Good Morning

Jura 10.11 (9)

It’s snowing up there on the Jura mountains, but the rain clouds are hovering. You can also see the pylons for the cable car to take you up to our local mountain, Weissenstein, but I am glad to be in the lowlands at the moment. It only rains once, but all the time. Nothing special, just that soaking feeling you get after a few minutes of being out in it.

Our gardeners finished their job almost yesterday, and the tiling is nearly completed. We now have two draininge pipes from the balconies above which is no big deal, but the tiling around the pipes has to be finished. Otherwise I will have to get my No. 1 son organised over the week-end. I have a horse chestnut tree in a very large pot that I had to shift into my front garden. I grew it myself from a chestnut and it flower this year for the first time after 15 years. Now the garden is more or less back to normal it will be shifted back to the edge on the tiles and it needs a strong person to do it. I also have two canna plants in two separate pots which will now have to be shifted to the cellar for the Winter. No. 1 son will be busy today.

Basil, Canna, Calla, Canna, Geranium, Calla l to r

The canna are the one on the left and the third from the right. They are heavy, but with the help from our trolley, son No. 1 can shift them into the cellar. Then my front garden will be back to normal. I can really breathe out now, life is wonderful without a scaffolding. The two yellow flowering plants are my calla, and they went to the cellar a couple of weeks ago. I have had these plants at least 10 years and they grow every year.

Autumn Trees 10.11 (3)

In the meanwhile our avenue to the supermarket changes every time we drive through it. The leaves have now almost disappeared completely. Autumn is saying goodbye. I find it the most inspiring season of the year for the camera: the changing colours and its atmosphere.


Even the indoor plants in the store are getting more interesting. This is a protea, one of my favourite flowers and I am sure it is a relation of the triffid, but is not so dangerous. I found this wonderful guide site for the triffid to help clarify what it actually is, but I would advise you to read “The Day of the Triffids” by John Wydham to get the gory  details. They always appear in the stores in Winter and the assistant told me that they are not available during the warmer months.

And now to make my way into the realms of my abode. Saturday is a day that I do nothing special, because it is a Saturday. I will send Mr. Swiss into town for a few odds and ends and to enquire at the local telephone shop the situation with the Apple X phone. I like to make preparations before buying expensive toys.

Have a good start to the week-end and beware of the Triffids, They might bite if you tread on one of them.

12 thoughts on “Good Morning

    • They have been there for many years. Now and again one might not do what it should, but the local government replace them. I love taking their photos throughout the year to see how the season changes them.

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      • Some of the most excellent street trees I know of were in Beverly Hills (near Los Angeles) up through the 1980s. They were mature, but they started dying out shortly afterward. They all get different sets of problems. The camphor trees got verticillium. The palms got pink rot, etc. The palms on Bedford Drive were the ones seen at the beginning of the show ‘the Beverly Hillbillies’. They were mature in the 60s, very mature in the 80s, and dying off in the 2000s.

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          • In Los Angeles, we did not even ask. We just planted our own. We are horticulturists and arborists, so are more qualified to select trees than anyone working for the city anyway. We did happen to plant redwoods there, just to see how they would do, but probably should not have. We also planted many manna gum eucalyptus, which were really cool, although some were temporary where the transit tracks are going in now. It is an ongoing project. I just wrote about it for Sunday or so.

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  1. I am crazy about protea. I had many varieties when I lived in CA and there was an entire garden devoted to them in a garden in Santa Cruz. This is a gorgeous shot and makes me nostalgic.

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