The garden has been somewhat neglected of late – again! I do have a good excuse though. I have had all three of my grandchildren (plus parents and aunty) staying with us for a fortnight. As they range in age from 4 yrs to 8 months it was exhausting, but wonderful.
I have been out in the garden taking stock of my successes and failures. It has not been a good summer weather wise, but on the plus side I have only had to water a handful of times. The garden has enjoyed the water, but some plants are quite late coming into flower as they have hardly seen the sun. Meanwhile Aberdeen has sold out of Vitamin D supplements!
My little plum tree (getting bigger all the time!)
|The plum tree has not been so good this year. I forgave it for not bearing a single plum after its mammoth crop in its first year, but now its leaves are all silvery. There is a fungal disease of the wood that can cause this called, unremarkably, silver leaf. This is often caused by pruning in the winter when the spores are active. I was especially careful pruning last year, even buying new secateurs for the job, so there is a glimmer of hope that it could have false silver leaf . This can be caused by cold or other forms of stress. Let’s face it this summer has certainly been bad enough to stress a young tree and I think I am looking more silver on top too. The way to recognise this disease is by looking for an irregular stain in the wood. I couldn’t see anything untoward when I pruned it, but I didn’t cut any of the larger branches. I guess we will have to wait until next year to see what happens.|
I guess everything else just got bigger than a year ago and looks good for it. I am pretty happy with all the rearranging I did last Autumn, but that won’t stop me moving things around a bit more next month. Well, that is what us gardeners do isn’t it?
Some plants have done really well this summer:
I love this new plant I bought is a plant sale last Spring. I didn’t know what it was going to do, but I think it will soon become a favourite.
Now September is here I am really pleased with how the garden is looking.
The borders are still going strong.
Here are some more views of my garden this month.
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