Garden Journal: August 2021

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The beginning of the month saw a big renovation job at our house. The old yellow siding was replaced with grey. While this work was going on it meant a fair bit of disruption to the gardens.

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The biggest disruption was to the trellis garden, where things had to be moved including the gate tree, the double metal trellis and Herb’s Place. The top image below is how it looked prior to the work. The bottom picture below shows how it looked with things removed.

the trellis garden at

The trellis garden as it looks about mid way through August. This area will certainly be a work in progress for awhile. Instead of the gate tree there is now an old metal bakers rack which came from a shed clear out at the family trailer.

the trellis garden at

The bench area looks bare. The metal trellis over the bench almost fell apart when removed so it has gone to the scrap yard. The rose bush was cut right back and is slowly starting to regrow. For now it just pokes through the slats on the old bench. Not sure what sort of trellis will go there to support it. The wooden trellis that supported the scarlet runner beans was replaced with bamboo stakes right now, again I’m not sure what will go there.

The gate tree at

The gate tree got moved and fastened onto a smaller gate at the end of the garage path. The 2 old crows that used to be over the garage door also found a new home on top of the gate tree. Wondering how I made the gate tree, be sure to check this out. The last picture on that post shows the gate tree leaning against the old yellow siding in the trellis garden.

August 2021 blooms at

Despite the high heat and humidity the plants continued to bloom – various daylilies, coleus, hosta, and yellow loosestrife.

the back tree garden at

I’ve been watching different types of fungus grow on some old tree stumps at the back of the tree garden. These stumps were collected from the landfill so I really don’t know what sort of trees they are.

fungus growing on old tree stumps at

But the black knot fungus grows on fruit trees so at least one of them must be a fruit tree of some sort. Nature never fails to amaze me.

four o'clocks in bloom July 2020 at

The 4 o’clocks have been blooming since the beginning of the month, such pretty colours. Soon it will be time to dig the tubers for next year.

Let's Streak hosta at

I think the Let’s Streak is my favourite hosta, with blooms of purple/mauve edged in white that bloom in August. I do tend to cut off the flower stalks of some of the other hosta as I think the plant looks untidy.

cardinal feathers found at

I’m a collector of bird feathers and frequently find lots in the garden. My best find had to be the two cardinal feathers this month, as I have never found any before.

I hope you had a good month of August in the garden. See more of my garden journal posts for 2021.

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I’m sharing these views of the garden with Through my Garden Gate and Mosaic Monday.

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14 Responses

  1. Myrtle Thomas

    Good afternoon, enjoyed garden displays, especially the lets Streak hosta, love the flower colour with the purple/mauve flowers with white trim, which I will be looking for! Two Cardinal feathers, wow. We have a couple here close by and visit often. I’m sure it will not take long for you to find something to fill the spot where the trellis was. The Baker’s rack looks great where you have.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Myrt, I’ve found lots of bird feathers but this is the first time finding cardinal ones. Hope it means something special. Have a lovely day.

  2. Debbie-Dabble

    2 cardinal feathers! I have never come across them before!! I do have 2 blue jay ones….The siding looks great on your home!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Debbie, I have lots of other feathers but this is the first time finding cardinal feathers, must be a special meaning. We really like the look of the new siding and hoping the extra insulation makes a difference in the winter heating season. Glad you stopped by, happy Monday.

  3. Jennifer A. Jilks

    I hope you will enjoy the new siding. I am enjoying our new driveway. What a difference. We should put on siding, as well, but not anytime soon. It tough keeping up a home.

    • Crafty Gardener

      We really like the look of the new siding and hoping the extra insulation makes a difference in the winter heating season. It sure can get expensive maintaining a home. Have a great Monday.

  4. Margie

    The new grey siding looks great, Linda! Home renos can be such a pain, but they’re worth it in the end!

    It seems like you were just showing us your garden in May, and now here we are barreling towards September!

    • Crafty Gardener

      The garden seems to be finishing off with all the excessive heat and lack of rain. At this point, the season seems to have fled by.

  5. Angie

    The siding looks terrific, and the garden will catch up quickly! I haven’t seen 4 o-clocks for years – such variety and they are beautiful! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Angie, I cut back a lot of the garden when the siding went up and it is growing back quickly. I love 4 o’clocks, didn’t get as good a showing this year probably due to excessive heat and lack of rain. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Sarah Barker

    Your new grey siding looks very smart. I’m sure you will come up for some inspiring ideas of what to do in the bench area. I love your gate tree it is such a lovely idea! Sarah x

    • Crafty Gardener

      Cardinals are one of our most favourite birds, yet this is the first time I’ve ever found their feathers. I’m a stone/rock collector too.

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