Thursday, 18 April 2013

April in my garden;

In a gardening life there are moments one never forgets.  Lupins,  in my Swiss garden, tall and straight in jewel colours, I see them like it was yesterday.Titania

Rose of Sharon; Hibiscus mutabilis; after flowering I prune it severely.

On the farm my garden started with a fig tree. It was tiny, just a cutting, Every morning, I went out and looked down from the terrace where I planted this cutting. It grew and grew, one leaf after the other. It looked so beautiful. I was waiting for the first fruit to grow. It produced wonderful  figs.  But the first growth was the best the most rewarding to watch this tiny tree spread its branches higher and higher until it reached into the terrace. When I think of this fig tree, I never see the mature tree, just the first stage as I watched it grow. Titania

I have always adored Zinnia, here I grow mainly the miniatures, usually they reseed all year round but the best time for them is spring and autumn into early winter

.Zinnia is a genus of 20 species of annual and perennial plants of the family Asteraceae. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico Members of the genus are notable for their solitary long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colors.
The name honours genus German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727–59).

I have grown them for years, love how they reseed and mutate into  different  patterns and colours.

Solenostemon (coleus) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae, native to tropical Africa, Asia and Australia. Cultivated for their highly variegated leaves plants in this genus are still widely known as "coleus", a name which refers to a defunct genus. "Coleus" may therefore be treated as a common name.

Flowers of the giant  tropical Salvia madrensis.

Salvia madrensis is a yellow-flowered Salvia native to the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range in Mexico, growing at 4,000-5,000 elevation in warm, wet areas. The specific epithet "madrensis" refers to the high 
mountains where it grows.

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” 
Claude Monet

Pecan Nuts are ripening; this year they are small because it was a very dry spring. Normally the nuts are  much bigger, about three times this size.

Rollinia, Brazilian custard apple, is a delicious fruit to grow in the home garden. 

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.”
Abraham Lincoln

The first mandarins are ripe. they have a very thin skin and are hard  to peel, but make a sweet juice, every day.

Paperbarks, Melaleuca quinquenervia is flowering in April. Its white bottelbrush blossoms are delightful, swarrming with nectar seeking insects.
Melaleuca quinquenervia, commonly known as broad-leaved paperbark, the paper bark tea tree or niaouli, is a small- to medium-sized tree of the allspice family, Myrtaceae.

This cassia lights up the country side and the gardens. It is also known under the querky name of "Puddingpipe" tree, because its long, dark brown seed pods resemble Vanilla pods. 

The soil is littered with the big, orange flowers of the African tulip tree.
Spathodea is a monotypic genus in the flowering plant family Bignoniaceae. The single species it contains, Spathodea campanulata, is commonly known  here as the African Tulip tree.

The rain encourages the growth of staghorn ferns on trees and beautiful fungi in subtle colours and  patterns.

Zygopetalum is one of the Orchids flowering in April.
Here I am, a small house, a large garden  and many books. Titania

Believe it or not:

“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were--Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. ”
Beatrix Potter


  1. Indeed, a beautiful fungi, it is surely an indication of a beautiful and healthy garden..

  2. Daniel, thank you for your visit.

  3. Your garden is looking beautiful and productive.

    1. Diane, thank you so much, you have to come by again, soon! As it is getting cooler, the days are just brilliant now.

  4. I love your garden!!!
    I'll visit you again.

    1. Romicas, thank you so much, nice to see you visiting my garden.

  5. I think the first shoot or the first bloom always tends to excite gardeners just a little bit more than the mature plant. Your April garden is looking fantastic. I just adore that Rose of Sharon. I tried taking cuttings of one from a lovely old gardener who had a brilliant specimen growing in her back yard, but alas I had no success whatsoever. Seeing yours in bloom makes me want to try and find one again.

    1. Bernie, thank you. You are right about that first bloom! I have grown my Rose of Sharon from a cutting. I wonder why they did not take, do you think it could be the climate? Hope you find some cuttings again otherwise you have to come to my place to get some!!

  6. Trudi, can you send me a mail ? Need some help locating some seeds from down under. My mail at my blog. TIA

  7. What a gorgeous garden you must have! I'd be happy to have some of that custard apple :-)

  8. Du wohnst tatsächlich in einem Schlaraffenland, liebe Trudi. Auch Pecannüsse (ich liebe sie!) und Mandarinen hast du, nebst all dem vielen früher schon vorgestellten Essbarem! Puddingpipe ist ja ein lustiger Name für die leuchtend gelbe Pflanze. Hat sie denn auch einen Duft? Du hast so viele wunderschöne und für uns Europäer exotische Pflanzen, da stelle ich mir vor, dass du sehr vieles davon auch für Bouquets im Haus gebrauchen kannst und dies ja das ganze Jahr hindurch.
    Ich sehen mich nach Farbe nach dem uuuulangen, grauen und nassen Winter und Frühling. Viele herzliche Grüsse nach down under !

  9. Wonderful to see not only the flowers but the fruits in your garden! What a happy place! I haven't seen a pecan tree before...fascinating!