Frosty morning

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Frosty morning. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

It was a frosty morning yesterday and today. Today I managed to go out and catch some pictures of the frost as I was up and about much earlier than usual as I had to meet the guys who are installing a radon sucker thing in the house-ground just under my bedroom. Had to give them access to measure where the floor is and to check from where to take electricity and to provide them with water as that side of the house doesn’t have any outside water. I used the time before they arrived to go out shoot some pictures of the frost. As much as I dislike winter, cold, snow the frost is still beautiful.

Here is some of what I saw this morning. Reload page to make pictures re-sort themselves.

Frost IS beautiful.

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Frosty morning, November 9th, 2017. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

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The chaise longue is now gone

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The chaise longue. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The chaise longue is now gone. Sold it on Blocket.se and it was paid for and collected on Friday past. It has now gotten a new life in Norrköping.

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The chaise longue. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I bought it when I lived at Vårby Gård where I had a larger livingroom than here. It is very comfortable, but too short to sleep in (except for short whiles in front of the TV). I bought it with white cover. Later, after I moved to the present flat, I had a new lightgrey cover done and bought from Bemz. Bemz does covers for Ikea furniture in lots of qualities and colors and patterns. Ikea no longer makes this model of the Ektorp chaise lounge with an arm rest. They already didn’t when I wanted an extra cover for.

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The chaise longue with light grey cover from Bemz. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The last couple of years I’ve on and off considered selling the chaise longue because it took up too much space in the livingroom. And now I finally got around to putting it up for sale. It took a couple of weeks before I had a buyer, but in the end it went out the door and I could make the changes in the livingroom that I wanted to do.

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The livingroom without the chaise longue. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

My livingroom became an entirely new room without the chaise longue.  So much new space… So airy…

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The livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The fitnessbike also got a new placement which opened up the entire space in front of the bookcase.

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The fitnessbike. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I placed the fitnessbike at the spot where the smaller chair (Ektorp Jennylund from Ikea) used to be. Also from here I can watch the TV when on the bike. (That is important as it is SO boring to be on the bike).

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The livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The chair is in a much better place now and I can also use the foot-rest the way it is supposed to be used (instead of having it hidden more or less under the sofa-table by the TV). This became a very inviting spot to sit.

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The livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I had more plans for moving the furniture around, but I won’t do that just now. I am presently happy with how it turned out now with the chaise longue gone.

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The livingroom window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

A bonus with this change is that I got better space for the plants that live in front of the livingroomwindow over the winter season. The largest aloe vera, which for a couple of months has been living in the bedroom, now has been moved back to the livingroom and placed near to the floor in case it would fall over (it is very unstable).

Gustav (the neighbours male cat) came in briefly on Saturday and stopped in the door looking very disturbed. His chair was not where it used to be and there was a fitnessbike there instead, and the chair was moved… He ran out fast. He, like most cats, does not like changes. He has been in with his owner after that, and that went much better. In the end he will accept the change.

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The livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Even in the evening the larger plants are now visible instead of being hidden behind the back of the chaise longue. Both the aloe vera and the figtrees have special plant-lighting to enable them to survive winter indoors with poor light conditions.

One of the reasons to get rid of the chaise longue was to get space for an eventual guestbed… But I won’t place a guestbed here after all. On the other hand, if I move the fitnessbike, there is good space there for an inflatable guestbed in that spot.

I’ve also moved around a lot of the lamps and lightings to get them in better spots. Having good light in all corners is important. I have one smallish table too much and one floor-lamp too many. Presently I don’t know where exactly they will end up. I also suddenly have too many cushions as there is no chaise longue any more to put some of them on.

I am happy with this change of the livingroom. It feels so much more inviting now than it did before I got rid of the chaise longue.

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The livingroom at night. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

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Plants & Words

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Plants & Words. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

This seasons #urbanjunglebloggers assignment is Plants & Words (#plantsandwords).

I don’t really “do” words in that way. Particularly not together with plants or about plants either. I don’t like having words on my walls, no matter what they say. I have always avoided having them. But I have one poster on one of my walls, the one above with only words on. It hangs just above a picture with summer flowers. So in a way they are plants and words… or?

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Bedroom window. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

I do plants though. And this time of the year it is pretty over-crowded with plants everywhere in my flat. Above is in my bedroom window where the pelargonias from outdoors are resting over the winter and some figtree cuttings are sprouting roots in vases. In the window aloe vera and cactuses.

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The kitchen windows. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The kitchen windows are a jungle of plants. I keep moving them around presently to find the best solution. Some of the plants that have been outdoors over summer have been moved indoors. Some survive it, some die when they get indoors. Like the myrtle tree in the left window. It didn’t survive getting moved indoors so that window already looks different than in the picture. One of my rosemary plants also died when moved inside.

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The livingroom window 2017-10-09. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In the livingroom window the figtrees (two of them) take up a lot of space. Also here I have changed the look since the picture above was taken and the pelargonia got a new owner in town. This spot is changing (see previous blog post) all the time. 

