END OF THE SUMMER HOLLIDAYS

Today is the end of the summer holiday and the end of the school vacation. Children have 2 full month’s of summer vacation here, July and August. Normaly schools start on September 1st but that is a saturday this year so schools start next monday. This marks officially the end of Summer although real Autumn starts on September 21st ofcourse. But as of September 1st everything changes, new tv programation, more traffic on the roads, more people everywhere and all of a sudden life is back to normal. The days are already a lot shorter, the sun lost a lot of it’s power and the garden starts looking tired…

A BUNCH OF AFRICANS (TAGESTES) IN A POT BETWEEN THE TIRED LOOKING GERANIUM MACRORHIZUM

A CLOSE UP OF THE TAGETES, YOU CAN SEE HOW MANY BUTTONS IT STILL HAS, IT WILL BLOOM UNTILL THE FIRST FROST, I LIKE THE COLOUR OF THIS ONE, SOFT YELLOW WITH A BIT OF BRIGHTER YELLOW IN THE MIDDLE, THEY LOOK A BIT LIKE ZINNIA’S TO ME

ONE OF MY SEDUMS

THIS CLEMATIS HAS BEEN BLOOMING SINCE MAY AND IT STILL HAS NEW BUDS

ANEMONE JAPONICA HONORINE JOBERT, MY FAVORITE ANEMONE

THIS IS THE AUTUMN COLOUR OF MY LILAC COLOURED HYDRANGEA

A CLOSER LOOK

I THINK THIS TAGETES LOOKS PRETTY AMONGST THE PURPLE GERANIUM ANNE THOMSON

I’M ALLWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR GARDEN DECORATIONS, I FOUND THESE 2 IN AN ORDINARY SHOP

THIS BIRD I FOUND IN THE SAME SHOP LAST YEAR, NONE OF OUR VISITORS CAN RESIST TO TOUCH HIS HEAD AS HE STARTS TO NOD THEN, AT EASTER HE GETS AN EASTER EGG ARROUND HIS NECK AND FOR CHRISTMAS I DECORATE HIM WITH CHRISTMASDECORATION

THESE ARE SOME OF THE VEGGY’S FROM THE GREENHOUSE, THE COLOUR OF THE TOMATO’S IS RED AND GREEN SO THEY LOOK A BIT BROWN BUT THEY TASTE REALLY GOOD

THIS WAS TAKEN IN THE GREENHOUSE, AS YOU CAN SEE THEY’LL NEED MORE TIME TO RIPEN

I hope you are all well and happy, have a great weekend and enjoy your garden !

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GARDEN TALK

I had a few busy days with work, lots of clients to care for and I had to look after my granddaughter who was a bit ill and couldn’t go to school but today is wednesday and I have a free day all to my self and guess what I am going to do today ? Yes ! You all guessed right !

The weather was reasonable the last few days, apart from a few heavy showers. What with the temperatures arround 20 C° it looks as everything is finally growing a bit, the flowers don’t look very happy cos of the rain but the plants are thriving ofcourse. It is only June 20 th today and already it is the wettest June in 30 years !

My plants in the greenhouse are doing well, I have 1 paprika plant and it has about 7 fruits and loads of flowers and buds, it’s the first time I am trying to grow paprika’s, last year I tried hot peppers and I got masses and masses of peppers from 1 plant, they kept flowering and producing till the first frosts. But then my husband got a lot of dried and chopped peppers, he is a buyer and buys (amongst other things ofcourse) a lot of different spices so from time to time he gets spices to take home, this time it were peppers so now I have peppers for a few years I think.

Yesterday I was going through a plant magasine and I read that when you cut off the first flowers of your tomato plants your plants will get bigger, the tomato’s will get bigger and you’ll get more tomato’s, have any of you guys heard or tried this before ? I finally have flowers on my tomato plants and I think it would hurt to cut them off !!!

Here are some pictures I took yesterday.

MY CLEMATIS ETOILE VIOLETTE STARTED FLOWERING AND WILL GO ON TILL THE FIRST FROSTS. IT’S A VITICELLA SO THE FLOWERS ARE SMALLER BUT THE PLANTS ARE STRONGER AND DON’T GET ILLNESSES EASY

THIS IS CLEMATIS DURANDII, IT’S A YOUNG PLANT, I PLANTED IT LAST YEAR AND A WHILE AGO I PLANTED A HONEYSUCKLE AGAINST THE SAME WALL (LONICERA PERICLYMENUM)

A WEEK AGO I TOOK THIS PICTURE AND YESTERDAY IT LOOKED LIKE THIS

SO YOU SEE HOW SLOW EVERYTHING GROWS OVER HERE

THIS IS ONE OF MY WHITE FOXGLOVES IN FRONT OF THE DARK LEAFS OF MY LILAC (SYRINGA VULGARIS BEAUTY OF MOSCOW), WHITE FOXGLOVES ARE MY FAVORITES. AS FOR THE LILAC, IT HAS SOFT PINK BUDS AND THEN THEY OPEN AND YOU HAVE A PURE WHITE LILAC WITH A LOVEY SMELL, EACH YEAR I CUT EVERY FLOWER OFF TO PUT IN MY LIVINGROOM SO WHEN YOU COME IN MY LIVINGROOM YOU GET THE SMELL OF HEAVEN !

Now it’s time to do some work. Have a great day and enjoy your garden as much as you can !!