Long, hot sultry summer evenings – that’s what August is supposed to be about…hopefully the blustery, unsettled weather of July will give way to just that!
In the meantime there’s plenty to keep you busy in the garden, aside from a nice cold pimms.
Water – Keep camelias and rhodedendrons well watered to encourage them to set healthy buds for next year. Make sure containers are well watered to prevent wilting and keep an eye on the garden in general. Try to be water wise where you can – gathering rainwater in butts and watering at the base of plants in the cool of the evening to reduce evaporation.
Trim lavender flowers and stalks back, once all the flowers have gone over, but don’t cut into old wood.
Collect ripened seed ready to plant for next year. Store in a cool, dry, dark place; brown paper envelopes are good for this.
Cut back whippy growth on wisteria to maintain the structure of the plant.
Keep harvesting soft fruits and vegetable crops, checking them regularly as things are ripening fast.
And… don’t forget to enjoy your garden! It won’t be long before the last hot colours of summer give way to the golden, mellow tones of Autumn and the nights begin to draw in.