My garden - my paradise, or so you could say.
Nature shall have its place here, but one should recognize, that it is a garden, not a wilderness.
Natural inhabitants like ants, spiders, earthworms and mice are also allowed to work.

The microclimate is very humid and dew forms every evening.
It has little wind, but this location is not immune to storms.
In addition, it is less warm in summer and in winter the temperature can drop to -27 ° C.
Under these conditions, blindly selecting plants from a catalog is no option. Instead I have to check their hardiness in particular more closely. This is particularly important for woody plants, whose shoots must not freeze to death every year.

A lice problem is nearly non-existent, because the ladybugs are always there just as quickly as the lice.
On the other hand, there are many voles, which is why I only plant useful plants protected by wire grid.
Individual ornamental plants can also benefit from such a protective grille, but for native, very aromatic or poisonous plants I rely on their self-defence.

Die Pfirsiche wachsen aber sie sind augenscheinlich noch immer weit von der Endgrösse entfernt. Mal sehen wie gross sie werden.
Auch die Äpfel und die Kiwi haben noch viel Wachstum vor sich, aber immerhin weiss ich da, auf welche Grösse es hinausläuft.
Die Walnuss hat den Dauerregen gut überstanden

The tara vine 'Pink Jumbo' has overcome all damage and is now as high as it used to be and thus reaches the end of the bamboo stick with which it was delivered.
For now it goes up with the help of cheap sticks, but of course this kiwi gets a permanent frame made of hot-dip zinced 3/4-inch pipes like the other kiwis. The first gooseberries are ready for harvest and the black currants in the planter can also be harvested. With the cherries, the time has not come for a while.

The tara vines would probably overgrow everything else if I let them. But I regularly set limits to this wild goings-on, even if this is done at the expense of individual fruits. But one tara vine is very lucky, because there is not much life left in the birch 'Laciniata' ... so it can be overgrown by a variety of tara vine. Of course, this natural climbing aid belongs to a female and the male is left with nothing. In view of the constant rainy weather, I was now forced to install the rain cover for the walnut root area. Once the accompanying plants are large, this should no longer be necessary, but they are still far from their final size and can therefore only do little to use up the large amount of water. The first red currants are ripe, but animal harvest workers were probably quicker with the white currants.

The kiwi have put on a lot of fruits, but some flowers are still open. A bumper crop still seems possible. The peaches have grown a lot again, but they are still far from their final size. You don't see much of the curl disease anymore ... this cunning little tree actually just grows away from this villain.
The walnut still looks healthy, but I hope the weather will be drier again soon, because the auxiliary plants are still consuming only a small part of the water.
The first harvest of leaf mustard was yielding. This will certainly result in a few servings of vegetables.
The vine is now blooming. May it produce plenty of fruit.

The simple watering of the sweet potatoes and yacon works. Both root vegetables have also grown visibly.
Strawberries could be the only fruit that could be harvested now, but many fruits are visibly nearing maturity. The summer silverberry should be ripe next.
The sloe is once again making itself scarce, but the fruits are also extremely difficult to see in the foliage. So it is quite possible that not just one single fruit will grow.
The grape vine does not yet have any fruit, but numerous and large inflorescences develop. A respectable harvest for the second year can therefore be expected in autumn.
Now the tara vines have started to bloom. Will it be enough for a bumper crop?

Now it's time to plant sweet potatoes and yacon. To facilitate the later harvest and for better growth, I plant them in bags of universal soil. There are some more Mayberries to harvest and it is not over for a while with these blue fruits.
The kiwi 'Pink Jumbo' is actually sprouting a third time and can therefore still be saved. But now I don't let anything burn and just sprinkle slug pellets until the leaves are too difficult for the slugs.
The magnolia was less fortunate and has to be replaced again after it has been eaten by snails. Of course, the new one immediately gets slug pellets all around.

Less rain fell than feared, so the walnut was not in danger even without rain protection. Setting up the protection now would be a bad idea either way, because it is warm and dry weather forecast for next week.
More likely I will have the opposite problem.
Spraying against curl disease also makes no sense under such weather conditions, especially since the leaves of the various Prunus species are almost fully grown.
Now that there are no more cold waves, yacon and sweet potatoes can finally be planted in the bags.
I also planted 2 other types of rhubarb, 2 apothecary's roses and a yellow flowering shrub rose.

My garden is located at the banks of the Necker.
Such a river has its advantages, but 


the Necker is a river, whose water level varies very much. In summer, when the water is low, you may dare to take a bath. However, if the water is higher you should be careful. 

No, we didn't get sunburn, this is how we always grow.
We can only survive winter as seeds.
4 seasons

This garden is under construction
We ornamental plants
also like to show us off.
We cacti were supposed to survive the winter. But this winter was a true challenge, though we made it.
In spring, we young plants are waiting impatiently for moving to the ornamental or crop garden. Those of us for whom is not enough space in this garden are seeking asylum in other people's gardens, because those unlucky ones end up on the compost heap otherwise.

We seeds are waiting patiently for better times in the  fridge. Luckily, we are not alone.