NEWS FROM MY GARDEN

And here we are at the end of August and you can feel the warmth of the sun is not as it was in July and the days have become quite a bit shorter but the days are beautiful, in a weeks time the children go back to school. We know it is possible to get the first frost in September but it is also possible we get the first frost in November or December. Summer was short but nice, and September can be quite good. We still have our holiday in France to look forward too ! We are going to visit a lot of gardens, I’ll tell you all about it when I’m back, ok ?

Meanwhile in my garden all is well and I made some changes here and there and I am happy with it.

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I PLACED A FEW MIRRORS IN THE NEW GARDEN, I AM PLANNING TO GIVE THEM A LIFE FRAME OF SMALL LEAVED IVY

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HERE IS THE OTHER MIRROR AND I HAVE ROOM FOR MORE……

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THESE BUTTERFLIES ARE CRAZY ABOUT THE BLOOMING SEDUMS AND I HAVE A LOT OF THEM IN THE GARDEN AT THE MOMENT

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SEDUM SPECTABILIS

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THIS IS ANOTHER SEDUM BUT I DON’T KNOW ITS NAME, IT WAS A GIFT FROM MY NEIGHBOUR

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I FINALLY MANAGED TO TAKE A PICTURE OF ONE OF THE MANY FROGS THAT ARE LIVING IN THE GARDEN, THEY DON’T MAKE A LOT OF NOISE, ONLY A SOFT PRRR PRRR AND THEY LOVE OUR POND

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THE WHITE LANTANA CAMARA IS ALSO POPULAR  AMONGST THE BEES AND BUTTERFLIES

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLANTS : VERBENA BONARIENSIS, BLOOMS FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND GETS A LOT OF VISITORS

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DAHLIA AND  WHITE ECHINACHEA

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MY RESCUED AEONIUM IS THRIVING, IT DIDN’T LOOK GOOD WHEN I BOUGHT IT, I FELT SORRY FOR IT, IT WAS IN A TINY POT AND IT WAS ONLY 2 EURO’S (3 DOLLARS) FOR A BIG PLANT, IT COULDN’T EVEN STAND UP AS THE PLANT WAS FAR TOO HEAVY FOR THE small POT

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FUCHSIA MAGELANICA , ONE OF THE EASIEST SHRUBS I KNOW AND VERY WINTERHARDY

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FUCHSIA GARTENMEISTER BONDSTEDT

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CLOSE UP OF THE GARTENMEISTER BONDSTEDT, THESE TYPE OF FUCHSIA’ WITH THE LONG NARROW FLOWERS NEED MORE WARMTH THAN THE OTHER FUCHSIA’S AND THEY LOVE A PLACE IN FULL SUN

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ANOTHER VIEW IN THE MIRROR

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LACE CAP HYDRANGEA AT THE POND

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HYDRANGYA AND THE FAST GROWING RUSSIAN VINE (polygonum aubertii)

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AUCUBA JAPONICA AND ANEMONE JAPONICA WITH A FEW POTTED PLANTS IN THE FRONT

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THE MOTHER OF ALL MY JADE PLANTS, CRASSULA portulacea OR MONEY PLANT

Have a great week all and enjoy your garden ! Thanks for visiting my blog, it is much appreciated !

FUCHSIA’S AND MORE

A while ago I ordered some fuchsia’s from a place called Fuchsia’s Katrien Michiels, they have over 3000 different fuchsia’s and over a 1000 different pelargoniums on top of that they have other Summerflowering flowers and a small range of cacti. I love to go there ! They have a beautiful site on internet with all the pictures of the fuchsia’s and pelargoniums they sell. Yesterday I went to collect what I had ordered and I took some pictures.

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A LOOK AT THE PELARGONIUM HOUSE

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THESE DARK FLOWERING PELARGONIUMS ARE VERY POPULAR OVER HERE AT THE MOMENT

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THESE ARE SPECIAL LEAF PELARGONIUMS

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And here are the fuchsia’s. They are not in bloom yet but most of them have buds.

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THEY HAVE SEVERAL OF THESE HUGE GREENHOUSES FILLED WITH FUCHSIA’s

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EVERY FUCHSIA HAS A NUMBER AND A NAME AND SOME INFO : SUN OR SHADE, WINTERHARDY OR NOT, TRAILING OR STANDING, BIG FLOWER, DUBBLE FLOWER, SMALL FLOWER, COLOUR

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE TAGS

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THIS IS A FUCHSIA WITH A VARIEGATED LEAF

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SOME ANUALS

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COLEUS

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COLEUS

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COLEUS

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HYDRANGEA

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BEGONIA’S IN HANGING POTS

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And last but not least the cacti !!!

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As you can see, they were all big cacti and they were a bit neglected so I guess she’s not a cacti fan but the cacti were beautiful none the less !

Have a great day all and enjoy your garden !

 

STIL IN BLOOM IN MY GARDEN

 Although my garden doesn’t look pretty anymore, there still are some blooms left to enjoy. I already removed the tender plants as the temperatures at night are flirting with 0 C°, I hate that ! I also want to move all my hardy succulents into the greenhouse as we had very wet winters the past 3 years, they can withstand the cold very well but they don’t like the combination of the wet and the cold, a lot of my succulents were damaged last winter, I even lost a few !!! so  now want to put them in my greenhouse for overwintering.

A SUNFLOWER IN OKTOBER ? YES, I TOLD YOU BEFORE THAT THE BIRDS DROPPED A FEW SUNFLOWERSEEDS AND A FEW SUNFLOWERS GREW SPONTNEOUSLY, THIS IS THE BIGGEST, IT IS OVER 4 METERS TALL,  BUT I’M AFRAID THE SEEDS WON’T RIPEN ENOUGH FOR THE BIRDS TO EAT, IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER BUT RIGHT NOW SHE LOOKS GORGEOUS ! I  FIND IT FASCINATING HOW THEY CAN FOLLOW THE SUN WITH THEIR “FACES”.

