When we woke up this morning the garden looked completely white, snow white. We don’t get snow often and usually it doesn’t stay for long as the ground is not froozen. A few hours after I took a few pictures of my garden the snow was gone. But my garden looked very pretty in white.
Snowdrops are the first to bloom, always, at least in my garden. I had to devide a big clup of snowdrops last year as they were growing too close together so I took a few to plant in a pot to put on my terrace table to get a closer look.
What is not to love about begonia’s ? They are one of the easiest plants I know. They come in all kinds of colours and shapes of flowers and leafs. It’s a bulb you plant frostfree in early Spring, once the frosts are gone you can put them outside in a shady place, they can manage a bit of sun but then you have to water them more. In Autumn after the first frost you remove them out of the ground or pot they are in, remove the soil around the bulb and put them in a newspaper in a cool frostfree place and the next year you get them out in early Spring ( you’ll notice they already have some new shoots !) and you start all over again. You can repeat this for many decades, they will always perform, always.
It has been hot lately and dry, so the garden doesn’t look good at the moment, there are a lot of dry leaves of plants and of tree’s, it looks like autumn at the moment. But I found a few nice flowers who still looked good.
This annual malva is so heath resistant, on a hot day the leafs are hanging vertically on the plant and you think it is going to die, but the next morning it surprises you and it looks fresh again with normal leafs. I was amazed !
This tree is also heath resistant, it is a bee magnet, the whole tree is buzzing during the day. In the evening the leafs close up. It is filled with beautiful pink and white flowers , but with the heath they fade faster than usual. It is not a huge tree, ideal for smaller gardens.
This begonia is a bulb plant, I bought a few of these several years ago, I put them in a pot in Spring and they bloom all Summer long, in Autumn I take the bulbs out of their pot and put them in an old newspaper and in a frost free but cold room. In Spring I put them again in new soil in pots. They thrive in the shade but they need moist soil. An old lady told me she had the same begonia’s for over 50 years !!! And each year they were covered in flowers.
This is a flower on one of my hibiscus bushes, they too fade sooner now that it is so hot but it is an easy bush, they come in many different colours and they are a real asset in your garden. They are winterdardy in Western-Europe but not in colder area’s.
This is one of my fuchsia plants, most of them like living in the shade in a pot, in moist soil. This one is in the sun, as you can see but I put it there to make this picture.
Sorry for being absent a lot in the past month’s. Winter was grey , wet and soft and it was almost impossible to take nice pictures. In fact we had no real Winter, no snow, no ice, just a few light night frosts. March has been like real Spring although it is still Winter. The sky is bright blue, the sun shines and we enjoy the sun a lot. Nature starts to wake up and the first Spring flowers are in bloom. I just hope we don’t get heave frost in April or May, everything is possible and this will do a lot of damage.
Always on of the first in bloom and always reliable, you plant the bulbs in the soil and they come up year after year. So easy !
Another one you can always rely on, the amalanchier tree, also called juneberry, I don’t know why they call it juneberry as it always flowers at the end of march ! In a few weeks time it will be covered in small white flowers and it will be buzzing with bees. Look at that blue sky we have at the moment . So much better than grey.
We had our first frosts over here, yikes !!! We had so much rain lately so everything is very wet and then wham temperatures below zero, now my garden looks so sad. In the south they even had a layer of snow !! So all I can do is looking at the pictures I made of the flowers earlier this year.
This is a bulb-plant and comes in several colours and shapes. It is a relative of the Amaryllis.
You all know the amaryllis bulb as they bloom in December, most are bright red and huge but they come in many colours.
Nerine flowers in Autumn. They are not always winterhardy, they can take cold but not wet conditions. This one is nerine bowdenii and is one of the most hardy of them all. I found this one in an arboretum I visited earlier this year.
Have a great week, keep safe cos “the beast is back”.
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