But combining the plants with words? No. Not really. Just two posters in the whole flat that have words on them. The one below is Russian about May 1st. What else it says I have no idea. As I don’t understand (or read) Russian it is not so disturbing to have on the walls as something where you can actually read and understand its content. It is a dark spot so no plants would survive there.

So plants and words? No. No words in my space. Plants though I’ve got plenty of…

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Russian poster about first of May. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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The livingroom window

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The livingroom window 2017-10-23. Photo.©nini.tjader.2017

I have one window and one door to the patio in the livingroom. The livingroom window has a double marble windowsill. The window is west-facing out to the patio. I use that window for various flower pots that change over time with the seasons. Less flowers in the summer, more in the winter and a varying amount of pots in spring and autumn. In the autumn I move pots indoors before winter comes which adds to the number of plants there. In the summer I move pots outdoors which reduces the number of pots. In short: what is in that window change over the seasons.

To get more space for pots and plants I added a sideboard a couple of years ago. Over the cold season I also use some elevated plant-stands in front of the window for some of the larger plants, like the figtree for instance. Under the sideboard I keep the bird-food and some garden utensils that cannot be kept outdoors.

Here are some pictures of how the livingroom window changes over time.

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The livingroom window 2017-03-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The red oxalis was just coming awake after winter and looked a bit decimated here.

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The livingroom window 2017-06-15. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In June the red oxalis looked much better. Here I also had moved down the Stephanotis Floribunda from its hanging position as it got too heavy to hang in the window after repotting with fresh earth. The fig trees by this time were outdoors again.

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The livingroom window, 2017-07-10. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The red oxalis kept on growing after being re-potted. And so did the Stephanotis.

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The livingroom window 2017-08-05. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

By the beginning of August my two stephanotis switched locations. The one that was here was moved to the kitchen and the one in the kitchen was moved to the livingroom. The largest Aloe Vera which used to sit in the corner of the window was moved to a plantstand in the bedroom and the large corokia cotoneaster which used to be in the kitchen was moved here instead of the aloe vera. The red oxalis just got bigger and bigger…

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The livingroom window, 2017-09-19. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

When autumn approached plants started to move indoors. I also managed to sell my large red oxalis. One plant less. The two figtrees moved inside and so did the Australian wild pelargonia and the muehlenbeckia. The Australian wild pelargonia didn’t like to come indoors though and more or less died just a week later. So, it went into the trash. The Devil’s Ivy went into the bedroom to make space for the muehlenbeckia on the ceramic plantstand. The plant-light was put into one of the fig-tree pots and helps them survive the darker season indoors.

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The livingroom window 2017-10-09. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

When the Australian pelargonia went into the trash I moved one of the white pelargonias to that spot. That was only temporary though until Ulla came to visit and brought it home to her flat.

I then moved the smaller fig-tree up onto the side-board, but it got a bit crowded there.

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The livingroom window, 2017.10-16. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I didn’t like this (above) at all. Too crowded. So re-arranged again by removing the stephanotis and moving the medium-sized aloe vera closer to the window. Also the muehlenbeckia got closer to the window. The removed stephanotis presently rests on a stool in the kitchen. That’s a temporary place for it. I really don’t know where to put it at the moment. So, below is how the livingroom window presently looks. That’s OK so far. Airy enough.

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The livingroom window, 2017-10-23. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

As the chaise longue is up for sale presently, and some people are coming to check it out on Friday, I might change the look here again. If I get rid of the chaise longue I can re-think this corner and make it less crowded.

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Between the rains…

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Entrance from the garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Between the rains I check the garden for the latest developments. Autumn is here and it is a busy time. The garden has to be closed down and the patio emptied of pots and other stuff.

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The patio preparing for winter. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The color are changing out there and there is not much left to take care of.

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The patio preparing for winter. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It starts to look empty on the patio. I haven’t covered anything up yet, and the carpets are still there, soaking wet after the rains lately. Pots on wall and floor and other spots are either gone for waste or indoors. Other stuff is slowly moved from here to the storage on the other side of the house.

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Rain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

So, any work out there has to be done between the rains. We had 33 mm of rain the last couple of days. Emptied the rain-gauge yesterday and it has rained another 5 mm since.

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Sweetpeas on the patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The sweetpeas on the patio are still in bloom and sprouting new flowerbuds. It was NOT a good ide to plant them together with the cobea in the same pot. It just looks messy. I will never do that again. On another note, I will never again grow sweet peas. They have a nice smell and the flowers are interesting if looking really close on them, but… too much work to get them from pea to flower and in the end, how they grow just looks messy.

