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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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 !

 

MY GARDEN TODAY

I just took some pictures for you to see how my garden looks at the moment as it is snowing again…..It is pretty but I am not of fan !

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MY AMELANCHIER IS PRETTY IN EVERY SEASON.

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MY LITTLE IVY UNDER A MOUNTAIN OF SNOW

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AND MY POOR POTPLANTS !!!!

As you may know I live in Belgium and that is a tiny country, at the moment there are traffic jams all over the country for a total of 1000 kilometers (yes one thousand !!!!!) and planes can’t leave or land, that’s the problem here when it snows it is COMPLETE chaos !! And the fun is not over yet. On the other hand lots of people have fun of course, especially the kids.

Have a great week all and thanks for visiting.

THE GARDEN CHANGES EVERY DAY.

It very much feels and looks like Spring at the moment and the garden is comming to life rapidly but the forecast is that we’ll get another Winter period in a few days time so I better enjoy it while I can. I finally started working in the garden and it feels good, I haven’t been able to do much for the last 2 years what with my broken wrist who turned out to be wrongly handled followed by my husbands illness and then my wrist operation…. but now I am ready to start again. And believe me there is a LOT to do !!

I took some pictures for you yesterday.

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THE EVER ADORABLE LITTLE VIOLA

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VIBURNUM BODNANTENSE WITH A LOVELY SCENT

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SUNNY LITTLE DAFFS TETE A TETE, ONE OF THE EASIEST AND MOST TRUSTWORTHY AMONGST THE DAFFS

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ANOTHER VIEW OF MY CROCUSSES IN THE FRONT GARDEN, THEY ARE EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL THIS YEAR

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MALE AND FEMALE BLOOMS OF THE CURL HAZEL

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AND THE BUDS OF MY AMELANCHIER ARE GETTING BIGGER BY THE DAY AS THEY USUALLY START FLOWERING AT THE END OF MARCHI

So I had a bit of a rest, now I can go back to working in the garden.

Have a great Sunday !