Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Garden update

Summer started here with a rainy day! My garden loves it, I don't!! My body hates humidity because of the fibromyalgia. I hope we'll have better days with lots of sun very, very soon! 

Last week I worked a lot in my back yard and this is how it looks.

I bought some new plants and replanted some of my old ones. I like the wooden stairs which I bought at a thrift shop last year. 

This photo is taken from the other side. The old zinc bucket first belonged to my parents. 

Another styled corner in my back yard. 

The pink Clematis is blooming!! 

I bought this fountain last week because I like the sound of calm running water.
At first the frogs that are living in the water basin (at least 5) were a bit afraid and they all jumped out of the water when I installed the fountain. One of them stayed a long time looking at this new item in his home. 

The frog that was brave enough to stay and watch.

I also worked in my vegetable garden. Everything is growing so fast! Especially the potato plants. I used 8 potatoes with sprigs or shoots that I wanted to throw away because they weren't eatable anymore. At first I planted them in my square foot garden but there wasn't enough room for 8 plants so I had to replant them.

I planted 6 of them just outside my garden where they have a lot of space to make new potatoes. 

In front there are 2 potato plants and 4 French beans.

Remember from my previous post how small the leaves were from the radishes, spinach and lettuce?

This radish looks ready to be eaten!

The first flower of the Nasturtiums that are growing near my square foot garden in front of the English wooden fence!

The zucchini also made flowers!!! 

There's still a lot of work and growing to do in my garden! 

Happy Summer! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Growing fast!

Everything in my garden is growing fast. We've had a lot of warm and sunny days but also some rainy days.


Garden 1 with Turkish spinach, lettuce (2 different kinds), radishes, red beets, Spring onion, strawberries. There is still room for the carrots, celery and more Spring onions.

Garden 2 with lots of herbs, potatoes and green beans.

The carrots, celery and Spring onions almost ready to be planted in garden 1.

Tomatoes are growing slowly but steadily. These are a low and hanging kind of sort of tomato.

The first flowers in one of the pumpkin plants.

The first red strawberry! 

These are Sweet peas or Lathyrus.

The young animals are also growing fast. These young ducks are almost as big as their mom (on top).

And there's a new member added to the pond. First time ever that I've seen a young goose (from the large geese) been added to the population of pond animals in my neighborhood. Edited: I don't know what happened to the young goose but after a couple of weeks it suddenly was gone! 

Proud parents and their young one. Some other young geese are in the background. These are from a much smaller type of geese (Barnacle Goose or in Dutch Brandgans).

Momma and her baby.

Daddy and his little one.

And finally I want to show you some photos of a strange creature I noticed in my back yard the other day. 

At first I saw this: 

It was very small. That's my finger and I have very small hands!

About 15 minutes later it looked like this:

Soon after I took this photo I went for a bike ride with Cor and when we returned home it was gone. We looked it up on the internet and it turned out it is a night-moth called the White Ermine. Never saw it before in my life!

This is how it looks like when it's fully grown:

This photo is made by: http://www.tomkruissinknatuurfotografie.nl/album/Vlinders/Nachtvlinders/slides/Tijgervlinder-1.html