Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A Walk Along the River

Some time ago I had an interesting unexpected meeting on a walk along the river. I remembered it and decided to tell you. 
My friends took me to their company for a walk along the river. The river was small, at its widest point about 20 m. The river was next to  my garden. We got there on foot, it was nice to walk through the forest.

In the afternoon it became cloudy, it started to rain. Despite this I didn't waste time and started taking pictures.

There was a swamp near the river, it was large enough, but dry, we walked along the path one by one.

When we passed through it, I saw the Scirpus (maybe you call it orclub-rush, wood club-rush or bulrush). I remember when I was a child I took a lot of Scirpus and put them in a vase at home. But after 2-3 days, their beautiful brown heads began to crumble with white fluff. The house became dusty. Since then, I have never picked Scirpus.

I liked the river. There were many birds like ducks, blackbirds, egrets. I even heard beaver splashing in the water on the beach. But I couldn't take a picture of him, so he quickly dived into the water.

But there was an unexpected visitor! Directly opposite me, the snake was swimming in the water, as if it were posing for the camera.

On the shore, it quickly crawled across the grass into the bushes. I think it was a poisonous viper, it had stripes on its back and spots on its head. This appearance of the viper was so unexpected that I had no time to be frightened.

Then it was very quiet on the river. Trees and bushes were reflected in the calm water. Water lilies with large leaves grew there.

That summer day my friends and I had a great time on a river .


Thursday, June 3, 2021

It's June

June has come. May has  been quite cold, although 6 days we were pleased with the warmth up to +28 C. During these few warm days, all the plants started to grow and bloom. But the happiness was short-lived :-( Cool days + 12 C and cold nights + 6 C came. In addition, there were strong winds with rain.

June is pleasantly warm, the sun shines the sky is blue with small clouds. I prefer to sit in a chair on the porch and look at plants. The small decorative crab-apple tree blooms beautiful red flowers. Its apples are tiny and red.

The plum tree did not bloom for long, its white petals flew around from the gusts of the wind. Apparently, I won't have to rely on the plum harvest.

My fir is 8 years old and it constantly wants to bend to one side, does not grow straight up. I fixed it to a stick.

This winter I read that there is such a variety of fir - weeping fir. Maybe I just have this variety?

Rhododendrons bloom late this cool spring but their flowers are always welcome in my garden. 

These yellow flowers grow on their own anywhere in the garden. We call them Trollius (Troilius patulus).  

I have several raised beds in the garden. This is due to the fact that it is difficult for me to bend down, and these beds prevent pain and keep me healthy.
Tulips still bloom in June, these are late cultivars.

I planted many bulb flowers in the fall, but unfortunately some of them died in the winter. Apparently the soil in the raised beds was frozen. Now there are spireas, lilies and small thujas, bleeding heart, delphinium. 



Lily Ismene (Ismene x festalis) has blossomed in the greenhouse, it has opened all 6 flowers.


The Mahonia bush and spirea Grefsheim (Spiraea cinerea Grefsheim) winter well in the garden, so cool May does not prevent them from blooming. The bright yellow Mahonia flowers will turn into blue berries by fall. Long branches of Grefsheim with snow-white flowers adorn the garden in June.


Cool May ended. What will June be like? Who knows ... but I want him to please with warmth and sun. What about your plants in June?

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Nacreous Flowers



It's the 8-sided table inlaid with nacreous flowers, 1650.








I took these photos in the Rijksmuseum, Museum of the Netherlands, Amsterdam.  What an awesome work!

Sunday, May 16, 2021

My Garden in Mid-May

Well, just a warm enough week for my garden to bloom. The temperature during the day was +26..+ 21 C and the night temps are already +13 C. Of course plants and people love this weather.  

We have a late spring so last week all the plants suddenly started making up for lost time.

Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, daisies, dicentra, delphinium, mahonia, anemones ... Almost all bulb and perennial plants started growing. The spireas, blackthorns are covered with white flowers.
The day is getting considerably longer than it was in April. The sun rises at 4 am and sets at half past nine in the evening. So there is a lot to be done in the garden in such a long day!  I plan to transplant shrubs - Potentilla, Spirea, Roses, Physocarpus to a sunnier place. 
Finally, I had some free time and went to the garden center. It is located not far from my house. Of course, I liked everything here and would buy many things. On the shelves a lot of flower seedlings such as viola, tagetes, carnation, dahlias were displayed. There were also many conifers, berry bushes, fruit trees. In addition, there were sacks of garden soil and fertilizers.


But I had to restrict my appetite and I bought Clematis Mountain and New Guinea Impatience. Flowers and vegetables were waiting for me in the greenhouse, and I hurried to take care of them.   How are you doing in May? 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Combination of Colors


I love visiting various gardens and I always pay attention to a combination of colors of flowers, plants. I wonder how experienced gardeners create unity and balance of colors. I have learned the color wheel and would like to apply it in my garden. 
Here are some examples of a wonderful combination of colors. I took these  photos in the Kensington garden, London.

The eye is naturally attracted to different shades. Gardeners combined dark red and green, used a variety of shades, red with blue, white or yellow with purple.

I payed attention to how white color was added as a lovely neutral. I often add silvery cineraria as a monochromatic color in my rose beds. White is always a wonderful color to mix into any colored plants.

Our gardens are a matter of personal taste. If you are interested in what combination of colors I like most, so it is a photo above: white with dark blue.

In fact, I rarely use a color wheel, because if I plant perennials or bulbs, taking into account the combination of colors, maybe in the next spring, some plants will not survive.
Our climate in unpredictable:-(
Do you use color wheel when you plan something in your garden?