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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SOME OF TODAYS BLOOMERS

We are having such beautiful weather at the moment with a beautiful blue sky. I just took some pictures for you to see.

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MY RHODODENDRON JUST EXPLODED IN FLOWERS

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THE SUN SHINING THROUGH THE FERNS

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ALBIZZIA JULIBRIZZIN, ALWAYS THE LAST TO WAKE UP AFTER WINTER BUT WORTH THE WAIT !!!

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GERANIUM JOHNSON BLUE

Have a great weekend all and thanks for visiting my blog.

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 !!

I WISH YOU COULD HEAR MY GARDEN

I wish you could hear my garden at the moment, it is a lovely sunny day and my amelanchier is in full bloom and so is my skimmia and the aubrieta, when we sit in the garden it sounds like we sit in the middle of a giant bee hive !! The buzz is unbelievable.DSC06224.JPG

AMELANCHIER

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AUBRIETA HENDERSONII

We went from Winter to Summer ! And we can finally eat outside on our terrace, I missed that soooo much !

Have a great week and thanks for visiting !

 

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE FLOWER ARRANGING.

For all of you who like to do some flower arranging with things from your own garden : Corylus avellana contorta, the cork screw hazel.

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Do not confuse it with the Salix babylonica tortuosa, the curly willow.

So I bought a cork screw hazel because of its beautiful curly branches  you can use all year round for your flower arrangements, they are beautiful in Spring with the long yellow catkins and all Winter long it looks like  you have a sculpture in your garden. If I need them in Summer I remove the leafs.

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HERE YOU CAN SEE HOW THEY CURL

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AND HERE

This tree is very winterhardy, even in zone 4( that is  down to 30 -40 ) F°in the US and you can plant it up to zone 8. Elsewhere it can take temperatures of -25 C° and even lower. It is happy in all sorts of soil, doesn’t mind sea wind and grows up to 3 to 5 meters (10-16 feet ) high and 3 to 5 meters ( 7-15 feet) wide, it is slow growing and you can keep it “small” by cutting off the branches regularly. It even gives you hazelnuts if you have another hazeltree nearby.

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HERE YOU CAN SEE THE LONG YELLOW  MALE CATKINS AND THE FEMALE FLOWERS ARE THE TINY PINK DOTS .

For me this is a really good strong tree for my garden who gives me lots of branches I can use.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting.

 

PROMISES PROMISES

Last year I had about the same amount of flowers on my mini apple tree and I had only 1 fully grown apple, I could have had 2 but my grandson plucked one when he thought it was ripe when it was the size of a ping-pong ball !! So I am looking forward to this years “crop” 😀

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HERE IS MY MINI APPLE TREE COVERED IN BLOSSOMS, WE RECEIVED IT AS A GIFT FROM SOMEONE, IT IS REALLY PRETTY WHEN IN BLOOM.

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HERE YOU HAVE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BUDS, AREN’T THEY CUTE ???

Thanks for visiting !