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Sunday 3rd August



The Weather
 
What a week for weather. We have had “everything” this week! Very changeable. The high this week was 30 c and the low 12. Lots of rain and very windy at times. The showers that we had dried out very quickly so it had minimal effect on the soil. We still need more rain!!
 
As I have mentioned before you can still add compost to the soil throughout the year. It will always improve the condition, opening the soil up and keeping weeds down and at the same time keeping moisture in.
 
Thursday was so “muggy” Ideal growing conditions!
 
A Nice Garden!
 
I paid a visit to “GlenChantryGarden and Nursery” on Friday.
 
The garden was developed by the present owners, Sue and Wol Staines since 1976. The three acre west facing garden is home to thousands of different and unusual plants from the worlds temperate regions. A variety of habitas have been developed throughout the garden. The colour coordinated island beds featuring a huge variety of perennials, roses and other plants are the dominant feature.
 
The Nursery attached to the garden has a wide selection of reasonably priced hardy perennial plants. I asked for Lunaria annua “Variegata” plants but they did not have any but gave me seeds for me to sow free of charge! I also bought a Hemerocalis (Day Lily) and Wol was telling me all about its history. In the garden I saw a really nice Euconis (Pineapple Lily) but they did not have plants for sale but again were very helpful in finding somewhere that did stock it!
 
If you want to see this garden you will have to hurry up as it is only open till the end of August. And only on Friday and Saturday. Entrance is £3.50.
 
You can find Glen Chantry at:-
 
Ishams Chase
Wickam Bishops
Essex CM8 3LG
 
01621 891342
 
 
August
 
Although it is traditionally the “Holiday Month”, August seldom epitomizes the summer. It tends to be wetter than June, July, and September. Fine hot spells ended by thunderstorms and drenching chilling rains. It is a month of change for both gardens and gardeners!
 
 
Plant of the Week
 
Agapanthus or African Blue Lily is such a beautiful plant for late summer. Either grown in a pot or in the border it makes a spectacular plant. There are now quiet a few varieties and they range from deep blue through to white. The flowers are tubular and grouped together in a head. The name Agapanthus is Greek Agape for love and anthos for flowers. All are native to South Africa.
 
There are many different varieties, some grow as high as 1.2m whilst others are dwarf and quite delicate. They vary in hardiness too, but all Agapanthus can be containerised. The flowers will grow towards the light so best placed in a
sunny south facing border.
 
Agapanthus do not like being split and sometimes take a couple of years before they flower again. They prefer a moist but not boggy soil. Do not let them dry out in the growing season.
Dont forget and look at my gardening photos website and see "Plant of The Week"
 
 
 
Happy gardening during August and I’ll see you next on 31st August!
 
 
Andrew Babicz
 


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