INVISIBLE EATERS

A while ago I had ripe red currants and black currants but I didn’t have the time to harvest them right away so a few days later I went into my garden to harvest the berries and every berry was gone !!!!! each and every one !!!I thought old cd’s on a string would frighten the birds away but obviously they didn’t do the job !!This week I wanted to harvest some ripe grape bunches and what did I see….the birds were there before me, mind you the grapes are in my greenhouse ! Now I gave each bunch of grapes a dress hoping the birds will stay away, also the figs outside are starting to ripen so I try to scare the birds away there too as I know from last year they always take the biggest and ripest and sweatest figs . I don’t mind that the birds eat some of my fruit but ALL is a bit much !

Here are some pictures I have taken this past weeks.

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AS YOU CAN SEE I GAVE MY GRAPES A DRESS

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HERE YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE THEY DID

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I TRY TO KEEP THE BIRDS OUT OF MY FIG TREE BY SCARING THEM WITH THESE WHITE “FLAGS”

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THE SNACK TOMATOES ARE ALSO RIPENING, THE GRANDCHILDREN LOVE TO GO TO THE GREENHOUSE FOR SOME LITTLE TOMATOES AND SO DO I

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THE BIG TOMATOES ARE FINALLY GETTING SOME COLOUR

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I LOVE THE COLOUR OF THESE SOUTH AFRICAN DAISIES

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THE JAPONESE ANEMONES ARE STARTING TO BLOOM

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THIS RUSSIAN VINE IS A REAL THUG BUT IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THUG

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MY HYDRANGEA’S ARE DOING THERE VERY BEST AT THE MOMENT

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CLEMATIS THE PRESIDENT TOGETHER WITH  A PASSIONFLOWER

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MY YELLOW DAHLIA’S IN FRONT OF A MIRROR

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ALBIZZIA JULIBRIZZIN IN BLOOM

Have a great weekend all and enjoy your gardens ! Thanks for stopping by and don’t hesitate to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you !

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EDIBLES IN MY GARDEN

Going into the garden or the greenhouse and pick some fruit or veg to eat instantly, I love it ! I don’t have a big garden but I have figs, grapes and several sorts of berries in the garden and veggies of course.

Cos of the soft Winter we had my figs are doing remarkably well, they are not ripe yet but they get bigger and bigger and there are lots of them so I think I’ll have to make jam apart from eating lots and lots of them and of course I’ll share them with friend and family.

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HERE YOU CAN SEE MY FIG TREE TRAINED TO A WALL, I CUT MANY LEAFS AND NEW BRANCHES OFF SO THE SUN CAN GET TO THE FIGS, I SO WISH I HAD THE SPACE FOR A FULL GROWN FIG TREE !!! BUT THEY GROW SO FAST AND BECOME REALLY TOO BIG FOR A SMALL GARDEN, THIS FIG IS CALLED : WHITE OF MARSEILLE , THE FIGS ARE NOT AS HUGE AS THE PURPLE ONES, THEY STAY GREEN AND WHEN RIPE THEY TURN A LITTLE BIT YELLOW AND WHEN YOU SEE A LITTLE CRACK IN THE PEEL IT IS RIPE AND READY TO EAT !

The grapes are doing well too this year, my grapevine (vitis muscat bleu) is still very young, I planted it 2 years ago, last year I had about 5 tiny bunches of grapes, this year there are about 50 large ones I think !!! It grows in the greenhouse but it can grow outside here too and you don’t have to cut away some of the grapes in order to let the other ones grow bigger.

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And tomatoes, I have tomatoes too but they still have a long way to g(r)o(w) cos we went to Barcelona at the beginning of May I didn’t want to plant tomatoes before we were back home. But they grow very fast in the greenhouse and you can see the first green baby tomatoes and lots of flowers.

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I PLANTED NEW VARIETY’S THIS YEAR SO I WONDER HOW THEY’LL TASTE

Thanks for stopping by and have fun in your garden !

