PROMISING

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This morning I took a picture of part of my lilac (syringa vulgaris “beauty of Moscow) tree, look at all the buds !! I look forward to be able to smell the lilacs !

Take care and stay safe !

SPRING FAVORITES

As the garden is waking up  and the crocusses, snowdrops and narcisses have gone, other plants are taking over. Three of my favorite Spring plants are starting to bloom.

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THIS WHITE FLOWERING PIERIS IS ABOUT TO OPEN IT’S BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FLOWERS

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EUPHORBIA CHARIACIAS IS ABOUT TO OPEN IT’S YELLOW BELL SHAPED FLOWERS

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SKIMMIA JAPONICA KEW GREEN IS ALSO ABOUT TO OPEN IT’S FLOWERS

All tree of these plants bloom for a long time, but the skimmia already gets these flowerbuds in  Autumn so I think this is a good small bush for small gardens, all it needs is a bit of accid soil. There are male and female skimmia’s, the males get the flowers, the females get beautiful berries in Autumn, usually red but sometimes bright yellow.

All 3 of these plants attracts bees !

If you have any questions about plants I’ll be happy to answer them.

Have a great week all !

AZALEA AS A POTPLANT

In Belgium potplant azelea’s are often sold for a good cause and people go from door to door to sell them. They are easy house guests and pretty as well but you can’t compare them to the azelea’s we have in the garden. The pot azalea’s are not winter hardy. We keep them in a shady place in the garden in Summer and put them back in the house as soon as it is getting colder .

So of course I buy one each time someone comes at my door with a box of azalea’s, buying flowers and helping people at the same time, it’s a good thing I think.

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POT AZALEA

Here is the one I bought a few days ago, I took it outside in the sun to take the picture but now it brightens my livingroom. I can’t keep my eyes off it !

Have a great day !

Look what is growing in my garden.

We had lots of storms and huge amounts of rain and hail, thunder and lightening lately but once in a while for a short time the sun comes out and the sky is blue so when I went to the garden in a sunny spell I found that my herb garden was on the grow again and already useable. Yes !!!

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ALLIUM SCHOENOPRASUM  (chives)

Chives also gets eddible flowers.

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PETROSELINEUM CRISPUM (parsley)

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ALLIUM URSINUM (ramson)

This herb gives pretty white eddible flowers who stay on the plant for a long time, the leafs are used in salads, soups and on sandwiches. After flowering it disappears underground until next Spring.

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MELISSA OFFICINALIS (lemon balm)

You can make a nice tea with the leafs only and it really tastes like lemon tea, it also has a calming effect. You can use it also in black or green tea when you are out of lemons to use. It  gives cute little white flowers but the plant loves to take over your garden, to avoid that you’ll have to cut the flowers before they’ll drop their seeds. But the plant can be easily removed where it is not wanted.

Have a great weekend all.