August 2012

I’m finding it hard to choose what to feature this month. Airy, star shaped flowers of Gaura lindheimeri are looking fabulous at the moment, as are the dramatic spires of deep crimson Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Taurus’. Both are invaluable now that we have reached the awkward tail-end of summer and will carry on flowering right up until the first frosts.

But I have decided instead on the nicest surprise of my gardening year – the discovery of how easy it is to grow mangetout peas in a container and how wonderfully decorative they are. Now, in late August, after harvesting weeks of delicious pods, I have cut the last few flowers to bring indoors before finally clearing the container.

Mangetout varieties can be sown from March to June and need support. I grew mine up a wigwam of locally coppiced hazel sticks in a very large pot and used rich compost with added composted manure. Apart from regular watering all that was needed then was to pick, cook and enjoy!

Judith Glover Garden Diary August 2012

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