Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Vegetable Garden Update

Undoubtedly, May and June are the months when my garden looks at its best. Tha's is probably in many of the other gardens because most of the plants bloom in this period of the year. Irises and peonies slowly fade away, but the roses take over. The other flowering plants, such as Kniphofia nad Hemerocallis, will flower very soon.

The weather is getting warmer and, when I can, I have to go to the garden very early in the day. Last weekend I mostly worked in the vegetable garden. The peas have the pods and are still blooming a lot.

The Swiss chard and beetroot are doing very well. The runner beans started to twine around the supports I made.

I had lots of not yet fully broken down compost and spread it all over the tomato beds as an about 10 cm thick mulch. It will certainly benefit the tomato growth. As an addition to this, I made 10 litres of comfrey fertiliser. It is especially good for tomatoes. I use it diluted 1:10 and water the plants directly onto the root.

Now is the time to plant the flower seedlings on their place in the garden. This year I sowed lots of flowers, among them the lupins, nasturtiums, asters, zinnias, and pot marigolds. To my great surprise, I found some of the pots empty! Some animal dug out the seedlings. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Feast for the Eyes

Rose 'Augusta Louise'

Rose 'Cardinal de Richelieu'

Rose 'Iceberg'

Rose 'Blue for You'

Rose 'Leda'

'Sophie's Rose'

Monday, 22 May 2017

Garden in May

I think many gardens look their best in May and June. That is because this time of the year is the blooming time for most of the plants. At the moment the peonies and irises catch the eye. 

The white peony - I do not know its name.

The blackbirds take a bath in the evening.

A detail from the garden.

The rosemary is blooming like crazy.


Irises look quite funny when not yet fully opened.

Sunday, 21 May 2017


The vegetable garden looks quite good. The beetroot and swiss chard germinated very well.

I have one row of this colourful swiss chard variety called 'Bright Lights'. It has beautifully coloured red and yellow stems. The peas are flowering.

It has been raining since yesterday evening. Not much rain, but any is welcomed.

The leek is growing slowly, but soon it will be ready to transplant into the beds outdoors.


squashes and courgettes

pumpkins I

pumpkins II

Thursday, 11 May 2017


Peonies do very well in my garden. The very first to bloom in the season is the bright red large flowered Paeonia officinalis 'Rubra Plena'. I have three of them. They are also the oldest of all my peonies, certainly more than 50 years old. The plant in full bloom looks really incredible, with more than 25 beautiful flowers.

Paeonies are really tough. Thank God, the recent frost and snow (in April!) did not harm them very much. They were laying on the ground then, but they raised and produced so many buds. They are pretty expensive plants, but worth all the money that is spent on them. If properly planted and cared for, they will live for 100 years or more.
The peony care usually includes some support and giving them the fertiliser at the beginning of the season. Regular watering is beneficial.

Peony 'Pink Hawaiian Coral' is and a hybrid between  P. peregrina and P. lactiflora. It opened the first flower yesterday. This beautiful coral colour slowly fades away as the flower matures.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Peter's Garden

Mr Peter Mejak lives in Koper, Slovenia and owes a garden full of peonies and irises. At the time they flower, the garden is opened to the public. I visited his garden some years ago when I was working in Decora nursery.

The garden has a nice view of the Adriatic sea.

irises and peonies


a sitting place

An enormous peony flower...