The Windmill Garden in August

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I’m rather later with my weekly garden review this week.  We have family visiting from British Columbia so my days are spent enjoying 2 little grandchildren and their parents.  I don’t have lots of photos to share of the garden but have taken time to update my plant growth.  I’ve been using scheduled posts every couple of days but will be back to regular postings at the end of the week.

An extra pair of strong hands and muscles helped move an old cement fountain from the garage into the windmill garden.  It comes apart into 4 pieces and the bottom piece was so heavy it had to be put on a cart and wheeled into the garden.  This belonged to my son in laws grandmother who has recently moved into a nursing home and it has been re-homed in our garden.  It no longer works as a fountain but will be turned into some sort of planter.  I’m visualizing trailing plants on the bottom layer and some succulents in the middle layer.  If you have any good ideas as to what to grow in the fountain please share your ideas.

cement fountain1

The windmill garden is one area that I’ve been working on this year.  This is not an ‘in the ground’ garden but an ‘on the ground’ garden.


The big pot of nasturtiums is blooming really well.  There are pink and orange cosmos behind the fountain, some obedience plants starting to bloom to the left hand side, some coreopsis and rudbekia in bloom, and one little sunflower compliments of the chipmunk.  The ditch lilies to the back right and the yellow daylilies to the front right have finished blooming for this year.  On the plant table there are 2 large totes with canna growing in them and the lovely red blooms are just starting to open up.  The mailbox is where the bluejays pick up their peanut mail.  A few pieces of garden art can be found in this garden … the gazing ball, the birdbath totem, and Mr Potts.

I’m sharing  with Fertilizer Friday.

The plants in the gardens and containers are in varying stages of blooms.  I’ve grouped them into stages (my names) and can move them around each week as they progress.  This is a good reference for me to look back at next year for comparison. Some plants are in 2 areas … example is coreopsis because it is blooming but with continual deadheading it is also budding

leafy and growing – yucca,  peruvian daffodils, cosmos, garlic chives, coleus,

Budding –sedum, hollyhocks, beans, coreopsis, daylilies,  4 o’clocks

Blooming –   roses (bush), rudbekia, petunias,  fuchsia,  coreopsis, clematis,  shasta daisies, echinacea, beebalm, liatris, nasturtiums, golden goblin blanket flower, 4 o’clocks (pink, yellow, variegated), feverfew, cosmos, canna, climbing beans, miscanthus,  zinnias,

Fading blooms –  climbing roses, weigela,   pansies, hostas

Seeding – lunaria,  feverfew

Harvesting –Egyptian Walking onions, tomatoes, beans

Blooms finished. leaves flourishing – iris, lily of the valley,  early yellow daylilies,  bleeding heart, columbine, dianthus, evening primrose, ninebark, creeping jenny,  oxeye daisies, honeysuckle vine,  lavender, ditch lilies, Bressingham Blue hosta, astillbe, coral bells, lady’s mantle,

Vanished till next year – tulips, daffodils, poppies, yellow molly alliums, trilliums,  drumstick allium,

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