August found us busy putting up sheds and new display tables for our plants and flowers.
With such a sunny spot outside our home we needed a little shade for our cut flowers to help keep them fresh and rosy! So Charlene purchased a little cheap and cheerful shed to help with the situation.
She had grand ideas for it and was soon painting away!! Blue on the outside, cream trim ad white on the inside (to keep it bright and fresh). I think it became a bit of an obsession as three weeks later she was still painting!! However, the end result looked fabulous and we had lots of passing comments on our 'beach hut', 'holiday home' and 'somewhere to put the husband when he is misbehaving'!! ( all comments from our lovely neighbours!).
Since the shed has been up we've now been creating little hand tied designs and 'pick me up's' to place inside it. We even have some little mixed succulents and some twigs! (which Charlene assures me are 'on trend'!).
In the flower plot we have had cosmos, marigolds, larkspur, ammi, snapdragons, stocks, foxgloves and borage all making an appearance.
I've been sowing and potting on like a crazy thing in preparation for the Holkham hall plant fair. We have violas and pansies, achillea, tanacetum, astrantia, geums and salvia's to name but a few.
A couple more new raised beds have gone in ready for next years cut flowers and we have lot's of lovely bulbs coming in soon which we'll be planting for spring flowering.
The sunflowers all came to an end a couple of weeks back now and so next year we're planning on staggering the sowing a bit more to keep them going a little longer. This will also apply to most of our cutting flowers.