August Gardening 2012

August is one of my favorite times to garden.  I have a handle on what worked, what I need to move and the biggest reason for me: the weather is getting cooler. 

And, I’m a more decisive gardener in August.  All the pesky things I couldn’t muster energy for earlier in the season – the projects that lacked clarity, the plants that have taken over, the plants that haven’t gotten planted – all of these things get addressed against the ticking clock of August.  Mums are being sold curbside at the grocery stores.  It’s time to get busy.

Garden pieces need painting or polyurethane.

I love the orange by the newell post, but it needs to be divided and centered.

My grasses need dividing and new homes now that the garden has matured.

The Yucca’s have had babies and it’s a fun gift for friends.  Want some?

The climbers have taken over the east side of the house.

The fountains need a power-wash.

The bird feeders need cleaning and repair.

Look at this hibiscus!  A great example of how easy it is to get side-tracked.

It is true that a  garden to-do list is never done.  But it seems to all work out.  The first hard freeze provides an indisputable and somewhat-welcomed stopping point.  

The pleasure of being among the flowers trumps the hard work that goes with gardening.  Sometimes you do have to stop and smell…and enjoy…everything.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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