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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
August 2014

August 30th
It has certainly turned more autumnal here in the garden, not a lot of sun, fairly breezy and much cooler than what we had got used too.
Some of the plants in the garden have reacted to this change, some of the leaves are going yellow, but plants that like it cooler, such as the Brugmansias are making more flower buds.
Brugmansias don't really like it too hot, they do originate from the lower slopes of the Andes.

We do plan to carry out a few alterations to the planting in Lyn's garden before the weather gets too bad. 
Meanwhile we can appreciate the Autunm colour in the garden, and have a bit more time to do other things now we have finished our open days.

Helenium 'Helena Red Shades'

My favourite Helenium.  'Helenium 'Margot' 


Lobelia tupa

Begonia and Cyclamen hanging over the edge of the path

Lobelia speciosa 'Hadspen purple'                                                Lobelia gerardii 'Vedrariensis' 

Lobelia speciosa 'Pink Elephant' 

August 25th
We were very lucky with the weather on our open day yesterday, it was dry and fairly cloudy, today was very wet.
We were still unsure about opening on the Bank holiday weekend, but at the end of the day we had received 175 visitors so we were not dissapointed.
Our visitors kept us busy all day answering questions on the garden and the plants.
On seeing a selection of nine different cakes, a lady said she had just died and gone to heaven !

One of the most nicest comments about the garden, came from a very young girl, who said to her mother 'This is the best garden I have been in'
Of course there were many more favourable comments, but from such a youngster I will remember that most.

Thank you to all who came to the garden.

August 22nd
Our last open day of the year is on Sunday. We hadn't realised it was over a Bank Holiday weekend, which makes it even more difficult to guess how many visitors we might get.
However I have made 10 large cakes which make about 120 slices.
The weather should be dry but cloudy, so it won't be too hot.

This evening we sat outside for dinner again and as the sun was getting lower in the sky it brought out the colours of many of the plants around us.
We will miss the good weather we have had this summer, but can always look back at all the photos I have taken here in the garden.

Dahlia 'Pooh' bud

Dahlia 'Pooh' flower.

Ricinus grown from seed

Dahlia 'Fashion Monger'  Lyn hates the name

Dahlia 'Mystic Fantasy (Hawaian Dreams)' 

Salvia patens 'Cambridge Blue' 

Salvia blepharophylla 

August 5th
The last couple of days we have been doing a few small alterations to the planting, in a couple of areas of Lyn's garden.
We have got fed up with the way some of the Hemerocallis leaves die down at this time of the year. They are ok if hidden behind another plant, otherwise they look really tatty.
Despite mulching the borders every Spring for the last 12 or more years and watering quite a lot, when I dug the plants out the soil was really very dry.
I poured about half a watering can of water in the hole before putting the plant in, it took ages to go into the ground, so very dry indeed.
In the areas we have worked it looks much better now, only thing is you can see the soil, very unusual in Lyn's garden as the plants are so near to each other.

Lilium lancifolium 'Splendens' and a Phlox in the background.

Phlox paniculata 'Eva Cullum' one of the best looking Phlox in the garden, lovely shaped heads.

Echinacea 'Hot Lava' which was bought from a plant fair at Great Dixter last year.

Looking down from the bedroom window at a few of the plants in what we call the centre bed.

Echinacea 'Hot Lava' and Echinacea 'Pow Wow Wild Berry' 

Echinacea 'Pow Wow Wild Berry' with Echinacea 'Pow Wow White' and Helenium 'Helena Red Shades' 

Brugmansia 'Dalens Glory' which we always have trouble getting cutting to root from.

The 'Exotic' garden Patio today.

August 1st
The gardens are at there best at the moment, we might get a little rain tonight. The temperature has dropped today and it has been fairly cloudy.
I have not had to water the garden today other than some of the pots, with a watering can. This gave me the chance to add some liquid feed to the water to try to keep the flowering going.
The first of the Cannas opened their flowers today, fairly late considering all the sunshine we have had.
So it was a more relaxing day today, after I had taken my 96 year old mother to the doctors this morning, we even had time to sit and eat an ice cream on the patio.

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