Photoblog

Fresh figs27.10.2019
This morning brought wind. Quite a strong one, probably from Sahara because it was exceptionally warm and had all possible scents of autumn. No wonder that from all corners of our country we kept on receiving news about new temperature records for this day = the highest was 22°C which is more than unusal for late October.

The wind was helping the trees get rid of their leaves which helped me discover that our fig shrubs managed to mature the second harvest of fruit! That is even more incredible that today's temperature record. The fruit is quite large, not ver red inside but very tasty and sweet.
Fresh figs27.10.2019
These are our fig shrubs from our organic garden in Prague. They were covered with fruit and we harvested plenty of large and juicy figs in late August. Those of you who come to our BIO shop obviously know that because the produce is sold there.
Fresh figs27.10.2019
The variety is called Brown Turkey. It is hardy enough for our climate and the crop is reliable even if the branches freeze down to the ground.
Autumn at its peak27.10.2019
Autumn at its peak27.10.2019
Autumn at its peak27.10.2019
Autumn at its peak27.10.2019
Evergreen hedging shrubs.
Autumn at its peak27.10.2019
Autumn at its peak27.10.2019
Leucotoe
Autumn at its peak27.10.2019
Evergreen magnolias - shrubs
Autumn at its peak27.10.2019
And evergreen magnolias as standard trees.
Autumn at its peak27.10.2019
Autumn at its peak27.10.2019
Small evergreen shrubs.

Just to remind you - tomorrow is a bank holiday (Monday Oct.28), and then you have only 3 days left for our big October sale.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
It is not unusual to hear coming customers moaning that even though they have good will and enthusiasm to do their garden themselves, they find it difficult to combine plants the way that there is something nice in every season. I can fully understand that. Amateur gardening is great but one should not be shy to ask for help.

If you do want to DIY without a landscape designer I have one advice for you: don't rush it. Get only a few plants you like, bring them home, and see how they cope with your space. Move them around and plant them only when you know you are satisfied withe the way they look. And my second advice is to go to garden centres often, possibly all year round to see various plants in various seasons. Each season has something unique you can use in your garden if you still have space to use.

Now we are at the peak of autumn season which brings perhaps the widest spectrum of colours you won't see at any other time. Look around your neighbours' gardens, walk the aisles of our garden centre, or just look at the following pictures for an inspiration. The weather is still magnificent and there is always a lot to choose from :-)

And my last advice: don't listen much to others who feel they need to have their say about your project. It is your garden and you have to be happy about it and feel good there. So back up Mr. KnowItAll and Mrs. AdviceGiver.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
acer davidii
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Weeping trees suit every garden if wisely placed. They need space around so that the canopy can develop and show all its beauty. Moreover, it is a bonus if they can change colours. Cascade Falls swamp cypress is beautifully fresh green in summer ...
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
... and amber orange-brown in autumn.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Now this is a show-stopper, isn't it? Garnet Japanese maple, great name, what do you think?
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Fascinating!
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
This mulberry variety Tesi Ubaldo comes from an Italian nursery of the same name which unfortunately does not exist anymore. We still hope that the grower who bought their stock and premises will continue producing it simply because it is a gorgeous tree. And not only in autumn.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Rocky Diamond Blue Heart gentian
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Gentian does not have to be only blue. Little Pinkie is no less beautiful.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
And our plants were so nice that we sold the last one yesterday. But don't worry - there will be plenty of them again next summer :-)
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Sunny and warm weather has made a lot of evergreen plants make new coloured shoots. This Little Frosty lily-of-the-valley shrub is tiny and elegant.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Magical Volcano photinia, on the other hand, is bold and large-leaved.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
sEvergreen silverthorn will make your evergreen garden vibrant with more colours. There are plenty of varieties available in the market, for example this one called Maryline has soft vanilla yellow leaf centres and is more compact than most its relatives.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Are your lavenders also still blooming? Here they are stunning.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Same like roses. Many of them still have flowers and my favourite Parole is one of the most reliable autumn bloomers.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
And coneflowers simply follow as they bloom from early summer till late autumn. Here a US novelty is my secret love: Supreme Cantaloupe.
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
Hot Papaya coneflower
Colours, colours, and more colours21.10.2019
And when you feel you have had enough of those bold-leaved or large-flowered plants turn your head to something less showy but no less beautiful like for example abelias. They are so cute with their tiny flowers which keep on blooming till late fall.

