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.
A PURE WHITE MALVA
THE FIRST BLOOMS ON MY BUDDLEIA (BUTTERFLY BUSH) THIS YEAR
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
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 !
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
MY LITTLE YELLOW AFRICANS (TAGETES) ARE THRIVING OF COURSE
ANOTHER WHITE FLOWER, LANTANA CAMARA, IT ALSO LIKES THE HEATH
THEY HAVE YELLOW HEARTS, I LOVE THE SMELL OF THE CRUSHED LEAFS !
THE EUCOMIS BICOLOR IS GETTING SEEDPODS NOW
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 !
Another week gone by, a nice week weather wise, not too hot but just nice, no rain no damaging wind…everything is growing nicely and I enjoy sitting on the terrace and watch all the blooms and the garden is looking nice and smelling nice, although there still is a lot of work to do but I need a bit of a break from the hectic weeks we’ve had.
My roses finally found it warm enough to perform !
ROSA THE PILGRIM, A LOVELY SOFT YELLOW ROSE WITH A SOFT PERFUME
ANOTHER VIEW OF ROSA THE PILGRIM, SHE TURNS ALMOST WHITE AFTER A FEW DAYS
ROSA GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR, A RAMBLER WITH A HEAVENLY SMELL
I DON’T KNOW THE NAME OF THIS PINK BEAUTY, IS A CLIMBER AND SHE CLIMBS AGAINST THE AVIARY, WHEN I BOUGHT THIS ROSE THE TAG WAS OF A SOFT PINK ROSE BUT THIS IS NOT THE ONE THAT WAS ON THE PICTURE, I HATE IT WHEN THE TAGS DON’T MATCH !
CLEMATIS ETOILE VIOLETTE, ONE OF THE EASIEST CLEMATIS AND IT BLOOMS FOR A LOOOOOOONG TIME ! IT’S THE FIRST TO BLOOM AND CONTINUES TO BLOOM TILL THE FIRST FROST ! I COMBINED IT WITH ROSA CONSTANCE SPRY A PINK ROSE, BUT SHE IS NOT IN BLOOM YET.
MALVA, A LOVELY “WEED” SOWS ITSELF ARROUND BUT CAN BE EASILY REMOVED.
THE LAST OF MY DAYLILLIES TO BLOOM, A BIG YELLOW TRUMPET
PHIADELPHUS BELLE ETOILE, THE LAST OF THE BLOOMS WITH A LOVELY SMELL
I MADE SMALL BOUQUETS WITH THE JASMIN (PHILADELPHUS) SO MY HOUSE IS FULL OF THE SCENT OF JASMIN
YELLOW DAHLIA CALLED YELLOW STAR, IT IS IN A POT AN D IT IS DOING RATHER WELL
HERE YOU HAVE A BETTER VIEW OF IT, NEXT TO THE DAHLIA IS AN EUCOMIS COMMUNIS IN A POT, BEHIND THE DAHLIA YOU CAN SEE A BIT OF MY INSIDE CACTI AND SUCCULENT COLLECTION
Now I am going to enjoy the rest of my Sunday in the garden. Have a great Sunday all ! and thanks for stopping by !
Enjoy your garden whenever you can !!!!!
Yesterday it was the first day of Summer, it was 15 C° with lots of rain and wind and…we had a barbecue in the garden ! It was at my sisters place as she had something to celebrate and we had a partytent and some heating and the bbq was outside under a big umbrella, I wish I had taken some pictures of it to show you but I had my 2 grandchildren (2 and 4) with me and they sure gave me the run arround !!Besides, they have a pond and a playgarden for a 7 year old and the bbq so I could not leave them alone for a second as they are both rather wild and daring…..
Last week I put some of my tender cacti and succulents outside but I’m going to move them back in as it is too cold and too wet and the forecast is not good for the next week. But I must say the garden is green and lush, too green for the time of the year, very few flowers but I’m not complaining. What with all the flooding, bush fires, earthquakes and tornado’s elsewhere….I count myself lucky.
