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Growing Now – August

The dog days of summer have arrived here in zone 6a New England.  This growing season really seems to have flown by.  I am starting to prep my fall veggie garden while enjoying some gorgeous late summer flowers and veggies.  Here is what is growing in my garden now. 

Sweet Peas

Last year was my first time planting sweet peas from seed. I had been a little disappointed with how long it took them to flower. Here in Massachusetts, we have such a short growing season.  After I had taken note of this, I decided to do a few things differently this year.  I soaked my seeds to aid in germination and also planted them earlier in the season.  I have been blown away at the fantastic results!  In order to up my chances of more blooms, I planted a large variety of different types of seeds.  I planted Burpee Galaxy Mix as well as Sweet Dream Mix.  I also planted Botanical Interests High Scent along with Perfume Delight. 

Combination Inspiration

I planted this flower basket back in spring, and it's still going strong.  I love to look out my window with a mug of coffee in hand, admiring my beautiful basket! It is full of Proven Winners blooms. Pictured in the basket are Superbena® Royale Cherryburst and Supertunia® Black Cherry.

In The Veggie Garden

As we head into late August, I have been very happy with all of the tasty treats that have grown in my garden this year.  From my Straight Eight cucumbers, to my Green Zebra tomatoes I get to pick daily.  I even discovered a nice surprise broomcorn stalk! Last year I planted a bunch of broomcorn in my vegetable garden, and ended up throwing some moldy stalks behind my shed when the season ended. Well, to my shock, one apparently reseeded itself.  Nature never ceases to amaze me.  My PanAmerican Seed tomatoes have been doing wonderfully.  The Genuwine and Perfect Flame varieties have been ripening, allowing me to enjoy some delicious sandwiches. 

I was lucky enough to trial some Proven Winners flowers and shrubs this spring.  This hanging basket is filled with Superbells® Holy Moly flowers.  I am very pleased with how well they have performed showing constant blooms from April to August.  Even in extreme heat, they continue to thrive.


It’s morning glory season in my garden!  I love seeing these take over the garden fence, covering it with a blanket of colorful blooms.  I grew a few different varieties this season to mix it up a bit.  My zinnias from seed have taken off like crazy.  I cut them regularly to make small floral arrangements. A prolific amount of blooms keep growing back. I also am enjoying watching my gladiolus bloom for the first time!  I planted bulbs two years ago, but the first year they didn’t bloom.  They make such a magnificent cut flower and were definitely worth the wait.  

My Chihuahua Duke Exploring The Garen

My chicken wire fence above is covered in morning glories along with solar string lights from Gardener's Supply Company.  It's nice to see these flowers bloom in the early morning hours, and then see the flower inspired lights turn on from dusk until dawn.

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at what is growing in my garden now.  Please feel free to let me know what is blooming in your garden in the comments section!  You can also share photos with me on twitter @thefreckledrose.  I'd love to see!  Hope you enjoy the rest of the growing season and happy harvesting to all. 

In case you missed it - In The July Garden


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  • Judith@Lavender Cottage
    August 24, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    You captured the nicest macro of a liatris (with bee) that I have ever seen and I enjoyed seeing the flowers and vegetable bounty from your gardens. I had forgotten about soaking the sweet pea seeds, a good reminder.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Angie.

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Hey Judith,
      Thank you so much! I planted the liatris for the butterflies, but the bees seemed just as pleased with them 🙂 Yes, I highly recommend soaking them, made a huge difference this year (totally worth the little extra time it takes) Happy gardening!

  • Michelle@ramblingWoods.com
    August 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Hello Angie…Welcome to Nature Notes! Your garden is very productive and beautiful. I just started gardening five years ago so mine is uh… great for wildlife and pollinators. I see you love waterfowl. When we first moved here 10 years ago we had a neighbor with a small farm. Her geese would come to the pond here. Benji was the same as your geese. Here is one of my posts about him… http://ramblingwoods.com/2009/01/28/friendship-is-unnecessary-like-philosophy-like-art-it-has-no-survival-value-rather-is-one-of-those-things-that-give-value-to-survival-c-s-lewis/

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 25, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Hey Michelle,
      Thank you! Benji is absolutely adorable. Thank you for sharing that post with me. I find it amazing to see that geese can be so docile and friendly. Before I had two of my own, I believed the misconception that they were all mean. I’m always happy to get the word out that it is not true. They make wonderful pets as well as watch dogs. Your pond is lovely, must be so nice to enjoy the nature and wildlife it attracts. 🙂

  • lana
    August 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    what a cool flower that bee is pollenating! cheers from kidcandoodle!~

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 25, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Hey Lana,
      Thank you! My patch of liatris has been a bee haven lately 🙂 Have a wonderful week.

  • Uwe
    August 25, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Late summer and autumn is a as marvellous time in garden and nature as spring – gone are the boring summer months where the flowers and blossoms do a “summer nap”… 😉
    Regards from Germany, Uwe.

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 25, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Hello Uwe,
      I totally agree. I always look forward to sunflowers and pumpkins! Autumn is such a beautiful season especially here in New England. Leaves changing colors and delicious hardy meals made from late summer vegetables. Have a great week 🙂

  • Sarah Koontz {Grounded & Surrounded}
    August 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I so look forward to your garden posts. Inspirational!

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 25, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah! I can’t believe the season is almost over, say it ain’t so! Hoping your garden is doing well, have a wonderful week 🙂

  • Heather @ new house new home
    August 25, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Looks like your garden is hanging on beautifully. Love the morning glories on the fence.