And I cross my fingers to all of you who do your gardens themselves. And if you do need help come around, there are quite a few of us good at pretending that we know what we are doing :-)
Jewels of a misty morning20.10.2019
Each one of us has his or her own image of absolute peace. Some of these images are identical, most of them are similar because we were told by media that peace and tranquility should look like that, but others are very individual, based on personal needs, and possibly hard to be understood by others.

Mist. Do you also feel the zen calmness in a countryside covered with mist? For us - drivers it is a pain in the neck. But for us - gardeners, landscape designers, and mostly photographers it is magical. Its veil covers the gardens, flower petals, and leaves with dew that looks so romantic in the pictures.

I took my camera and began shooting. I could feel the air warming up quickly, and it was clear that the mist would soon be gone so I did not have much time. Here are a few jewels collected before the first sunrays touched the blooms.

Lady of Shalott rose
Jewels of a misty morning20.10.2019
Leonardo da Vinci rose
Jewels of a misty morning20.10.2019
Florentina climbing rose
Jewels of a misty morning20.10.2019
Parole rose
Jewels of a misty morning20.10.2019
Gentle hermione rose - new
Jewels of a misty morning20.10.2019
Goldelse rose
Jewels of a misty morning20.10.2019
Duftzauber 84 rose
Jewels of a misty morning20.10.2019
Princess Alexandra of Kent rose
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
And had the water in the pool beed just about 5 degrees warmer I would have surely dipped in. Blimey, it has been sooo beautiful today! Have you enjoyed today's beginning of Indian summer, too? And as the forecast goes it should last for while. I spent almost all day out in the garden, shirtless just like most of my neighbours as I noticed, and with a camera. So many perennials are still blooming profusely, what a sight! Unless you have your own ones to admire check out a few pics of ours. Or even better - come to get some :-) What about some sneezeweed in various colour?
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Amber
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
MARIACHII™ Sombrero
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Rubinzwerg
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Strawberry Sundae
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Coneflowers are still on duty, reliable, tough, neverending ...
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Big Kahuna
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Sunseekers Salmon®
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Sunseekers Salmon®
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Our shortest coneflowers with the most poetic name Butterfly Kisses®.
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Sensation Pink
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Black-eyed Susan are important features of late summer and autumn beds. They are foolproof.
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Goldquelle
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Cherokee Sunset
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
So far all of them had daisy-like flowers. But no real daisies. Or at least Shasta daisies. Do you think that it is too late for them? Possibly most of them but not one - this exquisite novelty from Terra Nova Nurseries called Luna.
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
But let's change the colour. liriope.
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
bluebeard
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
hardy plumbago
Indiam summer is here!13.10.2019
Indian summer contunues and we will continue say next week agaian :-)
Promise of Indian summer11.10.2019
Eventually the winds have calmed down, rains and showers are gone, and allegedly we should be heading towards a nice and warm, belated Indian Summer. At least the evening sky is promising. Recently we posted a similar photograph, now, try to find 10 differences :-)
Promise of Indian summer11.10.2019
As the autumn comes evergreen plants become most popular. We have a wide range also of those which are hardy enough to be crown in pots all year round. This year we have something extraordinary - these breathtaking coral bells varieties in mlutiple colours. Their foliage is reliably evergreen down to -15°C or -18°C, then the leaves wilt and if you cut them to the ground in early spring they quickly re-emerge. Their excellent root hardiness makes them ideal choices for outdoor pots on balconies and patios, but they will obviously be happy in a garden bed, too.
Promise of Indian summer11.10.2019
Another tip is veronica. The hardy ones. They are evergreen plants with foliage of various colours and most of them produce small flowers in late spring or summer.
Promise of Indian summer11.10.2019
Promise of Indian summer11.10.2019
And of course we cannot omit our beloved leucothoe and lily-of-the-valley shrubs. Both of them hardy in pots and beautiful in beds.
OCTOBER SALE - FOREST LARGE DISCOUNTS01.10.2019
Autumn is here and we have prepared an extensive sale programme for all of you who want to go shopping :-) Here are the conditions:

