END OF MAY PICTURES

Never before was my garden so green and lush and with so many flowers at the end of May, we had enough sun and warmth and lots of rain  once in a while so the garden is doing well. I still have a lot to do in the garden as we are in the middle of house renovations, so the garden was left to look after itself.

Today was a holiday over here and the weather was perfect for  working in the garden so I could do a lot and enjoy the view once in a while when I needed a bit of a rest.

Here are some pictures.

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THIS IS MY VERY FIRST PASSION FLOWER, I PLANTED IT LAST SUMMER BUT IT DIDN’T FLOWER LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR IT IS FULL OF BUDS AND THE PLANT HAS GROWN SPECTACULARY, IT IS PASSIFLORA CAERULEA, ONE OF THE MOST WINTERHARDY PASSIONFLOWERS

 

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I PLANTED A WHITE ONE AS WELL LAST YEAR AND HERE TOO I HAVE A FIRST FLOWER AND LOTS OF BUDS, THIS IS PASSIFLORA CONSTANCE ELIOTT

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LOOK HOW IT HAS GROWN IN 1 YEAR TIME !

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THE ROSES ARE FLOWERING TOO, WEEKS EARLIER THAN USUAL

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THIS IS A RAMBLER CALLED ROSA SEAGULL, IT HAS A LOVELY SOFT SMELL, MY WHOLE GARDEN IS SMELLING OF ROSES AT THE MOMENT

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HENS AND CHICKS BETWEEN THE ROSES

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THIS IS ANOTHER RAMBLER CALLED ROSA GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR, SMELL’S LOVELY

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EVEN THE FUCHSIA’ ARE ALREADY IN BLOOM, THIS ONE IS MAGELLANICA MAGELLANICA, A VERY STRONG AND VERY WINTERHARDY FUCHSIA BUSH, BLOOMS FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS A YEAR

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THIS PINK PELARGONIUM WAS A TINY PLANT LAST SUMMER, IT STAYED OUTSIDE THE WHOLE WINTER AND IT HAS BEEN BLOOMING SINCE LAST YEAR IN MAY, IT WAS JUST ONE TINY PLANT !!! NOW IT IS HUGE !!

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GERANIUM JOHNSON BLUE

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DIGITALIS AGAINST THE ROSA GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR

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AND HERE IS ANOTHER GERANIUM,THIS ONE FLOWERS TILL THE FIRST FROST

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AND MY FIGS ARE FATTENING RAPIDLY, YUM !!

Have a great weekend all and I hope you’ll enjoy your garden ! Thanks for stopping by !

 

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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 !

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 !

MY GARDEN AT THE MOMENT

What is going on in  my garden at the moment ? Not much really. Each day we get more signs that Autumn is coming closer fast. Today was a nice day with a bit of sun and 23 C°, yesterday it was 17 C° and it was raining very very hard, it’s typical for many Belgian Summers, one day this and the next day something completely different.

But, a miracle has happened with my fig tree, remember when I told you back in May that it only had little green buds instead of being in full leaf ? It has grown sooooo much and there are soooo many figs on it too. They won’t get ripe this year but who knows, I see they are rapidly becoming bigger….When ripe they are not big and bold like the exotic figs but small and yellowish green, red on the inside ofcourse.

THIS WAS MY FIG TREE BACK IN MAY

SEE THE LITTLE BUDS ON IT ?

LOOK AT IT NOW !!!!

LOOK AT ALL THE LITTLE FIGS !

So NEVER give up on a fig tree too soon !!! He was this Winter in my garden, unprotected ,and we had temperatures of -18 C° !!! He is standing against a South faced wall though.

IT’S SEDUM TIME ! A CLOSE-UP OF A FLOWER

HERES’ THE SAME SEDUM TOGETHER WITH GERANIUM ROZANNE WHO HAS BEEN BLOOMING SINCE MAY

ANEMONE JAPONICA HONORINE JOBERT WITH IN THE BACK MY LILAC COLOURED HYDRANGEA MACROPHYLLA

ONE OF MY FUCHSIA’S

Have a great day ! And enjoy your garden !