PICTURES FROM MY GARDEN

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.

MALVA

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 !

ALBIZIA JULIBRISSIN or Persian silk tree

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.

BEGONIA

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.

HIBISCUS syriacus

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.

FUCHSIA

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.

ONE OF MY POTPLANTS

SANSEVIERA SPECIES

Some of you already know I love succulent plants. So I have a collection for outside, who are winterhardy and another collection who I keep inside as they are not winterhardy. This is one of my sanseviera’s, also called mother’s tongues (I don’t know why :D), I have several species of this plant. They are such easy plants, really. All they need is a bit of water once in a while and a light place but not in full sun behind a window. They come in many forms, tiny and big, and they are cheap. You can easily divide them to get more plants or to gift them to a friend.

So if you think you have no greenfingers, buy a sanseviera or ask a friend for a piece of her plant.

Have a great weekend !!

SOUVENIR DE FRANCE

In September 2017 we went to the south of France for a holiday and when we visited a gardencenter there I found a cactus that I really wanted to have and as it was small it was easy to take it home in the car without damaging it.

THIS IS HOW IT LOOKED WHEN WE BOUGHT IT . OPUNTIA INDICA BURBANK.

Much to my surprise it grew a new disk in the Summer of 2018.

And in 2019 it got another disk.

TINY AT THE BEGINNING BUT GROWING VERY FAST.

This year, no new disk, I don’t know why, it is healty and growing good, those brown spots are normal. I was hoping for a new disk and maybe a flower or 2.

The following pictures were taken only a few days ago.

But this plant with only 3 disks is soooo very heavy I can’t lift it anymore, luckily I have a husband and a son. In Winter it stays in an unheated greenhouse cos it doesn’t like wet weather but in Spring it comes out again and gets the sunniest spot in the garden. Each time I look at it it reminds me of France.

Why I wanted this cactus ? There are lots of these cacti in the south of France, some turned into really big “bushes” with bright yellow flowers and edible fruits. It can take frost as long as the soil is dry. And last but not least it is almost spineless. There are other opuntia’s that are more beautifull but they all have a lot of spines, I have grandkids and dogs so that would be too dangerous.

At the moment we have a heathwave and the end is not in sight. So I have a lot of watering to do in the garden and especially the plants in pots need a good watering every day. But my French opuntia loves it.

Have a great weekend all and keep safe !

ALMOST IN BLOOM

SANSEVIERIA PARVA OR MOTHER-IN-LAW’ S TONGUE
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FLOWERSTALK, THE FLOWERS ARE NOT OPEN YET.

As you know (or not) I love succulents and cacti and I have about 100 of them in pots as our climate is too cold in Winter and too wet to keep them in the garden. I have a small collection of sansevieria’s and this one is in bloom at the moment. I prefer them when when the flowers are still closed. All sansevieria’s are really easy to keep!!

Have a great week and keep safe !!

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