No matter where you live, August is undoubtedly the hottest month of the year and depending on which part of the country you live in August will be the “worst” month of the year. We just have to grin and bear it and try and keep everything alive –that’s all we can really hope for. Amazingly with some TLC, September comes and suddenly with the cooler nights and less hot days the plants begin to grow and thrive again. So don’t throw the hose in – Indian summer is just around the corner. If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the country where August is a wonderful month to be outside – I’m jealous!
Top Things to do in August
- Adequate water is a must – you will likely need to water your containers every day.
- Adjustments to your automatic sprinkler system may be needed – remember to water early in the day – not at night.
- If you do need to water during the heat of the day – be careful not to get water on the plant foliage.
- Continue to dead head your annuals and perennials.
- Continue to support your roses and climbing vines.
- Go on a holiday to a cooler part of the country – or better yet – try spending 10 days in Scandinavia – lucky me….I just returned from the best vacation ever!
Believe it or not this is a climbing hydrangea – I have tried to grow these for years – and they never grow for me….this was remarkable – photo taken in Oslo, Norway.
Look at the size of these delphiniums they were over 5’ tall. During the summer months in Scandinavia the sun is shining until well after 10:00 p.m. – in fact it is still light at midnight – thus the “land of the midnight sun”….anyway – that’s why the plants grow so tall so quickly – the spring / summer growing season is only 4 months long.
Marstrand, Sweden – Swedish seaside cottage….look how the blue in the lobelia pops against the pale Swedish yellow of the house – and the fuscia is fabulous and rich looking sitting below this quaint flower box.
Always love to see perfect color combinations – blue and orange are perfect together – opposites on the color wheel!
This retaining wall spotted in Oslo is doing it’s job….what a wall of hydrangeas – these looked like something found in a flower shop!
Another example of really tall flowers – hollyhocks. I have never seen them grow to this height in the U.S. – these were spotted in front of a wonderful restaurant in Gothenburg, Sweden – the singer Pink was also spotted in this restaurant – along with the paparazzi!
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