Hex will always be our highlight for garden events in Belgium. One could think that it will be boring to see the same things twice a year but we never get tired to visit and take all the changes in. Because there are always changes to be noticed in a garden!
The picture above is Château d’Hex with Climbing Cécile Brunner in the foreground. Still in bloom, this will always be one of my best preferred climbing roses. Ours was almost declared dead but it has resurrected this summer. I was first wondering if it showed the original rose but when I saw 2 (!) flowers, I could be sure. It is nearly one meter high again.
Due to the fact that our garden is a bit -very much- neglected those days, I could not get enough of taking pictures in this « borrowed » environment.
Whilst it had been cold, dull and damp during the week, that very weekend was announced to be sunny and warm and so it was ! Ideal conditions to take plenty of pictures.
I love Autumn’s generosity and don't you find, this displays it perfectly?
On the right is the nice man who is an expert in old English apple trees. He grows many different varities and one gets always great tipps from him. His nursery is called ‘Nobilis Viriditas’.
This lime tree (tilia Henryana) is now ours. I bought it because of its different habit and it is an excellent bee food for the autumn season as it flowers very late. Back home, I found that I had mentioned this very species on my wishlist many years ago :-).
The basketmakers were there as always and we asked them for a specific basket which they promised to do within the next 3 hours… The nice man started it promptly as you can see on the second collage on the left.
The terracotta pottery offered a big range of wonderful pots and the old twiglet chopper, belonging to the castle, was shown in action (amazingly efficient!)
Magic September light.
This time, I admired again the love for details on the stands which seem to be always more eye-catching in September than in June.
This lovely lady sitting here is Joséphine Dekkers, she grows the oldest varieties of bulbs. We buy every time some new batches from her and our garden could easily become Josephine’s show garden for her bulbs. Every Spring we are surprised by what we discover then.
There were a few « professional » shoppers- it reminded me of my own friend in Hamburg, when we went to our shopping tour in Berlin :-))).
These clematis are on my wishlist to be ordered for next spring . I have a soft spot for those with tiny bells and clematis viticella Caerulea Luxurians needs to get a home here. Its sister, Alba Luxurians is already a joy to watch growing here.
Inside the horse stables are beautiful stands, as well. The picture in the collage down below on the right shows the dog’s annexes to the stables.
Many would wish to live just here.
The new bee hives and yummee food around for them.
Can you spot the lonely sunflower growing on the chimney?
The huge vegetable garden
So quickly those 3 hours had passed! The basket was finished and waited to be picked up. We went home to feed the animals because the activities for that weekend were not done. EG longed for the backpipes’ sound at the Scottish Weekend in Alden Biesen.