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.

As exptected the tara vine sprouts a second time. For flowers it's far too early however.
Lonicera are least impressed, but peach, sloe and serviceberry  are flowering intensely.
Summer silverberries and cherries will also bloom profusely, but the flower buds are still closed.
Let's see what there is to snack on in my garden this year.

The frost came and it was probably around -5 C, although according to the temperature map it should have been -8 C. However, at -8 C, frostbite would not only have occurred on tara vine and salmonberry, but also on rhubarb.
Survival is not at stake either way, because all those affected have already demonstrated the ability to sprout a second time.

A cold and very snowy winter was followed by a much too warm early spring. And, of course, numerous plants have been induced to sprout prematurely by the high temperatures. If only that goes well, because heavy frost and snowfall are imminent in the next few days.

The very last new planting this year: a Magnolia acuminata 'Yellow Bird'.

Done: all the grass is now short.

Now it starts with the mowing of the meadow and my brushcutter can show what it can do.

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.