Not much really as the temperatures are too low, even in the greenhouse as we don’t get a tiny bit of sun. Yesterday it was 8 C° at the “hottest” time of the day !!! I know I said I was happy with the rain as we needed it badly but now it won’t stop raining. It is very frustrating as our Summers are short.
MY GRAPEVINE IS DOING FINE IN THE GREENHOUSE
IT HAS GRAPE-BEGINNINGS, AT LEAST 5 LITTLE BUNCHES SO FAR, I REALLY HOPE THEY’LL GROW INTO REAL GRAPES AND RIPEN……..
HERE YOU CAN SEE SMALL PEA PLANTS, LETTUCE AND TAGETES TO KEEP THE BUGS AWAY
LETTUCE FOR CUTTING AND CARROTS, THEY ARE DOING WELL, THE CARROTS ARE TINY ROUND ONE’S CALLED PARIS MARKET
TOMATO PLANTS ARE LOOKING GOOD AND THEY ARE IN BLOOM BUT NOT A SINGLE TINY TOMATO CAN BE SEEN YET…….
THESE ARE SHOOTS OF LIATRIS SPICATA WAITING TO BE PLANTED OUTSIDE
MORE PLANTS WAITING FOR A PLACE IN THE GARDEN
SOME OF MY HERBS I MOVED FROM THE GREENHOUSE TO THE GARDEN, I LOVE THE YELLOW LEMON THYME !
Please please if you can, sent me some sun, my plants desperately need a bit of sun and warmth now and so do I !!
I took some pictures in my garden today, the sun was shining and it looked very much like Spring but it was still very cold cos of the cold wind we had so I did some gardening in my greenhouse where it was lovely and warm.
MARSH MARIGOLD ( CALTHA PALUSTRIS) IN THE SWAMP PART OF THE POND, NORMALLY THEY ARE IN BLOOM IN MARCH
BUDS OF MY AMELANCHIER
THERE ARE MILLIONS OF BUDS ON MY AMELANCHIER TREE, IN A FEW DAYS IT WILL LOOK STUNNING AND ALIVE WITH BEE’S AND BUMBLE BEE’S, THIS ONE IS ALSO ABOUT 4 WEEKS LATER THAN USUAL
SKIMMIA JAPONICA WHITE KEW, IT WAS BUZZING WITH BEE’S BUT THEY WERE SO FAST I COULDN’T GET THEM ON CAMERA AND IT WAS TOO COLD TO BE PATIENT, I LOVE IT WHEN THERE ARE A LOT OF BEE’S IN MY GARDEN, BEE’S ARE IN DECLINE, EVEN IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION OVER HERE SO I TRY TO PLANT SHRUBS, TREE’S AND FLOWERS THEY LIKE TO VISIT AND I WANT TO BUILD A BEE HOTEL IN MY GARDEN SO THEY CAN OVERWINTER THERE AND LAY THEIR EGG’S
A PRETTY DOUBLE DAFFODIL IN THE SHADE
IN THE GREENHOUSE, LETTUCE FOR CUTTING AND SPINACH, COS OF THE LONG COLD WINTER I HAD TO POSTPHONE SEEDING SO THERE IS LOTS TO COME BUT MOST IS SO TINY AND JUST COMING OUT OF THE SOIL, I DID A LOT OF SEEDING LAST WEEK
I BOUGHT THESE TOMATO’S LAST WEEK IN THE GARDENCENTER SO THEY HAVE A GOOD HEAD START, THEY ARE DARK RED EGG SHAPED SPANISH TOMATO’S, I ALSO BOUGHT A RED PAPRIKA PLANT
It is also very very dry, we had some rain last week but it was not nearly enough !
I hope you are all enjoying your gardens ! Have a great week !
