Just six weeks untill Christmas and I am still picking tomatoes from plants outside without a single trace of Phytophthora; it has been such an unusual garden year.
While I was ice skating on ditches and the nearby river end of February, my pots with blooming crocuses and daffodils needed constant protection against the severe frost. Then came spring, short and sunny, followed by summer with extremely high temperatures and almost three months of total drought. Some plants suffered, other flourished. I happen to like high temperatures so for myself this summer was enjoyable but at the same time confusing and worrying.
It makes you wonder about last nature, something Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American essayist, poet and philosopher, thought and wrote about in Walking. More about him later. Time for a walk indeed now that I have finally planted all the bulbs, including some rare botanical tulips I am looking forward to.
The Japanese garden in our neighbourhood is at this height now. All the bright yellow and red colours are spectacular against a blue sky. Autumn itself though is like a cheerfull, unreliable lover. A golden coat, chestnut hair in the wind, its energy sweeping you of your feet. Too good to be everlasting. And in that, of course, lies the biggest part of its attraction. The Japanese have always understood this and before you know it, we will be celebrating the cherry blossoms again. Oh melancholy, do not visit me without promises.
👩🏻🌾 Vegetable update; in our kitchen at the moment. I have chilli pepper, long and small varieties of eggplants. Hubby and I bought small chilli peppers for our garden this summer because we love spicy food. I decided to have one in our kitchen so I can easily pick them when I need them. For some reason this chilli pepper is loving life in our kitchen, where the others outside are completely finished and not even half the height of this one. It’s growing nonstop. I pruned this so many times to produce more fruit, and it did. Guess what? One chilli is enough to make your dish damn hot! It’s unreal.
The eggplant in the middle is a long eggplant variety. I grew this from seed late this summer and so far it is doing very well. Looking very healthy. Keeping my fingers crossed this will survive the winter.
Last is my small variety of eggplant that I got from the garden centre late this summer. It is doing very well and I got some fruit from this plant which I’m very pleased with. This plant was originally sitting in our windowsill in our spare room along with my big plants. I moved it into our kitchen to keep it alive throughout the winter season. Fingers crossed!!
I figured out why my vegetable plants in our kitchen are doing well. Because the smoke from cooking/oven, boiling the kettle, opening the dishwasher are contributing to high humidity. Plus we get direct sunlight from our kitchen windowsill, which is a bonus that keeps our vegetables in a good condition. So I am hoping when it goes below zero celsius, my plants are still growing strong! Update later.
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Nasturtium, Rosa ‘Schneewitchen’, strawberry leaves, spent flower spikes of buddleia davidii ‘White profusion’, Yellow Archangel leaves and loosestrife.
Yesterday, on a grey clouded morning, the loud, melodic song of a wren woke me up. Autumn must be a fact now that hedge- sparrows, blue tits and wrens are coming back from the parks and forests to see what the garden has to offer. They don´t seem to worry about the rain, the perspective of winter, nor the end of the day light saving time this weekend. All the things I do worry about, especially because there are so many things to do before dark and before the predicted first ground frost sets in. Gardner under pressure! All of a sudden bringing in the cactuses that spend the summer outdoors and picking the last flowers seemed to be the most urgent and only things to do before getting in again and continue reading short stories by L.A. Boenin (1870 - 1953) and catching up on the news. Because birds are not interested in the human condition, politics nor Russian literature somebody has to do the job. Never a quiet moment.
Boenin also writes about birds. In The cranes (1930) a rich miller in full speed on his horse crosses the path of the storyteller. A few miles later his horse is on the road heavily breathing and the miller is lying on the ground. ‘Sir!’, he cries fiercely in the earth, ‘Sir!’ And his arms raised in despair: ‘It is so sad, so sad. Oh Sir, the cranes have flown away!’
And shaking his head he burst out in drunken tears. (This morning after the first cold night, I woke up with sunshine and the sound of geese flying over the garden. Indeed it is autumn.) #flowersofinstagram#gardenstories#naturestories#geese#autumn#photographofinstagram#gardenflowers#boenin#russianliterature#wren#cranes#gardenbirds#botanical#gardening
Hoya Carnosa, Tricolour
👩🏻🌾 I have been eyeing up a Hoya plant for quite a while now. So I checked eBay to see if I could find one, then I found this Hoya Carnosa, it is a rare plant as it is tricolour. There was a pink hue in the foliage as seen on photos and I am a sucker for pink plants. So here it is, she’s beautiful in real life. Although, I couldn’t see the pink hue in the foliage. I’m just gonna have to wait for it to settle down. I put her in a handmade earthenware hanging pot that I got ages ago which I love! Anyway, I got to say, among the houseplants I own this Hoya has unique foliage, like succulents. It looks like it is painted. It’s really cool. I really love it! No wonder it’s such a popular houseplant. I’m so happy that I finally own one. I hope this plant will thrive soon. Update later.