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 !

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 !!