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.
Have a great weekend and enjoy your garden.
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.
Have a great weekend !
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”.
We have a very odd Summer this year, cool and wet so I haven’t as many flowers as usually. Last year it was so hot I spent hours in front of the fan. This year we got airco and voila, we haven’t used it even once 😀 But hey, I am not complaining, I like this cooler weather.
I just love the blue flowers of this herb. The plant is not really prettty but the flowers are. And it attracts a lot of bee’s.
I hope you are all well and happy. Take care and thanks for visiting.
Well, not really from Amsterdam, I got them from my son. But tulips are known to come from Holland. They originally came from Turkey I think. But there was a time only the very rich could buy 1 or 2 bulbs, they were worth their weight in gold. I think at the moment they are the biggest exporters of tulips and bulbs of all sorts. As we live at the border with the Netherlands I go there often for shopping and flowers , food and clothes are a lot cheaper in The Netherlands. Alas alas in this covid era we are not allowed to cross the border just for shopping and I miss that a lot.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND !!