VIEWS FROM MY WORLD

We had a few cooler days and rain, lots of soft rain and nature is very grateful for it and so am I as my plants are recovering from the heat wave now. I have taken a few pictures to show you what is going on in my garden at the moment.

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COREOPSIS

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PASSIFLORA CAERULEA OR PASSIONFLOWER, I JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THEM ! THEY GROW AND BLOOM LIKE MAD FOR MONTHS ON END

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DAYLILLY

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PINK BEGONIA AND WHITE BUSY LIZZY

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TAGETES WITH TINY YELLOW FLOWERS

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FUCHSIA MAGELLANICA

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PELARGONIUM SPECIES, A STRONG ONE AS I HAVE HAD IT FOR YEARS

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THIS ROCK NEAR THE POND IS VERY ATTRACTIVE FOR THE BIRDS AS THE WATER FLOWS WINTER AND SUMMER, THE BIRDS USE IT TO DRINK AND TO BATHE

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ONE OF MY WATER CONTAINERS, IT IS NOT A PRETTY SIGHT YET BUT I AM GOING TO HIDE IT WITH PLANTS

HAVE A GREAT DAY ALL AND THANKS FOR VISITING !

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LAST WEEK OF AUGUST

August was a lovely month, lots of sunshine and a good shower or a rainy night once in a while, what more can a gardener want ? Alas August is gone now and September came, the good weather continues, although the days are becoming shorter rapidly, the nights are a lot cooler and breakfast on the terrace is too cold now but the days are just lovely.

I took some pictures last week so you can see what went on in my garden last week.

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THE FIRST SEDUMS ARE IN BLOOM, THAT MEANS AUTUMN !!!!THE YELLOW AFRICANS (TAGETES) BLOOM AS IF THERE IS NO TOMORROW

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ANEMONE JAPONICA, ANOTHER AUTUMN BLOOMER

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MORE ANEMONES IN FRONT OF THE AUCUBA  JAPONICA

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THE SUN IS ALWAYS SHINING IN MY GARDEN, YOU CAN SEE ALL THE SPIDERWEBS AND SOME DEAD LEAVES…….

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CHELONE OBLIQUA ALSO CALLED TURTLE FLOWER COS THE BLOOMS REMIND YOU OF THE TURTLES HEAD, AN EASY CAREFREE PLANT

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ALBIZIA JULIBRISSIN STILL IN BLOOM, I LOVE IT AS IT REMINDS ME OF SPAIN

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MY WHITE PASSIONFLOWER IS GROWING LIKE MAD, I ONLY PLANTED IT  ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO, NO FLOWERS OR BUDS THIS YEAR, HOPE TO GET SOME NEXT YEAR !

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THE FIRST OF MY TRICYRTIS IN BLOOM (ALSO CALLED POOR MANS ORCHID)

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MY FIGS ARE RIPE ! I STARTED PROTECTING THE ONES WHO ARE ALMOST RIPE AS THE BLACKBIRDS LOVE THEM TOO !

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I HAVE A  WHITE LANTANA CAMARA ON A STEM AND IT HAD SOME SIDE SHOOTS ON THE STEM SO I REMOVED THEM AND MADE A FEW CUTTINGS, THEY ALL GREW INTO NICE PLANTS AND THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN FLOWERING FOR MANY WEEKS

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ONE OF MY FUCHSIAS, THEY WILL GO ON BLOOMING TILL THE FIRST FROSTS, I THINK FUCHSIAS ARE JUST LOVELY AND WORTH ALL THE EXTRA WORK AS THEY HAVE TO OVERWINTER IN THE HOUSE ON A COOL DRY PLACE

 

I hope you’ll all have a great week ! Thanks for stopping by!

 

GARDEN UPDATE

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.

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A PURE WHITE MALVA

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WHITE BEGONIA

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THE FIRST BLOOMS ON MY BUDDLEIA (BUTTERFLY BUSH) THIS YEAR

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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

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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 !

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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

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MY LITTLE YELLOW AFRICANS (TAGETES) ARE THRIVING OF COURSE

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ANOTHER WHITE FLOWER, LANTANA CAMARA, IT ALSO LIKES THE HEATH

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THEY HAVE YELLOW HEARTS, I LOVE THE SMELL OF THE CRUSHED LEAFS !

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THE EUCOMIS BICOLOR IS GETTING SEEDPODS NOW

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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 !

HOT

Finally Summer arrived over here, it is hot !  28 C°, I know some of you will have a good laugh cos 28 C° is normal or even on the cool side for you, but for us it is baking hot ! Most of my plants are loving it and they are thriving. The Summer holidays have started for the schoolkids and for a large part of the working population so they are all very happy. Life is so different now, we can eat outside morning, noon and evening and we can even have a nightcap on the terrace before we go to sleep. Now I would love to have a swimming pool in the garden but for the short period we can swim outside during Summer it is really not worth having a swimming pool, unless you have loads of space. Ofcourse I can dive into our pond but I don’t want to scare our fish !

Last week was crazy as I had 2 sick children to care for and a sick husband (he counts for 10) so I didn’t get a chance to work in the garden. I did manage to take a few pictures for you.

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A TINY SUCCULENT IN BLOOM, DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAME OF THIS PLANT ? UPDATE : THANKS TO djdfr WHO HAS A BLOG UNDER THIS NAME ON WORDPRESS I NOW KNOW THE NAME OF THIS SUCCUENT : SEDUM DASYPHYLLUM, THANK YOU !

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A GUEST FROM SOUTH AFRICA, OSTEOSPERMUM

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A BUNCH OF GERANIUM SANGUINEUM IN FRONT OF THE POND, THEY BLOOM FOR A LONG TIME AND THEY ARE GOOD GROUNDCOVER

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MY YELLOW DAHLIA GETS MORE AND MORE BLOOMS AND BUDS, IN THE BACK YOU SEE PART OF MY INDOOR CACTI AND SUCCULENT COLLECTION

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ANOTHER SOUTH AFRICAN GUEST, TAGETES, THEY REALLY NEED THE SUN AND THE WARMTH TO TRIVE, AS YOU CAN SEE THESE PLANTS ARE STILL SMALL EVENTHOUGH I HAVE SOWN THESE BACK IN MARCH

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SOME OF MY POTS

I hope you all had a lovely weekend ! Thanks for visiting my blog ! Have a great week and enjoy your garden !

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MY GREENHOUSE

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.

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MY GRAPEVINE IS DOING FINE IN THE GREENHOUSE

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IT HAS GRAPE-BEGINNINGS, AT LEAST 5 LITTLE BUNCHES SO FAR, I REALLY HOPE THEY’LL GROW INTO REAL GRAPES AND RIPEN……..

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HERE YOU CAN SEE SMALL PEA PLANTS, LETTUCE AND TAGETES TO KEEP THE BUGS AWAY

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LETTUCE FOR CUTTING AND CARROTS, THEY ARE DOING WELL, THE CARROTS ARE TINY ROUND ONE’S CALLED PARIS MARKET

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TOMATO PLANTS ARE LOOKING GOOD AND THEY ARE IN BLOOM BUT NOT A SINGLE TINY TOMATO CAN BE SEEN YET…….

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THESE ARE SHOOTS OF LIATRIS SPICATA WAITING TO BE PLANTED OUTSIDE

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MORE PLANTS WAITING FOR A PLACE IN THE GARDEN

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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 !!

Have a great day all and enjoy your garden !