Late summer. 
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 9:09PM
Katrin in Garden

What a wet and cold summer this has been around here, and now when I wake up early and open the windows, there´s definitely an autumnal chill in the air. Sigh. I am not ready. However in the garden, there´s still lots of goodness to enjoy, and I plan on doing so as much as I possibly can!

Those were the last snapdragons, but not the last blackberries (so many blackberries this year... I love it). And yes I still have strawberries thanks to a variety that produces all year (I think it´s called Ostara).

So many tomatoes, and I love that I have so many varieties this year. I mentioned in my last post that the plants did catch the blight, but I´ve removed all the affected leaves immediately which seems to have done the trick (the disease starts on the leaves and then moves on to the fruit). They are ripening beautifully and I think it will be one of the best tomato years yet! Yay for tomato houses!

I´m not terribly happy with the walled garden this year. It´s a little tired I think 5 years after the initial planting. The asters (and the bishopsweed ugh) have taken over most of the beds and I don´t love the color scheme any more. I´ve talked to my husband that I want to do a major "regrouping" this autumn and we are determined to make it happen. I know this means we have to live with a not-mature garden for a few years once again, but I don´t really mind. What´s a little tired too are the gates in here, so I´ve prepped everything for a new coat (it looks very classy now, I know). If you look very closely you can see a sneak peek at the new color I´ve chosen. Excited to see how it will turn out!

The lavender finally did get its haircut and looks a little shabby now, but it will grow back in autumn and look beautiful again in spring.

These hydrangeas are very beautiful this year. Hydrangeas like a lot of water so it´s not surprising that they´re thriving! This is the variety "Unique", planted 4 years ago and fully grown in now.

A few years back we planted a hedge of Rudbeckia nitida along the fence to our neighbors and they apparently love it there (the plants, not the neighbors... although the neighbors love the plants too). These are over two meters high! They are my husband´s favorite perennials, to be honest I don´t care for them all that much, but a girl´s got to make compromises and I have to admit that they are a joy to look at right now (that cutting back business though... it takes days).

More hydrangeas just on the opposite side of our garden, along the fence to our other neigbor. These are "Limelight", planted almost two years ago now, and growing in nicely.

I´ve always loved that "green door" to our veggie garden but I think I´ve never taken a picture of it?

These sunflowers were only supposed to grow one meter tall or so, but they seem to have not gotten that memo. Anyway I think they look like dancers on ther tippy toes, yes?

I´ve deliberately planted my chard in the shadow of the green beans so that it only would thrive once the beans are gone. This was very smart I must say. Overall I´ve gotten so much better at only planting what we can eat. I haven´t felt overwhelmed by the harvest even once this year. It´s a nice and steady supply of veggies, but nothing we can´t deal with.

I think I´ll have to take the zinnias out this weekend (because I need the brussel sprout plants behind them to receive more light!) so one last picture of the color explosion.

I love this border. What can I say.

Bonus picture! Something red in my garden, can you believe it? (If you are a long time reader you´ll know that I don´t really have red or orange flowers in my garden except one dark red rambler rose. I just really dislike the color red.) These were left over from a project outside my garden and for some reason, I do love them.

Have a very happy weekend!

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