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New video - Invitation to our garden centres14.09.2020
Indian summer is here and flowers are all around. For those who cannot visit our garden centres in person we have a little tour showing all those beautiful plants we have for you :-)
Life will wind a way12.09.2020
A beautiful morning, the sun is out, and everything around is bathing in its rays. I'm walking by a stone wall in our garden centre, long before opening, thinking of virtually nothing. Until glowing yellow colour makes me raise my head. My eyes are about to pop out from their holes as in a cartoon movie when I get struck by a sunflower growing from a crevice between two stones. Absolutely fresh, perfect, and gorgeous. Smiling at me. No, giggling. No, smirking!

Well, that was unexpeced. Half of our staff (including me) had no idea there was something growing, the other half noticed some leaves on the wall but paid no attention as there was enough weed on the top of the wall. Now questions were asked - How did it get there? Did a bird bring a seed? How could it survive without any watering, or even worse - without any human care?? What a dare!
Life will wind a way12.09.2020
I remember an episode of Grey's Anatomy when a young doctor, an oncologist, enthusiastically tells her students about a type of brain tumor she had to deal with. She had to study it well in order to know how it behaves, how it resists all other doctors' efforts to kill it. Most of her students do not share a slice of her passion for cancer because everyone knows it kills people when it wants to live. And we kill cancer because we want to live. The fascination had no moral aspects, it was purely connected to the will to survive of any living creature.

Like a sole seed of a sunflower in a crevice of an old stone wall, collecting one raindrop after another, slowly making fine roots in the sand-filled clefts, gathering enough strength to burst out believing one day it will be able to produce a flower and set seeds. Which it did.
Life will wind a way12.09.2020
Life will wind a way12.09.2020
The first picture is almost three weeks old. Today our lovely sunflower is not so showy anymore and bottom leaves start wilting. All good. It has no need to be beautiful anymore. While it still makes short branches with smaller flowers the mother's head has lost most of its flower petals and begins to bend as the oily, heavy seeds inside it slowly mature. Shortly they will be ripe and will attract a lot of birds from nearby to feast on them. They will eat up a lot but also spread many all around so that next year somebody somewhere else can gaze again at a beautiful flower which surprisingly rose out of nothing.

