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Monday
Jul172017

Mid-July.

One day I´ll have proper time for this blog again and then I´ll post about all the things that are on my mind these days, like baking bread, and growing a veggie garden (my approach), and maybe even some personal stuff that I wanted to write down for ages (mostly why I struggle with social media at the moment). But right now, it feels like I am stumbling through a very busy summer, and all I really have time for is quickly snapping pictures of my garden before or after work, hastily edit them and throw them on up my blog, because first things first, priorities etc. So here goes.

Someone remind me that I need to get more of that blue phlox (it´s "Blue Paradise" I think) in autumn, it´s so lovely, thank you very much. Also the echinacea is very happy this year.

Hydrangeas! Getting there!

We are having a very wet and cold-ish summer, which I´m sort of ok with, because it makes growing things a lot easier. Everything is so lush! And the pumpinks couldn´t be happier.

I get asked what flowers these are all the time, they are Clarkia unguiculata - Mandelröschen in German. Very pretty, not suitable for cutting, but did I mention very pretty.

My sweet peas are totally out of control, they seem to love this weather as well - not complaining!

My artichokes are doing so well, I don´t know why I thought one couldn´t grow them in Germany, it seems to be no problem at all?

Zucchini - I have only one plant this year which is more than enough.

So I planted bush beans instead of runner beans on that trellis to the left, can you tell? Me so smart. 

We are growing a new-to-us potatoe variety this year (Daifla) - huge plants with exceptionally pretty flowers!

I hope I´m not jinxing anything by saying that the tomatoe houses have (so far) been a great success. The plants seem to be doing really well and no signs of blight just yet. And I´m loving the dahlias in between the houses!

Look at that larkspur! It´s hard to photograph but trust me, absolutely gorgeous in person. I´m so happy that I gave it another try after many fails in the past years. I grew this for cutting but can´t bring myself to do it, it´s just so pretty where it is!

That´s it for today. I hope you are having a great summer!
PS: Is there anything you want me to add to the list of things I should blog about?

Thursday
Jul062017

Mostly flowers.

It´s mostly flowers from here on it seems. Although I swear there are actually veggies coming out of my garden, a whole lot actually! But just look at those zinnias, they make me so happy although it´s not exactly a color combination I´d use in a flower bed.

But with the anuuals in my veggie garden, it somehow can´t be colorful enough for me. 

Although the perennials look pretty good too. 

And since it is July the walled garden is becoming more and more colorful as well. 
Happy almost-weekend! 

Sunday
Jul022017

Bye June. 

I took these pictures (except the one above) in the late evening and it was getting dark really quick. So the pictures look a little incoherent with the different lighting but I´ve decided I actually really like that they tell that story. So, here goes.

I am sorry, I just can´t get over the lavender.

Or that rose. 

So many flowers in the veggie garden, and lots more to come.

Tomatoes! Soon.

Hi Emma, hi pumpkins!

Quite dark by now which makes that rose pop even more. 
Have a happy week!  

Friday
Jun302017

Book Club: Romantische Gartenreisen.

I very much wanted to go on another garden trip to England this year, but that didn´t work out for a few different reasons. It´s okay though, the next few months will be busy enough as they are. And on the plus side, there´s lots of time to plan my next trip, which isn´t actually so easy now that I got most of the major must-sees out of my way. So that´s when the book "Romatische Gartenreisen in England" (romantic garden trips in England) comes in!

The book was published last year and got many positive reviews and I agree! It´s an all-around lovely guide that manages to provide relevant information while at the same time being an eye-pleasing coffee table book. What I like most about it is that while it does cover the usual suspects like Sissinghurst, the author also introduces the reader to lots of gardens which I had previously never heard of and which all sound very interesting. I do have a few concerns though, mainly that there aren´t a lot of pictures of each garden - I get that there is limited space in a book like this, but I feel like it´s so important to get a visual impression of a garden to avoid disappointments (like when you have travelled so far for a garden that´s just not your cup of tea). Also the layout/design is maybe a bit on the cutesy side, but that´s probably to be expected when a book has the word "romantic" in its title :) But these minor details aside, this is a very helpful and beautiful book.

The book got a little sister this year: "Romantische Gartenreisen in Deutschland" (romantic garden trips in Germany). This time there are several authors who each cover a different region in Germany. I was very interested in this book because I feel like there aren´t many guides like this for Germany (or maybe I am just not aware of them). I was sort of hoping to discover a German Sissinghurst but unsurprisingly that didn´t really happen. Germany just isn´t England and we don´t have a RHS or a National Trust which is the reason why the book covers a lot of botanical and private gardens and also a few castles that seem to have these very formal gardens that I personally don´t like too much. There´s nothing wrong with the selection and/or the book of course, and a lot of the featured gardens (especially the private ones) sound appealing. I guess I´ll have to visit a few and paint my own picture!

Bonus picture - I saved one of my giant delphiniums from the rain and it looks so pretty in my dining room! Have a very happy weekend - I´m terribly behind with my blog so I am trying to put together another post soonish!

As always with Callwey books, they have their own websites: Romantische Gartenreisen in England and Deutschland. Thank you Callwey for sending over review copies!

Thursday
Jun222017

A bunch of garden pictures.

I am posting this while a major storm is raging outside and all I can think of is how will my garden look like in the morning? So this is a good distraction. I think. Here goes!

A lot of these pictures are repetitive. Bear with me. But I can´t get enough of these roses. When I painted the chicken coop this color I thought how nice a pink climbing rose would be next to it. And now it´s reality!  

Same with this lavender border which I planted over the course of three years because I couldn´t afford to buy so many plants at once. And now look at it! 

Another rose, this is rambler "Raubritter", quite possibly the cutest climbing rose one can grow. It´s been struggling the first few years after I planted it, but it has really taken off this year and it´s all over that old plum tree now! Very hard to photograph so you´ll have to believe me. 

More roses. These are "old" (once flowering) white roses and a lot of alchemilla mollis. The roses will need a few more years to really shine, but they are nice enough already! 

On to the veggie garden! I´ve tried to incorporate even more flowers this year. Because never enough flowers.

This is our large raised bed which is now divided by a line of asparagus (in it´s second year, can´t wait to harvest our own asparagus next year!) I am growing zucchini, eggplant, chilis, cucumber and artichokes (their first year - we´ll see) on one side and carrots, onions and garlic on the other - plus a patch of strawberries. And like I said lots of annuals, like...

...sweet peas, which have taken their sweet (ha) time to germinate and grow this year, or maybe it´s like this every year and I just forget? Anyway we are slooowly getting there. 

The salad bed features nasturtium in a very dark red (so pretty that I make an exception from the "no red in my garden" rule), and in the background is larkspur (annual delphinium). I´ve tried to grow larkspur for several years and it always failed to germinate, so very happy to see it thriving for once! Can´t wait to see them bloom.

Sunflowers-to-be in a bed of french green beans, beets and cavolo nero (black kale) which I´m growing for the first time this year. 

And lots of poppies in the cabbage bed! Ah! I bought a ridiculously expensive seed package with rare poppy seeds this spring and when I opened it there was maybe a teaspoon of seeds in it and I was all like "you better be pretty". We´ll see, so far it looks promising. 

That´s it for today! Now keep your fingers crossed that my garden survives this stormy night.