Wednesday, July 29, 2020


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


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.


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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

My Little Plant Nursery

My garden has become larger because another plot has been added next to the old garden. I am pleased to have more place for plants, and planning a new garden, which should be comfortable, clean and well maintained.
As I need more plants for new plot, I decided to create my own plant nursery. This spring to do this, I took small pots with good soil and cut a lot of cuttings of decorative bushes, roses, evergreens, perennials.

Thuja Danica

Physocarpus opulifolius Lutea

Since I did not have much experience in growing young plants, I thought that all new cuttings would give me new plants, but it turned out that only a few of them rooted and grew leaves. Now you can see some of them on the garden shelves.

Thujas Occidentalis and Golden globe


Physocarpus opulifolius Diablo

Initially, the cuttings of roses were placed in the greenhouse, then when I decided that they were rooted, I moved the pots outdoors. Some new roses look good, others seem sick. The problem is that it is said that only young stems can be used for rooting. Now young and last year's rose stems are growing in pots.

Rose Austin

Rose Floribunda

Rose Fairy

I have the climbing rose Flammentanz and want to do some cutting to root and plant them in the new plot. Now it's so pretty, blooms with big red flowers.

Have you ever grown your own plants? What is your experience?