BOTANICAL GARDEN

What a perfect day! Me and Simon went to Kristiansand botanical garden to have cake & coffee. They have a big rose collection, especially older varieties. I brought the camera, so here are some shots from the trip.

GLORY DAYS!

What a beautiful time! Most of the flowers blooms simultaneously and yet there’s more to come. Glory days I tell you! In about a month we live in Copenhagen.  A month ago the thought scared me to death, but now it’s more exciting than scary. I don’t belive it’s healthy to stay at one place for too long. We’ve lived 5 years in Kristiansand and now it’s time to let go. I see a rootless life as a good life. Leaving almost all our material goods behind and have a fresh start.

Cosmos double-click rose from seed.

Cucumber we’ve sown.

Cucumber.

Tomatoes from seed.

Wilma tomatoes from seed.

Helenium from last year.

Malva moschata buds.


White peony.

Apple mint and chocolate Mint.

Can’t get enough.

Crop of mixes salad leaves.

Peony.

Spinage in front, and carrot and salad crop.

Delphinium grandiflorum, also known as siberian larkspur.

Carrot crop.

Squash.

PEONY BY NIGHT

Unable to get a good picture of the peony at daytime, I took my camera outside last night. Simon (the man of the house) didn’t like the pictures, but I like them. They have a nice melancholic feel.

GARDEN DELIGHT

First harvest found place in the middle of june, radish, rucola and salad leaves. The flowers are finally blooming and the vegetable plants are growing bigger as we speak. The green house will be devoted to the cucumbers and tomatoes. The garden still has some secrets to reveal, therefor  the garden posts are not yet done.

Haha, so much for a style blog.  And the proofread function doesn’t work, so if this look dyslectic, it probably is.

I need a drink.

Two different varieties of tomatoes and cucmber.

I’ve been waiting a year and a half for this beauty! Himalayan blue poppy.

Huge paeonia plant. Had to wait until they bloomed this week to see the color, and they turned out to be white. Thank god they’re not red!

A pink lupin I brought home from a walk last summer.

Green house packed with tomatoes and cucumbers.

It’s a shame that I can’t bring this beauty with me to copenhagen. It would take up an entire backseat.

Cucumbers in the back, tomatoes in front.

Fuzzy apple mint leaves.

Astilbe about to bloom.

Rucola crop.

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This is the vegetable bed I made in a previous post. Salad leaves in the middle and carrots on both sides. Spinage, salad, cosmos and sweet pea, runner beans and nasturtium in the pots between the two

vegetable beds.

Robin.

Herbs bed.

Herb bed.

Robin and Anakin.

Lupin leaves.

A red paeoina.

Currently the highlight of the garden.

Still many buds to go.

Almost transparent blue.

As a bud.

First harvets this year. Radishes for sandwiches or salads.

Small and delicious. Really spicy taste.

Delphinium grandiflorum. Hopefully a ‘summer blues’, but looks like a dark shade of blue.

Salad, cosmos and sweet pea, side by side in a pot.

Spinage.

Radish crop.

We planted a squash plant in the middle of the radish crop, that is empty now.

Lupin as a youngster.

Aquilegia vulgaris.

Pansies form last summer and a cosmos.

Himalayan blue poppy with several buds.

GROWING VEGETABLES AND GARDEN UPDATE

Happy summer to you all!  I’m finally done with my exams and have had a few days off before working fulltime this summer. This means I’m able to blog more, take more pictures and spend more time tending my vegetables and flowers.  Hopefully we will meet some interesting people through couch surfing during the summer, as we have started to host again. A friend gave me some vegetable seeds last week, which grows in a rapid pace. The only downside is that I haven’t labeled them so I can’t tell them apart. From what I remember he gave me squash, spinach, runner beans and broccoli, and a few more. So if you recognize some of the seedlings, I would appreciate if you left me a comment so I can give them the proper care.

