Saturday, November 21, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I had bought this one last year. After it flowered, lots of little plants shoot up at the base. I should have separated them, but didn't. Now they are stalks , while I probably should have topped them for bushy look. So hard: topping!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
What a green oasis this seems as I am posting this now in February!
In the foreground in the 'rock' garden, the red Valirian is still flowering. It likes it there, but it thrives anywhere, no need to take up the Sunny spot.
The guided trees in front of the shed still have their leaves, and the Maple is just loosing it's leaves, giving a bit more sun shine in the garden now that the Sun doesn't go as high anymore.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
It opened my eyes to the value of grasses. I have never really warmed to this grass hype of these days, but this was looking jolly.
The sedum at the back is not visible from anywhere by this spot, so it will be replaced by something higher.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The Malva flowers for the second time this year. In the front Coreopsis and a small Rose that I just bought at my new favourite nursery (De Groot).
And the most beautiful flower in the background!
Further just noticeable the Oost-Indische Kers with the red flower and the blue flowers.
Then there is the high white field flower, just in front of the Lavender, I have no idea what it is. It is not all that eventfull , but it attracted lots of bees and bumblebees. I left it standing for what I thought was nice sculpture later in the winter, but later I re-thought and cut it down. It blocks the view more than anything else.
The Cariopteres was very blue this year. Obviously the cut I gave it in spring was ok.
In the foreground the Margriet and Cosmos, both white.
The Sedum right at the back just blushing pink.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
One started with a little book that my mother lent me. "The maintenance free garden". It sounded a bit boring. They were talking a lot about gritt and stones to cover the garden. And mulching of course. All of it I am not much into. I mean, mulching sounds good, but hardly happens ('Hurricanes hardly happen', My Fair Lady). But then I got thinking. Yes, it is a good idea to use mulch, or cocaonutshells to cover up the ground in between plants.
I am still trying to achieve a mixed flower garden, like little clumps of plants, but none the same throughout the garden. The problem is a lot of plants disappear at some time (summer plants in winter), so I find it hard to remember what is where. Still looking for good software for that (Cad? Gis?). And if the plants haven't disappeared, then it is impossible to get through the jungle. But the idea is worth keeping.
The other one, was a funny phrase by Maarten 't Hart in his monthly garden blog in the newspaper. It is not a gardening blog, rather a way to comment on the world from a metaphore. He was talking how his parents had a vegetable garden, and they weeded with the bible in mind: weed was the 'evil'. However Maarten always thought "What will this plant become". This is the dilemma I face in spring too. Simply because I don't know my plants, of course.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
A bit of a nasty aftermath though: the cherries drop on the neighbours floors, and we get a gardener to remove some branches. Some of the branches on our side go too, too much! Well, let's hope they grow back again.
Friday, June 19, 2009
The Lion's mouth bought in Switzerland. My grandmother used to grow them against the garage, a rather sunny spot, where the shade would only start at 3 pm. But she had them about 60 cm's high, this must be a different breed... It is probably an annual too... we will see next year.
I guess a lot of my gardening reminds me of my grandmother. The Pelargoniums, the grape vine, the red berries, Roses. She grew them all. In the Summer, when we staid with her, every evening it was time for "Blumen giessen", watering the flowers. She would drag an enourmous water can through her garden and water all the roses, who stood in the full strong Swiss summer sun and liked the extra water. The vegetable bed was easy peasy in comparison. I can also still see the water reservoir she had behind the house: a watertap ran into a metal square container. And the water stood there for at least 24 hours before being used. A good way to take the chlorine out.
Yes, the algae have definitely overtaken the pond. And still it is looking beautiful. I am still doing the dredging approach in small phases. The pond must also be leaking, seeing how fast it drains. I suppose at one time we will have to empty the pond, but I am fearing that day, it must be frightfull to kill all the animals inside.