The Tuesday View: 22nd August 2017

As I took my weekly photo of this particular area of my garden on Monday afternoon, there was a distinct coolness in the air. The sun was much lower in the sky with long shadows from our trees, and the chairs and table down in the garden were in deep shade. I realised that summer really is drawing to an end.

This is a lovely time of year, when the heat is fading and the garden is still thriving, with lots of insects lazily buzzing around…

There is a lot of green, but colour too: the pink rose at the top of this slope is flowering again, and the yellow Achillea and pale pink Potentilla are still flowering…

Looking up the slope, we can see the Hypericum, a few Asters, some remnants of the pink Lychnis and some of the amazing Teucrium (it just goes on and on!) under the Acer tree…

And do you see the tinges of colour on the Sedums?

Right at the bottom of the slope, below the Perovskia, the black plant support contains my tall pink Aster Alma Poetschke. I experimented with the Chelsea chop this year, cutting back this clump at the end of May by about a third, perhaps almost a half. But then I panicked and stopped halfway!

The clump is far too big for this support now anyway, so we will see if the shorter stems flop when they flower. If not, I might remove the support altogether and prune them at the same time next spring again.

Observing this view intensely this year I have often been pleasantly surprised at how well it has done, but I have also noticed where there is room for improvement, i.e. a spot or two which need a new focal point. I hope it has helped those who have joined me too! If you would like to share your Tuesday View, just leave a link below so we can find you.

Before I go, here is last year’s Tuesday View, also photographed yesterday afternoon, with the Perovskia and red rose flowering well and a new white Sanguisorba (Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. alba ‘Albiflora’) in front of the rose and lavender bush. It has become a favourite!

Have a lovely gardening week!

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P.S. I will not be here to post my usual view next week, so see you in a fortnight.

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In a Vase on Monday: A Thousand and One

This is my 1001st post! So to celebrate I have made a vase guaranteed to produce a smile or two.

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It is full of summery loveliness from my garden, and was actually inspired by this vase which I made at the end of last week to use some of the poor anemones battered by rain and wind…

The Anemones don’t last long in a vase though, so I tried to recreate the look yesterday and took it a bit further. I included:

Japanese Anemones; Perovskia; a grass that may be an early flowering Miscanthus; pink, red and white Cosmos; Golden Rod; yellow Achillea; purple Linaria; Stipa gigantea; Heuchera flowers.

This is the grand August finale, as I won’t be here next Monday and the week after that will be September already. Can you believe how quickly summer has flown by?

Now go and visit our lovely host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, with her gorgeous Dahlias and links to many other beautiful and inspiring vases from around the world!

A Tiger or a Bear?

I am very pleased that this Buddleia has recovered after freezing back completely last winter, but was then doubly happy to see these two butterflies resting on it the other day, as they are quite unusual…

The English name is Jersey Tiger, but in German they are called ‘Russian Bear’… interesting! Another name used in both languages is ‘Spanish Flag’. I wonder what the Spanish call it!

When resting you cannot see the bright orange part of the wings, so here is a Wikipedia photo to give you an idea of the flashes of bright orange when they flutter away – too quickly for me and my camera!

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In southern Germany they can often be seen, but only near the woods or on shrubby grassland. They apparently like raspberry or nettle leaves, both of which are abundant in the nearby woods and hedges.

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The Tuesday View: 15th August 2017

It is a beautiful sunny morning and a bank holiday here in Bavaria (Assumption Day). That means it will be a quiet morning until the annual village festival gets going, with loud music! Sadly this event also involves a programme of meat and alcohol, barbecues, pig roasts etc, which are not our cup of tea, so we will be taking a little trip elswhere later. πŸ™‚

In the meantime, as I focus once again on my Tuesday View, I notice the Acer looking tired and the Golden Rod in full bloom.

But from a different angle it still looks summery, and very green for August…

A swing to the left shows the top of the rockery, with several roses flowering…

The Miscanthus is not ready to flower yet, but a few Asters (Aster pyrenaeus ‘Lutetia’) are starting to open…

And the sedum buds are getting bigger and bigger!

Feel free to join me with Β a Tuesday view, and leave a link in the comments so we can find you.

Have a good week!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Sink or Swim

I now know that Cosmos do not float well!

With very short and curvy stems it was impossible to get these Cosmos and Scabiosa to stand up in a vase, so I decided to try floating them… well, the Scabiosa and pale blue Didiscus, along with a Clematis seed head, all floated nicely, but the Cosmos submerged almost immediately.

Nevertheless, pretty for a day or two, and now I know!

Why not visit Cathy, who hosts this meme at Rambling in the Garden. Or even join in!

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The Tuesday View: 8th August 2017

Here is my view this Tuesday, as I focus on one area of my garden through the seasons.

Freshly mown grass always makes the garden look tidier, don’t you agree?!

And cooler temperatures also meant I could cut down (or pull out) a lot more of the Lysimachia Β that has now gone brown and is starting to flop. It was on the right of the picture below… Β If cut back in time it sends up new shoots which serve as perfect ground cover until the winter.

With some Alchemilla also cut back the view at ground level has opened up and the Heuchera leaves are looking wonderful in front of the purple Teucrium that just goes on and on flowering. πŸ™‚

Now that the heat and humidity is subsiding, there is a distinct ‘late summer’ feeling to the garden, and nothing says it better than the sight of Golden Rod just coming into flower at the bottom right of the view (behind the Acer). Yes, the summer is drawing to an end and I am relieved that the temperatures are set to drop a few degrees over the next few days. Time for a breather! πŸ™‚

I wonder if you are seeing signs of late summer yet in your gardens?

I welcome any other ‘Tuesday Views’ to link in to this post in the comments below.

Have a great week!