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The first of May01.05.2022
In a famous Czech song Hana Hegerová sings ‚My bathtub is full of violets’ and as I walk down my garden I have to sing ‚my lawn is full of dandelions’. I admit it’s purely my fault that I don’t use any selective herbicides so I should not be surprised that within my turf can grow anything. But hey, as soon as I mow it will be green and even again and on top of that - dandelions relate to spring, don’t they? And we can be happy that the spring has eventually arrived.

And now a little nipple for other lovers of a mighty green - have you noticed how the dandelion has adapted to your lawn? As if it knew that you would be mowed again in a week, it doesn't grow to its height of 20-30 cm that is coded in its genes, it barely makes an inch and voilà: here’s a flower. How krafty! This is evolution, folks! To do anything to reproduce.

And talking of reprodction it is May Day today, and since May is love time, I can hear cats trying to fulfil their dharma under my open bedroom windows at night. Their breeding sounds like a child whose cell phone has been confiscated by a severe parent. And I wonder what’s worse – listening to the cats doing it rather loudly but expecting that it will soon be over, or that Italian couple next door in hotel I had to put up with on one of my trips in Tuscany. They were unstoppable and louder than the cats. When I asked for a different room in the morning explaining the problem rather tactfully, the receptionist searched for something in the computer and then lifted his eyebrow with words ‘oh, I would not expect that from THIS gentleman‘… Anyway. At least the garden is quiet and shows its various shades of green. And other colours, too, let’s check them out!

This is Kiku-shidare-zakura. Japanese flowering cherry.
The first of May01.05.2022
The first of May01.05.2022
Is there anyone who doesn't like blue flowers? This is not forget-me-not, this is bugloss . In sale again from next week!
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The first of May01.05.2022
Pink Ice candytuft is pretty even without flowers.
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Burgundy Star magnolia
The first of May01.05.2022
Butterflies magnolia
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Betty magnolia
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My most favourite Portugal laurel: large-leaved TICO®.
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The first of May01.05.2022
Color Guard yucca
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marsh marigold
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Forest Flame lily-of-the-valley shrub
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April Night sage
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Rollies Favourite campion
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Black helleborus
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Bonfire dwarf peach
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Trevi Fountain lungwort
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The first of May01.05.2022
J.C. Williams magnolia
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
Major temperature swings are common for continental climate and we – the inhabitants of the Old Continent – are accustomed to them. Or at least should be, like it or not. Wearing flip-flops on Monday and a bobble hat and gloves on Saturday is not really an ideal clothing plan. On the other hand, looking at the date on the calendar it may have been an All Fools’ Day joke from Him. Good job, mate, if only it was not for the icy roads!

Or was it not Him? What if it were … the politics?? I can feel a chill running up and down my spine not just when I stick my big toa into fresh snow but also remembering Nikola Tesla and one of his inventions. Allegedly he worked on a system enabling him to manipulate weather. It turned out so powerful that the powerful of his era made sure he lost all his powers, claims one theory.

I always recall brilliant Kate Bush and her song Cloudbusting which, yet inspired by a different guy – Peter Reich, speaks about a similar phenomenon: making rain, i.e., playing with weather.

Nowadays we seem to live in difficult and wild times so no wonder one is able to believe almost anything. But when it comes to spring weather, don’t get yourself be fooled. Virtually all kinds of weather within one day are typical for April weather just like stripes on a zebra, and all you can fight it with is a pair of spare mitts in your bag.
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
But don’t you worry ‘bout a thing! Even though we’ve had a few inches of fresh snow overnight, the midday sun is so strong to melt it on rooftops, patios, and evergreen plants, and all that’s left is a dose of irrigation so needed after an extremely dry winter. Down with white images for now, let’s indulge in colours that the next days are promising. Either in our gardens or in pots on our garden centre shelves. The biggest news this week is that we acquired about 40 plants of geum Scarlet Tempest that was unavailable for the past two years. The plants have just arrived from the grower, they are strong and beautiful, and will be in store and online next week. Hurray! Check our website in a couple of days not to miss them out 😊.
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
And one Adonis is blooming already - adonis vernalis.
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
A novelty awaiting introduction on our website is Spring Bell bellflower.
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
Just like an attractive series of ornamental peaches from Vietnam called TAOFLORA® in three colours.
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
This little broom is buttercup winterhazel and is bursting out.
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Lilly-of-the-valley shrubs are about to bloom, too.
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
And while waiting for others to bloom I like to watch the evrgreens. This is Royal Ruby leucothoe.
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
The hardiest among large-leaved euonymus is Canadale Gold.
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
Eskimo viburnum is also evergreen but not so densely leaved but the amount of strongly and sweetly scented flowers will make up for it.
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
December Dwarf viburnum is deciduous and already blooming.
Great expectations of spring03.04.2022
And besides the flowers this is what I am looking forward to most. See you in water! :-)
Welcome, March!01.03.2022
My dears, welcome to the beginning of the new gardening season. It's the first of March today, it's freezing like hell in the morning, and the hell is also happening quite close to our border. We are going through tough times. As soon as one nonsense is over, there is another, and it is demanding not just our attention but most importantly our judgement. This is Evil. Evil is most insidious in its disguises, which have lately become increasingly sophisticated. Until recently, it pretended to protect human health, and today it disguises itself as justice and attacks our senses to awaken emotions of hatred in us, and that we are entitled to feel it. Human nature is vulnerable mainly on the emotional side, and when it shows a weak point, Evil crawls in without being noticed, and then you stare at your good friends, hearing their words of anxiety, excitement as well as judgements, and you are unaware of how and when it was born in them.

We are faced with various challenges every day now and it's always a good idea to keep calm without a need to solve it right away. Let our innermost voice speak and hear what it has to say, and only then decide how we will deal with it. Because Evil cannot be fought with its weapons. I know very well that it is not easy, believe me - I also have an account in Sberbank.

Long time ago, during an ongoing war somewhere, I no longer remember where it was then, a large radio station invited Mother Theresa for an interview so she could greet people and give them some hope. And the interviewer was so overwhelmed by what she said and her personality that in the end he could not help asking her to take part in a planned march against the war. She thanked him but turned down his offer, but added that when they organized a peace march, she would be among the first to attend. Because the more people who believe in peace, the faster it will come. And that's not a remnant of hippie philosophy, that's a fact.

And to make our thoughts happier, I have prepared some cheerful colours showing the beauty of the start of the season. They are like a balm for haunted souls promising that soon everything will swell and bloom and that the spring will commence. I admit that I sneaked a few autumn photos through there, quite deliberately, see if you can find them 😊
Welcome, March!01.03.2022
Dark Diamond leucothoe
Welcome, March!01.03.2022
jasminum nudiflorum
Welcome, March!01.03.2022
Sutherlandii hebe
Welcome, March!01.03.2022
James Stirling hebe
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Little Flames leucothoe
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Irish ivy
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Narihira grape holly
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Heckenblau blue holly
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Angelina stonecrop
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CHICK CHARMS Gold Nugget houseleek
Welcome, March!01.03.2022
Frilly Isabelle Lenten rose
Welcome, March!01.03.2022
SP Elly Lenten rose
Welcome, March!01.03.2022
Apricot Red Centre Lenten Rose
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Apricot Red Spotted Lenten rose
Welcome, March!01.03.2022
HGC Ice n' Roses Red Lenten rose
Welcome, March!01.03.2022
White Dark Centre hellebore
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Conny Lenten rose
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