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.
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.
It definitely is Autumn now, cos of the drought it is early this year. But there still is a lot in bloom right now although you can see the flowers are a bit tired and the leafs are getting brown and yellow here and there. On top of it they had to go without my tlc while I was on holiday in France.
On the other hand some plants look tatty, like the ferns, the Amelanchier tree(shadbush or june berry), the lavenders…. But hey, I am not complaining !
I hope you are all well and happy, wherever you are.
Begonia’s, sooo pretty !! They love a shady place in your garden, in a pot or in full soil. However you can keep them in a sunny spot too but then they need a lot of water.
They are bulb plants and not frost hardy so in Autumn before the frost begins you take the plant inside and keep it cool but frost free or you harvest the bulbs. To harvest the bulbs you get the plant out of the pot (or soil), remove as much of the soil as you can, put it in a garage on a newspaper and let the leafs go yellow and dry, then cut the leafs off, then put the bulbs in a newspaper, one by one and put them in a cardboard box. In Spring you give the bulbs a new pot and fresh soil and keep them light but frost free before putting them in your garden after the frost is gone. The bulbs can reach a very old age.
Are they not pretty as a picture ???They bloom for a very long time.
Have a great weekend !