At this time of year especially after a good growing summer, the garden is so full of flowers that we can happily take plenty of cut flower for the house without reducing the floral impact of our flower borders.
August has been a fantastic month for scented garden plants.
Gardening and horticulture can be very rewarding both for pleasure, stimulation and also as a great career.
Every year has a different story to tell in the garden as no two years are alike, and one year’s climate can affect plants over several years.
The summer harvest season is now in full swing with soft fruit and summer vegetables all ready to pick.
June and July were the traditional times for soft fruit picking on the farms, but today we can grow our own berries in our gardens and allotments.
Whether we grow fruit, vegetables or flowers, our success lies in the fertility of the soil in which everything grows.
We grow plants for their beauty, and taste when we want to consume them, but all plants have a desire for survival so to deter predators many have developed a massive array of poisons in roots, bark, leaves, stems, seeds and flowers.
A two week spell of summer weather with quite dry conditions followed by a very wet week, was great for plant growth, but not so great for flowers. However this is summer in Scotland so we are in the garden on every dry day unless it is too hot when we then relax on the patio. When the rain comes I am back in the studio to crack on with my latest painting project.
Gardening is a year round activity with flowers, fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers for the house, winter landscaping and digging and trying out new plants and ideas.