APPLES

Lately we have been having very wet, windy and cool weather with lots of thunder so my garden doesn’t look it’s best but it is green and lush and growing, only the flowers look a bit tatty at the moment. So here’s an update on my appletree’s I showed you a while ago.

I hope you all had a wonderfull 4th of July weekend.

Take care and have a wonderful week.

OPEN FOR BUZZY-NESS

MY APPLEBLOSSOM IS FINALLY OPEN TO RECEIVE THE BEE’S FOR POLLINATION.

I have a LOT of appleblossom this year. I have 2 appletree’s, one had no flowers at all last year, they other one just a few, so no apples in the end. This year I am really hopeful. I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it is going as there is a lot that can go wrong. I did give them dried cow’s manure last year, maybe they needed it.

Have a great day and enjoy the sun if you have a sunny day.

TODAY IN THE GARDEN

FIRST FIG
THE LEAFS ARE STILL TINY, THEY WILL NEED TIME TO MATURE

I covered my fig during Winter, when we got our first beautiful Spring days I removed the coverings. Then all of a sudden we got a few unexpected nightfrosts and my fig tree took a beating, frozen tiny figs, frozen leafbuds…. But now it is slowly recovering and leafbuds are opening and here and there I finds tiny figs. The one above is the biggest. I fear I won’t have a lot of figs this year, as the first batch were frozen. But hey, my fig tree is still alive !

Have a great weekend !

TODAY IN THE GARDEN

Spring is cold, too cold for the time of the year with night frosts, rain, snow, sleet, wind….. but it is definitely Spring according to my plants cos once in a while we get lovely sunny and soft days too.

Look what I found in the garden today.

APPLE BLOSSOM BUDS

Apple blossom buds and lots of them. I really hope I’ll get apples this year. Last year I had one apple tree with not a single flower and the other one had just 3 buds but I gave them a lot of food last year so now I have lots of buds. Keep your fingers crossed ! I’ll let you know in Autumn ok.

DISASTER IN THE GREENHOUSE

I have a big grapevine in the greenhouse and it looked very promising for a long time, I never had so many big bunches of grapes as this year. But ofcourse they need time to ripen. Now that they all finally ripe and ready to eat they are attacted by hundreds of wasps eating away all my lovely grapes !! It is just dangerous entering the greenhouse at the moment. The also eat away the bell peppers and the tomatoes, not as bad as the grapes, but they are damaged too. The only veg they didn’t attack are the hot chilli peppers.

It is a problem many fruit growers have at the moment over here in Europe, they are everywhere where there is lovely sweet juicy fruit. A disaster for the professional fruit growers, more than for me ofcourse. But there is not much you can do apparently. I looked it up on the net.

THIS IS HOW THE GRAPES LOOK AT THE MOMENT, YOU CAN SEE THE WASPS SITTING ON THEM. THEY JUST SUCKED ALL THE JUICE OUT. (the picture is bad but I had to get out fast !!)

Well I suppose there are worse things in life, but it is such a waste of good fruit.

Have a great week you all and keep safe !

A PEEK IN MY GREENHOUSE

MY GRAPES ARE DOING GREAT, I HAVE SO MANY BIG BUNCHES THIS YEAR
MY TOMATOES STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO AS YOU CAN SEE
IT WILL BE A HOT WINTER AS I HAVE SOOOOOO MANY HOT PEPPERS, THESE ARE RED PEPPERS SO THEY NEED TO GET THE RIGHT COLOR YET.

Our Summer is not very hot so far so everything is a bit later than usual. We get a lot of rain and rather cool temperatures but I’m not complaining. We do need all the rain we can get as we had several hot Summers in a row and there are not many reserves underground yet.

I hope you are all having a great time, enjoy your garden and take care !

Have a great week !

IN BLOOM

Yesterday I noticed my mini apple tree was comming into bloom, it’s only buds so far but I expect the first flowers to open tomorrow.

Last year it only had a few blooms and no apples at all, this year it is completely covered in buds so I am hopefull.

This small apple tree is ideal for small spaces and can even be grown in a pot on your balcony, you can even make a hedge when you put a few in a row. The one I have is called ‘minitree Redlane’ and it doesn’t need another apple tree to get fruit.

But cos they are so pretty I bought another one last year, it had pretty white flowers last year and no apples but this year I can’t see any buds…maybe next year hey !

The Redlane has pretty dark pink buds.

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MINI APPLE TREE REDLANE

Have a great week you all and don’t work too hard, enjoy the outside. Thanks for visiting, it’s much appreciated.

Please feel free if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help you if I can.

 

LIFE IS GOOD UNDER THE FIG TREE

I have a fig tree in my garden for about 10 years or so, it was planted and trained against our garage wall, in a hole we made in the pavement, it is not even a big hole and still the fig tree thrives in it and we get many ripe figs each year. And the tree grows like mad, I have to prune it several times in Summer.

I once got a small pot with blooming hyacinths and I planted it under the fig tree, but after a while it got company of a taxus which selfseeded and a euphorbia which selfseeded. And everything is thriving in that small hole so I think ; life is good under that fig tree.

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MY FIG TREE AND ITS COMPAGNONS

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MY BEAUTIFUL BLUE HYACINTHS

Have a great day all !

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