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Cobea in bloom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The cobea, which the sweet peas share a large pot with, is in bloom and has lots of flower buds still not opened. It is a pity that it blooms so late in the year. But this year, at least it blooms. Other years it didn’t even get that far. It is an annual plant so new plant has to be planted every year if you want it. You cannot plant it until end of Mya, beginning of June as it is very sensitive to frost nights. Planting it that late is one of the causes for it blooming so late. It grows a lot in one season though. It has never been this big previous years. This year it has thrown itself over the plank and down on the other side and onto the wall there as well.

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Cobea mixed with climbing hortensia. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The leaves of the climbing hortensia at the backside of the tall plank on the patio are getting more yellow for each day and will soon fall off. The dark green leaves mixed with them is the cobea form the patio.

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Cobea on the wall.. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The cobea is also climbing on the wall and is presently at the top of my bedroom window. Look closely for the flower buds all along its loop.

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Cobea flowers 2017-10-09. Photo ©nini.tjader.2017

The cobea flowers on the backside of the patio-plank are pale… There has been a shortage of light and sunshine the last week so they havenät yet developed their darkblue color. They look very strange this pale…

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Cobea flower. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Fascinating flower…

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Honeysuckle on the bow. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The honeysuckles (two old ones) have grown a lot this year and are climbing the bow as they should. The sundriven lamp there I will take down soon. No point of having it there when there is no sun as it doesn’t charge then and doesn’t have enough power to light up when it gets dark. The smaller sunöcharged lamps in the garden I took into storage last week as they too had stopped lighting up.

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Honeysuckle 2017-10-09. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The old orange honeysuckle has a new flower… in October… 

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Echinacea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The echinacea at the outside of the patio is looking really tired after the rains and are more or less finished for the season. There happened to be a couple of minutes of sunshgine yesterday when I shot these pictures, but it was just a couple of minutes… Rains resumed later in the day.

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Echinacea. Finished for the season. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The echinacea flower is interesting even when wilted. Before the top of it dries (how can it dry in these rains?) it is really hard. When mature and dry and ready to spread its seeds it all falls apart.

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Anemone hupehensis. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The double anemone hupehensis (höstanemon in Swedish) in the same flower bed is still opening flowers. It is always late in the season and this year it is taller and generally larger than ever before. I hope it continues like that also next year.

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Hosta. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Also the hostas are changing colors in the autumn. Big as they are they will wilt down totally and disappear. And (hopefully) come back next year. They always start over from scratch.

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Virginia Creeper. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The Virginia Creeper is also changing colors and the leaves are starting to fall off. Iäve had it for at least 3-4 years by now but it started to really grow just this year. I am confident that it will continue like this also next year.

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Orpine. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The orpine at the flowerbed by the entrance to the patio is at its most beautiful state just now and has opened theri flowers. A bit late this year actually… The bumblebees and bees and all theri relatives are missing out on the flowers. Most of them have retired by now.

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Amelanchier alnifolia Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The Amelanchier alnifolia, which we planted in replacement of the mirabelle tree which was cut down in October 2015, has come along just fine. The birdfeeder has new food waiting for the birds. Some of the birds are back, but not many yet as it hasn’t been all that cold yet. Wet, but not cold. I have taken away a lot of the messy plants in the flowerbed on this side of the bush. What is left will be left over winter and then we will see what comes up next year.

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Flowerbed along the plank. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The flowers in the flowerbeds along the plank are still in bloom.

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Flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The dark plant in this flowerbed (which I’ve forgotten the name of)  will probably have to be reduced and partly moved elsewhere or it will kill the astilbes.

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Flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The above flowerbed was created this summer. The plants there, three alumroots/heuchera and some other plants, are coming along just fine. We moved them all from another flowerbed.

There is a lot wilting down in the garden presently. But two large pots I’ve kept in the garden, the red basil for the bumblebees that are still awake, and the giant verbena which both still have lots of lilac flowers. Not all is dead yet, but soon will be.

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Part of the garden 2017-10-09. Photo: ©ninil.tjader.2017

 

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My Ginkgo Biloba is alive again

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Ginkgo Biloba 2016-08-14. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The Ginkgo Biloba is an interesting plant. Above is how my Ginkgo Biloba looked in august 2016. Fresh green leaves. I bought it in spring 2016 at a garden fair. It lived indoors until the summer of 2017.

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Ginkgo Biloba 2016-01-28. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Then winter struck. Leaves got yellow and fell off. By the end of January 2017 it looked like in the above picture. Then ALL the leaves fell off. Was it dead? I had no idea.

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Ginkgo Biloba 2017-06-10. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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Ginkgo Biloba 2017-06-10. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

From the end of January until June 10th 2017, the ginkgo Biloba looked dead. No leaves. Not a hint of green. I really thought it was dead, but decided I’d wait and see if anything would happen with it. Until June 10th, now residing outdoors for the summer, the first hints of green finally appeared.

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Ginkgo Biloba 2017-07-01. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

By the 1st of July my Ginkgo Biloba started to look promising. The leaves were coming out and developing as they should.

