August 2015

THIS, reportedly being the wettest August since 1977 has meant little gardening this month and now as the days shorten, it seems that we are prematurely drifting into autumn.

The garden has pretty much carried on regardless. To my delight the newly planted Medlar and Quince tree are bearing fruit and in the borders poppy seed-heads are ripe and ready to be harvested.

The long grass in the ‘meadow’ though, is shouting to be cut. Ideally this should have been done already, before it set seed and I am learning that managing a wild meadow is not as straightforward as I had thought! Another consequence of cutting late is the resulting increase in soil fertility which over time leads to loss of diversity by allowing coarser species to dominate. Oh dear…

All I can hope is that the bulbs I plan to plant in it may go a little way to redress the balance next year.

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