more unusual flower in the vineyards: snapdragon likes dry rock walls and rocks mediterranean origin
laburnum & wisteria sinensis
two flowering friends:
golden chain tree (laburnum) and chinese wisteria
one is a tree, the other a vine golden rain tree (koelreuteria paniculata) is a different yellow blooming tree that flowers in summer
vigorous vine that produces an abundance of sweet smelling flower clusters in spring it likes a sunny location for it to bloom very strong roots and vines that can destroy your terrace and wreck your house...
chinese wisteria gets flowers usually before the leaves and its vines spiral clockwise japanese wisteria gets flowers after the leaves and its vines spiral anti-clockwise
two other flowering trees of interest:
tamarix and cercis tamarix is a small tree, likes well-drained soil in full sun
pink flowers directly emerge from the bark, usually before the leaves small tree or multi-stemmed shrub, easily grown in sunny locations
amazing how quick nature develops... only weeks ago these cherries were mere flowers...
how quickly it goes! already inflorescence (flowercluster) on the stems!
snake? no a slow worm (anguis fragilis), a limbless lizard - photo shows part of a dead specimen (probably its tail that it shed as defense mechanism)
new plants for our vineyard - you get them 'bare root', soak them in water the night before, cut off the majority of the roots and plant them as is in the ground (no extra soil and stamp the ground tightly to avoid illnesses and pests)
the young plants are covered in red wax to protect the graft: 'chasselas rose royal' stem on top of American root stock (immune against phylloxera: a root destroying pest)
example of weed control in neighboring field: spraying with probably glyphosate around the vines and leaving the weeds in the middle
our vineyard is small so we can remove weeds mechanically and manually (weed whacking...)