This is the first sunny day we’ve had this year, it’s 9 C° but it is cold cos of an easterly wind but behind the windows it is warm, this feels soooooo good !!! It is only for a couple of days but I intend to enjoy every minute of it ! I want to start sowing in the greenhouse, of course only things that can stand a bit of frost cos my greenhouse has no heating (yet), for the first time this ear the automatic window openers opened the windows ! At the moment all my pots with succulents are in there to protect them from the rain and they have done well this Winter, they are looking good.
I took a few pictures of my indoor plants who are sunbathing and enjoying it !
I THINK THEY ARE ALL SMILING AT THE MOMENT !
IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY YOU CAN HEAR THEM SCREAM OF JOY !
Once a year, for about a month, the royal greenhouse near Brussels is open for the public. I’ve been there several times and I love it. It is very popular with visitors from all over the world so it can be rather crowded. I always try to imagine what it would be like if I was the only visitor or even better, the owner and I could do with it what I want….I have soooo many idea’s. But I am happy with my garden and greenhouse too you know but we can dream can’t we ?
Here are some of the pictures I took when we were there.
THIS IS CALLED THE CHINESE PAVILLION, IT WAS A GIFT FROM CHINA
I THINK THIS TREE IS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS !!!
ALL THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN AT THE END OF APRIL
For all of you who would like to visit this royal greenhouse, it is usually open from end of April till end of May.
Have a great week and to the lucky ones : enjoy your garden !
I’ve been in hospital for a week but now I’m back but unable to do some gardening or other work for a while and there is sooooo much to do ! I was amazed to see how much my garden had changed in just a few days, everything looked bigger and greener, less flowers…they all rotted away cos of the heavy rains we are having. I had hoped to come home to a lovely garden where I could sit in the shade, recover from my operation in a pleasant way and enjoy the view, read a book, do some drawing….Alas the weathergods decided differently. I don’t know why but for month’s now the SoutEast part of Europe has warm and sunny weather whereas the Nortwest part (where I live)has cold and very wet weather. And for the next 10 days we’ll get more of the same, this is really depressing me.
Before I left I took some pictures in my garden as we had a few hours of sun in the afternoon.
THIS LITTLE FLOWER IS CALLED ASPERULA, FOR US IT IS AN ANNUAL, I THINK NEXT YEAR I’LL USE THEM TO MIX WITH OTHER ANNUALS, THIS YEAR IT WAS JUST AN EXPERIMENT TO SEE WHAT COLOUR THEY WERE AND WHAT HEIGHT THEY HAD AND HOW LONG THEY BLOOMED, LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE QUITE RAIN RESISTANT
ASTRANTIA MAJOR, A SWEET LITTLE FLOWER THAT DOESN’T ASK FOR MUCH AND BLOOMS FOR A LONG TIME
FIRST BLOOMS THIS YEAR ON MY HYDRANGEA, THE CREAM WILL BECOME PURPLE AS THE FLOWER AGES, WHEN I BOUGHT THIS PLANT THE FLOWERS WERE PINK BUT IT STANDS NEXT TO A CONIFER HEDGE SO IT BECAME PURPLE, IN AUTUMN IT WILL TURN DARK RED AND MOSGREEN , VERY PRETTY WHEN YOU DRY THEM.
A CLOSE UP
I also took some pictures in my greenhouse.
TOMATO SELLERY CABBAGES FENNEL
THIS YEAR I TRIED SWEET CORNS FOR THE FIRST TIME, THEY ARE GROWING LIKE MAD BUT WILL THEY BE RIPE BEFORE THE FIRST FROSTS ? I’LL LET YOU KNOW ! BEHIND THE GREENHOUSE YOU CAN SEE NETTLES GROWING, THESE ARE FOR THE BUTTERFLIES WHO NEED THEM TO LAY THEIR EGG’S ON
MY ONE AND ONLY EGG PLANT.
I’m dying to see what is happening in my greenhouse at the moment but my terrace is slippery when it is wet and I can’t risk a fall right now so I’ll have to wait till it dries again. At the moment it is just pouring !
Have a great weekend all and thanks for stopping by !!