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Status quo in my garden. With a low-budget garden you have to realise that you can’t pick from the top shelf, moneywise. I’m not a big fan of petunia, they smell and stick to your fingers. But I had to reconsider them at a visit to the local garden center on monday. I found them on sale, 6 for 8$, and the color was nice. Especially when I fell in love with the light and dark purple verbena, a perfect match.

The assistant gardener called in sick today.

Passion flower in the kitchen window.

Astilbe in the shade.

Rhubarb in great shape.

Paeonia with homemade plant support.

Cut-back salvia, originally a bush.

Bleeding heart and aquilegia vulgaris.

The pear tree with buds.

Red currant.

Clematis and honeysuckle.

Light and dark purple verbena.

Oregano and lemon thyme growing good.

Bleeding heart about to bloom.

I planted a row of eight petunia for the border. Not because I particularly like them, but because they were on sale and will bloom all summer.  Dark purple is a nice contrast to the light colors that dominate this flower bed.



first post of my garden series, and I want to document for you and for my self  what will grow, what’s growing and what unfortunately won’t grow in my garden. when the lazy afternoon sun hit I grabbed the camera and this is what I got. the plants from my green house isn’t  hardy enough to be planted out yet, so they stay safely in the greenhouse for at least the next 2-3 weeks. but my biennials from last summer are doing great progress. I will explain as we go.

our kitchen table. campanula of some sort. my closest guess is melton bells. if someone know the exact specie I would be grateful.

yellow viola. a classic. different candle holders and small pots.

last fall I collected tin cans and let them stay outside all winter. I love the rust against the green. cheap and easy diy re-use of tin cans.

soft purple pansy. bought at a gardener’s market.

a transplanted cosmos bipinnatus double click rose bonbon.

viola tricolor planted together with pansies in similar colors.

cosmos seedlings in the front, over wintered heliotrope in the middle, which I suspect is no longer with us. any tips?

pansies planted together in a flowertub.

dead or alive heliotrope.

viola, I love the color combination in this pot.

black cat: “no worries”. white cat: “nah, skeptic”

an over  wintered astilbe europa.

although I suspect the garden center of labeling it wrong,  it looks more like a astilbe arendsii when it blooms, the color is dark pink, not soft pink as the europa.

ivy against our rusty fence,

which reminds me of a concentration camp fence and it used to have barbed wire on top.

when we moved here last fall I discovered a paeonia under layers of weed, I saw one apricot colored flower, but I can’t identify the sort. does anybody know?

a big rhubarb that I separated last fall and grows in two places.

a lonícera caprifólium (honeysuckle) in the front and clematis in the background.

a clematis flower bud. grows in the sunniest location in the garden.

lemon thyme. thyme is my favorite spice. here you see part of our herb bed. the edges are put together by old bricks and drift wood. all of our herbs and spices are gathered here, unfortunately the others haven’t grown yet after the winter.

cosmos, hollyhocks, various sweet peas and heliotrope.

hollyhocks and chatsworths sweet pea.

in front, campanula dwarf double melton bells. sweet pea, elegant ladies and blue ripple. in the back heliotrope and viola blue shades.

our gigantic red currant bush in front and our tiny green house in the back.

ahaha, this is anakin skywalker (one of my two cats) and this looks like a prom picture.

what a poser..

one of my favorite perennials, the aquilegia vulgaris . (columbine)  a bit embarrassing to admit that I can’t remember which sort because we planted two and only one have grown and I can’t remember which this is.

my other favorite perennial, meconopsis betonicifolia

or himalayan blue poppy. hopefully it will grow as tall and beautiful as it should,

but I think it looks a little weak.

delphinium(right)  and bleeding heart(left)

he is not shaved for aesthetic reasons.

blue snowdrops.

muscari, also known as grape hyacinths.

thank you for looking at the pictures.  If you have any tips, tricks or comments, just leave a comment and make my day.

I’ve used is a pentax k100d camera with a pentacon electric multi coating. I don’t understand any of that.