GERANIUM ANN THOMSON HAS BEEN BLOOMING SINCE JUNE, WAS DAMAGED BY OUR DOG DURING WINTER AND THERE WAS ONE TINY PLANT LEFT, NOW I HAVE A BIG BUNCH

FUCHSIA MAGELLANICA, ALWAYS A GOOD PERFORMER FROM JUNE TILL THE FIRST FROST, VERY WINTERHARDY, THE BUSH DIES IN WINTER BUT THERE ARE ALWAYS NEW SHOOTS COMMING FROM THE GROUND UP IN SPRING

SOME SORT OF ASTER BUT A REAL BULLY ! I’VE BEEN TRYING FOR YEARS TO REMOVE IT BUT IF A SMALL PIECE OF ROOT BREAKS OFF, YOU GET A NEW PLANT, IT COMES UP EVERYWHERE IN MY GARDEN SO IT SELFSEEDS AS WELL, BUT IT IS A BEAUTY I MUST ADMIT

TRICYRTIS HIRTUS, LOOKS LIKE AN ORCHID, VERY NICE FOR THE AUTUMN GARDEN, I WANT MORE OF THESE !

I BOUGHT SOME YELLOW CHRYSANTHEMUMS AND  LITTLE VIOLA’S TO BRIGHTEN MY FRONT DOOR

REMEMBER THIS WHITE BEGONIA ? IT IS STILL BLOOMING NICELY.

ROSA THE PILGRIMM

THE WHITE BLOOMS IN THE TREE IS A RUSSIAN VINE, IT WAS PLANTED TO COVER THE ROOF OF THE AVIARY BUT NOW IT CLIMBS IN OUR OAK TREE ! I LIKE IT !

REMEMBER  I TOLD YOU IN SPRING I PLANTED SOME DWARF CONIFERS IN MY FROND GARDEN ? WELL THEY WERE SO TINY THAT I DECIDED TO PUT SOME TAGETES INBETWEEN TO GIVE THE PATCH A BIT OF COLOUR, WELL THE TAGETES IS STILL BLOOMING LIKE MAD !

HERE’S ANOTHER LOOK AT THE DWARF CONIFERS, THEY DID WELL THIS SUMMER AND ADDED A BIT OF GROWTH, I NEVER THOUGHT THE TAGETES WOULD BECOME THIS BIG !

A CLOSE-UP OF MY BIG SUNFLOWER

VERBENA BONARIENSIS STILL IN BLOOM, I LOVE THIS PLANT AND SO DO THE BEE’S AND BUTTERFLIES

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST A FUCHSIA CUTTING, CUTE HEY !

Have a great day all, thanks for stopping by and enjoy your garden !

LATE BLOOMERS

THIS  IS A GIFT FROM MY BIRDS, THEY DROPPED ONE OF THE SEEDS I GAVE THEM AND IT DEVELOPPED INTO A BEAUTIFULL FLOWER

MICHAELMAS DAISY’S, I AM NOT SO KEEN ON THEM AS THEY DEVELLOP A LOT !!! OF UNDERGROUND RUNNERS, IT’S A WEED I CAN’T GET RID OFF BUT AS THE BUTTERFLIES AND THE BEE’S LOVE IT SO MUCH I ALLOW IT INTO MY GARDEN, I PULL EVERY SHOOT OUT IN AUTUMN BUT EVERY  TINY PIECE OF ROOT LEFT IN THE GROUND MAKES A NEW PLANT IN SPRING !!!

ROSA THE PILGRIM (AUSTIN ROSE) BLOOMS ON AND OFF FROM JUNE TILL THE FIRST FROST, SMELLS LOVELY

ANOTHER LATE BLOOMER, TRICYRTIS HIRTUS ALSO CALLED : THE POOR MAN’S ORCHID, I LOVE IT !!!

KIRENGOSHOMA PALMATA, IN THE BACKGROUND YOU SEE THE REMAINS OF A FERN

ASPLENIUM NIDUS, AN EVERGEEN FERN AND VERY WINTERHARDY ALTHOUGH IT’S LEAVES  ARE  IN WINTER NOT AS BEAUTIFULL AS IN SUMMER

FUCHSIA’S ALLWAYS GOOD FOR SOME AUTUMN COLOUR, IN THE BACK YOU CAN SEE THE REMAINS OF SOME CLEMATIS

ANOTHER GIFT OF MY BIRDS, THIS SUNFLOWER IS HUGE !! THE BUD IS STILL SMALL BUT I HOPE IT WILL BECOME HUGE TOO. ON THE LEFT AGAINST THE FENCE YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF BIRD DROPPINGS, EVERY MORNING THE BIRDS SIT THERE AND WAIT UNTILL I FEED THEM

I BOUGHT SOME YELLOW ASTERS, THEY LOOK SO SUNNY ! HAVE TO GIVE THEM A BIGGER POT SO I CAN PUT THEM NEAR THE FRONTDOOR TO WELCOME MY CLIENTS AND MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS

AS YOU CAN SEE MY FIGS ARE GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER BUT WILL THEY GET RIPE ???

THESE SEDUMS ATTRACT A LOT OF BUTTERFLIES AND BEE’S, I LOVE TO SIT ON THE TERRACE AND SEE THEM COME AND GO BUT THEY ARE HARD TO CATCH ON CAMERA

In a few days we will be leaving for our holliday in Croatia, nature is beautifull overthere so I hope to make a lot of pictures for my blog.

Take care and have fun in your garden guys !

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 !