VIEWS OF MY WORLD

Today was a quiet Sunday, grey but dry, very windy but not too cold. I always walk through my garden several times a day, for my enjoyment but also to see if everything is ok, to see if all my plants have enough water and to see if they are all doing fine. After many years of experience I can now see when a plant is not feeling well so I can do something about it, give it another place, more sun, less sun, or some fertilizer….usually the plant will be ok afterwards but I do have the occasional death and then I feel awful.

Here are a few pictures for you of how things look at the moment.

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DAYLILLIES IN FRONT OF A SPIREA BUSH

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AN “ORDINARY” PELARGONIUM ON A WINDOWSILL

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BEHIND THE GARAGE IN A CORNER I HAVE AN ELDER IN BLOOM AT THE MOMENT, I CUT IT BACK EVERY YEAR AS OTHERWISE IT WILL BECOME FAR TO BIG BUT I LIKE TO MAKE JELLY WITH THE BLACK BERRIES

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A NICE BIG CLUMP OF RHUBARB, VERY EASY TO GROW, I JUST LOVE THAT BIG BOLD LEAF !

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FLOWERING GRAPE IN THE GREENHOUSE

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SNACK TOMATOES IN THE GREENHOUSE, THEY STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE WE CAN EAT THEM !

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THE FIRST OF THE REAL TOMATOES, THEY ARE GOING TO NEED A LOT OF SUN BEFORE WE CAN EAT THEM !

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WILD STRAWBERRIES IN A POT, THEY SEEM TO LIKE IT, I HAVE TO COVER THEM WITH AN OLD CURTAIN TO KEEP THE BIRDS AWAY WHEN THE FRUIT IS RIPE, THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS !!!

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LOADS OF BUDS ON MY ROSA GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR, NORMALLY IT IS IN BLOOM AT THE END OF MAY

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I JUST PLANTED CRAWLING THYME  ( THYMUS PRAECOX ALBIFLORUS) AS GROUNDCOVER HERE AND THERE

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SWORD FLAG OR YELLOW IRIS IN THE MARSH ZONE OF THE POND, YOU CAN ALSO SEE LOTS OF WATER MINT, GROWS LIKE CRAZY EVERYWHERE IN THE GARDEN BUT CAN BE EASILY REMOVED SO I LET IT GROW WHEN IT IS NOT IN THE WAY OR OVERCROWDING ANOTHER PLANT

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ONE OF MY MANY HOSTA’S IN THE POND AREA

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A CUTE LITTLE FOXGLOVE IN ONE OF THE BORDERS AMONGST THE NEPETA, SEDUM, AND DAYLILLY LEAFS

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MY CLIMBING HYDRANGEA IN BLOOM BEHIND THE GREENHOUSE

Have a great week dear readers ! Thanks for stopping by, it is much appreciated !

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WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MY GARDEN AT THE MOMENT

Winter was long, freezing and wet. We didn’t get Spring, we went from Winter into Summer so plants are way behind their normal blooming time. Normally June is the most beautiful time in my garden with lots of blooms but today my garden still looks pretty green.

I walked through my garden this morning and made some pictures for you.

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BLOOMS OF CLIMBING HYDRANGEA OR SHOULD I SAY THE BEGINNING OF THE BLOOMS ?

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ONE OF MY FUCHSIA’S, AREN’T THEY CUTE WITH THEIR BALLERINA FROCKS ?!!!

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AND ANOTHER FUCHSIA, THIS ONE LIKES TO HAVE HIS FACE IN  THE SUN

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GERANIUM ANNE  THOMSON STARTED BLOOMING AND WILL GO ON TILL THE FIRST FROSTS

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PELARGONIUM

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THE FIRST OF MY DAYLILLIES IN BLOOM

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GERANIUM SANGUINEUM, A LOW GERANIUM WITH CUTE LITTLE LEAFS AND LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS, BLOOMS FOR A LONG TIME

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ONE OF MY AQUILEGIA’S, THIS ONE IS STILL IN BLOOM AND IT LOOKS AS IT HAS STILL A LOT OF BUDS, THE WHITE ONE HAS NO MORE FLOWERS AT THE MOMENT

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MY BEAUTIFUL LITTLE VIOLETS, THEY HAVE BEEN BLOOMING SINCE LAST YEAR SEPTEMBER !!!

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AND YET ANOTHER GERANIUM, I THINK THIS ONE IS ENDRESSII

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SYRINGA PALIBIN  A LOT  SMALLER THAN SYRINGA VULGARIS

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ARUNCUS OR GOATS BEARD

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ALCHEMILLA MOLLIS OR LADIES MANTLE, ALWAYS HAPPY TO PERFORM

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DIGITALIS, THE FIRST FLOWERSTALK IN MY GARDEN WHO IS BLOOMING, THEY HAVE SELFSEEDED ALL OVER THE GARDEN BUT I  LET THEM BE AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT IN THE WAY, THE BEE’S LOVE THEM AND THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL !!!

