Garden and greenery at its peak

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Entrance to flat from the garden. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

The summer in the garden is green and inviting. It cannot get any greener than it is just now outside. The greenery is at its peak. There are still flowers that will bloom that hasn’t done so yet. But they are coming along just fine.

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Weatherchange Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The weather has been good this summer. Mainly dry, sunny and warm. But of course there has been days with some rain and thunder too. Not many though. Feels like I’ve never before had to water the garden as much as this year. It is so dry.

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The small flower bed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The astrantia major (the pink flowers in the picture) are taller and more plenty than ever. The hortensia is green and coming but I doubt it will get any flowers this year. The chives unfortunately looks poorly this year. The oldest one has nearly died. The giant verbena in the black tub will get tall too after some problems with it in the beginning.

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The astrantia major. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The astrantia major is much loved by both bumblebees and bees. They create a constant buzz there.

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One of the hollyhocks in the garden. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I have two hollyhocks. The one above is in the regular flowerbed around my patio. It is pink and yellow. This year it is also tall and healthy. No holes in the leaves so far. No bugs have eaten on it. Yet.

The one below is dark pink. It grows near to the anti-noise-fence, just as last year. I make sure every year to spread the seeds from them as they only live for two years. I love hollyhocks.

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Hollyhock. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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The backgarden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Above the view from the backgarden, behind the patio. At the most narrow point I’ve put a rose-bow for the two old honey-suckle plants that I cut down to almost nothing last autumn as they were sick. They’ve grown a lot this year and only just now started to flower.  They’ve had lots of lice on them though, black lice. But after some thorough showering with water they now look more or less OK. I think the lice-season is over for this time.

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Bluberrry-bushes in the garden. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The american blueberry-bushes that I moved last year to the back-garden are coming along fine and they have now plenty of blue-berries that just started to turn blue. Can soon be picked. Still not too many berries, but at least more than previous years. They never liked the previous location.

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First blue blueberries in the garden. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Lousy picture of the blueberries… but you get the idea…

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The veggiebox in the garden april 2016. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

A funny comparison. The veggiebox in the back-garden above in april this year. And just now in July below.

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The veggiebox in the garden in July. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

It has grown there… Lots of parsley and french tarragon and lemonbalm (though something has eaten a lot of its leafs). The chives here is fine and so is the sorrel in the frontmost corner. The sorrel and teh lemonbalm survived from last year. I had two oreganoplants between the parsley and the sorrel, but I had to move the oregano to a large pot of its own as it became too crowded in the box and I really want to get as much oregano as possible to last me until next year. I cut and dry it when large enough to be bundled.

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Thyme and mint. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The two kinds of thyme (regular and lemonthyme) and the mint are coming along fine in the back garden as well. The mint I also cut and dry to have in tea until next year. When it is fresh I use it in salads and drinks. The thyme I dry as well and use both dried and fresh in salads and other food.

Another fun comparison is the flowerbed along the outside of the patio. Below from 2011…

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Hostas and echinacea in the garden 2011-07-18. Photo: ©

Notice the two hosta plants and the echinaceas. Notice size and spread.

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Hostas and echinacea in the garden July 2016. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The above is the same flowerbed in July 2016. Particularly the green hosta has grown a lot this year (now blooming). And the echinacea behind them have spread quite a lot. They were good last year but I think they will be even better this year.

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Hostas in bloom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This part of the flowerbed along and behind the patio comes late as it is less sun there. In the spring it is almost empty with only krokucuses. Then the rest come, slowly. Every year it looks like the hostas are cone for ever. Choice of plants has been difficult for it but I now have mix that works well there. Between the two hostas there is actually a japanese anemone. They are almosts hidden by the hostas this year.

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Echinacea. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I have two kinds of echinacea. One pink, one white. Neither is blooming just yet, but they are on their way. They get very tall and last long into the autumn.

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Bumblebee Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the backgarden, after my area ends, still grow these roses that spread like a pest via their roots. Plan it to dig them all up and use the area for something else. Our rhubarbs will move to their space. The flowers have a strong fragrance and the bumblebees love them, but… (click on this link to see a short movie with the working bumblebee).

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A ladybug in the echinacea. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Even though the echinacea flowers are not ready yet, the bugs are there… like this ladybug.

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Bug in the echinacea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ll stop here. This was only the backgarden and part of the flowerbed along the patio. I’ll show you more of the garden another day.

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Way to the backgarden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the foreground, two white astilbes, one pink astilbe and the pink-yellow hollyhock. In the background the back-garden and the rose-bow.

