Goodbye August

posted in: The Garden 2020 | 19

August seemed to whiz by in a flash. From very hot and humid days at the beginning of the month to lots of thunder storms and a cooling down at the end of the month.

lots of tomatoes at

The tomatoes have been plentiful, from grape, to cherry in red and yellow and to green zebra. The field tomatoes from the farm stand have been delicious.

the bridge garden at

The rain at the end of the month has meant that the new bridge garden has been well watered and all plants that were moved there are now established.

the fence garden at

The heliopsis in the fence garden were being attacked by aphids and I’ve been spraying them with Neem oil and have finally won! The flowers are blooming nicely now. The sedum is starting to get a blush of its autumn colours.

Herb’s Place has been a success this year despite the heat.

Herb if Herb's Place at

Meet one of my frog collection who hopped his way into this garden, and of course his name is Herb.

Can you spot him in the above photo? He has a tendency to hop around.

I’m working on expanding this garden area for next year and have already added an extra wood border. Right now there are a couple of pots of herbs sitting there but there will be more work done, from moving the hose hanger to adding some soil to the extended part.

sunflowers at

There is a lovely sunflower, probably planted by a bird or critter growing at the very edge of Herb’s Place.

seed sorting at

I’ve been saving the seeds from the four o’clocks. The fall garden clean up will be started soon.

I hope you enjoyed August in the garden as much as I did.

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19 Responses

  1. Sarah

    Your garden is looking lovely, glad you managed to get the heliopsis to flower. That’s a great way to collect and label seeds from your garden, I shall have to try that too. Sarah x

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thanks for stopping by Sarah. Using an egg carton for seed collecting is a great way to keep the seeds separated. Have a lovely day in the garden.

  2. Joy

    Hello Linda … those tomatoes look very tasty !
    I was going to ask where you found the neem oil .. I know I need to use it for my lilies plus the honeysuckle vine .. my neighbor has heliopsis and she doesn’t realize they are a magnet for aphids .. they devastate my purple leaf sandcherry too.
    I am so glad August is over .. but have so much work in transplanting and planting of bulbs as well … I go to sleep thinking about it and then wake up thinking about it too !
    Good for you with gathering the seeds .. it is so satisfying when you can do that !
    I like Herb the frog ;-)

    • Crafty Gardener

      I bought my Neem oil at a local store in Foxboro, called The Village Green. It worked wonders and got rid of the aphids after a few treatments. I’ll certainly be using it next year, especially on the roses with the bugs.

  3. Joy

    Thanks Linda .. do you remember the name on the bottle by any chance ? .. so I can look it up … perhaps buy it on line if I can .. I was looking to treat aphids but also the red beetles that destroy my lilies

  4. Jennifer A. Jilks

    I’ve enjoyed August. Beach time has been fun with the girls. My gardens have survived, but I have ignored them some. Thank you for sharing yours!

  5. betty - NZ

    It looks like your garden keeps you busy but the results are just beautiful!

    It’s great to see you at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!! Thanks for being here.

  6. Linda

    Your garden is still looking lush and beautiful and I think Herb is really cute and a great addition to your garden. Lovely tomatoes mine are still green and I don’t think they will ripen now. August here has been an awful month not much sunshine but a lot of rain and wind. A great idea to collect your seeds in an egg box. Have a great week. x

  7. Vondean Erickson

    love to see your gardens and what you do each time. The bridge is so neat with the little boy and girl fishing. I hope to improve my garden next year. My roses are blooming beautiful now. Must be the time of the year out here for them.
    The weather has been so hot I always go out early morning and get eveything done.
    I have been getting a lot of good reading done. I sent a box of books to my sister in Clear Lake Iowa last week. She hardly gets out unless her daughter who works takes her. We always exchanged books when I was back near her.
    Have a good week.

  8. Margie

    I saw someone on social media post that September is the best summer month. HA!

    I heard on the radio today that there is a shortage of sunflowers because people are using them for bird feeders.

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