DISASTER IN THE GREENHOUSE

I have a big grapevine in the greenhouse and it looked very promising for a long time, I never had so many big bunches of grapes as this year. But ofcourse they need time to ripen. Now that they all finally ripe and ready to eat they are attacted by hundreds of wasps eating away all my lovely grapes !! It is just dangerous entering the greenhouse at the moment. The also eat away the bell peppers and the tomatoes, not as bad as the grapes, but they are damaged too. The only veg they didn’t attack are the hot chilli peppers.

It is a problem many fruit growers have at the moment over here in Europe, they are everywhere where there is lovely sweet juicy fruit. A disaster for the professional fruit growers, more than for me ofcourse. But there is not much you can do apparently. I looked it up on the net.

THIS IS HOW THE GRAPES LOOK AT THE MOMENT, YOU CAN SEE THE WASPS SITTING ON THEM. THEY JUST SUCKED ALL THE JUICE OUT. (the picture is bad but I had to get out fast !!)

Well I suppose there are worse things in life, but it is such a waste of good fruit.

Have a great week you all and keep safe !

A PEEK IN MY GREENHOUSE

MY GRAPES ARE DOING GREAT, I HAVE SO MANY BIG BUNCHES THIS YEAR
MY TOMATOES STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO AS YOU CAN SEE
IT WILL BE A HOT WINTER AS I HAVE SOOOOOO MANY HOT PEPPERS, THESE ARE RED PEPPERS SO THEY NEED TO GET THE RIGHT COLOR YET.

Our Summer is not very hot so far so everything is a bit later than usual. We get a lot of rain and rather cool temperatures but I’m not complaining. We do need all the rain we can get as we had several hot Summers in a row and there are not many reserves underground yet.

I hope you are all having a great time, enjoy your garden and take care !

Have a great week !

ME(A)ET EATING PLANT

Plants that eat insects and small animals are quite fascinating but not for the  poor animals that drown in their juices…. But in Summer we visited some tropical greenhouses and they had some beautiful carnivorous plants.

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THIS IS A SARRACENIA SPECIES, ALSO CALLED PITCHER PLANT

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SARRACENIA SPECIES

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I think these deadly flowers look really pretty but they hide several dead bodies inside, nature can be very cruel.

Have a great week and thanks for visiting my blog.

SPECIAL TREE

I love tree’s with an unusual bark. When we were visiting a tropical greenhouse I found a tree called CEIBA INSIGNIS also known as “bottle tree”. It was love at first sight !

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CEIBA INSIGNIS OR BOTTLE TREE

Don’t you love it ??? I do !!!

Have a great day all !

GIANT WATER LILY

Last week we visited a botanical garden in Meise near Brussels, and they had a huge greenhouse with plants from all over the world. One of those plants was the giant water lily (Victoria Amazonica), very impressive ! I had seen it on tv and on photo’s but not in real life.

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LEAFS, FLOWERS AND BUDS OF THE GIANT WATER LILY

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A CLOSER LOOK

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BABY LEAF OF THE GIANT WATER LILY

Have a great weekend all !

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 !