Red sun

I got the new book from Nick Bailey! Some really nice ideas and pieces of advice. It is about the use of colours in your garden.




Autumn market

What a beautiful Sunday. A clear blue sky, no wind and 20°C. The perfect day to sit in your garden with a piece of cake, looking around and dreaming of all the things you want to do in the garden. Because sometimes you have to just enjoy the garden instead of just working in it.



I bought magnolia number 5 today (Magnolia stellata ‘Waterlily’). And I am pretty sure that it won’t be the last one. If I don’t buy them they will be thrown away in a month or too. I can’t let that happen, right? And they cost only 7€ each…

And right when I though I could do something in the garden on this mad 20°C warm day, I found another leak at the heater. It was accessible without a problem this time. We got it fixed for now but the hose needs replacement next week.


sleepy cat

The fight goes on

First I cleaned up the gutters of our garage.

Then I removed an old hazel and planted the magnolia soulangiana. I also cleaned up the area at the wall of our neighbours garage and started planting buddlejas there. I want to cover the wall with them so I don’t have to look at it all the time. In fact, I am going to plant a lot buddlejas along our neighbours border. I have enough of them in the greenhouse and they will be ready in next years spring.

Daaa daaa da da da daaa daaa

Sorry, I got an ear worm from the new star wars trailer. 😀

Anyway, I worked a bit on the old pond. I am now down to the sand layer after removing all the gravel. I couldn’t do anything else in the garden because I would still have ended up in a puddle of mud. And that is never good for the soil. But the forecast looks bright and dry. So I can hope for a nice garden weekend.


a muddy path

Change of mind

Wow, it is getting dark fast now in the evening. When I got home it was already starting and it was raining anyway. But… I bought magnolia number four today. Got it for only 7€. Magnolia ‘Susan’. I just love them. 😀


I found this one hidden behind a shrub. o0


Today was one of those days.

You dig out a huge old forsythia that didn’t really grow in the last few years, make a hole at the same place and add lots of compost.  You plant a little but very nice and healthy fothergilla (witch alder) at the same spot. You go around and replant some shrubs at better locations. And so on…

But at the end of the day, when you get up and out of the greenery with your nose and you just think you have done enough for the day… You turn your head and you realize how freaking big your garden is and that you haven’t even scratched the surface of the things you have to do. 😀

At those times I try to remember Beppo Roadsweeper:

“You see, Momo,’ he [Beppo Roadsweeper] told her one day, ‘it’s like this. Sometimes, when you’ve a very long street ahead of you, you think how terribly long it is and feel sure you’ll never get it swept.’
He gazed silently into space before continuing. ‘And then you start to hurry,’ he went on. ‘You work faster and faster, and every time you look up there seems to be just as much left to sweep as before, and you try even harder, and you panic, and in the end you’re out of breath and have to stop – and still the street stretches away in front of you. That’s not the way to do it.’
He pondered a while. Then he said, ‘You must never think of the whole street at once, understand? You must only concentrate on the next step, the next breath, the next stroke of the broom, and the next, and the next. Nothing else.’
Again he paused for thought before adding, ‘That way you enjoy your work, which is important, because then you make a good job of it. And that’s how it ought to be.’
There was another long silence. At last he went on, ‘And all at once, before you know it, you find you’ve swept the whole street clean, bit by bit. What’s more, you aren’t out of breath.’ He nodded to himself. ‘That’s important, too,’ he concluded.”

― Michael Ende, Momo

Never think of the whole garden at once! 🙂