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Ginkgo Biloba 2017-08-08. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

By the beginning of August green was showing in several places on the plant. Not developing fast, but…

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Ginkgo Biloba 2017-08-19. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

By the middle of August it started to look good. Green leaves everywhere.

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Ginkgo Biloba 2017-09-09. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

And now it looks like a proper Ginkgo Biloba plant again. Not lika year ago, but almost. Its color is lighter than last year , but at least it now has leaves everywhere and a second stem has appeared from its foot.

My Ginkgo Biloba has now moved indoors as autumn is more or less here. Not that cold yet, but…

Lesson learned: not to give up hope when it comes to the Ginkgo Biloba. It might look all dead and leafless, but it isn’t. It will lose it leaves again, and I hope it will again survive the winter and come again next year.

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Season of the sunflowers

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Sunflower 2017-08-05. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It is the season of the sunflowers. A bright yellow replacement sun as I see it, now that the season is turning to darker and shorter days.

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Sunflower 2017-08-19. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

It is a fascinating flower.

Above is the largest sunflower and the first for this season, after a heavy rain, just opening up. Out crawls a wet bee and some bugs. The sunflower just opened about half of its petals to begin with. The others opened up later.

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Sunflower, 2017-08-19. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

One of the smaller sunflowers in one of the flowerbeds broke in the rain so I brought it indoors and put in a glass.

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Sunflower 2017-08-20. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I put into one of my grandmothers old snaps-glasses. It actually opened up after a couple of days.

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Sunflower 2017-08-21. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

All my sunflowers are planted by the birds. The seeds come from the bird-feed and originate either from peeled sunflower seeds or black sunflower seed.

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Sunflower 2017-08-21. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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Sunflower 2017-08-21. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Watch the middle of the sunflower. The pattern of the small flowers that will become the seed eventually. How it swirls… intriguing.

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Sunflower 2017-08-23. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

As time passes, the middle of the sunflower shrinks and its pattern gets smaller and smaller.

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Sunflower 2017-08-25. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

So, who is pollinating the sunflower? Lots of tiny bugs and flies, and also bumblebees and bees.

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Sunflower from behind 2017-08-26. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

Sunflowers can become really tall. My largest is about one meter and 10 centimeter in height, which is not very tall. It grows just beside where the bird-feed is (empty presently), in what I call the wild flowerbed.

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Sunflower 2017-09-02. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The decline has begun. Almost nothing of the middle of the sunflower is now left and it has begun to look very tired.

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Sunflower 2017-09-03. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It is still beautiful in its decline.

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Sunflower 2017-09-03. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

A smaller sunflower by the fence is also blooming.

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Sunflower 2017-09-06. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The largest sunflowers is now nodding and has lost most of its petals after the latest heavy rain. Above is how it looked yesterday.The middle of the flowers is now filled. Will all this become sunflower-seeds?

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Sunflower with bumblebee, 2017-09-06. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The sunflower by the fence was visited by a bumblebee when I was out taking pictures.

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Sunflower 2017-09-06. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

And just beside that one, another one is soon opening up.

I love sunflowers.

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Along the fence, 2017-09-06. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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The Green Curtain

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The green curtain. Photo: ©nini,tjader.2017

I’ve written about this before, I know. That is, how I stopped using curtains in the kitchen and opted for a green curtain of plants instead. This green curtain has changed over time though so I thought I’d show some recent pictures of how my windows presently look in the kitchen. They will soon change again when some of the plants that are outside on the patio move indoors when the season changes to autumn. It is still summer-like outside, but we have already had some really cold nights. So, soon enough, plants will be moving indoors.

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The green curtain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The name of the plant above is rhipsalis, a cactus-relative. More about it here.

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The green curtain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The good about it is that it sifts the light through it and does’t make the kitchen dark. It hangs on the curtain rod above the south-facing window in the kitchen together with another green plant.

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The green curtain. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

I don’t think the green one to the right (with white stripes on the leaves) is a tradescantia, even though it is somewhat similar to them. Its “flowers” look more like the ones on pepperomia plants. I have no idea which one it is though. The pepperomia family is large.

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The green curtain. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

Above the two windows in the kitchen a large, and by now quite old, philodendron hangs on the curtain rods and follows the upper part of the window along the ceiling. I have had that one for years already in my previous flat. I know I cut it down a couple of times in my previous flat when I thought it got too tall (long). It had a period this spring and summer getting yellow leaves which fell off, but we are now past that period. It grows new stems again. And new leaves. I probably ought to fill in some fresh soil into the pot it grows in. Otherwise it doesn’t ask for much maintenance. As long as it gets watered it is happy.

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The green curtain, philodendron. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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The green curtain, philodendron. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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The green curtains, philodendron. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

I have no idea where to lead it when it reaches the end of the second, west-facing, window. It will soon do that……

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The green curtain. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

In the corner between the two windows I have a plantstand (from IKEA) which presently houses one of my two stephanotis floribunda (doftranka in Swedish). I got them from a neighbour that moved north in June 2015. This one is soon up to the ceiling as well. It has grown a lot since I replanted it in a new, larger pot, with fresh soil this summer. The other one stands in the livingroom. 

