Monthly Archives: August 2013
NEWS FROM MY GARDEN
And here we are at the end of August and you can feel the warmth of the sun is not as it was in July and the days have become quite a bit shorter but the days are beautiful, in a weeks time the children go back to school. We know it is possible to get the first frost in September but it is also possible we get the first frost in November or December. Summer was short but nice, and September can be quite good. We still have our holiday in France to look forward too ! We are going to visit a lot of gardens, I’ll tell you all about it when I’m back, ok ?
Meanwhile in my garden all is well and I made some changes here and there and I am happy with it.
I PLACED A FEW MIRRORS IN THE NEW GARDEN, I AM PLANNING TO GIVE THEM A LIFE FRAME OF SMALL LEAVED IVY
HERE IS THE OTHER MIRROR AND I HAVE ROOM FOR MORE……
THESE BUTTERFLIES ARE CRAZY ABOUT THE BLOOMING SEDUMS AND I HAVE A LOT OF THEM IN THE GARDEN AT THE MOMENT
THIS IS ANOTHER SEDUM BUT I DON’T KNOW ITS NAME, IT WAS A GIFT FROM MY NEIGHBOUR
I FINALLY MANAGED TO TAKE A PICTURE OF ONE OF THE MANY FROGS THAT ARE LIVING IN THE GARDEN, THEY DON’T MAKE A LOT OF NOISE, ONLY A SOFT PRRR PRRR AND THEY LOVE OUR POND
THE WHITE LANTANA CAMARA IS ALSO POPULAR AMONGST THE BEES AND BUTTERFLIES
ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLANTS : VERBENA BONARIENSIS, BLOOMS FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND GETS A LOT OF VISITORS
DAHLIA AND WHITE ECHINACHEA
MY RESCUED AEONIUM IS THRIVING, IT DIDN’T LOOK GOOD WHEN I BOUGHT IT, I FELT SORRY FOR IT, IT WAS IN A TINY POT AND IT WAS ONLY 2 EURO’S (3 DOLLARS) FOR A BIG PLANT, IT COULDN’T EVEN STAND UP AS THE PLANT WAS FAR TOO HEAVY FOR THE small POT
FUCHSIA MAGELANICA , ONE OF THE EASIEST SHRUBS I KNOW AND VERY WINTERHARDY
FUCHSIA GARTENMEISTER BONDSTEDT
CLOSE UP OF THE GARTENMEISTER BONDSTEDT, THESE TYPE OF FUCHSIA’ WITH THE LONG NARROW FLOWERS NEED MORE WARMTH THAN THE OTHER FUCHSIA’S AND THEY LOVE A PLACE IN FULL SUN
ANOTHER VIEW IN THE MIRROR
LACE CAP HYDRANGEA AT THE POND
ANOTHER HYDRANGEA, NORMALLY THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN HALF DRY BY NOW BUT THEY STARTED BLOOMING VERY LATE THIS YEAR
HYDRANGYA AND THE FAST GROWING RUSSIAN VINE (polygonum aubertii)
AUCUBA JAPONICA AND ANEMONE JAPONICA WITH A FEW POTTED PLANTS IN THE FRONT
THE MOTHER OF ALL MY JADE PLANTS, CRASSULA portulacea OR MONEY PLANT
Have a great week all and enjoy your garden ! Thanks for visiting my blog, it is much appreciated !
A few months ago I came across a cucumber plant that I had never heard of before, as I like the taste of lemon I thought I should try these plants and see what these cucumbers tasted like. So I bought two small plants and planted them in the greenhouse. Now they are ripe and ready to eat, so I tried the first one yesterday, they tasted like the green ones but they have a lemony colour so they probably got their name from their colour of skin. But it was fun to see them bloom and grow into big yellow ball’s, they were really easy to grow and I definitely want to grow them again next year.
HERE THE PLANT IS BLOOMING
THEY HAVE THE SIZE OF A SMALL MELON OR A BIG TENNISBALL
THIS IS HOW THEY LOOK ON THE INSIDE, I THINK I’LL HAVE TO HARVEST THEM EARLIER SO THE PIPS WILL BE SMALLER BUT THEIR TASTE IS GOOD
How I like to eat cucumbers and other salads:
– 2 soup spoons of oil (oil for cold use)
– 2 soup spoons of red wine vinegar
– 1 small spoon of mustard or as much as you prefer
– 1 small chopped onion
mix the oil, vinegar and mustard, add the chopped onion with the cucumber then pour the mix onto the vegetables and stir, voilà, ready !
Have a great day all and thanks for stopping by ! Enjoy your garden !
SLOWLY SLIDING TOWARD AUTUMN
I don’t like it but it is true, the first signs of Autumn are visible in the garden and in the air, you can already smell it and the nights are almost cold. The leaves of the trees and shrubs are looking a bit tired, the sedums have buds who start to colour, the spiders ( those with the cross on their backs who are only visible late in Summer and in Autumn) are weaving their nets….I am not a fan of Autumn however beautiful it can be. We have had quite a bit of sun lately with showers now and again so everything has been growing like mad.
One of the fasted growers in my garden is the Russian vine(polygonum aubertii) over here we call it “brides veil” my husband uses this climber to give to his birds otherwise it would not have been in my garden, it is just too big, we have to cut it down every year in Spring otherwise it takes over the whole garden !!! But it is pretty and the flowers last for a very long time !
HERE YOU CAN SEE THE SEEDPODS OF CLEMATIS ETOILE VIOLETTE
ANOTHER FAST GROWER IS PASSIFLORA CAERULEA, I BOUGHT THIS PLANT ONLY ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO AND ALREADY IS HAS GROWN ABOUT 4 METERS !!! NO SIGN OF FLOWERS YET THOUGH
SEDUM SPECTABILE WILL BE IN BLOOM SOON
HERE YOU SEE HOW THE LEAVES OF THE GERNANIUM MACRORHIZUM ARE LOOKING A BIT TIRED
MY YUCCA ON THE TERRACE
THE DAHLIA’S ARE STILL LOOKING GOOD THOUGH
MR FROGGY WAITING FOR SOME FLY’S TO CATCH, HE IS SITTING BETWEEN THE SEDUM AND THE NEPETA
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