The mess that is my garden !

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sandra

The mess that is my garden !

One week of bad weather and every plant seems to think get ready for Winter !
Slight exaggeration but not a pretty sight.If not turning brown, flopping over and generally looking sad.
Admit I don't register the good bits - the few there are - but so depressing.

Anyone else find this yearly August angst ?

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Yummy

August Angst - garden

"Anyone else find this yearly August angst ?"

Yes, the garden looks a real mess, dry leaves everywhere from the nut tree, grass is a deathly pale green/beige and now it has rained all the geraniums are not looking their best either !! Oh even the hydrangeas gave up the ghost and got hit by spiders and have turned brown :0( they were so gorgeous with massive heads a foot across......sadly not now though .

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Honey

The mess that is my garden!

Oh yes, even on a good year... August is always my worst month of the summer. There is always a lull before the autumnal stuff comes. But this year I doubt anything will have the strength to do well in the autumn. I have grown bronze sunflowers that I intended to be doing well in September... but they have rushed to flower this month and they're pathetic. I'm just hoping that today's rain will have given them some extended life. Normally my dahlias are my saving grace in late summer/autumn, but not this year... I think I am going to have to start off new ones next year. Everything is wizened.

Honey :-x

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sandra

Messy garden

No comfort to anyone but glad it is not just me !!

Honey, same here, dahlias a mush this year, some not even appeared at all.

Just need to get out there and clear but where to start ?!!!

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Biggles !

Messy garden

same here the only good thing about it at the moment is that it is making a fantastic football pitch for ALL the boys (aged 60, 56, 7 and 5) to play around on :0)

I'm just wondering who will fall in the pond first !!!

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Honey

Pond

Well Biggs... it would probably be me... bit worse for wear tonight !!! Too much of the vin rouge.

H x

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sandra

Mess

Have been out there - good to get started but not enjoying it at all !
Biggs
Foxgloves still doing their thing although much smaller than expecterd.
Honey
Vin rouge may be a plan this evening !
Yummy
A nightmare this year - not worried about grass as bounces back.

Think I should have not been so precious to be honest. Nature does it's own thing - we just have to live with it !!

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lemonsqueaky

Garden mess

With deep shame I confess I have a bramble growing through the cat flap. It's working it's way towards me at the computer with an offering of blackberries. I'm only home at weekends and the garden has gone mad.

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Expat Badger

The mess that is my garden !

mine's getting a bit out of hand too - pulled a huge thistle out of strawb patch yesterday and the weeds in the back bed are shameful

will get ou there and sort it out this week as we are due nice weather all week so a bit of evening weeding is in order.

Grass is ok as we keep getting huge storms about once a week - water butt is full too!

things are just starting to flop here too (we're a bit later than you are as we get going a bit later due to our colder Spring)

but the roses look fantastic - we had bug problems in early summer and i got some Neem oil from the garden centre and they perked up no end once the nasties had been got shot of

for our first year ever with a garden we're really pleased. The veg patch was a real success and so far we've not killed anything!!!

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Elpe

Bed Bugs- - -

- - - well, flower beds! In the past week we've found greenfly on the petunias, blackfly on the dahlias and black spot on the roses! Spray, spray and more spray - and just when I'd finished attacking the ants! But I'm happy to see lots of butterflies this year. Also, our usual visitor, the bat, has been zooming around at dusk. It comes every year - only ever see one at a time and, boy, can it move!! Wish it would eat the greenfly & blackfly.

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Expat Badger

The mess that is my garden !

do dragon flies eat the little bugs? We seem to have lots of them...

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Honey

Dragon flies

"do dragon flies eat the little bugs? We seem to have lots of them..."

Do you have a pond or water butts in your garden or neighbouring gardens? This will be why you have so many. That is their breeding grounds and that's their source of food too.

Honey :-x

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Expat Badger

dragon flies

well we created a water butt a couple of weeks ago - I noticed we had them in the garden before then tho, and it's covered so not sure they could get in

hopefully they eat the mozzies - got lots of them

had an enormous dragonfly perched on the living room ceiling the other day - was about 6 inches long. Frightened the living bejeezes out of me - i had no idea they got that big

made OH remove it (carefully) before i'd go downstairs!

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Honey

Dragon flies

Yes, they do eat the mozzies. Apparently they will often get into the water butt through the pipe (same way as the water gets in).

Honey :-x

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Chazza

Tomato horror ? ? ?

Garden - disaster (hoping to see Michaelmas daisies for some relief)

Lawn - I remember we had one once

Vegetables - perhaps some root vegetables will see us through otherwise it's competing with the dragonflies for whatever's in the pond

Builders - bless them, plant care's not their strength

But tomatoes - oh no. Has anyone had any success yet? Usually we'd already be clearing space in the freezer but this year it's looking pretty grim.

 
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