Ah, sweet August! The month that presses the snooze button on life’s hustle, where kids dance their school-free victory dance, and your garden blooms like it’s on a grand finale spree. It’s the final act of the flower-planting extravaganza, where your flora struts their stuff in full splendour. As you sip lemonade and enjoy this floral parade, you can’t help but eagerly peek at the preview of next year’s botanical blockbuster.
August is my go-to planning month. It’s like the brain still has a direct line to this year’s garden successes and failures. The memory hasn’t faded like a pair of too-washed jeans, so you can actually remember which flowers were superb and which weren’t.
I tend to find if you leave planning what you’re going to grow in your cutting garden too late, that you can quite easily fall into temptation of buying lots of new things that look exciting, shiny and exotic, and forget about the dependable performers that have faithfully graced your garden in the past. I’ve been there before, dedicating prime real estate to the newcomers only to find out they’re more like introverts at a party, and desperately wishing I’d planted more of my usual reliable plants instead.
So, hold your spades folks! I’m all for experimenting, but let’s do it with finesse. Think of it as trying a new recipe, you start with a small batch just in case things go awry (yes, I’ve had my fair share of kitchen mishaps too). Reserve a little corner of your garden for these new seedy daring arrivals and if they bring their A-game, fantastic! But if they play hard to get, no worries, you’ve still got a garden full of your A-team of trusty performers.
And drumroll, please, for the most dependable darlings of the garden world…hardy annuals! These are your ride-or-die companions, your floral partners in crime. Plant them in autumn, and they’ll reward you with a showstopping summer spectacle. It’s like they have a backstage pass to your heart, always ready to make you smile. Minimal effort, maximal flower power, they’re like the garden’s secret superheroes, ready to save the day with dazzling blooms.
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I’m off to get my seeds and a cocktail, to celebrate. Happy hardy annual sowing!
All the best,
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