So Alan doesn’t like twitter?

ripening pears

So, Alan Titchmarsh doesn’t like twitter? Then he is missing out on the friendliest gardening communication channel there is and he is missing out on one of the best ways to share the successes and failures of gardening.

A little gardening knowledge can be very hard won and 140 characters is often all it takes to spread nuggets of advice to other gardeners. A lot of time is saved by asking the fantastic gardening community on twitter to help with horticultural problems.

Fascinating images posted by world class photographers, entomologists, botanic gardens and wildlife enthusiasts means every day is richer. We retweet these often because we just can’t resist such beauty and want to share our own love of the natural world.

Naturally this means we are very keen tweeters and are grateful to everyone who shares their pictures, answers queries or is just up for a chat about our favourite subject. You can follow us on @ewgardens for Ursula’s thoughts or the gardening team on @ewgardeners

In the spirit of our twitter world and for our twitter¬†and Facebook followers who do like to use social media or if you are just wandering around our website and stumbled across the blog, here are some of our late summer images and thoughts from the gardens which we hope you enjoy……

ripening pears

Beauty in the late summer garden has to be sought out. For sure, the rudbeckias, dahlias and gladiolus still look fresh in the Pickery, Our 80m long borders are designed to peak now with white phlox and asters (particularly this year when everything is so early) and the greenhouse is full of tomatoes and cucumbers but in the wider garden you might need to look a bit closer.

The Pickery

Take the two images below. The top one shows how flat the light has become and the grasses have taken on their familiar baked appearance. Gardening on limestone, this is an occupational hazard. As soon as the rain stops the colour drains from the grasses.The immediate impression is of a finished season but careful inspection reveals some surprising beauties. The violet colour of this late scabious is set off by the bleached grass behind. At any time of year, meadows benefit from this kind of close attention. Once the majority of the flowers have set seed all of this will be cut and harvested for hay.

meadows and verbascum
 meadow scabious summer terracesIn the Pickery, the sublety of the colours in this annual grass, Hordeum jubatum, reflects the changing season
hordeum jubatumAnd when the sun comes out, anything in the brown or beige spectrum, plants or not, look gorgeous backed by a deep blue sky. Here our sweet pea seed is drying in the greenhouse.
South Kesteven sweet pea harvest

Meanwhile, in the greenhouse next door, tender fruiting plants remind us that there is still plenty to look forward to in late August. We have been picking F1 cucumbers for the tearoom and the first of the tomatoes are now ripe. Our favourite is Tomato ‘Cuor di Bue’ or the Bull’s Heart Tomato. Big, heart-shaped and succulent, this is the ultimate tomato for ¬†tomato and mozzarella salads marinated in oil infused with the basil grown here too.

EWG 12.8.12 (79) greenhouse low res