PORTRET OF A TREE

I have only a few tree’s in my garden as my garden is not so big. The biggest tree I have is a European oak tree, it was only a few inches high when we planted it at the end of our garden. Then we have an Albizzia which is my favorite and last but not least we turned an Amelanchier  lamarckii bush (snowy mespilus) into a tree which grew over the years to a tree that is about 4 meters ( 14 feet)  in width and about 6 meteres  (19 feet) in height. The perfect tree on one condition : do not plant it close to your terrace !!!

In Winter it gives a nice skeleton in which we hang birdfeeders of all sorts.

In Spring it is a terrible nuissance as a big part of it hangs over our terrace, first we get the beautiful flowers which attract an enormous amount of bees,but the peels of the buds fall on the terrace, then the flowers fade and fall off while the leafs are comming up, the new leafs are fresh and beautiful but the peels of the buds and the fallen flowers give a big mess.

Really soon after all that the berries are growing, at first they are green and then they turn red and in the end purple when they are ripe and then the feast begins.The birds go crazy for the ripe berries but at the same time they eat the berries they drop something else on our terrace…

Autumn comes soon for the Amelanchier and it gets beautiful  coloured leafs before they all fall down, and yes, on our terrace.

So what I want to tell you about this tree is : do NOT plant it close to your terrace !! For the rest it is a beautiful tree for a not so big garden, it attracts a lot of bees and birds and it is even beautiful to look at in Winter, when you put one on your lawn or between hardy plants and small bushes the mess you get otherwise on your terrace turns to fertilizer for your lawn or else for the other plants, a win-win situation !

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AMELANCIER LAMARCKII (snowy mespilus) IN FULL BLOOM

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BLOOMS

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AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE A LOT OF BERRIES

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THEY LOOK A BIT LIKE LITTLE CHERRIES

Have a great day and enjoy your garden ! Thanks for visiting.

 

 

 

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Please, always adopt a dog first!

Learning from Dogs

This wonderful guest post from Zara Lewis adds real weight to the title.

There is no doubt in my mind that hundreds of you good people out there love and care for dogs that were first seen in a dog shelter or rescue centre.

But at the same time, inevitably, there are those who want to learn more about adopting a dog.

Zara Lewis has written another guest post that is a real help to those who are uncertain as to how to care for a newly-adopted dog.

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Five Tips on Making Your Adopted Dog Feel at Home

by Zara Lewis, May 24th, 2018

Adopting a dog is one of the noblest and most rewarding decisions you can make. With dog shelters filled to the brim with pooches in need of a loving home, there is really no reason to support the inhumane ways of the puppy…

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MORE ROSES IN MY GARDEN

Every day more roses open in my garden and at the moment my whole garden smells of roses.

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I DON’T KNOW THE NAME OF THIS ROSE BUT I LOVE THE COLOUR.

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ROSA CONSTANCE SPRY

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ROSA THE PILGRIM

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RAMBLER ROSE SEAGULL (this is a rose that selfseeds)

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RAMBLER ROSE SEAGULL (this on selfseeded in the middle of a skimmia japonica)

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THIS  PICTURE OF ROSA GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR  WAS TAKEN ONLY A FEW DAYS AGO

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THIS IS THE SAME ROSE TODAY

I hope you’ll all have a wonderful week ! Thanks for visiting !

MORE GARDEN BLOOMS

The garden is doing great at the moment what with the warmth and the regular rain. The green is still looking fresh and lush and it makes me feel zen. Sitting on the terrace with a drink and watching it all grow and watching the birds on the feeders and near the pond for a bath, watching the bee’s and the dragonflies drinking in the pond and eating here and there, I can definitely say I enjoy it a lot !

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VIBURNUM, I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE AS IT WAS A GIFT FROM THE BIRDS, I NEVER PLANTED IT.

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DIGITALIS IN FRONT OF SOME FERNS. THE FERNS AND THE DIGITALIS SELFSEED EVERYWHERE BUT I REMOVE THEM WHERE THEY ARE NOT WANTED.

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DIGITALIS FLOWERS

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THE TOP OF THE DIGITALIS STALK

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THE BUD OF A HOSTA

 

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ROSA CONSTANCE SPRY, THERE IS A RUSSIAN VINE ( fallopia baldschuanica)  GROWING TROUGH IT, IT GROWS LIKE MAD BUT MY HUSBAND USES IT TO FEED HIS BIRDS

Have a great weekend all and thanks for your visit !

 

GARDEN PICTURES

At the moment we are having heavy rain , hail and a thunderstorm, it’s not too bad so I don’t mind as we need all the rain we can get at the moment.

More and more blooms are appearing in my garden and that makes me happy.

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DAYLILY

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FLOWERS OF THE SPIREA BETULIFOLIA

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LAMIUM WHITE NANCY, THEY GET WHITE FLOWERS AS WELL

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GERANIUM SANGUINEUM, ONE OF THE SMALLER GARDEN GERANIUMS

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THIS IS A WHITE GERANIUM SANGUINEUM, ALSO ONE OF THE SMALLER GERANIUMS BUT IT GROWS LOOSER AND A BIT HIGHER THAN IT’S PINK RELATIVE

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ALCHEMILLA MOLLIS OR LADIES MANTLE

June looks very promising ! I’ve never had so many rosebuds as this year.

Have a great day and thanks for your visit.

 

THE SMELL OF ROSES

I haven’t been blogging for a while but I just needed a break. There is so much to do at the moment that I just don’t know what to do first. I think you all know what I mean.

But the roses are starting to bloom so I had to take some pictures for you to see, pitty you can’t smell them !!

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ROSA CONSTANCE SPRY ( soft pink climbing rose with horrible thorns !!)

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ROSA THE PILGRIM (low  yellow climbing rose)

 

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AND LOOK AT ALL THESE BUDS !!!!(climbing rose GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR, half dubble white)

I have more roses in bud so by next week I’m sure they’ll be open, we are having hot and very dry weather, last night we had a thunderstorm with a bit of very welcome rain.

Have a great week and thanks for visiting !