    Thanks for sharing with What’s Blooming This Week.

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 25, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Hey Heather,
      Thank you so much! I love seeing them cover the ugly chicken wire fence every year. Such a cheery flower, gives me something to look forward to every morning 🙂 Now if only I could figure out the trick to moonflowers….one day!

  • Leora
    August 25, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Everything is so delicate! I especially love your sweet peas.

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Hey Leora,
      Thank you, such a sweet scented flower. I absolutely love your Montreal Botanical Garden post on your blog! I am definitely putting that on my garden trip to-do list. Looks like a great place to visit. Have a happy week 🙂

  • Eileen
    August 25, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Hello, your garen images are beautiful. I love the home grown veggies. And your doggie Duke is a cutie! Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 25, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Hey Eileen,
      Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind words 🙂

  • Diane
    August 25, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    What lovely picks. Your garden is so pretty! I enjoyed my virtual walk through! #TuesdayGarden Party

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 26, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you so very much Diane! Have a wonderful week 🙂

  • Mama Zen
    August 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful photos!

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you very much, hope you are having a great week!

  • bettyl - NZ
    August 25, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Your garden is so pretty and the little visitors make is just a bit better 🙂

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Hey Betty,
      Thank you so much! I look forward to seeing the garden visitors every day 🙂

  • Ida P. Krause
    August 25, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    What a charming garden. So many pretty flowers. I just loved the varigated morning glory. Your little dog, Duke is adorable too.

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 26, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Hey Ida,
      Thank you very much! Duke gets so excited to adventure around my garden. I have so many edibles growing he could munch on but instead…he likes the crabgrass. Haha, oh well dogs right? Hope you are having a lovely week 🙂

  • Donna@Gardens Eye View
    August 25, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Quite the bounty of flowers and veggies there Angie. I also had forgotten about soaking the sweet peas and with our short growing season that will help, I hope!

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 26, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Hello Donna,
      Soaking them is definitely worth the effort. Love the beautiful scent they give off in the garden all season long! Such a wonderful flower to grow, wishing you much luck with your future garden sweet peas 🙂

  • Amanda
    August 26, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I have total Sweetpea envy, I just can’t seem to grow more than a handful before they wither away.
    You’ve such a gorgeous array of flowers and vegetables

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 26, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Hey Amanda,
      Aw thank you! I’ve been in that situation before, so I can totally relate. It’s so funny how some years certain types of flowers seem to do great, then the next year not so much. I have yet to figure this out. Last year I had gorgeous sunflowers. This year because of the weather and critters, well lets just say I wasn’t as lucky. Wishing you luck and an abundance of sweet pea blooms in your near future 🙂

  • Kim Smith
    August 26, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    You have such a beautiful garden. The photos are amazing. And it looks so good in August. Mine is quite dreary this time of year….( perhaps suffering from neglect. shame on me.)

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 28, 2015 at 12:31 am

      Thank you so much Kim! I’m so excited to get started on my fall garden. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  • Ruth - Tanama Tales
    August 28, 2015 at 2:11 am

    What an amazing garden! Since I we live on an apartment, we are trying to grows some herbs and small veggies indoors. So far, it has worked well. Duke is so cute!

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 28, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks Ruth! Sometimes small space apartment gardens make the best gardens. Especially because you don’t have to deal with yucky weather and bad bugs eating the plants! Glad you are having success with what you are growing. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  • Villroses hage
    August 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Sweet Peas and Morning Glorys are “must haves” in the garden!

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      I completely agree! They make some of the pretties flowers in my garden 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  • Jen
    August 28, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    What a gorgeous garden! I am terribly jealous of what you have grown. Next year – I will have a gorgeous garden. I am reminding my husband that we have much work to do this fall in order to be ready for that.

    Thank you for joining us for Photo Friday this week!

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 30, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you very much Jen! Yes, gardening is a year round task. I find myself doing a lot of prepping and cleaning in the fall and even early winter months. Are you thinking of growing vegetables? Wishing you lots of luck with your future gardens 🙂

  • Kelly del Valle
    August 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Your photos are all so beautiful! 🙂 I am always so impressed by gardeners.

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 30, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you very much Kelly! 🙂

  • Cathy
    August 31, 2015 at 7:44 am

    The “fruits of your labor” are so very inspiring. I fear my potted plants are now just going to fade away as autumn walks through the door. For me they start to struggle the first part of August. But yours!! Oh my! Have a grand day!

    • Thefreckledrose
      August 31, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Hey Cathy,
      Thank you so much! Some of my plants are beginning to fade as well. I’m really looking forward to fall gardening. Gives me an opportunity to add new things I couldn’t grow during the summer months and start fresh! Wishing you much luck with your future garden endeavors. Have a lovely week 🙂

  • Gregg Carter
    August 31, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I really enjoyed reading about your garden. I am gladyou had a good season.

    Thanks for sharing this with us on the Homestead Blog Hop.

    • Thefreckledrose
      September 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Gregg! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  • Floral Fridays
    September 2, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Lovely post! I especially appreciate your little chihuahua, as we had two ourselves (now both in doggie heaven).
    Thanks for taking part in Floral Friday photos!

    • Thefreckledrose
      September 4, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Happy you enjoyed my post 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Lisa M
    September 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Your garden looks great! It looks like Duke approves too….so cute!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. We’d love to see you back again this week!


    • Thefreckledrose
      September 4, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Lisa! As long as Duke approves, I’m set 🙂 Have a happy weekend.

  • Lady Fi
    September 19, 2015 at 1:33 am

    What amazingly pretty shots.