TODAY IN THE GARDEN

We have such nice weather at the moment, very sunny, bright blue sky, not too cold….what more do you want. I try to enjoy it as much as I can cos colder weather is on its way.

We have a very stubborn tree, our Amelanchier (juneberry) starts blooming every year on April 1st. But as we have had a lot of sun and soft weather we were sure it would bloom earlier this year. Just one little branch has been in bloom for about a week now and the rest is still in bud.

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JUST 2 SMALL FLOWER STALKS.

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THE REST OF THE TREE LOOKS LIKE THIS; ALL FLOWERS STILL IN BUDD

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MY SKIMMIA KEW GREEN IS BUZZING WITH BEE’S NOW THAT THE FLOWERS ARE OPEN

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OUR WATERHEN (coot) STILL HASN’T FOUND A MATE YET, BUT SHE IS FEELING VERY MUCH AT HOME IN OUR GARDEN. LOOK AT HER BEAUTIFULL BEAK.

I am still very sad about my little dog who died suddenly last week, I miss her a lot.

Have a great weekend all ! 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 !

SOFT WET WINTER

We are having a soft wet Winter this time, we had a few mild frosty nights but that’s all so far, for tomorrow a severe storm is comming our way with lots of rain and very strong winds.

There are lots of plants budding as they think it’s Spring.

THIS SKIMMIA (SKIMMIA KEW GREEN) WILL SOON OPEN IT’S BUDS, AL LOT EARLIER THAN USUAL
AND THIS PASSIONFLOWER PLANT NORMALLY LOOSES MOST OF IT’S LEAFS IN WINTER BUT NOW IT STAYED TOTALLY GREEN AND IT IS ALREADY GETTING NEW LEAFS
MY CORCKSCREW HAZEL (CORYLUS AVELLANA “CONTORTA”) IS COMPLETELY OVERGROWN BY ANOTHER PASSIONFLOWER AT THE MOMENT
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 A SHOOT OF THE EUPHORBIA CARIACAS
 
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THIS BUTTERFLY BUSH SHOULD LOOK DEATH THIS TIME OF THE YEAR BUT IT IS FULL OF NEW GROWTH

 

Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting !

PRETTIER IN WHITE

Today we had our first snow of this Winter so everything is covered in a pretty white layer and  my garden looks a lot better now than before the snow came.

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SKIMMIA  JAPONICA KEW GREEN, IN BUD SINCE LAST AUTUMN

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SMALL LEAFED IVY

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SPINELESS HOLLY J.C.VAN TOL   (ilex aquifolium j.c.van tol)

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EVEN MY DOORMAT LOOKS PRETTY NOW

There is not much going on in my garden at the moment alas.

I hope you are all happy and well.

IT IS GOING SOOOO FAST !

With the temperatures we are having at the moment and the rain we have had yesterday everything is growing like mad !

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THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN 5 DAYS AGO (caltha palustris, marshplant)

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THIS IS THE SAME PLANT TODAY !!!!

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THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN 5 DAYS AGO (skimmia  japonica Kew Green) this skimmia has been in bud since early Winter !!

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THIS IS THE SAME PLANT TODAY

I am so happy that I can finally start working in the garden.

Have a great day and enjoy your garden !

 

ON A SUNNY SUNDAY

The nice sunny Spring weather is continuing with now and then a good  soft shower, so perfect for growing plants. I started to give my plants coffee, yes coffee, it seems coffee is just as good as fertilizer and plants love it, also your indoor plants so I keep all my coffee grounds, mix them with a lot of water and pour it on the ground under my shrubs and plants. I have only just begun so I can’t tell you yet how my plants react to it but I’ll keep you up to date.

I took some pictures for you from the garden a moment ago.

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ARABIS, AN EARLY FLOWERING LOW PLANT THAT BLOOMS FOR MONTHS ON END, PERFECT FOR A SUNNY SPOT IN THE ROCKGARDEN

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I WAS SITTING NEXT TO MY SKIMMIA, reading a book and drinking coffee,  AND IT WAS BUZZING WITH BEE’S

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AND THE BUMBLE BEE’S TOOK OVER MY LILAC DWARF RODODENDRON, THEY WERE HAVING A BALL !

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HERE IS A BETTER VIEW OF MY DWARF RODODENDRON, IT IS OVER 20 YEARS OLD SO IT IS NOT SO SMALL ANYMORE

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AND MY WHITE HEATHER IS STILL BLOOMING, IT IS A PLANT YOU HAVE TO SEE UP CLOSE AS THE TINY FLOWERS ARE REALLY PRETTY !!! AND AN  EARLY ATTRACTION FOR THE BEE’S AS WELL.

I HOPE YOU ARE ALL ENJOYING YOUR GARDENS, SPRING OR AUTUMN, DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE. HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND THANKS FOR VISITING.

 

FINALLY

I have been waiting for many months to see this one in bloom ! The buds were there for almost 6 months !! But with the nice Spring weather we have been having lately the flowers finally came out of hiding and they smell nice, the bee’s love it, the whole shrub is buzzing. What an awsome plant this one ; Skimmia Japonica  Kew Green.

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THIS IS HOW THE PLANT LOOKED LAST SEPTEMBER AND ALL THROUGH WINTER UNTILL A FEW DAYS BACK.

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Thanks for visiting !