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I am delighted that the rain has returned - I have never appreciated it so much. How the weather has changed my free time this summer. I can’t remember the last time I mowed lawns, I haven’t had any weeding to keep me busy and dare I say it - I’ve missed weeding. When there’s no reason for pottering, it feels like the garden is being neglected. I know I could have watered more but I’m too environmentally friendly to waste water in such times and so I haven’t been able to do anything in the garden.


It’s not just that the dry weather deprived us of our constant tinkering, my borders haven’t filled out this year as they usually do, and flowers have gone over so quickly, that the only colour I have is green - only the lavender bordering the paths has managed to soldier on in the heat. Yet within only a few days of rain, my previously unwatered lawn is again showing splashes of green and foliage is flourishing again to fill out the borders. It’s amazing how quickly everything recovers and even the patchy yellow lawn will soon be lush and dark again.


For the first time in 20 years of gardening, I’m reconsidering the plants I’ll add to sunny borders and as a Lakeland gardener this has come as a shock. Gone are the days, where I thought I could get away with plonking an Astrantia in full sun. My new borders will have to be more considerate of a warmer climate. That doesn’t mean the astrantias


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will be abandoned after all, they are my favourite, but I will need to engineer shade, or move plants to different areas to create a more drought-proof garden than I currently have. For now, I’ll consider my options on small trees for shade while I go in search of the lost lawnmower!


for August colour All the A’s


Agapanthus. I spotted ‘Headbourne Hybrids’ at Holehird Gardens just last week and they create such an intense colour that draws the eye with their tall flowers.


Acanthus spinosus looks great right now and long after the flowers are over, its foliage keeps looking good through all but the hardest frosts.


Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ with its pale, scented foliage remains compact and upright to create structure in borders that are often floppy at this time of year.


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