Throwback Thursday to a year ago when I had a family vacation at the Indian Lake. This birches oasis was magical!!!!
So it was easy to combine leisure and a bit of work and made this photo shoot a breeze.
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And remember, this summer is not over yet. There is still about a month of it left. So pack your bags and roll out for a mini #vacation , a weekend #getaway , a #picnic in the park .... And capture these moments! Even though I don’t dwell on past, it’s always kind of heart warming to #look at those pictures. 😘
Another throwback to our hiking vacation in bohemian switzerland. Our tour started in Rathen and included the Bastei, Neurathen castle and the Schwedenlöcher. It started right off with lots of stairs, but the stunning view from the castle was absolutely worth it. Definitely not suited for people with fear of hights. Our tour took a turn on our way back through the Schwedenlöcher. The climate and flora changed rapidly from dry heat and birches to clammy cold and conifers. I would highly recommend it!
My best tips for plantings under big birches:
1. Keep whatever naturally grows under them, blueberries for example are beautiful
2. Cover the ground with gravel or bark and make a path closest to the trunk
3. If you want plantings - cover the ground with newspaper and add rich soil, 20-30 cm.
4. Use vigorous and drouth tolerant plants, preferably ground covers and plant dense.
5. Plant bulbs or flowering perennials in between but they will need to be replaced in a couple of years.
6. Be prepared to water and fertilize every year.
Best plants of those I have tried: Symphoricarpos (snöbär), juniperus (krypen), cotoneaster (krypoxbär), Antennaria (kattfot)