Saturday, 25 February 2017

Interesting Seed

I have just eaten a mango fruit and examined the interesting seed. It is hidden into the hard endocarp and looks like a large bean. It has two cotyledons and a thick coat. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

The Heralds of Spring

Helleborus sp.

The snowdrops are everywhere.

Galanthus elwesii and
Galanthus nivalis...

...under the bushes and...

...on the lawn coming from the seeds.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Pruning Time

Late winter is pruning time for my rambling rose 'Bobby James' and Wisteria, both of which climbing up over the terrace. I do the routine pruning of the rambling roses in late summer. That is the time for trimming of excessive growth. I remove all flowering stems and shorten the side shoots to one-third. At the end of winter, I remove all dead, frozen, diseased or weak shoots. Every second or third year, I cut the oldest shoots down to the ground. Usually, I leave maximally six new vigorous stems and secure them o the support.

Pruning Wisteria is pretty much the same. After the flowering (June or July) it is time to cut it back to 5 or 6 leaves. Thin the plant to give it more air circulation and sunlight. In late winter, all the shoots are to be cut down to 2 or 3 buds. 

Thursday, 2 February 2017


The snow is melting away revealing the first flowers in the new year.