Thursday, 31 May 2012


Trollius chinesis 'Golden Queen' is one of the new the plants I planted some weeks ago. One of the young plants already developed the first flower. Normally, the plants are about 80 cm tall. It likes rich, moist soils and grows well in semi-shade.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Shady Corners

The shady parts of the garden don't have to be dull at all. There is a variety of shade loving plants with beautiful foliage and flowers as well. My beloved Hosta is one of them. There is really a wide range of Hosta plants: some have variegated leaves, the other come in all shades of green or blue-green. 


I mixed Hosras with Alchemilla, ferns and Lyshimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' that has red foliage.
This Clematis too thrive in semi-shade very well. The flowers are really big; looks like 'Nely Moser' cultivar, but I am not certain of it.

Under the hazelnut shrub I grow Astrantia, Carex, Hosta, Tiarella, white flowered Dicenta, Polygonatum, ferns, Luzula sylvatica and Hostas.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Silver, Pink and Violet

This year, the stone urn at the entrance door is all in silver, pink and violet. The silver foliage of  Helychrisum petiolare mix well with violet Verbena, pink Geranium and Bacopa.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

After Rain

It's been raining these past few days and all the flowers are heavy from raindrops. Now and then the sun peeks through the clouds and then it rains again! That is why I hurried out to take some photographs in the garden before the rain starts to fall down again...

The beautiful paeony 'Festiva Maxima'

Lyshimachia procumbens among the fern leaves.

Sweet Wiliam (Dianthus barbatus)

Knotweed (Polygonum polymorphum)

I put the reed shades on the pergola.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The Second Flower Show in My Town

Here it is, the second flower and garden show in my town. It was two times postponed because of cold and rainy weather and today finally, the sun shines! I made a choice of the photographs taken this morning. Naturally, there was lots of seasonal and perennial flowers, shrubs and trees. I focused on decorating ideas with flowers. Here, there they are...

a horse made of straw.

cute birdhouses

a 110 years old piece of furniture

Friday, 18 May 2012

What a Fighter!

You are probably wondering what it is. Well, that is my poor Clivia. Some weeks ago, I have put the pot out as I always do during the Spring and Summer. Then, that unexpected frost and cold damaged it's leaves so much that I had to cut them back. What a pity!

I brought the pot back in house and to my great surprise, Clivia developed some flowers.  Normally, the flowers develop on the top of the long stalk. New leaves still did not start to grow but I hope they will.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

First Mushrooms

Leccinum griseum

It was raining yesterday, and the temperature dropped to 10°C. It was snowing in mountain regions of Croatia!  But, the rain stopped in the afternoon and I took a walk to the woods. I was not expecting to find any mushrooms but actually, the weather last week was favourable. When the rain and warm, sunny days alternate in a short period of time, these little fellows above appear.  

The white Bleeding Heart was damaged by the frost in early Spring but now the new shoots appear and bear flowers. They look beautiful against the pale green foliage of Hosta.

This large leaved Hosta is named 'Sum and Substance'. It is really amazing. This one is still 'young' but I sow beautiful older specimens in some other gardens. Really bold in appearance.

Aquilegia 'Magpie' 

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Polemonium yezoense

One single plant of Polemonium ( Jacob's Ladder) survived last harsh winter in my garden. Obviously, ordering new plants will be one of the autumn garden tasks. 
I love this plant because of the heavenly blue colour of it's flowers. The foliage is also very interesting being purplish-black in colour. This plant is easy to grow providing a sunny spot and average moisture. No special preferences for the soil type. The plant is supposed to be self-seeding so, I am expecting some seedlings too.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


Purple Lunaria annua and Allium giganteum and  pink tree peony.

Tiarella has interesting inflorescences of pink flowers. The leaves are also interesting with brown reddish veins.

Peony 'Pink Hawaiian Coral'

Clematis 'President'

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Nursery Afternoon

one of the polythene houses

My friend Marina, her husband and I spent the late afternoon shopping. Our shopping usually includes gardening centres and nurseries and so it was this time too. For years we buy plants from the same nursery run by Juric family.

polythene house

They use to come every Thursday to the market but we love to visit them in the nursery.  It is better choice of plants there, of course. I bought plants for window containers: Perlagonium, Lobelia, Helychrisum, Verbena, Lysimachia, Bacopa...


Besides annuals, they have a good choice of perennials too but I buy my perennials in other nursery.

Friday, 4 May 2012

New Arrivals

This hollow tree trunk almost finished it's life in the compost yard. Last year, old chestnut trees were cut down and new planted in a nearby street. I got two of these hollow trunks that will serve as planters. I only need to widen up the hollow a bit.
To my great surprise, the old Horse Chestnut trees (Aesculus hippocastanum) were replaced by gorgeous Red Chestnut (Aesculus carnea) which is now in full bloom. The lane look very nice.

Yesterday new plants arrived from the Decora nursery. As I worked there some years ago, the owner always fill up generously my order with bonus plants. This is the list of new arrivals in my garden:

Hemerocallis 'Amadeus'
Hemerocallis 'Dragon's Eye' - gorgeous!
Hemerocallis 'Avant Garde'
Solidago 'Golden Mosa'
Veronicastrum 'Lavenderturm'
Astilbe 'Prof. van der Wielen'
Chrysanthemum 'Mary Stoker'
Astilbe 'Deutschland'
Bergenia 'Eroica'
Bergenia 'Rotblum'
Helenium 'Biedermeier'
Helenium 'Rauchtopas'
Heliopsis 'Asahi'

Lots of sweet work for Saturday!

Image credit: Dave's garden

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Labour day

Labour day is a public holiday in Croatia and I have a day off. But, it was not the day off in my garden. I finished weeding the middle part of my garden. It was warm in the morning, but not so moist as it was yesterday. So much easier to endure this unusual weather conditions. My town was the hottest in Croatia yesterday (33°C) and, this temperature in April/May was not recorded over 160 years. The weather men predict a very dry and hot summer.

That's what the middle part looks like today. I think I did some good job. The regular weeding pays off eventually. I had only two wheelbarrows of weeds and this is not much for an area of about 38 square metres.

This round flower bed misses the Houttuynia which still did not came out! It circles the Hemerocallises planted in the middle. I simply cannot believe that this invasive plant was damaged by the cold so much.

Iberis, the Candytuft is one of my favourite cushion plants. The white colour of the flowers gives a real accent to the area it is planted. I have several of them planted in succession along the border. Such planting leads the eye along the flower bed.

Polygonatum, Solomon's Seal is yet another of my favourite plants. It likes shade as it is a woodland plant. It spreads by rhizomatous roots just as it' 'relative' - Lilly of the Valley.