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The green curtain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Above it hangs a “wandering jew”, a tradescantia. I have re-started that one several times since I got it as it periodically gets a bit ugly and looses all its leaves at the end that grows in the soil and only keeps the ones on its tops. I then cut the tops off and put them in new soil and -re-start it. Works really well.

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The green curtain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

To the right of the tradescantia hangs two of Ikeas hanging planters, one attached to the other, with in total six (6) spider plants.

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The green curtain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

They presently bloom and have lots of spider plant “babies” hanging down from them.

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The green curtain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

These “babies” are actually ready to plant, but neither I, nor my neighbour, nor other friends, need any more of them.

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The green curtain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Its flowers are small and white. Rather nice actually. I’ll keep the “babies” and its flower hanging there for a while yet, as long as they look fresh, but in the end, I will probably cut them all off. There will be more of them again.

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The green curtain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

My white orchid is blooming again. On a stem that dried out to half its length and then suddenly shot out a new stem. It is not that long ago since its previous blooming. On the windowsill behind it you can see a cutting from the philodendron. I took that off some time in the spring for someone who wanted a cutting. But it turned out to be too complicated to deliver it, so it still stands there on my window-sill. It took for ever for it to get roots, but now it has and its growing.

What I have on the window-sills presently isn’t all that interesting and it will change soon when I bring in some of the plants from outside. I have my six (6) orchids – which I presently test growing in water only – there and some other smaller plants.

Who needs curtains when you have plants? I have blinds though in case I want to hide from the world outside. I almost never use them.

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The green curtain. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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Summer flowers

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Summer flowers. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

There are plenty of summer flowers in our garden. They come and go over the summer season. Some come in early spring, early summer, or in the middle of the summer or, like now towards the late summer. In most cases I let them run wild and grow where they like to grow. Except for those planted in the flower beds, but those are not covered here. Some are planted from seeds over the years. Others the birds have brought, like the smaller red and orange poppies and the digitalis. Yet others have spread by themselves over time.

I love the summer flowers. They bring color to the garden. I have plenty of different flowers and I think they now follow each other in time for blooming in a good way. It has taken a couple of years to get to that. The bumble-bees and the bees love our garden and there is no shortage of either.

This has been a rather odd summer as it has been extremely dry. In many parts of Sweden watering the garden has been forbidden for that reason. Not in my area though we have been asked to use watering in the garden sparingly. That is clearly seen on the lawns which are more brown than green. Watering the lawns has not been prio number one. Watering the flowers and shrubs and so has been more important. The dry conditions have also caused some of the flowers to bloom earlier than usual, and some later than usual. Some have become taller than usual and others smaller than usual. All have had shorter blooming seasons than previous years.

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Summer flowers in the garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Below is a gallery of some of the summer flowers in no particular order.
A rather wild garden… Enjoy.

Reload page to see them in a different order. Dubbel-click an image to see a larger version. All pictures are ©nini.tjader.2017 and shot by me.

 

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All about the garden and greenery

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Garden and greenery. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It is all about the garden and greenery this time of the year. The garden is where I spend as much time as possible. I need the light, the sun and the fresh air. I can be inside when it gets cold and dark again. Now is for the outdoor life.

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Dry. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

It has been an unusually dry summer though and the greenery is suffering. What is supposed to be green isn’t really.

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A corner of the garden. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

Our small piece of lawn is far from green. The grass is so dry you can hear it brake when you walk on it. I don’t water the lawn. That is a waste of water when there is a water shortage as it is this year. In many parts of Sweden it is totally forbidden to water the garden. Not here though, but saving the water is a recommendation. I do water the shrubs and the flowers and such. I don’t want them to die.

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To the backgarden 2017-07-02. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In parts of the garden you get the illusion though that it is all green and lush.  It is just that, an illusion.

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A part of the garden 2017-07-14. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

This is the view of the garden from my south-facing window. The high plants in what I call the wild flowerbed are green. But this dry weather is affecting even those plants. They are taller than ever and their flowering-time is shorter than ever. The flowers are done flowering in a very much shorter time than they use to. But there are flowers because I water this area.

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A corner of the garden, 2017-07-08. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Above is the view out over the garden on July 8th. The flowers in this flowerbed were all pink at that time. They are finished now. The green bushes are black currants. We picked them shortly after I shot this picture. We actually had more black currants than ever before this year, and they were also larger. The neighbour and I got 1.5 liters of berries each. Probably because these bushes get watered regularly.

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A corner of the garden greenery. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Just around the corner outside my kitchen windows it looked like this at the same time.

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Overview of the garden 2017-07-07. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Above how it looks from the parking into the garden. Since we have finished the rhubarb (which was better this year than the last, but not really good). Considering the unusually dry summer, it is as green as it can be.