And the circle of life will go on ...
New youtube video31.08.2020
This time we filmed something about campsis - trumpet creepers. Do you know these summer flowering vines? Check our youtube channel to see more :-)
Plane-leaved mulberry18.08.2020
Do you know plane-leaved mulberry? It was my very first tree I planted in my new garden in Chlumec some 15 years ago. I had never seen it before and during a visit to an Italian nursery it was a love at first sight. Its extremely large leaves were exactly what I needed for a jungle section of my future garden. No one believed it would survive our climate (USDA zone 6) as it had never been cultivated there before. I did not care a bit about what they thought and just planted it. It survived everything, even down to -27 °C without a single damage. Now it is a huge tree, strong like Goliath.
Plane-leaved mulberry18.08.2020
Plane-leaved mulberry18.08.2020
Its first leaves are identical to those on white mulberry – heart-shaped but as the temperature rises and spring turns to summer newly emerging leaves are different: deeply lobed, distinctly acuminate (making pointed tips), twice as large as a man’s hand, and extremely glossy as if sugar coated.
Plane-leaved mulberry18.08.2020
Possibly the most beautiful tree I came across during one of my visits to the Netherlands.
Plane-leaved mulberry18.08.2020
It naturally forms small to mid-sized trees with spreading umbrella-shaped canopy. If pruned back in spring it grows wild making large leaves and rather flat canopy. Unpruned the crown grows moderately into a dome-shaped canopy, spreading with age. It casts a pleasant shade so placing a bench underneath is a logical thing to do.
Plane-leaved mulberry18.08.2020
Plane-leaved mulberry was also one of the first trees we sold after opening our new garden centre in Prague in 2009. Back then we sold several of them to the owners of a cooperative house in Petržílkova Street. Now they make an extraordinary secluded place, making the pedestrian precinct next to the local town hall beautiful.
Plane-leaved mulberry18.08.2020
If your plot is rather small and you still want a tree casting some shade consider plane-leaved mulberry. I am convinced you will be satisfied.
Plane-leaved mulberry18.08.2020
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
Hello from our Chlumec garden. If you happen to come by have look in our summer garden for your inspiration.
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
Ombrella® silk tree
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
beautiful leaves and flowers, fragrant!
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
Willmott's hardy plumbago
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
Gemo St.John's wort
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
swamp mallow from the LUNA series
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
LUNA WHITE
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
LUNA RED
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
LUNA BLUSH
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
this year's second flowering of WHITE DAZZLER Mexican mock orange
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
and smells beautifully!
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
ENDLESS SUMMER® Blue hydrangea
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
today's goodbye will be my most favourite colour
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
INDIAN SUMMER® trumpet vine
Greetings from Paradise11.08.2020
Vacation in your garden09.08.2020
We have https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK9BAY8o3oU for you celebrating a garden like a place where not only everything blooms in summer but also a place where you will love to spend your holiday. Have a look.
Flowering catalpas05.08.2020
We have recently posted a story about blooming catalpas. This time we have a video for you.
Landscaping a playground with a garden03.08.2020
It has been exactly two years we did this project. The task was simple - a playground for kids surrounded by a beautiful garden for the adults. Have a loot at a few pictures showing how it turned out or check the whole story visiting our Landscaping page.
Landscaping a playground with a garden03.08.2020
Landscaping a playground with a garden03.08.2020
Vacation28.07.2020
Sitting down in a comfortable chair in the lounge later in the evening, with all balcony doors opened to the garden, I am listening to the concert of crickets. Quite loud sometimes but still beautiful. I took a holiday and decided to spend it here - at my private piece of paradice I have been creating for so many years. Sure, I will make a trip somewhere from time to time but will always return to my sanctuary, to have an evening swim under the sky full of stars.
Vacation28.07.2020
Most visitors to the garden look up to it saying they could never do anything like that in their own garden. Of course you could! Just remember - Rome was not built in a day. Give it time, feel free to reconstruct, re-plant, change, and fill up. It will start to show, believe me, and one day you will sit down in an armchair and just listen to the crickets. Just look what it was like only 5 years ago.
Vacation28.07.2020
And this was the very beginning. A few neighbourse admitted (many years later) how they hated my house, saying that it would not fit in the village. And as the garden started to grow they are glad how the plot was improved ...
Vacation28.07.2020
And this is the back garden where everything blooms in summer so I can enjoy the plants while having a holiday here.
Vacation28.07.2020
Vacation28.07.2020
And everybody knows that holiday is a license to eat so I made my sanctuary an opulent feast with fresh fruit as if stolen from a baroque painting :-)
Vacation28.07.2020
And above my head I have the best parasol ever! It is called Ombrella.
Vacation28.07.2020
Vacation28.07.2020
By the way, if you do go to a holiday at the seaside don't be alarmed to come across Ombrella slightly denser and more divine ...
Vacation28.07.2020
But to be honest, I don't care much about the extra size of somebody else's Ombrella. Because I have my own Goliath! Only David is still missing ...
Vacation28.07.2020
Vacation28.07.2020
Vacation28.07.2020
I beg your pardon? Are you saying that you can't fit a Goliath in your car? Blimey! I have heard that so many times and in the end they loaded more than what they came for :-)
Vacation28.07.2020
Vacation28.07.2020
And if you REALLY can fit anything in you need to buy a better vehicle!
See you with better wheels :-)
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
I met her years ago in a local nursery. Among others she was sort of statuesque and despite her young age showed a few exceptionally large leaves. They were chartreuse to yellow green and looked rather unique and exotic. And I like exotic. I offered her to live with me. She agreed.
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
She was not picky about location and would practically do with anything. But I knew I wanted to find her a spot where I could look at her often to admire her beauty. Yes, that is the place! Opposite the patio. With every look out of the window I could see her. The first couple of years were tough for her. It turned out that the location was quite wet after a long-lasting rain. And her? She did not say a word and kept growing without a slightest sign of disapproval.
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
I made expeditions to various garden worlds very often. In fact, it happened on regular basis – not a weekend went by without a trip someplace where I could find another jewel for my collection. Once I found a plant that left me breathless. There was a lad of great body and sparkling eyes. A brunet. His leaves were larger than my hand, deep purple red to almost black at the top, and dark green lower. At the tip of one branch was an erect panicle of white flowers with orange marking in the throat and purple red veins. That was a catch! He left with me without moaning. He was old enough to sit with me in the front of my car, in fact he had to due to his size. I fell in love again.
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
Here you are, handsome. Now, where to put you? Recently I finished one border and needed a specimen for its edge. Yes, I believe that this will be the best place for you so you can bathe in the sun, letting it dye your head the deepest purple black. And since you are a tall guy already I think I‘d better stake you so that wind does not uproot you.
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
Every summer I enjoyed the flowers of both the young blonde miss who slowly grew into a young woman with all her shapes, and the brunet guy whose health and strength went hand in hand. Each of them in a different corner of my garden.
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
One July afternoon I strolled down the garden after a rain and there were plenty of fallen flowers on the freshly mowed lawn. There I noticed something the rumours were talking about for some time already. As the storm was strong and brought wind, too, some flowers of the blonde were unusually close to flowers of the other tree. The blackbirds blabbed out that the two – blond and brunet – got to know each other and exchanged messages. And blackbirds were the ones to not only carry them from one tree to another but to spread the rumours all around the garden. It lasted for a few months already and, the blackbirds said, they were very fond of each other. Wow, look at that! Could it be that our youngsters grew up and fell in love?
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
I was thinking about the two and realized that the blackbirds were right. They were old enough to be looking for a partner. And also old and strong enough to get rid of the support I constructed them a few years ago. I removed the stakes and the moment I did it for the brunet I noticed his sorrow. The canopy was thin but leaves at the bottom were large. I felt sorry for him No wonder he suffered – the two were too far from each other and all they could do was longing. No, I will not have that because long-distance relationships do not work. I decided not to let them suffer from unfulfilled love and was determined to find a solution to bring these two together.
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
I found a good spot in the lawn between the patio and the blonde, and asked the brunet if he was ready to undertake the risk of transplanting at his age. He did not hesitate a second and excitedly agreed to do anything to be closer to her and asked me to do it soonest. Alright, but he had to wait till the end of winter. Meanwhile he had time to prepare for the move.

