MEANWHILE IN THE GREENHOUSE

I don’t know why but everything is growing like mad this year, in the garden and in the greenhouse. The only disadvantage are the snails, never had so many!!!

Here are some pictures of the greenhouse.

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IF THEY TASTE AS GOOD AS THEY LOOK…

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SNACK TOMATOES

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GRAPES, they will be dark blue when  ripe, they look a bit odd but that is cos you don’t have to cut the excess grapes yourself, this grape loses the excess grapes it self (does anyone know what the english word is for this ?)

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SNACK CUCUMBER

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LONG BELL PEPPERS 

There are other things growing in my greenhouse as well but that will be for another time.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting !

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TODAY IN THE GARDEN

It’s a lovely sunny and warm day and of course I took some pictures for you to see.

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THE BUD OF A CLEMATIS, I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE BUT IT WILL BE DARK BLUE WITH YELLOW STAMENS

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CLEMATIS ETOILE VIOLETTE, A VERY EASY AND LONG FLOWERING CLEMATIS OF THE VITICELLA FAMILY

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HONEYSUCKLE, CLEMATIS AND A SMALL LEAF IVY ARE CLIMBING TOGETHER ON THE GARAGE WALL

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THE FIGS ARE DOING GREAT

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I LOVE THE BACKSIDE OF A FIG LEAF

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A WOOD PIDGEON MADE HER NEST IN MY CLIMBING GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR ROSE

 

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SEDUM ACRE IN A POT

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AND LOADS OF BERRIES ON A SPINELESS HOLLY (ilex aquifolium J.C.Van Tol), THE BIRDS WILL LOVE THEM WHEN THEY ARE RIPE

Have a fab weekend and enjoy your garden !

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.

 

 

 

MY NEW APPLE TREE

A few years ago I got a mini apple tree as a present and I wanted another one to keep it company.

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THIS IS MY “OLD” MINI APPLE TREE, IT IS VERY COMPACT AND DOESN’T NEED PRUNING.

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THIS IS MY NEW MINI APPLE TREE, IT HAS A COMPLETE DIFFERENT SHAPE, JUST ONE STEM AND DOESN’T NEED PRUNING EITHER.

THEY BOTH CAN GROW IN A POT ON A BALCONY IF YOU DON’T HAVE A GARDEN.

Have a great weekend all !!

A PEEK IN MY GARDEN

As we get warmth and rain everything is growing like mad and flowers are opening every day.

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VIBURNUM OPULUS

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FUCHSIA,  it is nameless as the shops just sell them under the name “fuchsia”, it is frustrating as I don’t know if it likes shade or sun or if it is winterhardy or not.IMG_2919.JPG

SYRINGA VULGARIS BEAUTY OF MOSCOW, the flowers are snowwhite but the buds are a smokey lilac

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IRIS PSEUDACORUS or yellow pond iris in the back, the leafs are like swords, they clean the water in the pond, in the front is CALTHA PALUSTRIS, also a good water cleaner, the fishing wire is for keeping the herons from eating our fish.

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FIG, my fig tree is comming to life and the figs are growing now, the figs have overwintered as tiny peas so as soon as the weather gets warmer the tiny figs start to grow.

I hope your are all having a wonderful week !

LA DOUCE FRANCE (1)

We just came back from a holiday in the South of France. France is one of our neighbouring countries and to go there is about 1100 kilometers.I would advice you not to go there in July and August unless you really have too as it is the  summerschoolholiday for the whole of Europe then. But France is amazing and I am not surprised it gets the most tourists in the whole world !!! Personally I prefer the South, the Provence and the Cote d’Azur.

But hey, I think you want the pictures, not my bragging. So here they come.

We visited a special garden, it was the garden of a monastery in Mane ; Jardins de Salagon.

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FROGS IN THE POND

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PART OF THE OLD MONASTERY

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DETAILS OF THE WALLS

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THE FOLLOWING PICTURES WERE TAKEN IN THE GARDENS

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IT WAS DEFINITELY PUMPKIN TIME IN FRANCE, THEY WERE EVERYWHERE

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FIGS EVERYWHERE IN THE SOUTH, REALLY EVERYWHERE !!!

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THE WILD PIGS RUINED ALL THE GARDEN PATHS THE NIGHT BEFORE OUR VISIT.

As you can see is was definitely Autumn in the South of France, earlier than usual cos of the severe heath and drought they had for months on end. Here too we have an early Autumn.

There is more to come about our vacation in France so if you are interested watch my blog.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting.