Friday, 26 July 2013

Hypertufa Cross

My hypertufa planters seem to be very popular and now and then I have an order to make one. So it was with this cross shaped planter. I have just planted it with various Sedums and Sempervivums. There is also a small fern in one corner, Asplenium trichomanes which in nature grows on dry stone walls and rockeries.

The planter is about 50 cm long so, I needed lots of planting material. It is meant to decorate a grave.

I use to integrate lime stones when building the planters so they look even more natural. My friend has brought me a bucket full of stones on her way back home from the sea side. It is lime stone with holes made by date mussels and water. I tried to integrate some of the local stones but it doesn't look so good.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Aronia, Part Two

As I have already told you, I got small Aronia bush this Spring and planted it into a pot. I am still thinking where in the garden will I put it. But that was not the only reason I put it into a pot. The bush had very poorly developed root system so I thought it would do better in a smaller place. Surprisingly, the bush is doing very well in that pot. I added some peat moss to make the soil acid as the plant likes. It even had three clusters of small flowers and produced the first berries.

And yesterday, curious what they taste like, I decided to try some. To my great surprise, I found none of them! Seems like the birds were quicker that me and ate all of them. Well, what shall I do if it would happen every year?

Friday, 19 July 2013

French Beans

This year I tried some new varieties of French beans. 
The first one is called 'Amethyst', clearly because of this beautiful purple color. I must say, it is a real surprise to me. The crop in this, as I call it first wave, was excellent! There is still lots of flowers on the plants and I think it will be a long picking season for this variety. The pods loose the color by cooking but the taste is really good. And, no threads!
The green pods belong to the 'Boston' variety. It only started to crop but like the first one, it produces lots of flowers. I like both of them 'Amethyst' and 'Boston' being sturdy and upright plants. 'Boston' too tastes excellent.

The third one is called 'Bergold'. This dwarf  French bean has bright yellow pods. The taste is very good. I highly recommend all of these. I will certainly sow 'Amethyst' the next year as well.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The Riot of Hot Colors

Presently, in my ornamental garden, there is a real riot of colors! And they are almost all hot, all shades of orange, red and yellow. The best performers now are Day Lilies, Macleaya and Red Hot Poker.

The bold Macleaya is 2.5 meters high this year. It must have been the favorable weather conditions this season that caused this immense growth.
Every day some new variety of Day Liliy opens its flowers.

'Bitsy', the yellow one and unknown  red one.

'Bonanza', the yellow one...

'Olive Baily Lngdon and 'Shola' are now in full bloom.

'Elegant Candy'

'Olive baily Langdon' again... very pretty large flowers!

'Kwanzo' and 'Gentle Sheppard'

There is more but, that's quite enough for today!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Vegetable garden

I picked up all the broad beans yesterday. The variety is called 'Aquadulce'. I am quite content with the crop . I cooked it today and served with some garlic and olive oil. Talking about the garlic, I picked it up too some week ago. This is an old variety with an excellent taste. I twisted the stems as my grandmother used to do and left it to dry in the warm air.

It is really sad what kind of garlic we have on the market. It is imported from China and has quite a different taste. Added in salads and sprinkled with the vinegar it turns green!? Therefore, I left a few stems of garlic to flowers and produce small bulbs - I will plant them late in Autumn. The flowers are lovely, like in any ornamental onion.

I have the first shiny black hot peppers...

... and this lettuce.

This popular lettuce variety 'Lollo Rossa' has frilled leaves and a beautiful crimson color. The heads are loose and have no heart.

Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights' is still young. Cannot wait to see them fully grown up. The colors of the stems, bright yellow and red, should be more intense than they are now. 

Kohlrabi look good, soon ready to be picked up.

These are the two kinds of parsley, and a dill. On the left side is parsley 'Lisette' with curly leaves.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

What a Rain!

For the two days in a row we were struck by the heavy rain showers. I don't remember when I last have seen such a rain. On Monday,  it was raining with the same intensity for two hours and yesterday, it was raining for 45 minutes and the wind was also very strong. On Monday, we measured 71 l per square meter of rain, and yesterday 50 in only 45 minutes! Of course, no sewage can drain such an amount of water in such a short period of time. Many streets and yards were flooded. My house is on a higher ground and I had no problems with flood but I have damage in my garden.

The old plum tree that grows behind he garden fence on the community ground I use as composting place, fell over my garden shed! Luckily, there is two meter high iron fence between my garden and this community ground and it prevent the tree to shatter my garden shed.

Actually, the man with the chain saw is yet to come and I don't know if there is any damage under the fallen tree. I cannot see anything. I hope all's well. 
And this is what it looked liked yesterday in town and some yards...
(All the photos are taken by our local newsman Mario Barac)

The worse were in the villages where water also came running down the hills.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

What's Now Blooming?


Helianthus 'Lorainne Sunshine'

Verbena bonariensis

Penstemon 'Husker's Red'

Thymus sp.

Thursday, 4 July 2013


A few years ago I have brought three seedlings of Foxglove from the coastal town called Vrsar, Istrian peninsula. I was wondering if they could survive the continental winter. Happy to say, they love it to be in my garden. 

I planted them in the dry semi-shade and so far they are doing well. I am not sure which species it might be, maybe Digitalis lutea. They seed themselves very well too. Foxglove is a biennial, producing the young plant in the first season and flowering the next year.

As an ornamental plant, it looks good in a group or single among the other plants filling the gaps. 
 It also adds height into the borders. Cultivated foxgloves have bigger flowers, but I love my wild one very much.
Digitalis is a well known medicinal plant, used to treat cardiac diseases. The entire plant is actually toxic so, it is a small difference between the poison and a curing dose of the chemicals it contains.