FIRST DAY OF SUMMER AND 15 C°


Yesterday it was the first day of Summer, it was 15 C° with lots of rain and wind and…we had a barbecue in the garden ! It was at my sisters place as she had something to celebrate and we had a partytent and some heating and the bbq was outside under a big umbrella, I wish I had taken some pictures of it to show you but I had my 2 grandchildren (2 and 4) with me and they sure gave me the run arround !!Besides, they have a pond and a playgarden for a 7 year old and the bbq so I could not leave them alone for a second as they are both rather wild and daring…..

Last week I put some of my tender cacti and succulents outside but I’m going to move them back in as it is too cold and too wet and the forecast is not good for the next week. But I must say the garden is green and lush, too green for the time of the year, very few flowers but I’m not complaining. What with all the flooding, bush fires, earthquakes and tornado’s elsewhere….I count myself lucky.

I did take some pictures of my garden this week as the beginning of the week was ok.

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MY FIRST LUPINE APPEARED, IT SHOULD BE LUPINUS CHANDELIER AND THE CARD ON THE PLANT SHOWED ME A BRIGHT YELLOW LUPINUS, THIS IS NOT BRIGHT YELLOW, AFTER A FEW DAYS IT EVEN TURNED TO A VERY SOFT ALMOST WHITE APRICOT…..

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I FOUND THESE LOVELY HANGING POTS AND I FILLED THEM WITH HARDY SUCCULENTS, AND I WANT MORE OF THEM POTS !!!!

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MY FIGS ( white of marseille)HAVE NEVER BEEN AS BIG AS THIS YEAR, THEY STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE WE CAN EAT THEM THOUGH

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THIS IS EUCOMIS BICOLOR

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A CLOSER LOOK

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MALVA PRIMLEY BLUE, I LOVE THOSE DARKER STRIPES ON THE FLOWERS

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FLOWERS ON MY PHILADELPHUS BELLE ETOILE

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FIRST FLOWERS ON MY GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR, A WHITE RAMBLER WITH A HEAVENLY SMELL, THIS IS A MODEST RAMBLER THAT GROWS UP TO 4 METERS HIGH WHERE OTHER RAMBLERS GO UP TO 10 METERS OR EVEN HIGHER !!

Have a great week all and enjoy your garden ! I will !

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12 thoughts on “FIRST DAY OF SUMMER AND 15 C°

  1. 15 deg C would be a very chilly winter’s day for us here, lol! I had to chuckle that with that temp, with wind and rain, you’ve gone outside to bbq. It sounds like you were rushed off your feet Grandma!

    I too love those hanging pots. They look fantastic. The Eucomis looks like an interesting plant. I don’t see those plants around here. Love, love that Malva, and that stunning white rambling Rose. It looks like a great start to your summer.

    • Over here we can’t plan a bbq, we always need a plan b which means a tent and heating. Today we had another family bbq and it was better, weatherwise, we had sun and 23 C° and no rain so we were very pleased.
      My white rambling rose is looking very sad at the moment as we had a few days of cold, windy and wet weather…..
      Have a great week !

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  2. Those hanging pots are really cute! I hope the succulents grow and hang over the edge, that would be awesome! Rain can really be a problem with succulents. I would add more dry stall or perlite to the soil. A volcanic substance like dry stall would be best so that water just runs through a lot easier. Your garden looks really pretty. The neighbor behind us had a fig tree. It produced so many fig and was really pretty. Some of them dropped on our side of the fence and were very yummy. But slowly but surely he whittled it away. And then one day he was removing the whole thing. I think he thought it was too messy and too much work.

    • I give my outside succulents half soil half grit and sand and a bottom of crocs but the ones outside are really though ones, only in Winter they prefer to be kept dryer, they can stand really hard frost but frost and wet can kill them off, so last year I put them in my unheated greenhouse during Winter and they came out looking fabulous, now it looks as if many rosettes are going to bloom
      I love my figtree, it is trained against a south wall and I give it a good cut every year but I’d love to have a big garden where I could grow a real fig tree, for me they give a bit of an exotic feel to my garden

  3. “the bbq was outside under a big umbrella” Same here. 🙂

    Lovely photos–very interesting, the eucomis bicolor.

    We have an unidentified rambler blooming; its perfume is heavenly.

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