it was lovely to return home at the weekend and see so many flowers still going strong in our late August garden.
The days are getting much shorter now and there were even a few fallen Silver Birch leaves on the lawn. The dominant colours are yellow and orange with a few pops of pink and red.
My baskets and pots are looking well past their best but things in the ground are still mostly O.K. I still have a few sweet peas as these were sewn in the vegetable bed ....as were my Sunflowers , which are so very tall.
Here is my fifth monthly mosaic of things that are looking lovely in our garden at the moment......
Top to bottom L-R
1. Peacock butterfly on white Buddlia 2. Golden Rod 3. Zinnia
4. Japanese anenome 5. A second flowering of my gorgeous orange rose 6. Helianthus tuberosus
7. Crocosmia 8. Hydrangea 9.Small tortoiseshell butterfly on white buddlia
Here is my favourite border as it looked yesterday.......
You can see the size of my white buddlia , it's pretty huge and always attracts a mass of butterflies. This year , as well as the types in my mosaic we have also seen loads of Cabbage White and some Red Admiral.
You might just be able to see the sunflowers growing up the side of the shed in the distance...they are about 10 feet tall.
This year the garden has been a huge pleasure to me. It always is now the boys are a bit older and I have time to spend out there. For the first time I have had a little greenhouse ( it's plastic but you can stand inside it ) and I've grown some new flowers and veg. The Zinnias were a big success once the hot weather came , but the peas were not so great.
In the very hot July weather we spent many hours sitting in the shade or in the paddling pool trying to keep cool.
This drawing was inspired by those hot days. I completed it the day before we went to Cornwall but didn't have chance to share it with you lovelies .
You can just see our paddling pool and youngest's red crocs on the lawn.
Sparkle is enjoying some time exploring while I sit in the shade, watching the butterflies on my purple buddlia.
If it looks a bit familiar that's because Mum also painted this view. It's at the bottom of THIS post
I like the way this drawing captures so many happy hours spent in the garden , in a year we really did get a proper summer.....wasn't it great.
Oh and I remembered to include my little friend Tom Tit :0)