1. discounts are applicable for plants in stock only - not for special orders from our growers
2. they reflect purchase value: 10% for purchase over 5,000 CZK, 20% for over 25,000 CZK, and 30% for over 50,000 CZK
3. discounts do not add up - if you have our loaylty card for larger discount it will be preferred
4. plants must be collected latest one week from date of purchase, but latest Oct. 31,2019
5. this offer is valid from Oct. 1, 2019 till Oct. 31, 2019 (incl. online orders)

So good luck with fishing for the best discount!
Watch for Saturdays21.09.2019
If you are planning a weekend shopping don't forget that next Saturday September 28 is a holiday and we are closed. So change your plans and come shopping either today or any time next week by Friday. We are open from 9 till 7 p.m. in Prague and till 6 p.m. in Chlumec.

By the way, have you heard about the recent volcanic eruption on Kuril Islands? Owing to which we experienced such beautiful early evening sky.
Watch for Saturdays21.09.2019
Do you like heather?21.09.2019
There are so many varieties available today! Possibly the most popular series now is the Garden Girls® which produces flowers that do not open but remain in richly coloured buds. Newly gain attention non-flowering varieties producing intensely coloured foliage ranging from silvery gray,blue-green, golden yellow, dark green, to even dark purple brown.
Do you like heather?21.09.2019
Do you like heather?21.09.2019
Do you like heather?21.09.2019
Do you like heather?21.09.2019
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
I love summer and all summer related - sun, heat, colours etc. And where do we found all of that for sure? On a summer holiday at the seaside of course. I remember when I was about 20 I made my first solo trip to the coast of southern France. I wss intoxicated by the explosion of colours and shapes of - for me - exotic plants in the gardens. Only in the gardens because everywhere else the land was dry and rigid and only rosemary, cacti, and similar prickly plants could live there struggling for every dew of morning mist. It took me many years to appreciate duly these little fighters, however, then I was attracted to the juicy explosion of irrigated life.

One plant, unknown to me then, was creeping along fences, climbing up walls, and showing off arching next to forged gateways. You may say 'it is a trumpet creeper, of course, everyobody knows it'. Well, almost everyone surely does - now, but not almost 30 years ago :-)
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
After my return from holiday I started searching for this plant all over the country. I noticed a few plants not far from my home so I just rang the bell and ask the lord of the house to tell me something about it. In all cases the people were so nice and talkative, and it was clear that they were flattered to be able to boast about their unique climber. In the end I knew everything I needed. Got you, trumpet creeper! And would not let go.

From that moment I turned into a passionate collecter of these colorful climbers and when I established a garden centre campsis became an important feature. If you like them, too, come and have a look at some of them.
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
Flava
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
Chinese trumpet vine
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
Madame Galen
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
Indian Summer
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
SUMMER JAZZ™ FIRE
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
SUMMER JAZZ™ GOLD
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
Campsis can also be trained into a tree. A good support is needed all the time.
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
Or a shrub.
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
It loves sun and spring pruning - cut it back to 2-3 pairs of live buds before they begin to swell.
Coloured trumpets at the seaside and in our gardens15.09.2019
My oldest specimen is not 20 years old and works as a curtain, blinds, and A/C because the top branches lying on the roof absorb all excess heat so the lounge is nicely cool even in hot summer. How about you, will you go for one as well? ;-)
If only all beings are happy08.09.2019
... we wanted to say so many time. Now the writing's on the wall :-)
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Prince Charming of August - Joe Pye Weed25.08.2019
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Prince Charming of August - Joe Pye Weed25.08.2019
Prince Charming of August - Joe Pye Weed25.08.2019
Prince Charming of August - Joe Pye Weed25.08.2019
Prince Charming of August - Joe Pye Weed25.08.2019
Prince Charming of August - Joe Pye Weed25.08.2019

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