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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Look Back at My August Garden

It looks like everything was blooming early this year, and in June and July, I was wondering if anything was left to bloom in August. Well, my worries were in vain. August was colorful and bright.

Starting from the front. Agaves feel good here with morning and some afternoon sun. 

Eucomis (Pineapple Lily), above, my buy from last year, got out surprisingly late, so the plants are still small.

Hydrangeas carried their blooms from July to August, providing enough bouquets for garden tables and indoors.

Dichroa fibrifuga, below, moved from place to place during the past several years, finally, approved a spot with no fir trees' roots that suffocated it in its previous locations:

Oakleaf hydrangea with its huge white clusters has a long show:

It is fun to watch grape vines spread and provide a Froggy with a shady canopy:

Brand new in my garden, one of the Echium varieties from Annie's Annuals:

Salvia 'Black and Blue' is getting distributed around the garden from the mother plant in the terrace garden:

Japanese Anemone clearly likes my garden. Some plants are from catalogs and some are from my gardening friend (Thank you, Karen!). They spread willingly. It's good that they can be plucked out easily:

Three Abyssinian Bananas, which overwintered in the garage, are getting better and better:

Hollyhocks take care of themselves reproducing from year to year:

Marhta Washington Geranium spent several winters in the garage:

Usually, I don't plant many annuals. But what a lovely addition to the plant beds they are!

Hummingbirds entertain us every day. I bet they tasted every single flower!

I'm pleased with how well Abutilon settled in my garden. Both plants are turning into tall bushes with non-stop blooming throughout the summer:

Agapantus plants provide more and more blooms every year. Most of them came from Windcliff:

This Agapantus probably needs to be moved. Gunnera is getting bigger and shades it:

Gunnera is a star in the garden this season.

Fuchsia Hawkshead:

As in July, Nicotiana is growing, spreading and blooming vigorously, thereby changing the whole look of the Terrace Garden:

Weigela 'Wine and Roses' blooms a second time:

My Joe Pye Weed requires pinching and staking. If not, it gets into a horizontal mode:

Containers were moved closer to each other for easier watering:

Hibiscus doesn't like our acidic soil, thus it grows in an urn.

The Ilex hedge, on the left of the next picture, grows higher and higher, and I'm keeping an eye on it. Otherwise, it can eventually block the view from the window:

For the first time, we encountered a big Mole Problem in our garden.
This picture is nice, isn't' it?

And, this is what's going on in the front lawn, as well as in some other parts of it:

It's a war!

Amur likes to lie down on the warm soil of the Dry Garden:

Kenai is happy. His favorite plants are grasses, an addition to his dry food.

Couldn't stop taking pictures of these little plants:

Liathrus is fading by the end of August:

The same parts of the garden but later in the month

Erigeron is one of my favorites. It grows well both in containers and in the soil.

Do you see a single little plant of Silene armenia, above on the left? It was time, several years ago, when it grew in a big patch in the Terrace Garden. Then, it disappeared.
It was such a pleasant surprise to see it again! I hope it will seed!

First Hellebore bloom of the season:

The Ilex hedge looks better than shown before! Just because it's clipped!

Faded hydrangea bouquet hints that it's the end of August already:

This rose bush competes in height with Mr.Lincoln. Its flowers float so high, that it looks from afar like they grow on the nearby trees.

Floribunda never disappoints me:

Flox joins it in August

Anemone Honorine Jobert doesn't spread as fast as the pink variety that I have, but it's welcome to do so:

The single reddish leaf on the young Japanese maple tells that fall is close:

Thank you for walking with me through my August garden. Enjoy your September gardening!

***Copyright 2016 TatyanaS


  1. Did I see it all...that's a lot of work you had to put in to accomplish your stunning gardens and sitting areas. I believe you're right about the Gunnera being the star of the garden, most unusual and very attractive . Always thought about getting a Oakleaf hydrangea because of the longer blooms. Kenai is a very handsome boy, pets always make a home happy. Nice finding you again. Enjoyed the visit.

