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Let it bloom!17.06.2017
Spring is ending and hot days of the last days announce the arrival of summer which is what our summer blooms have been waiting for - more sunlight hours per day and more warmth and heat will encourage more demanding beauties to show their assets. Such as coneflowers. These perennials, once established they are so reliable and also beautiful, no wonder breeders tirelessly keep on hybridising new varieties with better colours and performance. We are bringing you a lot of new varieties, mostly from the SUNSEEKERS series, all available on our webshop and displayed in the news section. Now it is all up to you to choose the right one :-)
Let it bloom!17.06.2017
The garden is becoming covered with flowers. Cleopatra desert candle is a key feature of a raised bed above the swimming pool. Simply exquisite.
Let it bloom!17.06.2017
Salvias are trouble-free and long-blooming perennials that will cope in almost any garden. Once the main flowering has finished cut them a few centimetres above the ground and they will re-emerge into a new clump with more flowers in late summer. This variety is SENSATION® Deep Blue.
Let it bloom!17.06.2017
In a bog part of my garden where I grow dwarf willows and bog myrtles there are a few tall perennials loving the same soil conditions. One of them does not stop fascinating me every time I pass by, even after so many years I have had it. It is GOLDEN QUEEN Chinese globe flower whose golden colour and unique flower construction leave me breathless.
Let it bloom!17.06.2017
Let it bloom!17.06.2017
In a shaded part I found a spot for this summer hybrid azalea which hates winter sunlight, and it seems to love this place. This one is SUMMER SUN.
Let it bloom!17.06.2017
It has some afternoon sunlight which cannot do any harm. It is healthy and blooms reliably every year.
Let it bloom!17.06.2017
Among the pictures I have not had time to present yet I found a nice catch - rare flowering of FRISIA golden locust tree.
Let it bloom!17.06.2017
Horse chestnuts02.06.2017
Beautiful. This one is called Briotii.
Horse chestnuts02.06.2017
Horse chestnuts02.06.2017
We all know this white flowering one.
Horse chestnuts02.06.2017
But few of you know these dwarf varieties which will fit even the smallest of gardens. Really, no kidding :-)
Horse chestnuts02.06.2017
Its name is painted buckeye and it does look like a work of art with flowers painted in salmon pink and orange.
Horse chestnuts02.06.2017
And yet a little smaller is Koehnei variety with slightly paler flowers, still very beautiful.
Coloured foliage14.05.2017
Central-European gardens are renowned for their colourful plants. Unlike Mediterranean landscape where plants are distinguished mostly by foliage size and shape, and various depths of green. In such comparison our gardens end up like a colourful circus, mostly in "modern" city suburbs where ninebarks, myrobalans, and various colourful cypress trees and shrubs dominate the scenery.

I personally like a little bit of everything, but incline to using plants of architectural structures and contrasting foliage. Nevertheless, when lily-of-the-valley shrubs and photinias emerge, their young leaves are so pretty that they deserve a place of honour even in my garden :-) Got a minute? Have a look.

This pieris (lily-of-the-valley shrub) is called Flaming Silver.
Coloured foliage14.05.2017
Mountain Fire pieris
Coloured foliage14.05.2017
Ralto pieris
Coloured foliage14.05.2017
Katsura pieris
Coloured foliage14.05.2017
While lily-of-the-valley shrubs are rather small or maximum mid-sized, photinia is much more substantial and will make a nice specimen plant or can be used in a hedge. Its new leaves are striking, too.
Coloured foliage14.05.2017
Awesome is obviously this PINK MARBLE® photinia. No comments needed, right?
Coloured foliage14.05.2017
The above mentioned photinias are hardy here but may be prone to some damage in harsh winters once in say 20 years. That is why for colder regions and for those who want to be extra sure with the hardiness we offer this Dummer photinia called Winchester which has narrow leaves and same rapid growth.
Coloured foliage14.05.2017
And as today has turned quite red we will finish this thread with a completely different plants and colour whose new leaves are striking as well. It is one of the most sought-after abelias called Kaleidoscope.
May flowers01.05.2017
Love at first sight. This is what I felt when seeing the first flowers of this foxglove tree called FAST BLUE®. I could not take my eyes off it. The erect flowering panicles are more than 30 cm tall, and individual flowers are 7-8 cm long. And what was the most surprising bit? That the flowers were atop about 80 cm tall single stem, aged 2 years from graft. Isn't that amazing!
May flowers01.05.2017
Talking of beautiful bell-shaped flowers here is another stunning plant - GOLDEN EVEREST® rhododendron bred by Holger Hachmann. Its flowers are a rich yellow colour, opening from deep scarlet orange buds. And another handsome feature is its foliage - the leaves are glossy and dark green, unlike many yellow flowering rhododendrons.

