In July, we are amazingly welcomed with a guard of honor (Spalier auf Deutsch) formed by the grapevines! Come on in, walk through it, softly let your hands touch these stunning plants and feel the joy.
Just compare today’s header with February’s! Mind-boggling.
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? Read more
Here they come: the photos of the vineyard in May in my this year’s series of the grapevines’ growth.
The vineyard is now lush, the grapevines much longer and leafy, and the flower buds more numerous.
How are you?
It has been a while as I was fully absorbed in Uganda. Honestly, there was no way to wrap my head around anything digital or social really, I was simply so overwhelmed by the many sights, sounds, and odours my body, soul, and mind gathered. And I was focused on the people I met, hugged, and connected with, the amount I learnt, the work I did, and sometimes I was busy with the challenges the tropics have in store for me.
Back in Switzerland, I think I am ready to share some stories with you. Today, I would like to tell you a bit about one of the staple foods in Uganda: Bananas. Read more
So, here we are dear readers, plunging right into the natural spectacle that miraculously happens every year in spring in Switzerland: the awakening of nature. Of course, in this post, we again have an eye on grapevines on the Lindenhof farm, but not only, because way too much is going on there :0).
Grapevines’ buds have swollen a little bit by the first days of April and you see how they are still tenderly protected by what reminds me of a ball of wool. Through it, the first leaves are finely shimmering. Isn’t this pure magic?
Shortly after, the buds explode and grapevines start to grow. Read more
A month has passed in a twinkling of an eye since our first look at grapevines in February, don’t you think? Let’s see what this means for our grapes.
Not much of a difference compared to February, I guess. They are still sleepy, the buds also remain very small and are well protected from bad weather. But the undergrowth is greener and that is why sheep are now grazing within the vineyard and freely using the grapevines to scratch themselves :-).
That does not mean, nothing is happening… Read more
Winter in Central Europe can be quite demanding. Especially, when the sky remains grey for several days in a row (or weeks in some parts) and the vegetation does not add much colour, either, as it comes in fifty shades of brown.
While last winter was one of the darkest ever, this one is gentler on us. As a matter of fact, it is quite the opposite as we are spoiled with so much sunshine that February broke records for the amount of it in Switzerland.
Either way, the awakening of nature is something many of us long for. Nature so wonderfully shows us the circle of life, the rhythm of the seasons, and the alternation of quiet rest and powerful growth, don’t you think?
Looking down to the ground is therefore worthwhile right now, because it is that time of the year when the brown soil turns into a wow. The wonder does not last long, however, so I would like to share with you what can be marveled at on a stroll, a bike ride to work, or on a sneak peak into other people’s gardens ;-).
Surely, you all know snowdrops! But what about spring snowflakes that are not made of snow as the word spring in their name may suggest? Read more