I did take some pictures of my garden this week as the beginning of the week was ok.
MY FIRST LUPINE APPEARED, IT SHOULD BE LUPINUS CHANDELIER AND THE CARD ON THE PLANT SHOWED ME A BRIGHT YELLOW LUPINUS, THIS IS NOT BRIGHT YELLOW, AFTER A FEW DAYS IT EVEN TURNED TO A VERY SOFT ALMOST WHITE APRICOT…..
I FOUND THESE LOVELY HANGING POTS AND I FILLED THEM WITH HARDY SUCCULENTS, AND I WANT MORE OF THEM POTS !!!!
MY FIGS ( white of marseille)HAVE NEVER BEEN AS BIG AS THIS YEAR, THEY STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE WE CAN EAT THEM THOUGH
THIS IS EUCOMIS BICOLOR
A CLOSER LOOK
MALVA PRIMLEY BLUE, I LOVE THOSE DARKER STRIPES ON THE FLOWERS
FLOWERS ON MY PHILADELPHUS BELLE ETOILE
FIRST FLOWERS ON MY GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR, A WHITE RAMBLER WITH A HEAVENLY SMELL, THIS IS A MODEST RAMBLER THAT GROWS UP TO 4 METERS HIGH WHERE OTHER RAMBLERS GO UP TO 10 METERS OR EVEN HIGHER !!
Have a great week all and enjoy your garden ! I will !
Today, July 22nd, is the first real Sumerday we’ve had this year !! And it will be Summer till Saturday, then it will end with a big bang and lightning and lots of rain. As I am still recovering from my op this week I am going to enjoy every minute of this little Summer. I took some pictures today and yesterday for you to see.
MALVA, A FRIENDLY LITTLE FLOWER ON HIGH STEMS, SELFSOWING BUT CAN EASILY BE REMOVED WHERE IT IS NOT WANTED
MALVA IN THE SUN
HERE YOU CAN SEE PART OF THE GARDEN WITH THE POND, THE FENCE IS TEMPORARILY THERE UNTILL THE GRANDKIDS ARE OLD ENOUGH, YOU CAN SEE A CONIFER HEDGE AND OUR BIG OAK TREE, ABOUT 30 YEARS AGO A BIRD MUST HAVE DROPPED A FRUIT OF AN AMERICAN OAKTREE AND VOILA 30 YEARS LATER WE HAVE A NICE BIG TREE
LOOK WHAT I FOUND ON MY TAGETES, A BEAUTIFULL GRASHOPPER ! USUALLY THEY ARE A LOT SMALLER HERE.
CLEMATIS THE PRESIDENT, BLOOMING FOR THE 2ND TIME THIS YEAR
MY LILAC – BLUE HYDRANGEA
HERE IS ONE THAT IS MORE PINK, ALWAYS A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES
MY YUCCA IN A POT IN THE SUN, HE SUFFERED A LOT THIS WINTER AS I LEFT HIM OUT IN THE GARDEN FOR TOO LONG BUT HE SURVIVED AND IS DOING WELL NOW I THINK
BUDS OF KIRENGOSHOMA, A JAPANESE PLANT, IT WILL GET BELLSHAPED YELLOW FLOWERS
FUCHSIA MAGELLANICA, A SMALL BUSH, COMPLETELY WINTERHARDY (UP TO AT LEAST -18C°) THE BUSH DIES DOWN IN WINTER AND NEW SHOOTS EMERGE IN SPRING, BLOOMS FROM JUNE TILL THE FIRST FROST
ANOTHER FUCHSIA WITH SMALL FLOWERS, I THINK IT’S A REAL CUTIE, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S CALLED THE LABEL JUST SAID “FUCHSIA”
LOOK AT THAT BLUE SKY ! AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE BUDS GROWING ON MY ALBIZZIA JULLIBRIZZIN
THE SUN SHINING THROUGH THE LEAFS OF MY ALBIZZIA