I did what I promised. The moment the sun warmed up the ground and all snow were gone, I took a spade and went to the brunet. He was so agog and even though he did not have a single bud swollen he shivered with anxiety. He really prepared well during the autumn and winter because it was quite easy to take him out and gather all the important roots. I moved him to the new hole, transplanted him, and covered with mulch. I could sense his silent sigh as he was too tired and weak from the operation. He just said a hushed hello to the blond and went to sleep. She did not hear him though. She was fast asleep because catalpas wake up late gathering lots of energy for their spring and summer life.
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
„Wakey-wakey, oh, you are such a sleepyhead! Can’t you see or feel the sun? “, asks the blond in late April.
„What? Who is yelling and why …? Uhh, hello! “, answers the brunet who was a strong macho before but now is weak like a baby.
„What took you so long? I thought you would NEVER wake up. How did you get here? “
„Well, you see “, said kind of shy brunet, „it’s me, your friend from the other end, don’t you remember? “
„’Course I do, you fool, do you think I won’t know my mate? “, smiled the blonde and kept unfolding her beautiful foliage.
„I am so happy to be here “, said the brunet, „I am still a bit wobbly but you will see that in no time I will be strong again and bigger and … “
„I know, you bragger. But… “, she checked herself for a moment, „are you staying or …? “
„You bet! I am not moving anywhere from here “, said the brunet flatly and unfolded a leaf closest to her with a big smile.
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
And he has not. This happened in 2013 and though it took him almost two years to recover from a big move, he was right – in a couple of years he rose to be taller than the blonde. The two had been stretching their arms to each other until they finally touched last year. This year they have become entwined which makes it clear they are joined so I married them. Now they are not just she and he, they are THEY, till death do them part.
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
Catalpa - A Story Of Two Lovers26.07.2020
Now blooming23.07.2020
Goliath bull bay
Now blooming23.07.2020
Evi's Pride silk tree
Now blooming23.07.2020
Royal Gold dyer's greenweed
Now blooming23.07.2020
Now blooming23.07.2020
Himalayan indigo
Now blooming23.07.2020
Two portions of whipped cream please.
Here you are.
MAGICAL™ Sweet Summer panical hydrangea
Now blooming23.07.2020
And can I have a bit of strawberry topping?
Of course!
Wim's Red panicle hydrangea
Now blooming23.07.2020
Porcelain Blue
corydalis
Now blooming23.07.2020
Millenium summer onion
Now blooming23.07.2020
Vanilla Daybreak
tickseed
Colours of life16.07.2020
There’s a new Swedish movie called Out stealing horses. It tells a story of an aging man in his sixties, living in solitude in rough Swedish countryside. As the year is nigh he finds out he has a new neighbour who turns out to be an old friend from his teenager years. His grey world, stuck between freezing winters and dull summers is confronted with memories from his childhood where we can see vibrant green landscapes full of colours.