In the backgarden, behind my patio, the rose-bushes bloom as never before to the delight of the bumble-bees. We thought of digging them all up in favour of planting something more useful and edible, but maybe not… ? At least the bumble-bees love them and they are beautiful when they bloom.

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Beach rose. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

These roses are terribly invasive and spread via its roots. That’s why they should be taken away and dug up – which is hard work and a lot of digging. Most of our garden (mine and my neighbour) were covered with these roses some years back. The entire corner between our flats actually. And all the way around and past and behind my patio too. We have done a lot of digging to get rid of them. What is in the backgarden is what remains. Every spring I cut them down to about 20 cm in height. This is how much they grow in one summer. And it has so far been a very dry summer. Without getting any extra water, they still survive… It adds greenery to the garden… but…

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Beach roses in the backgarden, 2017-07-25. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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Tropicool

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Tropicool corner on my patio. Photo ©nini,tjader.2017

The summer challenge of Urban Jungle Bloggers is “Tropicool”. As many of my plants are outdoors over the so called warm (?) season, I choose to have my tropicool place outdoors as well, on the patio.

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Tropicool corner on my patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

So I take a couple of step out to come to that space. There I can sit under the big figtree (which has lost almost all its leaves at the top of the old branches and not produced new ones yet).  It is a pretty protected area even on overcast days, surrounded by pelargonia-plants, the fig trees and my olivetree, to add to the the tropical illusion. It is a nice place to sit and read, pretty cool, and you can hear the wind-chime on the wall.

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The tropicool corneer on my patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It is a perfect place to sit and read a book. To take time off from gardening and other tasks.

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The tropicool corner of my patio.Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

From here I can see all my plantpots that are out on the patio and keep an eye on how they feel and how they develop outdoors. The arrangement on the trellis on the wall is not optimal. A cobea and lots of sweet peas are fighting for the space. They both live in the same large pot. I should have had only one of them… either the cobea or the sweet peas. The sweet peas are not yet in bloom. I await their fragrance when it will bloom, which will be soon. It is the first time I succeeded to get sweet peas to grow. The cobea blooms much later, if at all, usually by September. The cobea is a fantastic climber and can reach 3 meters in height during one summer.

Notice the small figtree in middle front?

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Small figtree in the tropicool corner. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

This is the cutting from the larger figtree that I cut off early spring and placed in a bottle of water. It got roots pretty fast and got planted in a pot then. It is developing fine and it likes being outdoors, sprouting new leaves at every branch. I wish the larger figtree would get new leaves soon too…

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The tropicoolcorner at the patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Only the cut off  branch of the larger figtree has fresh leaves. But they all came when the figtree was still indoors. The other leaves are getting yellow falling off one by one. I know, that is normal in our climate, but still… Please grow new leaves before autumn comes when the tree go indoors again!

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The patio with view to the garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

From the tropicool corner I can look out into the garden. I have plants in pots out there as well. The sofa is the most protected space at the patio, as the up-stairs neighbours balcony protects it.

My patio can be really tropical on sunny days and temperature can reach +38C near to the wall. The tropicool corner does not get that hot. If it does you have to leave the patio for the garden…

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The tropicool corner of my patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I really should have moved that hose under the chair and the mover at right front before I shot this picture… They don’t belong in this styling…

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At the patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I even have plants on the top of the sofa at the patio. From left a small carnation with a divine fragrance, then my ginkgo biloba which has come alive again against all odds. Then two rosemary plants that over winter are indoors. They have both bloomed. The one to the right started blooming in winter and has still not stopped blooming. The bumble-bees love it. I cut both regularly when I need rosemary with my food.

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On the patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

On the table is a tomato-plant that comes from seeds from a slice of tomato bought at the supermarket. Recently, it has grown a lot and flowers have now appeared. There will hopefully also be tomatoes on it… On its right is a myrtle tree that blooms on and off. On the railing is a smaller tomato-plant with cocktail-tomatoes which I bought ready-grown. When a tomato is ripe there, I pick it and eat as a snack. To its right are two kinds of thyme which I had to move to pots because they got all grown over by my peppermint and mint in the garden.

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At the entrance to the patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

At the entrance/exit to/from the patio and garden I have a pot of red and white flowers called cape marguerites. The white ones are presently on the other side and not seen in the picture. They bloom until the frost takes them some time in October. Just outside are two pots of red yemenite basil which I have each summer for the sake of the bumble-bees. It can of course also be used as regular basil and eaten. But the flowers are nice and the bumble-bees love them so I don’t cut them off to have in salads. Behind them is a large pot with giant verbena. 

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In the livingroom. Photo, ©nini.tjader.2017

We’ve not had the best weather this summer. Rain, thunder, hail, and sometimes sunny. A day can begin sunny and then the rains and clouds come. And it being sunny is no guarantee for tropical weather or hot temperatures. Slightly warmer… but not tropical. There are few days in Sweden that you can consider the weather to be tropical. This corner (above) in the livingroom is the most tropical I can produce indoors. But it is also a nice place when the weather is uninviting to go outdoors.

