Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Colors
















Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Saxifraga



Planting a rocky place near the pond, I wanted to grow an unusual and beautiful plant there. So I noticed that Saxifraga is an excellent choice.
Its small, simple leaves and small, elegant flowers bring a unique look to any garden. It is a flowering plant with 5-petalled flowers that are usually white, red, pink, or yellow. Their flowers are either round or star-shaped. They form a compact cushion or mat, and they flower from spring to early summer. My saxifraga has creamy flowers.


I learned that Saxifraga is a part of the Arctic alpine ecosystems and is rarely grown anywhere except in the Northern Hemisphere. Arctic- Alpine plants often grow in a subarctic climate, especially in the Alps. Some grow in glacial places in the Alps and Greenland.



Growing a Saxifraga plant is not difficult. I placed them between the stones on the western side of the pond in partial shade. They are also suitable for raised beds, pots and containers or in an alpine garden.


But if you have some plants of Saxifraga, you can divide them in the early spring,  as I made with the plants my neighbor gave me. You don’t need to prune flowers. Just trim off the flower heads after they’ve faded. Pests aren’t usually a concern, as the Saxifraga is typically disease-free.



Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Garden in July



Rose Therese Bugnet

Beautiful weather, summer in full swing. It is still fairly light in the evenings, the last weeks of "bright nights." Everything blooms in the garden, annual flowers and perennial plants. 
As always, I cannot look away from blooming roses. They delight me with their shape and smell.

Front garden

Rose Flammentanz

Rose floribunda

The 'babies' in my little plant nursery are also growing well, I hope that in autumn I can plant them in the new part of the garden.



Rose floribunda in the nursery

I grow zucchini, squash, cucumbers in high beds and now in July I have a crop of vegetables. I often fry zucchini and when I cook soup I put them along with carrots and potatoes.

Zucchini and oak-leafed lettuce

Cucumbers

It's a pleasure to look at the bushes with ripening berries of red and black currants, yellow gooseberries, apples. I usually make jam and jelly from berries and apples to have vitamins in winter.




Gooseberry

More pictures of the garden: 

Pelargonium Royal and Zonal

Impatiens balsamine

Blue fir-tree

The patio and trellis with clematis

Clematis 'The President'
 
The garden pond

The another side of the pond with wild strawberry along the pond edge

Clematis 'Blue angel'

It's a wonderful time! The nature gifts us the beauty and peace. I wish all of you warm and joyful summer time. Stay healthy.