An eye on grapevines in June

Just compare today’s header with February’s! Mind-boggling.

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Isn’t nature such a dazzling, spectacular, and beautiful power?

Here we are, already in the middle of 2019 and sweating in a crazy heatwave in Europe. And it is time for grapevines in June! I’d like to present you with some eye candy. What happened since May?

The flower buds have grown of course and opened up. Hooray!

If you are new to my blog – welcome! I have a series on the growing of grapevines this year and you may want to check out the other months in order to fully appreciate the stunning development. Simply click on the month: February, March, April, May.

What do you guess grapevines’ flowers look like?
White flowers you can see from afar? Maybe colourful ones? Blooms with wide petals insects can sit on like for example in apple trees? The very small green conically shaped form you see in the pics above?

None of them. You just looked at the flower buds which open up into the very tiny, whitish, and hardly visible flowers you see in the pics below. You really have to stick your head into the vines – carefully of course – in order to realise that there are flowers. I also tried it with a macro lens. Bloom and pollination is almost over in the right image and fruits slowly develop.

They are very small but still so gorgeous. What’s more, standing in a vineyard when the grapevines bloom – think of thousands and thousands of these little green and white flowers opening up at the same time – you feel like being in nature’s fragrance store. A very sweet, pleasant, and soft scent fills the air at the beginning of June. It is a unique and short sensation.

The vineyard is full of life in any sense now.
European green lizards, female and male.

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You encounter grasshopper nymphs all over the place and may see the Italian striped-bug (German: Streifenwanze, Graphosoma lineatum) dangling from a umbellifer (German: Doldenblütler).

The vines have become long and very leafy by June.

And need some tending, a delicate and demanding work done by Helen.

At the end of June, the actual grapes have started to grow.

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Now they are just slightly bigger than a pin head.

Growing slowly into these fascinating little green balloons. Wait for the next months to witness them changing. So exciting!

Over and out, see you in July! I hope you enjoyed June.

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2 thoughts on “An eye on grapevines in June

  • Guten morgen Daniela, ich habe die zwei Berichte von murcison falls, / weintrauben von febr,/ bis und mit juni gelesen. / sehr interessant und seh gut detalierte schöne fotos vom Wachsen der trauben pflanzen. / als nicht Winzer realisiert mann/frau dieses wachstum überhaupt nicht. / und geniesst später erst den guten Wein. / ich hoffe das Du viele follower
    aus dem weinanbau und interessierte menschen damit ansprechen kannst. / Bravo Daniela
    mach weiter so, / ich werde den Blog bis zur Weinlese und hoffentlich bis zur Abfüllung in die
    Flaschen verfolgen. / für mich hast Du jetzt schon einen Preis für diese fotoreportage,
    winjards verdient. / merci.
    liebe Grüsse Dein dady

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    • Lieber Daddy
      Ich spüre deine Begeisterung und sie freut mich sehr. Danke herzlich, dass du dir die Zeit genommen hast, diesen Kommentar zu schreiben.
      Ich erhalte die Rückmeldung verschiedentlich, dass zwar bekannt ist, wie der Wein gekeltert wird (Fotos von Weinkellern mit Weinfässern sieht man ja tatsächlich öfter), aber die wundervolle Entwicklung der Weintrauben kaum wahrgenommen wird. So darf ich mit meinen Bildern einige Menschen für dieses Naturschauspiel faszinieren.
      Bewusst habe ich meine Serie auf die Weinreben (grapevines) fokussiert, denn davon bin ich absolut fasziniert. Die Kelterung werde ich nicht abbilden. Ein Foto vom abgefüllten Wein gibt es dann aber schon noch ;-).
      Merci für den Preis ;0).
      E schöne Sunntig u ne liebe Gruess
      Daniela

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