• Shasta daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum) © Ita McCobb
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    Love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) © Ita McCobb
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  • In the Garden this month
  • In Nature this month
Lavender can be cut back after flowering has finished. Remove the dead flower stalks and some leaf growth to maintain the plants’ shape and stop them from growing leggy. Flower heads can be used for potpourri.
Trim Hedges
The bird nesting season should be over in August so clip back new growth on hedges such as Yew and Laurel to keep them looking neat and tidy.
Excess Fruit &
Any surplus fruit and vegetables can be made into delicious chutney, jams or they can be pickled.
Flowers to look out for during August include Common mallow, Wild carrot, the bright yellow blooms of the unloved Ragwort, Teasel, Hemp agrimony and Marjoram. On heathland Heather will be at its best, producing a carpet of purple flowers.
Berries, Nuts & Fruits
There will be an abundance of different fruits, berries and nuts ripening this month such as Blackberries on Bramble bushes, the purple to black berries of Elders and berries of the Sea Buckthorn that will be beginning to turn orange. Nuts include hazel nuts, beech nuts and acorns.
A mushroom that will begin to fruit this month is the easily identifiable Hedgehog mushroom that has distinctive tooth-like spines under the cap.

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