STILL FLOWERING TODAY

It is November and there are still flowers in the garden, even after a few night frosts. But most of the garden looks tatty. It is Autumn ofcourse !

A PRETTY LITTLE FUCHSIA
ROSA GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR
UNBELIEVABLE BUT TRUE; A PRIMULA THAT NORMALLY BLOOMS IN EARLY SPRING
JAPANESE ANEMONE
YELLOW BEGONIA
A BIG FUCHSIA magellanica BUSH
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST ; THE BUD OF A BIG SUNFLOWER

At the moment we have beautiful sunny soft days and frosty nights. As soon as the sun goes down it is cold. We are in a second full lockdown at the moment.

I hope you are all well and happy. Keep safe.

THE GREENS ARE TAKING OVER NOW

Now that most of my flowers are burned, rotting or were blown away by the storm, I still enjoy the green leafs, some are even young and fresh cos of the rains we had a few weeks ago. Alas we don’t have all the Autumn colors you have in the US. Some shrubs give a nice red or yellow colour but most leafs go from green to brown.

EUOHORBIA CHARIACIAS AMONG SOME FERNS
BRAND NEW GERANIUM LEAFS AS THE OLD ONES WERE BURNED BY THE HOT SUN
THIS IS HOW OUR POND LOOKS AT THE MOMENT, TOTALLY COVERED IN PLANTS
EUONYMUS FORTUNEI EMERALD’N GOLD (spindle)
AUCUBA JAPONICA
TAXUS BACCATA
AND THE ALWAYS GREEN IVY

All the wintergreens are good for the birds and other wildlife, they can hide in them for the rain and the cold, they sleep in them, they are covered in bugs so they have food as well close by.

I love my flowers but I love my greens as well.

Have a great week and stay safe. Thanks for visiting.

GOODBYE SUMMER

Summer was odd weatherwise. We had cool, we had hot and very hot. Bone dry but torrential rain once in a while but my garden is looking tatty. A few flowers are still standing but a lot has been scorched by the sun. Today is the last day of Summer weather, as of tomorrow it will gradually cool down and for the next 2 weeks we’ll get lots of rain.

SEDUM SPECTABILE, ALWAYS RELIABLE AND FUN FOR THE BEE’S AND THE BUTTERFLIES
MY FAVORITE SEDUM, SEDUM SPECTABILE ICEBERG
ALWAYS PRETTY, FUCHSIA MAGELLANICA
AUTUMN ASTERS WILL BLOOM TILL FIRST FROSTS
AS YOU CAN SEE, NOT EVERYTHING IS PRETTY IN MY GARDEN, MY CANNA’S WERE BURNED TO A CRISP BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE GETTING NEW FRESH LEAFS.
MY FERNS NEAR THE POND
VERONICA VIRGINICA, ALWAYS THIRSTY
AMELANCHIER (SNOWY MISPELUS) LOOSING A LOT OF LEAFS
GERANIUM MACRORRHIZUM, WAS TOTALLY BROWN A WHILE AGO BUT GOT NEW LEAFS LATELY

The groundwater here is historically low, rainy weather is not fun but we need it, every single drop. Our local flora is dying cos they can’t stand the drought.

I hope you are all ok. Keep safe and take care !

A BIT OF SWEETNESS.

SMALL VIOLETS DISSEMINATED BETWEEN SUCCULENTS

I think these little violets are super cute. Now that most of the succulents are no longer in bloom, the violets came up to give my pots a bit of color. The violets disseminated all over the garden, but mostly in my pots with succulents.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your garden if you can.

IT’S FIG TIME !

The figs are ripening, not all at once but everyday a few. It looks like a good fig-year, last year I had very few figs as we had a couple of late frosts. Normally a fig gives 3 harvests a year in hot countries with long Summers but here in the North of Europe just the first harvest gets ripe, that is when the first lot doesn’t freeze off in early Spring. Tiny figs appear in Autumn so when we get severe frosts in Winter or early in Spring the first harvest is gone. The tree gets figs but they don’t get ripe enough over here.

They taste lovely with a bit of dried ham or with a bit of cream cheese, or both ! Or you can make jam, just fig jam or combined with one or two other fruits.

THIS IS NOT THE WELL KNOWN BROWN TURKEY BUT THIS FIG IS CALLED “WHITE OF MARSEILLE
THESE FIGS JUST GET A BIT OF A BLUSH WHEN THEY ARE RIPE.

Did any of you grow fruit in the garden this year?

I hope you are all doing okay !!