I hope this lovely weather will continue for a long long time !!!!

 

Have a great week and enjoy your garden !

 

WALK WITH ME

Today I took my camera and took a stroll through my garden to see what is going on. We are now in the middle of May and it is still cold, too cold for the time of the year and it has been raining for a few days now, that is good as the garden was bone dry. With the rain everything grew a bit and the garden is a lot greener than a few days back.

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GERANIUM PHAEUM

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ALLIUM URSINUM WITH A FEW SHOOTS OF MELISSA OFFICINALIS. THE ALLIUM LEAFS AND FLOWERS ARE LOVELY IN A GREEN SALAD AND FROM THE LEAFS OF THE MELISSA YOU CAN MAKE A LOVELY LEMON TEA, YOU TAKE A FEW LEAFS, POOR HOT WATER ON THEM AND LET IT BE FOR A FEW MINUTES, AND VOILA YOU HAVE A LOVELY HEALTHY TEA THAT TASTES LIKE LEMON TEA, OR YOU CAN ADD A FEW LEAFS TO YOUR ORDINARY TEA TO GIVE IT A LEMONY TASTE

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THESE DAHLIA’S ARE WAITING FOR A PLACE IN THE GARDEN, THEY WERE IN THE GREENHOUSE FOR A WHILE BUT THEY ARE HARDENING OFF OUTSIDE AND THEY ARE ENJOYING THE RAIN

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LOTS AND LOTS OF BUDS ON MY CLIMBING HYDRANGEA

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THIS CUTIE WAS ENJOYING THE WET WEATHER TOO, I NEVER KILL THEM, I LET THE BIRDS IN THE GARDEN DO THEIR JOB AND THEY DO

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MELISSA OFFICINALIS, GROWS LIKE MAD AND SELFSEEDS LIKE MAD BUT IS EASILY REMOVED, YOU CAN REMOVE THE FLOWERS BEFORE THEY SET SEEDS, THAT HELPS OFCOURSE, YOU CAN DRY THE LEAFS AND USE THEM IN POT-POURRI

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FERNS UNFOLDING

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THIS IS SYRINGA PALIBIN, A SMALLER VERSION OF THE SYRINGA VULGARIS, IT IS ONLY ABOUT 100-150 CM HIGH AND ACROSS, THE FLOWERS ARE SMALLER BUT THEY SMELL THE SAME, HERE YOU SEE THE BUDS

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A VIEW OF THE FRESH NEW SHOOTS OF ONE OF MY HOSTA’S

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ALCHEMILLA MOLLIS OR LADIES MANTLE

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MY FIG TREE AT THE MOMENT

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IT ALREADY HAS MANY SMALL FIGS

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THIS IS HOW MY FIG TREE LOOKED LAST YEAR AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, THIS WINTER I COVERED IT WITH THIN FLEECE TO PROTECT IT A BIT FROM THE COLD AND I LOVE THE RESULT !!!!!!

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AND THE SHOW STOPPER IS MY NEW AEONIUM, I HOPE THE SUN WILL MAKE IT A LOT DARKER, I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS A REAL SCHWARTZKOPF BUT I HOPE SO !THERE WAS NO NAME ON IT.

I hope I will soon be able to show you lots of flowers !

Enjoy your garden !

 

NEW GROWTH

I am so pleased life is finally back to normal !  I can start looking forward to Spring now, however…. Winter has yet to come. We’ve had lots and lots of rain, grey sky’s and soft temperatures  (arround 10-12 C°) so many plants and shrubs are budding.

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CLEMATIS BUDS

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BUDDLEJA BUDS (butterfly bush)

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CLIMBING HYDRANGEA BUDS

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BUD OF A RHODODENDRON SHRUB

BUT…now they are predicting snow and ice for next weekend !!! The rhododendron and the climbing hydrangea will be ok but I fear for the budleja buds and for the clematis buds as well as for my tiny figs who are already on my fig tree….ofcourse we knew Winter was coming sooner or later but my plants didn’t, they think it is Spring already !

I so want to start working in the garden, I had the builders in and they made a nice terrace in the garden and they paved all the gardenpath’s who were made of gravel but were a lot of work to keep weed free, I also have a new garden next to the big terrace close to my house which is full of weeds at the moment, I had hoped my husband would have cleared that piece of garden and had it ready to plant in Autumn but he was too busy with his birds so now it will have to wait till Spring.