Tra-la-lah, it's August! You might be spending time this month away on a holiday beach. But if you are a garden-lover, the chances are that you will want to enjoy relaxing in your own special outdoor space. After all, this is the month in which you have the best opportunity to reap the rewards of your labours. August is all about r&r. Isn't it? What could possibly go wrong?
Just settle back in a garden chair, a swing seat, perhaps. Relax. Enjoy the buzzing bees, the twittering birds and the fluttering butterflies. What could be better?
It would be better if you just moved that shrub a metre to the left. Then it would screen the compost. Perhaps better do that now. Just pop and get the garden fork.
Oh, is that a cluster of aphids there on your rose stems?
And that cabbage white... where is it heading? Is there a hole in your brassica netting perhaps? Better just check.
Oh no, there are pesky butterfly eggs on the cabbages. Better just take off the netting and wash them off.
But what are these notches nibbled from your luscious bergenia foliage? Must have a look for vine weevil.
Perhaps that's why the annuals in your pots are looking a bit sad and sorry. You really need to investigate their roots.
And whilst you're about it, check for lily beetle too.
Oh, look at those slugs and snails hiding here under all this shady foliage. If you just tie back the clematis you can get a better look.
The gardener's lot is not one filled with relaxation. Who can just sit and look without jumping up to improve things? It's all about having a zest for life and for all things growing. But if you can just kerb your enthusiasm for a few hours here and there and give yourself a break you will feel as if a holiday has descended upon you.
Set yourself a restricted list of garden chores: work methodically through them and then take some time in the chair.
Here are six tasks you can whistle through in August before having some time off: