August flowers (3rd-6th) 2021

White double Hollyhocks and single pink.

We have had a lot of wind and rain this season perfect for spreading the spores of Hollyhock rust. My plants have also been affected as can be seen on the leaves.

The vase with no markings was found for a couple of pounds in a charity shop. Carnival glass/ pressed glass I don’t know. Its colours are special.

Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6

Astilbe Japonica and a small plant of Agapanthers provide colour in the pond garden today. The Astilba has done particularly well with all the rain we have had plus I have watered it when filling the pond. The Agapanther has produced 9 flower heads in its second year of blooming. It has enjoyed the heat we have been experiencing recently. Growing in a pot I am able to winter it inside.These two flowers with Barred Horse Tail,growing in the pond, and some large leafed Ivy make up the arrangement. A note about horse tail rush. It takes a while to establish but then spreads using runners and spores.

Astilbe Japonica, Agapanthers and aquatic Horse Tail rush.
The “workings”

Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.

Oswald Chambers

Today is Thursday 5 August. The garden has some big plants I want to use. They are Bear’s-breeches, Butterfly bush (Buddleja), Cardoon and 3 onion flowers.

Bear’s breeches belongs to a species of plant in the Acanthaceae family which is native to the Mediterranean region. It grows readily and I pull it out where I don’t want it.
The Cardoon grows in the wild in the Mediterranean. It is a thistle that tastes like a bitter version of a giant artichoke. You eat the stems not the flower buds. I grew mine from seed. They are very easy to grow and are a good architectural plant in the garden.
The Buddleja (Butterfly Bush) is named in honour of Rev. Adam Buddle an English botanist and rector. He was born in 1662 and died in 1715. The plant was
named by his friend after Rev Buddle had died.

The vase is SYLVAC and was made between 1960-1976. Dad Brian loved to put artificial flowers in it. I remember it in his and Dorothy’s home with fondness.

3 Cardoon buds and leaves,1Bear’s-foot, 7Buddleja and 3 onions gone into flower.

Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Genesis 3:18

This season I have noticed that the white roses in my garden have small red spots on them.

This pink spot is the plant’s reaction to the invasion of a fungus at the point where the petal has become damp. It is called Botrytis.

A rose affected by Botrytis
This is Common Marjoram which grows in abundance in our garden. Notice the pink of the stamens and anthers.
This is wild Marjoram.
5 Roses with a few stems of flowering Marjoram and a handful of shells.

The vase has no markings but does have a round disk of yellow glass which makes the base rough to touch where it is joined to it. This makes for a yellowish light going through the water of the vase. Another charity shop find.

Hanging bunches of newly picked Mint with some dry Lavender (I need to put else where). Curious Bess is also there to see what I have just hung on the stairs.

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