After all the heat of the last few week a lot of the garden is looking very brown and dreary but wandering up and down early morning and late evening with watering cans has kept some of the blooms looking quite healthy.
The free packet of Zinnia seeds we got from the front of a magazine earlier this year have been productive.
The first sowing of seeds didn't germinate so a second batch was sprinkled on top of compost in the rather scruffy looking blue plastic tub just as a test and look what happened!
We've never grown Zinnias before so I was fascinated to see them grow and notice how the petals on each flower seem to layer and thicken as they grow.
Echinaceas have done well this year - this plant has been struggling to produce more than a couple of blooms for three or four summers.
This year it has produced quite a few flowers and the bees love them.
The Japanese anemones are doing well too after a bit of a set back when some of the leaves scorched and crinkled like paper in the bright sunlight. We only have pink ones now, the whites seem to have disappeared.
Hydrangeas too have been struggling and have needed lots of water. The blue one above starts out a bright blue and gradually turns to a soft lilac colour.
At the other side of the garden the flowers are pink. All to do with the pH balance of the soil.
The sweet peas are still flowering and I keep taking off the seed pods to keep them going.
I was glancing down the path towards the gate when I saw what looked like a sweet wrapper, went down to pick it up and saw the little faces of the flowers of this self-seeded viola looking at me. It is very small and growing in a crack between the concrete slabs of the path near to where the gate opens. We've been trying to avoid stepping on it as we go in and out of the gate.
Now the nesting season is over the time has come to cut the holly hedge that runs across the top of the garden.
It's quite a task and the cuttings fill at least three garden wheelie bins over several weeks as we gradually empty the bags we store them in.
What is growing in your August Garden?