I wish I could post some more vintage treasure photos, I have so great finds in my wardrobe. It’s just that I feel so incredibly stupid taking pictures of myself. I just have to swallow my pride, and get to the case. Since we’re moving to Copenhagen in august we need to save money. I will not allow myself  to spend money on clothes, so I have to be creative with what I got.

Peach and purple pansies

Aquilegia vulgaris from last year. All of the perennials have doubled their size except for this one.

Bleeding heart blooming in their final week.

Unfortunately three branches were destroyed by the wind.

Purple pansies have survived the freezing winter.

One of the unidentified seedlings.

Cucumber seedling.

Tomato seedlings.

Runner beans.

Red currant.

Verbena. I saw this morning that it has red flowers too. Thought it only had pale and dark purple flowers.

Radish in the vegetable garden.

As they only need 2-3 cm apart, you can get plenty of radish in a small vegetable bed. I have also 12 in a flower-pot.

Carrot seedlings.

Mixed salad in the vegetable bed. Carrots on both sides.

The herb bed is growing in a rapid pace.

Our paeonia bush is now 140 cm tall.

Robin having a cat-nap under the red currant bush.

The passion-flower we have declared dead over seven times has started to bloom.

EARLY MORNINGS AND SPRINGTIME

An update from my garden. Some flowers have started to bloom, others are still tiny seedlings.

I had to move the greenhouse to a sunnier location after the red currant bush started to bloom an stole all the sun from the greenhouse beside it. The apple and pear tree are blossoming. When I stretch after our morning jogging routine, I look on up on both trees. What a lovely way to start the day.

2nd floor in the greenhouse.

1st floor in the greenhouse.  Different varieties of sweet pea ready to be planted outdoors next week.

We planted the parsley from seeds last spring and it has survived with an average of -5 to -15 ° minus during the winter months. The thyme in front we bought at a garden center last summer. A bit small to have steady access to thyme. Bushy oregano behind it, a couple of years old.

A cutback salvia, helps prevent sore throats and colds during winter.

Robin eating lemon thyme.

The radish seedlings.

Four rows of rucola and four rows of radish, ideal for an early harvest.

Carrot seedlings.

Salad mix seedlings.

The apple mint finally recovering from last falls cutback. The color,texture, scent and taste are so delicate. My favorite mint!

Bleeding hearts in bloom.

Apple blossoms.

Sunny morning.

Wire totally ruins the idyllic scenery.

Pear tree in bloom.

Pear tree close up.

Clematis. A slow bloomer, I have been waiting for the flowers to open since forever.

Robin and Anakin on the couch.

He’s such a doll.

Moving the greenhouse pt.1

Moving the greenhouse pt.2

Moving the greenhouse pt.3

3rd floor in the green house. The rock is necessary so the wind don’t get the light weighted green house.

Robin chilling on the bench.

Pear tree.

Pansies in the rusty tin can. Left it outside over winter, made drainage holes with a nail and a hammer, and you have the cheapest flower-pot of the season!

Some wild daffodil related plant growing wild in the garden.

GARDEN UPDATE

Status quo in my garden. With a low-budget garden you have to realise that you can’t pick from the top shelf, moneywise. I’m not a big fan of petunia, they smell and stick to your fingers. But I had to reconsider them at a visit to the local garden center on monday. I found them on sale, 6 for 8$, and the color was nice. Especially when I fell in love with the light and dark purple verbena, a perfect match.

The assistant gardener called in sick today.

Passion flower in the kitchen window.

Astilbe in the shade.

Rhubarb in great shape.

Paeonia with homemade plant support.

Cut-back salvia, originally a bush.

Bleeding heart and aquilegia vulgaris.

The pear tree with buds.

Red currant.

Clematis and honeysuckle.

Light and dark purple verbena.

Oregano and lemon thyme growing good.

Bleeding heart about to bloom.

I planted a row of eight petunia for the border. Not because I particularly like them, but because they were on sale and will bloom all summer.  Dark purple is a nice contrast to the light colors that dominate this flower bed.