AN ORDINARY SUNDAY IN AUGUST

I cannot believe it is August already ! Lately we have had quite a bit of hot weather so everything is growing like mad, however some plants suffer from the heath. The fuchsia flowers and the roses don’t stay fresh for long and I can’t keep up watering all the pots. But I am not complaining as I love being outside, sitting on the terrace and looking at the garden.

The birds and the bees and the butterflies apparently love my garden, they are everywhere but they are very hard to catch on camera. But I am happy to have them in my garden and I love to see they like it.

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JUST A FEW DAHLIA’S

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I GAVE MY FUCHSIA’S A SHADIER PLACE AS THEY REALLY DON’T LIKE THE HEATH

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DURING THE DAY I GIVE THEM EXTRA SHADOW WITH AN UMBRELLA

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MY FIG TREE, HERE YOU CAN SEE IT HAS A SMALL SPACE TO LIVE IN, APPARENTLY FIG TREE’S LIKE THAT

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THE LACE CAP HYDRANGEA ONLY STARTED BLOOMING NOW

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FLOWERING HERBS AND A BUTTERFLY

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YELLOW MILLIONBELL’S

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MY YUCCA

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WHITE ECHINACEA, I WANT MORE OF THEM NEXT YEAR !

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SOME SORT OF SEDUM

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HONEYSUCKLE AGAINST THE GARAGE

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A FLOWERLESS ANNUAL ON A WINDOWSILL, I LOVE THE GRAY COLOUR !

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A STILL LIFE ON A TABLE

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HYDRANGEA MACROPHYLLA

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A FEW LITTLE MIRRORS ON THE FENCE IN THE FORM OF A GEKKO

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AND MY ALBIZZIA JULLIBRIZZIN FINALLY IN BLOOM

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I LOVE IT’S FOLLIAGE

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A FEW BEE’S ON THE VERONICA VIRGINICA

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend ! Enjoy your garden !

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 !

END OF JUNE

What’s been happening in my garden at the end of June ? Not much really as we still have no real Summer weather, most days  of the last 2 weeks were cold and rainy and windy but the forecast for the near future is a lot better so shall we finally get Summer over here in froggyland ? I’ll let you know, ok ?!

My garden is full of frogs, I really have to watch where I step when I am removing weeds or plant a plant cos I don’t want to step on one, some are tiny others are quite big but we have the quiet ones, the brown frog, he only says prrrrrr  prrrrr ….The slugs are having a ball too, they are everywhere, luckily we have a thrush with a nest full of babies and I see broken slug shell’s everywhere.

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MY FIRST DAHLIA FLOWER OF THE YEAR, A YELLOW ONE CALLED  YELLOW STAR, IT’S IN A BLUE POT SO I LIKE THIS COMBINATION, IT HAS A LOT OF BUDS SO I AM HOPEFULL, ALL IT NEEDS IS A COUPLE OF WARM DAYS

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A SOFT YELLOW DAYLILLY COMBINED WITH GERANIUM ANN THOMSON

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MY GOATSBEARD (ARUNCUS)  IN FULL BLOOM

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MY FIG TREE IS STILL NOT COMPLETELY RECOVERED FROM WINTER BUT IT LOOKS OK AND THE FIGS ARE REALLY BIG THIS YEAR

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THIS IS A CLOSE UP OF ONE OF MY AEONIUMS WHO IS DOING VERY WELL DESPITE ALL THE RAIN AND COLD IT HAD SO FAR

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AND THIS IS MY DARLING GRANDDAUGHTER (3) WHO LOVES TO WATER EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN AND IN THE HOUSE, I HAD TO SAVE MANY CACTI AND SUCCULENTS FROM DRAWNING ! BUT I LOVE TO TEACH HER ALL ABOUT GARDENING AND WILDLIFE, I LOVE HER TO BITS !!!

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