Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Garden News

This is a great time in our garden when so much is growing and ripening. It seems that every day we get to pick something else for a delicious meal.
To me there is no more delicious combination than sun-ripened tomatoes and fresh basil. This year we have both, "regular" basil and the purple kind that tastes a like licorice. Love it!
Our tomatoes are producing like nobody's business this year. Last year, not so much. I cannot figure out what makes the difference. Here one of the yellow varieties ready to be enjoyed.
I just had to take a photo of the first fig that is changing color and starting to ripen. That means that in the not too distant future we'd better be ready for many, many figs. I cannot wait!!!
Our hydrangeas are entering their most beautiful phase in my eyes.

 I just love it when they start adopting their muted colors.
This is where we sit every morning to read for a while and it's become one of our favorite spots. It's been beautiful and sunny and not too hot and we are taking full advantage of it.
And now a few pictures that just stunned me when I found them recently. The picture below is our backyard before it was ours. As you can see, no plants at all.
The next photos is our backyard shortly after we moved in and started planting the first plants.
And this is our backyard now. Earlier this year, we took out a big part of that cement slab and continued our planting.
Over the last six years, our backyard has turned into a beautifully woodsy garden, a haven for birds and us alike!
This is all Daniel's work and I am so grateful he loves to garden. In the heat. And the humidity. It's become my favorite room of the house!

Wishing you a sunny and happy day ahead!!


  1. Il est bon d'avoir un petit coin de jardin...
    merci pour ce merveilleux partage photographique.

    Gros bisous

  2. Silke,
    Your veggies look wonderful ~ nothing better than homegrown! Your flowers are beautiful and your back yard is so very green and inviting. No wonder you love being out there.
    Thanks for sharing. It is nice to be able to picture you sitting out there reading or sketching.
    Happy Summer Solstice, Silke!
    ♥ audrey

  3. What a transformation! Well done, Daniel!
    My Dad grows tomatos, too. Last year, he had plenty of seedlings from all the other allotment owners, and it was a surprise to find out what kind would come from each plant. We love the yellow ones, too.
    And thank you for letting me know that the purple basil tastes of liquorice - now I know I won't ever buy that variety :-)

  4. Liebe Silke,

    traumhaft schön.

    Alles Liebe