August is a bit of a mixed month. Most of the annuals planted last Autumn and this Spring are now nearly coming to an end. It is a month to enjoy what is left and to keep planning for next year. The giant Sunflowers are still magnificent and the Nigella – Love In a Mist flowers have all turned into a spectacular sea of seed pods. The bees and the butterflies are continuing to enjoy all the Scabiosa, it will be well worth growing these again next year if only to let these wonderful pollinators have their feast. The Cosmos and the Lilies in the tubs are in full flower and looking wonderful. From the edible patch the fennel is still flowering and my tub with five different varieties of mint is just about to flower.
We have planted the Wallflowers ‘Cloth of Gold’ young plants, which we have grown from seed, into the cutting patch and have kept a few for the garden as well to add a splash of bright yellow next Spring.
Thinking ahead to next year, out of all the annuals grown this year, I would definitely like to have cornflowers in the cutting patch again, they are really good as cut flowers but having had the blue and the very dark purple, next year maybe pink for a change. I would also like to have the Scabiosa in different colours. Thinking about colour schemes a section of pastel shades and then a section of hot colours would be fun. The Antirrhinum were also lovely and I will definitely grow them again next year in lots of different bright, vibrant colours. Nigella – Love In a Mist is another favourite and always a must have in my cutting patch.
It would be fun to have a perennial section instead of just annuals, the Delphiniums are perennial and are now really strong established plants and will hopefully come back every year. Our Sweet Rocket and Lupin seedlings are all growing really well and we have planted some next to the Delphiniums in the cutting patch and also kept some for the garden. I would love to add Alstromerea, Veronicastra, Lysimachia, and Astrantia to my collection next spring.
Over the last few years I have grown several different varieties of sunflowers but have not yet grown one that I have felt is perfect for cutting and arranging in the house. However I have been given lots of food for thought from the Gardeners World programme which last week had a feature on Sunflowers at Parham House in West Sussex.