A NEW INDOOR PLANT FOR MY COLLECTION

A while ago I found a plant I have been looking for for a long time, it is called Nolina or Beaucarnea in latin, but people here call it “elephants paw”, it is a relative of the agave family so it is sort of a succulent and doesn’t need a lot of water.

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What do you think, isn’t he a beauty ?

 

Take care and thanks for your visit !

A DAY OUT

As it is the last week of the school holidays we wanted to do something with the kids so me, my sis and my daughter-in-law went to a zoo with the kids. It was such a lovely day, we have had so much bad weather for weeks on end and yesterday was sunny and warm so it couldn’t be better.

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WATERCHICK BABIES WERE RUNNING ALL OVER THE PLACE, THEY WEREN’T SCARED AT ALL

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GIBBONS, ALWAYS GOOD FOR A LAUGH

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A SEAT IN THE TROPICAL GREENHOUSE

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MRS LION

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MR LION, ALWAYS IMPRESSIVE

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A HAPPY PIG, PLAYING IN THE MUD AND THERE WAS PLENTY OF IT !!

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TROPICAL PLANTS AND TREES EVERYWHERE AND THEY WERE ALL LUSH AND GREEN

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ALL THE ANIMALS HAD QUITE BIG SPACES WITH BUSHES AND TREES , USUALLY WITH OTHER ANIMALS, I KNOW ZOOS ARE NOT IDEAL FOR ANIMALS BUT OVER HERE THEY ARE LOOKED AFTER VERY WELL, THEY KEEP THEM BUSY AS THEY HAVE TO SURCH FOR THEIR FOOD AND THEY DO EVERYTHING TO KEEP THEM HAPPY AND HEALTHY

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A FOXY LADY

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THEY EVEN HAD A CROC IN THE WATER WHO WAS SOAKING UP THE SUN

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THERE WERE ABOUT 10 GIRAFFES

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AND A FAKE HYPPO !

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AN ANT EATER, FUNNY CREATURE !

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THE KANGAROOS WERE SOAKING UP THE SUN AS WELL

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THIS IS A CASUARIS, A RELATIVE OF THE EMU AND THE OSTRICH

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PREZWALSKI HORSES

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A VICUNA CALF

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AND A BEAUTIFUL CRANE

We all enjoyed our day very much especially the kids (between 1.5 years old and 8 years old), alas the weather has changed back to cold and rainy…..

Take care ! and thanks for visiting.

LATEST PICTURES FROM MY GARDEN

We are definitely very close to Autumn, all the signs are there, the leafs are colouring and falling, the fruit is ripe, the spiders, cold nights…..Summer started promising and for a while we had the best weather we could wish but at the end of July it started to cool down a lot and we got loads of rain and thunderstorms who ruined a lot of flowers….alas alas it can not be helped. I took some pictures in my garden yesterday for you to see.

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These are the last of my grapes in the greenhouse, I got a lot of grapes this year, they are small but really tasty, the vine is only for the second year in my greenhouse and I am very happy with it !It is called Vitis Muscat bleu.

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My passionflower (passiflora caerulea) is doing great, it grows like mad, it still has flower buds, flowers, green fruit and orange ripe fruit. I opened a ripe one up to see what’s inside, well, not a lot, you can’t compare them with the passionfruit you can buy in the shops, but the bit that is inside tastes not bad.

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And when these guys are starting to flower well it is definitely Autumn, this is Tricyrtis , also called orchids for the poor as they look like real orchids but are a lot cheaper, at least here in Northern Europe. I’ll try to make more pictures of them when they are in full bloom, they are really pretty and easy plants so I am looking for more of them in different colours.

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I love the colour of this dahlia and I hope it will go on flowering for a while, as long as we don’t get frost it will.

Hav e a great weekend and lots of fun in your garden !!!! Thanks for visiting my blog !