And the best thing is that after we have sold out early spring's stock we managed to get a new delivery of first class plants so that more of you can enjoy their beauty :-)
May flowers01.05.2017
Third time lucky - here is the third flowering picture for today. It is one of the most famous and popular flowering cherries called Kanzan. When I got back home after work on Saturday evening I could see its branches almost down to the ground as heave snow fell into its canopy the day before and stayed there for almost 24 hours. So it was the first time I did not have to use a ladder to climb up and make a close-up picture of the flowers, but on the other hand I am hoping that the branches will get back up because the tree is more than 5m tall.

And one more thing - the topic of weather is locked up in a drawer labeled "do not open until further notice". We have had enough troubles with it this year and I do not wish to spend my precious time commenting on its whims, do you agree?
Easter break17.04.2017
Easter break17.04.2017
Easter break17.04.2017
Easter break17.04.2017
Easter break17.04.2017
Hyacinth16.04.2017
Hyacinth is a popular and well-known bulbous perennial. Less known is its name's origin from Green mythology.

In ancient times prince Hyacinth (Hyacinthus) was an extremely handsome and athletic son of the king of Sparta, and his beauty struck two Gods who courted him and competed for his love: Apollo, the god of light and sun, and Zephyrus, the god of west winds. Hyacinth chose radiant Apollo which drove Zephyrus mad with jealousy. He caused his death when Hyacinth and Apollo were throwing discus and Zephyrus blew it the way that it hit Hyacinth's head. Apollo, in his grief for his lover, created a flower from his blood after his death and named it after him.

It's the end of Hyacinth but not of the whole story. The interesting fact about it is that in the end Zephyrus was saved from Apollo's anger, being protected by Eros, the god of love, who justified Zephyrus' act as the act of love, and in return ordered Zephyrus to serve Eros forever. According to Bibliotheca this is the very first story describing love between two men.

This story, and especially it tragic ending is portrayed in a few works of art, still, the flower itself has millions of pictures and its beauty is adored in most countries with temperate to medium cold climate.
Blooming time09.04.2017
Last weekend was almost summer, Thursday and Friday were almost winter so thank God today it is spring again :-) And today is Passion Sunday which in Czech is called Flowering Sunday which it truly is. Want to see? Come along!

BLACK TULIP magnolia opens ints flowers like a real tulip.
Blooming time09.04.2017
And only later the flowers change to a beautiful peony-like shape.
Blooming time09.04.2017
I honestly can't remember where I got these daffodils ages ago, still they make me happy every year when they start flowering.
Blooming time09.04.2017
RUBY flowering plum tree
Blooming time09.04.2017
How do you like a star magnolia hedge? We planted this one about 10 years ago in a village close to our garden centre.
Blooming time09.04.2017
And this is what it looks like in summer.
Blooming time09.04.2017
LÉONARD MESSEL is a pink-flowered variety of star magnolia.
Blooming time09.04.2017
New Zealand beauty queen CLEOPATRA.
Blooming time09.04.2017
And its sister BURGUNDY STAR™.

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