EVENINGSUN.

Yesterday was a beautifull summersday and in the  evening while I was sitting on our terrace enjoying the last of the sun  I found the light so beautifull that I took my camera and made a few pictures.

SEDUM SPECABILE AND A FEW POTS WITH SEMPERVIVUM

CLOSE-UP OF THE BUDS OF THE SEDUM SPECTABILE

LYTHRIUM SALICARIA (CATSTAIL) IS A PLANT FOR WET SOIL  CLOSE TO A POND OR EVEN IN MUD BUT IT IS SO STRONG THAT I CAN KEEP IT IN A POT

A BAMBOO WIND GONG

MY YUCCA, GIVES MY GARDEN A LITTLE BIT OF THE TROPICS

AUCUBA JAPONICA, VERY STRONG EVERGREEN BUSH WITH NICE GREEN LEAFS COVERED IN YELLOW SPOTS. WHEN IT FREEZES IN WINTER THE LEAFS ARE HANGING DOWN  SO IT LOOKS AS IF THE BUSH IS VERY THIRSTY BUT AS SOON AS THE TEMP IS BACK ABOVE 0C° THE LEAFS ARE BACK TO NORMAL.

A PINK HYDRANGEA MACROPHYLLEA, I RECEIVED IT AS A GIFT IN SPRING AND IT WAS IN BLOOM FOR A LONG TIME, I PUT IT OUSIDE AFTER THE FROSTS AND IT HAS SINCE GROWN QUITE A BIT AND AS YOU CAN SEE IT IS ABOUT TO FLOWER AGAIN. I AM GOING TO PUT IT IN THE GARDEN IN AUTUMN.

MY LITTLE GARDEN HELPER INSISTED I TOOK A PICTURE OF HER TOO FOR MY BLOG, SHE IS SUPPOSED TO BE WHITE BUT SHE RARELY IS !!!

ANEMONE JAPONICA WITH THE AUCUBA IN THE BACKGROUND AND AT THE BOTTOM YOU CAN SEE A FEW FLOWERS OF GERANIUM ANNE THOMPSON, THE IVY AND THE LITTLE SEDUM ARE USED AS GROUND COVER

ONE OF THE BIRDFEEDERS, IT’S FILLED WITH SUNFLOWERSEEDS, NORMALLY I MIX THE SUNFLOWERSEEDS WITH PEANUTS BUT I WAS OUT OF PEANUTS   SO I FILLED IT UP WITH SUNFLOWERSEEDS ONLY, THE BIRDS LOVE THE SEEDS, I ALSO USE FATBALLS THAT ARE MIXED WITH AL SORTS OF SEEDS. THE  PLANT YOU SEE IS A SELF SOWED SUNFLOWER, ONE OF THE SEEDS  FELL DOWN AND GOT THE CHANCE TO GERMINATE SO NOW I GIVE IT A CHANCE TO FLOWER.

 

Have a great day all and enjoy your garden !

 

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SOME GARDEN TALK

Today it is 15 C° and the sky is grey with dark grey clouds. For me this is ideal weather to do something in the garden.

I went to my greenhouse and took some pictures.

HERE YOU SEE TWO POTS WITH DARK LEAFED BASIL, ONE POT HAS A LITTLE OF THE GREEN BASIL IN IT, YOU SEE ONION PIPES, LETTUCE, THE BIGGEST PLANT IS AN EGG PLANT, IT HAS FLOWERS BUT NO FRUITS YET

HERE YOU SEE LETTUCE, ONON PIPES, LEEKS, AND SELLERY, THE SELLERY IS FOR CUTTING, YOU CUT WHAT YOU NEED AND IT GROWS BACK, AGAIN AND AGAIN

CABBAGE AND FENNEL, AND UNDER THE BIG CABBAGE LEAF YOU SEE A TAGETES BUT IT IS NOT IN BLOOM YET

THIS IS ONE OF MY TOMATO PLANTS AND IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY YOU CAN SEE THE FIRST FLOWER BUDS !!

I know most of you already have ripe tomato’s or at least some big green ones but what with the cold and rainy weather we’ve been having for month’s now (with a few warm days inbetween) nothing is growing very well except for the weeds. Do you see that dark ring I planted my tomato in ? It’s a water reservoir, you can put 3 liters of water in it and it drips slowly into the ground, it’s the first time I am using this. As for the tagetes I mentioned earlier, I plant tagetes between my veggies and garlic to keep the bugs away, tagetes are so easy to grow from seed ! Over here we call tagetes  “stinky’s” cos of their smell. I like the ones with the little yellow flowers as they look so sunny to me.

