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 !

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GARDEN UPDATE

We have had about 2 weeks of really hot weather with one or two showers and today a heavy thunderstorm. I took some pictures before the storm, now that the storm is over the garden looks a bit of a mess but they needed the drink. I’ve tried to keep everything alive by watering every evening but they really prefer water from heaven. The forecast is for at least another 2 weeks of really hot weather. I only wish I could have my holiday now but we have it planned for September. But I do try to enjoy the Summer in the mornings and in the evenings, eating outside with a garden view…what more do you want ?!

The flowers have been suffering a bit from sunburn and so did some bushes, so I try to keep them cool and give them a bit of shade with an umbrella or a thin cloth, every little bit helps, but of course all the tropical plants are having a ball now.

The tomatoes are finally starting to get a red colour and the beans are growing and ripening so fast ! I love it ! The salad doesn’t like the hot weather, I keep it in my greenhouse as otherwise the birds will eat it all.

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A PURE WHITE MALVA

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WHITE BEGONIA

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THE FIRST BLOOMS ON MY BUDDLEIA (BUTTERFLY BUSH) THIS YEAR

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I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS IS, IT’S A GIFT FROM THE BIRDS, IT IS SO PRETTY AND LACY I HAVEN’ THE HEART TO PULL IT OUT

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HERE YOU CAN SEE HOW BIG THE FIGS OF THE FIRST FIG HARVEST IS, THE TINY ONES ARE THE SECOND HARVEST, USUALLY ONLY THE FIRST HARVEST WILL RIPEN ENOUGH TO EAT OVER HERE, A FIG TREE GET’S 3 HARVESTS PER YEAR BUT THEN IT NEEDS A HOT COUNTRY TO LIVE IN, NOT A COLD RAINY COUNTRY LIKE BELGIUM, I GAVE MY FIG TREE A NICE WARM DRESS THIS WINTER AS LAST YEAR IT WAS ALMOST FROZEN TO DEATH, THE WINTERDRESS REALLY MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE !

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THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE DAHLIA LUCKY NUMBER, THE PICTURE THAT CAME WITH THE BULBS SHOW A DARKER PINK FLOWER, I HATE IT WHEN THIS HAPPENS, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER BUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE PURPLE

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MY LITTLE YELLOW AFRICANS (TAGETES) ARE THRIVING OF COURSE

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ANOTHER WHITE FLOWER, LANTANA CAMARA, IT ALSO LIKES THE HEATH

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THEY HAVE YELLOW HEARTS, I LOVE THE SMELL OF THE CRUSHED LEAFS !

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THE EUCOMIS BICOLOR IS GETTING SEEDPODS NOW

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THE FIRST OF THE JAPANESE ANEMONES ARE IN BLOOM

One of these days I’m going to give you an update on my succulents and cacti.

Have a great weekend all and thanks for stopping by ! Enjoy your garden !

SUNDAY WAS A FUN DAY

Yesterday was a sunny Sunday, the first this year ! It was still cold but in my greenhouse it was warm. I did a lot of sowing, planting, repotting, potting and watering as everything is very dry. Today I had a free day so I thought I could continue working in the greenhouse….but early this morning my son rang to tell me the childminder was ill and asked if I could take care of the kids so ….no gardening today !!! And there is so much to do !!!!

The first seeds I have sown this year were spinach, it took over 3 weeks to germinate !!! but it is looking good now. Yesterday I did the carrots ( little orange ball’s called Paris Market),and lettuce for cutting, I planted eucomis bicolor in pots, liatris spicata in pots, 3 dahlia Yellow Star and 3 dahlia Lucky number, all in pots untill after the frosts about mid May, then I’ll plant most of them outside in the garden,but some will get a big pot. At the moment they can grow away and take a head start in the greenhouse cos it’s warmer there. The temperatures are on the up and rain is on it’s way, it is welcomed as the soil is so dry cos of the dry cold winds we had for weeks on end. So finally it looks as if Spring is on the way !FINALLY !!!!

Here are a few pictures for you :

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THE CARROTS AND THE LETTUCE

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ON THE LEFT IS LIATRIS SPICATA, ON THE RIGHT IS EUCOMIS BICOLOR

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THE PINK AND YELLOW DAHLIA, THE PINK ONE IS A BIT BRIGHTER THAN ON THE PICTURE

All the bulbs had tiny tiny shoots so they all have a long way to go !

Have a great week all and thanks for stopping by !