Kathy Brown's AUGUST GARDEN
The Manor House, Church Road, Stevington,
Nr Bedford MK43 7QB
Tel. 01234 822064
The garden will open on
- all Tuesday afternoons 1-5pm
- and also to Groups (to arrange a visit see Group Visit button above).
The edible flower garden will still be producing tasty fennel flowers, nasturtiums, marigolds, garlic chive flowers, marjoram etc all good for sweet and savoury dishes alike.The vegetable will be prolific now with tomatoes, peas, courgettes, gourds etc. Meanwhile the autumn raspberries will be in full production providing tasty fillings for my cakes.
But it is the naturalistic borders which really steal the show. Golden grasses including Calamagrostis Overdam, Stipa tenuissima and Deshampsia Goldtau join ranks with baby and taller solidago, whispy purple verbenas, and super echinaceas including orange/pink 'Hot Summer' dark pink 'Fatal Attraction', green/pink 'Green Envy' and white 'Virgin' and 'White Swan' echinaceas, some planted along with blue Geranium Rozanne, sedums etc. The bees and butterflies love them all. It is magical to wander through the paths which dissect the borders enjoying the movement and back light.
The late flowering clematis peak mid to end July and early August. My map showing over 80 is available on any visit and I will happily chat about the merits of them. I especially like the pale blues such as 'Emilia Plater' and particularly 'Perle dAzur' as well as multiflowering 'Minuet' and 'Black Prince'. As the month progresses the yellows will look really good, some now with fluffy seedheads. We have species tangutica as well as 'Aurelion', 'Golden Tiara' and many others. The white Japanese anemones beneath the wisteria arches look marvellous beneath the yellow clematis.
Elsewhere the exotic containers are looking better and better, bright with colour and form. All the black aeoniums, agaves and dasylirions add super structure. The old fishpond is positively ablaze with dazzling pots.
Lavender drizzle will still be on offer on my open Tuesdays but now raspberry and elderflower cake has become a firm favourite along with honey and ginger cake. My new apricot and lavender cake with gooey frangipane centre is popular too. It is such fun to use the seasonal produce mixed with garden petals and flavourings.