HERE WE ARE BACK IN THE GARDEN, THIS IS AN EVERGREEN FERN : POLYSTICHUM POLYBLEPHARUM

ONE OF MY PLANTERS WITH “WILD” STRAWBERRY’S : FRAGARIA VESCA ( I BOUGHT THEM IN A PLANTCENTER I DID NOT GET THEM FROM THE WILD), THEY ARE VERY EASY TO PROPAGATE, THE FRUITS ARE VERY SMALL BUT TASTE LOVELY ALAS THE BIRDS NOW THAT TOO SO I HAVE TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE BERRY’S, THE PLANTS START FLOWERING EARLY IN SPRING AND THEY GO ON FLOWERING AND PRODUCING FRUIT TILL THE FIRST FROST, ALL THEY NEED IS A PLACE IN THE SHADE/SEMI-SHADE AND ENOUGH WATER

MY ANGELWING BEGONIA , IT IS NOT IN BLOOM YET BUT UNDER THE LEAFS I CAN SEE SOME BUDS, IT’ S ONE WITH WHITE BELL SHAPED FLOWERS,  AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FIRST FLOWERS !

A FUCHSIA TOGETHER WITH A SMALL SEDUM : SEDUM SPURIUM IN A POT, THIS SEDUM IS SUCH A LOVELY PLANT, I OFTEN USE IT TO COVER THE SOIL IN A POT, IT IS A TRAILING SEDUM AND YOU CAN CUT IT SHORT OR LEAVE IT  HANGING OVER THE EDGE OF THE POT, IT’S ALWAYS HAPPY, IT IS EVERYWHERE IN MY GARDEN, YOU CAN PUT IT EVERYWHERE : SUN,SHADE, DRY, WET, WHATEVER.

ONE OF MY SEMPERVIVUMS WITH PROMISING BUDS, I JUST REPLANTED IT, THE LITTLE GREEN STUMPS YOU SEE IS OF ANOTHER SEDUM : SEDUM ACRE AND IT GETS BRIGHT YELLOW LITTLE FLOWERS, SO PRETTY ! AND SO SUNNY !

MAY I INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF MY BEST GARDEN HELPERS, IDEAL FOR REMOVING WEEDS, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE A LOT OF MUSCLE, I WOULD NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITHOUT IT

And now I want to go and do something in the garden, I have the whole day to myself and I love it but first I’m going to have a cup of tea in the garden so I can see what needs my attention the most.

Thank you all for reading my blog, have a great day and enjoy your garden

I AM GETTING FED UP !!!

How on earth can I do some work in the garden when it is constantly raining !!!??? Todays weather forcast : 19 C°(I can live with that) but rain all day and tomorrow and…..for the next 10 days. So I decided to do some repotting and potting up inside, it’s dirty I know but I have to do something usefull don’t I ?

The weeds are growing like mad and my husband can’t help me with the weeding as he doesn’t know the difference between a plant and a weed ! So if I let him loose on my garden I don’t think I’ll have many plants left ! Is it my immagination or have you noticed as well how clever weeds can be ? It is as if they look for plants with about the same leaf shape so you won’t notice them at first sight but since I know how they operate  I look even more carefully. They say that weeds are just plants in the wrong place , weeds can be beautifull and sometimes I let them grow when they are not in the way, BUT you have some really really vile weeds who are almost unremovable ! I hate those !!!

THIS IS A SEMPERVIVUM THAT I REPOTTED, THIS ONE IS WINTERHARDY BUT I PUT IT IN THE GREENHOUSE DURING WINTER AS THEY HATE IT TO HAVE SOAKED SOIL

HERE ARE SOME OTHER REPOTTED SEMPERVIVUMS I DID EARLIER, YOU CAN SEE MY VERY SAD FIGTREE IN THE BACK, BUT HE IS MAKING PROGRESS, ON THE LEFT YOU SEE THE TABLE I USE FOR POTTING AND REPOTTING, MY OTHER SUCCULENTS AND MY CACTI WILL STAY INSIDE FOR THE TIME BEING

THIS IS MY FRENCH PELARGONIUM, I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT WHEN I SAW IT IN THE GARDEN CENTER, AT FIRST SIGHT YOU THINK IT IS WHITE BUT IT’S COLOUR IS OF THE SOFTEST PINK YOU CAN THINK OF WITH DARKER PINK LINES AND BEAUTIFULL STAMENS, I LOVE IT !!!

I am going to do some inside gardening now.

HAVE A GREAT DAY !

GREEN GREETINGS TO ALL OF YOU !