  2. Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to stroll through your beautiful garden! Your photography is wonderful!

  3. Hi Tatyana, thanks for the tour through your August garden! I envy you your gorgeous hydrangeas. I love them so much, but they simply don't like the heat here in San Diego and even if I get them to survive and bloom they never look as good as yours!
    Another plant that I love are the anemones. I haven't tried them in my garden so far, because I assume they won't do well either, but they are too lovely to not give them a shot.
    Love the scenes from you terrace. It must be such a pleasure to sit out there and enjoy the beauty that you created.
    As I said before your German Shepherds are gorgeous!
    Wishing you a wonderful September!
    Warm regards,

  4. Wonderful post and photography Tatyana! Oh to be able to grow gunnera.... wow... spectacular! Larry

  5. Thank you for yet another wonderful stroll in your lovely garden – a nice treat to visit you again. I love all the little features you have of statues and decorations and every photo is a feast for the eyes. Have a great September in the garden!

  6. You have Agaves! And that Gunnera, oh my! Everything is looking gorgeous Tatyana!

  7. Hi Tatyana, you have a lot of plants, all beautiful. And your garden is very organized. I love most that hydrangea with flowers seemingly getting off from the main umbel. I don't know the gunnera, does it flower often or do they die after the bloom?

    1. Kalantikan, thank you! Gunnera gives flowers every year, and it doesn't die after blooming. Interesting plant!

  8. A stroll through your garden always makes me smile. It's such a beautiful place and has so much great color. This was a great way to start my morning! Thank you.

  9. Spectacular garden, and the best photo of Romeya coulterii I have seen.

  10. Your garden looks so lovely. I bought several hydrageas this year and cannot wait to see how big they get next year.

  11. You've managed to make August look good in your garden, which is a challenge for most gardeners. It's just plain hot and dry here in August, with not much new to see. I'd say that zinnias are the stars of my late summer garden. Everything looks gorgeous as usual Tatyana. Do you have a garden helper? That is an awful lot of garden to manage on your own!

  12. Wow!! I'm absolutely impressed by your spectacular and pristine garden. Much thanks for sharing all your colourful and magnificent captures

  13. Your garden in August is definitely a feast for the eyes - so lush and beautiful! I love the sense of scale, both horizontal and vertical; the latter is hard to get here in the low desert...! And perhaps the best of it all is your gorgeous dogs :)

  14. What lovely blooms! And that gunnera is just stunning!! I really wish I could grow it in my zone. Great pics of the hummingbird!

  15. Your August garden is as stunning as every, Tatyana. Do you cut your banana tree back before overwintering it in the garage? I was given one this year. The NE winters are brutal, so I was thinking of putting it in the basement. P.x

    1. Thank you, Pam! I did cut one of my banana trees back and I kept others in big plastic pots without cutting them down. Either way worked. It'll be the third winter for them in my garage. They got huge this year and i think it'll be easier to cut them down. I' m sure your tree will be comfortable in the basement!

  16. Uno spettacolo il giardino, hai delle fioriture bellissime che fanno invidia! Soprattutto la Dichroa fibrifuga che non conoscevo per niente! Grazie per averla mostrata indicando il nome!

    A risentirci presto e ancora complimenti!

  17. Beautiful garden!!.. yes, Gunnera is definitely the star, its so majestic

  18. Hi Tatyana, I always enjoy visiting your garden! It is one of the prettiest private gardens in all of blogdom. Your August garden is so lush and fresh. Flowers love your climate!

  19. Wow! You have plenty going on in August!! Gorgeous photos as usual! Darn moles!!! It's like walking through a paid garden tour; looking at your photos! Lovely, lovely, lovely, garden.

  20. THANK YOU Everyone for your comments! You are very important to me, and your support makes me to continue this blog.


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