INVISIBLE EATERS

A while ago I had ripe red currants and black currants but I didn’t have the time to harvest them right away so a few days later I went into my garden to harvest the berries and every berry was gone !!!!! each and every one !!!I thought old cd’s on a string would frighten the birds away but obviously they didn’t do the job !!This week I wanted to harvest some ripe grape bunches and what did I see….the birds were there before me, mind you the grapes are in my greenhouse ! Now I gave each bunch of grapes a dress hoping the birds will stay away, also the figs outside are starting to ripen so I try to scare the birds away there too as I know from last year they always take the biggest and ripest and sweatest figs . I don’t mind that the birds eat some of my fruit but ALL is a bit much !

Here are some pictures I have taken this past weeks.

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AS YOU CAN SEE I GAVE MY GRAPES A DRESS

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HERE YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE THEY DID

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I TRY TO KEEP THE BIRDS OUT OF MY FIG TREE BY SCARING THEM WITH THESE WHITE “FLAGS”

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THE SNACK TOMATOES ARE ALSO RIPENING, THE GRANDCHILDREN LOVE TO GO TO THE GREENHOUSE FOR SOME LITTLE TOMATOES AND SO DO I

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THE BIG TOMATOES ARE FINALLY GETTING SOME COLOUR

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I LOVE THE COLOUR OF THESE SOUTH AFRICAN DAISIES

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THE JAPONESE ANEMONES ARE STARTING TO BLOOM

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THIS RUSSIAN VINE IS A REAL THUG BUT IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THUG

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MY HYDRANGEA’S ARE DOING THERE VERY BEST AT THE MOMENT

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CLEMATIS THE PRESIDENT TOGETHER WITH  A PASSIONFLOWER

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MY YELLOW DAHLIA’S IN FRONT OF A MIRROR

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ALBIZZIA JULIBRIZZIN IN BLOOM

Have a great weekend all and enjoy your gardens ! Thanks for stopping by and don’t hesitate to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you !

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MEANWHILE IN THE GREENHOUSE….

Everything is growing fine now what with the hot weather. I do have to water now every day.

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THE SNACK TOMATOES ARE FINALLY RIPENING

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HERE YOU CAN SEE SOME SNACK TOMATOES WHO ARE NOW READY TO EAT, THEY ARE REALLY SWEET AND TASTY

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THE GRAPES ARE GETTING BIGGER, THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR I HAVE FRUIT ON MY GRAPEVINE

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THIS PLANT WILL GIVE ME SMALL ROUND LEMON CUCUMBERS, I’VE NEVER EVEN TASTED ONE SO I AM VERY EXCITED TO TRY ONE

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THIS IS A BAD PICTURE BUT YOU CAN SEE ONE OF THE CUCUMBERS HERE, WHEN THEY ARE RIPE THEY’LL HAVE THE SIZE OF A TENNISBALL

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HERE ARE MY BEANS, THEY ARE YELLOW BUTTER BEANS SO WHEN RIPE THEY’LL BE COMPLETELY YELLOW

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THESE ARE ITALIAN TOMATOES, I THINK THEY’LL NEED MORE TIME TO RIPEN THAN THE SNACK TOMATOES, THEY ARE NOT EVEN BLUSHING AT THE MOMENT

Today was a lovely day, it was warm but very cloudy so it wasn’t too hot, perfect for working in the garden. We cut a few huge branches off the amelanchier as it was getting too big, did some other pruning, some weeding, watering….Tomorrow will be a very hot day so I intend to read a book under my tree with a nice cool drink…no work, just relax and enjoy my garden.

Have a great weekend and I hope you can all enjoy your garden as much as I do !

 

 

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 !