ to give to friends and to plant elsewhere in the garden. The main plant has responded with even more vigour and makes a striking focal point for the late summer border.
I have been waiting for sometime for the supposedly thuggish anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ to live up to its reputation and spread itself widely over the shady end of the garden. It’s in year three and finally looks as though it is about to make an effort. Perhaps this year the weather has been a little kinder.
Rose of the week is ‘Scepter’d Isle, every time it flowered this year the rains fell and its lovely flowers were ruined. Finally it can show off its elegant form, but briefly I fear as the wind and rain of today is giving it a good thrashing.
The winds are picking up here, all the pots that stand on a wall have been moved down to the ground and the fig tree is swaying wildly in the winds. I wonder what will be left standing for next week’s six. Seems like the perfect day to catch with some SOS reading. All the links can be found on The Propagator’s blog and reading his contribution is a good place to start. Wishing you and all your gardens a safe weekend.