The director chose this method of separating the young and the old intentionally – using vibrant colours for the young, and grey and freezing white for the old. The movie is considerably highly rated by both the critics and the public but … This description of the young and old is SUCH a cliché! Why are we supposed to believe that the youth automatically lives in a profusion of colours, and the old deserves only bleeding tones? I cannot align with that. Our garden centre proves it because a large percentage of our customers have already reached the so-called ‘certain age’ and they love colours and surround themselves with vibrant flowers.

So don’t believe anyone who tries to convince you, even if it looks like art, that only youth is connected with colours. Splash the world around you with as many colours as you like and enjoy the nature’s ability to multiply them year after year. Greenfingers!
Colours of life16.07.2020
BUTTERFLY POSTMAN coneflower
Colours of life16.07.2020
YELLOW SKIPPER coneflower
Colours of life16.07.2020
ORANGE SKIPPER coneflower
Colours of life16.07.2020
MOONBEAM tickseed
Colours of life16.07.2020
LIMELIGHT hydrangea
Colours of life16.07.2020
Colours of life16.07.2020
BARONNE DE ROTSCHILD rose
Colours of life16.07.2020
One of the Plantarium 2019 winners and our novelty this year - sedum ATLANTIS.
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
Have you had the pleasure to meet this extraordinary group of hybrid azaleas which can flower will into early summer? They are varieties or consequent crosses of so-called Kurume and Satsuki evergreen azaleas (but not only those) and the special thing about them is progressive flowering. They do not bloom all at the same time like the typical Japanese azaleas but open their flowers one by one for 4-8 weeks late May until mid July (in C.E.)


This one is Orchidea Empress.
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
Summer Sun on June 6th ...
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
... and 10 days later.
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
The longest and the latest flowering is Perla del Verbano.

It is nodoubtedly also one of the most popular because among these tender princesses it is the least fussy variety. Why? Because these summer hybrids need special conditions to thrive: extremely well-drained but constantly moist soil and a position sheltered from late winter and early spring sunlight which might burn their buds.
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
A true chameleon could be Royal Pink where one individual can bear these spider-like flowers ...
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
... as well as semi-double with broad petals. But always acuminate.
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
Nuccio's Wild Cherry has an expectional colour and a rounded bloom shape.
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
You can also find variegated flowers in this group. Martha Hitchcock has neon purple pink and white flowers. It is earlier.
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
Or they can have different colours on one plant like Haru-No-Sono.
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
Or even with highlights like Conversation Piece.
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
And possibly the top luxury is a variety which is not only gorgeous but also flowers in autumn. Its name is Carolina.
Summer azaleas27.06.2020
Whichever azalea you choose give it what it needs, only so you can enjoy their beauty afterwards. And they like to be admired an they like to show off. The only question now is which one?

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