Or I can spend time in the kitchen which always is a bit tropical when it comes to plants…

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Tropicool in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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A New Part of the Commuter Line

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Commuter train inside 2017-07-13. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

A New Part of the Commuter Line has opened

Yesterday I went with the commuter train all the way from Tumba to Odenplan – without having to change trains! I went to visit my old friend Ulla who lives just by the new stations at Odenplan. The new part of the commuter line only opened this Monday, so it is really new (after some eight year of building it).

The line is not all finished though. The new bridges and tunnels at Älvsjö and Årstaberg are not yet taken into service. It is first at Södra Station the train now goes in under the water and under town to the new station Stockholm City that replaces Centralen. No more running through the culvert at Centralen, no more waiting outdoors at Centralen for the commuter trains as they are moved to the new station. Only the regular trains to wherever in the world now stop at Centralen. I went on though to the next new station at Odenplan. I’ll visit Stockholm City station another time.

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Commuter train doors. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

At the new stations there are now sliding doors on the platforms that open where the doors of the commuter trains are only when the train is at the station. Nobody can now enter the rails or fall down on them. Very good.

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Stockholm Odenplan commuter train station. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The station called Stockholm Odenplan is huge, clean, open and really nice. It replaces the station at Karlberg. All the commuter trains pass here.

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Stockholm Odenplan, exit Vanadisvägen. One of the escalators.

I didn’t exit at Odenplan proper but at the other end, exit Vanadisvägen, as that is the closest to Ulla’s (she lives at Västmannagatan).

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Stockholm Odenplan, exit Vanadisvägen. One of the escalators. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

There are three different escalators at the exit to Vanadisvägen… Two of them are really long. This commuter station is deep down in the mountain.

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The last escalator upto Vanadisvägen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In between the escalators there is a long tunnel, Middle North it is called.

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Stockholm Odenplan, tunnel. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The tunnel between two of the escalators is really long and not as dark as it looks in the picture above (even though that is shot at 21:30 at night on my way home).

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Stockholm Odenplan, exit Vanadisvägen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I like the lighting in the ceiling at the last/first escalator to/from the Stockholm Odenplan exit Vanadisvägen.

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A stepup for the station guards. Stocholm Odenplan. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

At the station there was a stepup… Looks a bit temporary… When I arrived earlier in the day it was used by the platform guards who controlled the doors from the station to the commuter trains with a remote. Or whatever it was that they controlled… By stepping up, they got a better overview of the station.

I will visit Stockholm City commuter train station another time, and I will also have a look at how the Stockholm Odenplan station looks like above ground.

I like the new stations. I also like not having to get off at Centralen and switch to the subway after passing through the long tunnel there when I visit Ulla near Odenplan. The trip between Stockholm City and Stockholm Odenplan was just a couple of minutes. It was a very smooth journey. Even though trains were delayed when I went home because of problems on the line north of town… One of the reasons for the new line under town though is that the commuter trains and the regular trains no longer compete for the rails through town which should make trainrides through Stockholm smoother for everyone.

The new stations are really nice.

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Summer whites

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Summer whites in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Summer whites is a way to confirm that the summer is here. That means changing the covers of the furniture to white ones.

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Summer whites in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

What do I mean by that? Well, with all the white light in the summer I always feel I need even MORE light and white by changing the covers on the furniture in the living room. I don’t need to change the curtains as they are always white. Some might say that it is enough with the light outside and the eventual sunshine and that you therefore should have dark colors in your home in the summer and light colors in the dark season. I feel the other way around is the way to go. Summer whites in the summer and dark colors in the winter.

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Summer whites in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

So, the other day I changed the covers of the EKTORP chaiselongue and the small JENNYLUND armchair to white from grey (the very pink fleece cover there is protection against dirty cat-feet). Neither is particularly hard to change cover on even though you have to remove the armrest on the chaiselongue to be able to change the cover. I have done that often enough to be comfortable with it.

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Summer whites in the livingroom, the EKTORP chaiselongue. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Yesterday I switched the livingroom carpet from dark blue to off-white. To do that I needed to move the sofa-table and all that was on it and on the shelf under it off the carpet. Only then could the carpet be changed.

When the carpet area was already empty, and carpet changed, I decided I’d also take that opportunity to change the cover of the sofa from grey to white. To change the cover of the sofa demands space for the work.

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Summer whites in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Changing the cover of the 2-seater KARLSTAD sofa is a lot of work. First you remove the cover of the four pillows. Then you remove the armrests with the sofa-legs. Then the legs from the armrests. Then then cover of the armsrests. Then the large cover over the rest of the sofa. Then you put on fresh cover for the large part of the sofa. Then put the fresh covers onto the armrests and then attach the legs (2 for each armrest) to the armrests. Then attach the the armrests to the sofa (4 screws each). The sofa is then ready to get back the seating pillows and the back pillows. Changing cover on the KARLSTAD sofa is actually the same thing as assembling it from scratch, twice. So I tend to not change the cover of the sofa too often…

The non-fresh cover has to be dry-cleaned. You cannot put it into the washing machine unfortunately. And it really needs cleaning by now.

