Moving into September, after the most amazing weather for our late August bank holiday weekend, there is much to do in our cutting patch. Having collected lots of seed from the annuals patch this has now been cleared and weeded and is ready for composting. Last year we planted hardy annuals in this patch but very few survived the winter. This year after composting we will leave it for the worms to play with and probably plant vegetables there next year. Since my cutting patch was originally part of the veggie patch it seems only fair to give it back from time to time!
The Delphiniums and Lupins which were so badly damaged in June and were then cut right back are now having a second flowering. The flowers are nowhere near as strong as they were first time around but still add a welcome touch of colour. The plan is to move them all in the spring to a more sheltered location in the hope of protecting them from the terrible winds that we get down here in the West Country.
The Cosmos suffered terribly from wind rock and wind burn last month in August but we have some survivors, the ‘Gazebo Red’ are looking particularly colourful and the Rudbeckia are also still really beautiful. The Nasturtiums planted against the north facing wall are now climbing up the wall and have nearly reached the top!
We have planted out our biennials, wall flowers and sweet rocket seedlings, which we grew from seed but in smaller quantities. This time we have planted them in the garden not in the cutting garden, last year we grew the Sweet Williams as a crop to have enough for our neighbours wedding, this year we are growing them for the garden.
It is really important to keep on top of the weeding at this time of the year and get rid of the weeds before they shed their seeds into the ground after which time you then have an even bigger task getting rid of them.
My Blog will return again in the new year. I am having to take a break to have some repair work done to my back! Meanwhile happy gardening to you all!