The summer white covers need to be on now until at least when the dirty ones have been cleaned. Hopefully no cat with dirty feet will step on them meanwhile before I’ve put a protective towel or such on the now summer white furniture.

The KARLSTAD 2-seater sofa is no longer sold at IKEA, only the 3-seater. So if I want a new cover for it, I need to get it from BEMZ, and that is pretty expensive. The EKTORP chaiselounge with armrest is no longer sold either. The light grey cover I have for it is from BEMZ. The JENNYLUND armchair is still sold and apart from the white cover I have a dark grey cover and a dark blue cover with white flowers for it. Its first white cover shrunk enormously in the laundry and can no longer be used. I’ve saved it as a pattern to be able to make my own cover one day.

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Part of the darker livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

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The “secret” garden 2017

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The garden seen from the lawn by the parking. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Our “secret” garden

In June 2015 I wrote a post in my Swedish blog about the “secret” garden, as it was then. Now it is time for a follow-up about how it looks today.

I take a lot of pictures of the garden and what is growing there, both with the purpose of publishing on the this blog and my blog in Swedish, and for Instagram and FaceBook. I also do it for myself to keep track of what is growing there and how it develops over time. It is fun to compare over the years and to see what works and what not.

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The garden seen from the parking outside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I call it the “secret” garden as it is a bit hidden away behind the noice-reducing fence. Also, you don’t see it until you go to the end of the parking outside it and look in around the corner. So not many are aware of this garden, hence the “secret” garden.

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The garden 2017-07-02. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The garden is a co-work with my neighbour as we share the corner between our flats. We both live on the ground-floor. My patio and my kitchen-windows are straight ahead. The window to the right are of my neighbours bedroom. The housing cooperative doesn’t do any work in our garden-area. We take care of it ourselves. Except the lawn-area beside the parking.

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The garden seen from the parking. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The black bucket with the peas, salad and parsley in the picture above has been moved from there since I shot the picture. Instead a spirea bush has been moved to that spot.

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The way into the backgarden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Personally I also have access to the backgarden behind my patio and the noice-reducing fence, an area that it is impossible to reach without passing my patio.

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The backgarden, the “end” of the garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The neighbours on that side can only reach this area outside their windows if they climb out through their windows. The end of the backgarden is filled with thorny rosebushes. We have planned for a long time to remove them and plant something better there… I removed that maple-tree in the picture below just yesterday. But it will probably reappear… It always does.

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The end of the garden, 2017-07-03. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The fence was really stupidly built. We hade big problems a couple of years back when the walls of the house were re-painted. The painters had to carry one item at the time to that part of the house. I objected at the stupidity to build the fence like that already before it was built, but … decisions were already made and they were unwilling to re-think. They might have to re-think one day as it is impossible to get around the house as it is.

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The garden corner in 2015. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Much has happened in the garden since our mirabelle-tree was taken down, soon two years ago in October. This is the second summer without the tree. It changed the garden. In hindsight the removal of the tree was to the good even though we then were upset about losing our tree (and its fruit). We’ve got another kind of greenery in the garden without the tree competing for water and light and it has become much lighter as well.

This is how the garden looks today. Click on an image to see a larger version, re-load the page to make the gallery resort images in another order. Hover over an image to see an explanation.

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Hail and thunder

Hail ongoing. Video filmed with my iPhone 7 from the door to the patio.

 

Yesterday at around 15:00 hrs there was mighty thunder – I actually jumped as it was so sudden – and then the skies opened. At first with rain, then came the hail, combined with rain……

Hail isn’t all that uncommon here at this time of the year but it was long since last time. It is fascinating. At the same time I worried for the greenery and flowers. There was a lot of hail.

The worst affected were the daylilies. There the leaves nearest to the house were broken. I didn’t remember that heavy rains and hail come down just on top of the daylilies from the roof. Now I was reminded. The hail remained on the ground around it for a couple of hours. Fortunately the hail didn’t take the budding flowers of the daylilies on their way up, only its leaves. Had they been up they would have been damaged. The greenery looked a bit sad for a while, but most of it was unharmed when I checked and shot the pictures.

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Daylilies after the hail. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I wonder how the summer-flowers and summer-plants were affected by the cold hail as it stayed for quite some time after it had stopped coming down. I was especially worried about the tomatoes, salads and herbs. They looked OK when I checked after the hail had stopped, and I hope they will continue to be OK. Outside temperature sank quite a bit with the hail.

Later in the evening it rained. The rain was OK and needed. This is a very dry season this year.

Here are some more pictures. Hover over an image to see text. Click on a picture to see a larger version. Reload page to make the images sort in a different order.

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