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The rosebow with the climbing honeysuckle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Adobe Bridge and El Capitain

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If you like me are using Adobe Bridge to import images from camera or smartphone AND has updated to Mac OS X 10.11.x El Capitain, then there is something you need to know. Importing from iPhones and iPads and certain cameras doesn’t work if you choose “Get Photos from Camera…”. Adobe Bridge doesn’t “see” the devices and says that there isn’t any device connected if you choose “Get Photos from Camera…”.

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If you use Get Photos from Camera in El Capitain

According to Adobe: On Mac OS 10.11, Bridge CC does not recognize the following types of devices:

  • Devices (such as cameras or Android-based devices) connected in PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) mode
  • iDevices such as iPad or iPhone

Instead of choosing “Get Photos from Camera…” you should choose “Import from Device…” to import your images.

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Bridge “Import from Device”

You will not get all the options with this choice as you do with “Get Photos from Camera…”, but at least you can import your images from those devices (smart phones, iPads and certain cameras) that are not supported by Adobe Bridge in El Capitain.

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Import from Device in Adobe Bridge

If Bridge is pointing to a folder you have earlier imported to, it shows which images are in that folder. If you don’t want to import to that folder again, you click on the Import To: at the bottom of the window and choose which existing folder to import to or you create a new folder as destination by choosing “Other…”.

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Import To

You can either Download All or choose by clicking on the images which ones to import and choose Download. Then you can use Adobe Bridge as usual by pointing to the folder you want Bridge to manage.

Bridge and “Import from Device…” uses the application Image Capture to import from device. It is just a faster way of doing it if you are already in Adobe Bridge.

This is a temporary situation. Adobe is working on solving it. It is solved in other Adobe applications so, one of these days…

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Adobe Bridge

Here is Adobes own explanation.

One plant, three stylings

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One plant, Oxalis Triangularis Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

The subject for this months Urbanjunglebloggers task is One plant, three stylings. I’ve chosen my huge Oxalis Triangularis.

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One plant, Oxalis Triangularis Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Above is where it normally is, on my kitchentable, in the corner between the two windows in the kitchen. It has become really big there and I think it really likes this placement. This is one of the three stylings for the one plant.

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One plant, Oxalis Triangularis, on the kitchen table. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

It is a light place, but no direct sun here.

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One plant, Oxalis Triangularis, in the livingroom. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The second place I tested is in the livingroom. Looks good here, right? You see more of it here. This is the second styling for the one plant.

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One plant, third styling. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The third styling for the one plant is in the bedroom. With its dark color it is nice contrast to the lighter pots and decorations. And the green plants. From left: a ginkgo biloba in the window, then a baby aloe, and my oldest cactus.

The oxalis triangularis has again gone back to the kitchen to its regular place after the one plant, three stylings completed.

By the way, does anybody know the best way how to dived a large oxalis into more plants?

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A visit to Millesgården

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Lemontree at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Last Wednesday Ulla and I visited Millesgården. Both the special exhibition of Josef Franks patterns, textiles, furniture and aquarelles and the park with it sculptures and the home of the sculptor Carl MIlles which used it as his and his wifes summerhouse.

It was a perfect day for visiting. Sunny, blue skies and just the right temperature outside. This time of the year the estate and its sculpture garden is also at its nicest with all the plants and pots with Mediterranean plants.

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Between the steps. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

In between the stonesteps in the garden were planted this nice little plant, called “murreva” in Swedish, or Cymbalaria Muralis in Latin. It was everywhere between the heavy stonesteps at Millesgården.

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Millesgården, Europa & the Bull

The first thing you see when you enter the sculpture park at Millesgården is the pool with the sculpture called Europa and the Bull. And then the view out over the water.

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Europa and the Bull at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve always been fascinated by sculptures. For some reason I have only visit Millesgården once when I was in school, long ago… Didn’t enjoy it then. Though who does as a school-child?

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Millesgården, Europa and the Bull pool. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

One of the most famous sculpture here is the one of Poseidon, which also can be found in Gothenburg.

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Poseidon at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Here are some more pictures from our visit. Doubleclick an image to see a larger version, reload the web-page to sort them in a different order, hover over an image to (eventually) get an explanation of it.

We also visited Anne’s house at Millesgården. There the interior had furniture and patterns of Josef Frank. Very contemporary.

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Anne’s house at Millesgården. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Anne’s house at Millesgården. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

And of course we also had a “fika” at the much too expensive restaurant almost at the top of the garden. The prices were ridiculous there, as in almost all places where you have no choice of other less expensive restaurants.

The birds in the surroundings also got their share when guests left their tables…

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The Josef Frank Exhibition at Millesgården

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The Josef Frank Exhibition at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Yesterday Ulla and I visited the Josef Frank Exhibition at Millesgården. The exhibition was about his patterns, furniture and paintings (aquarelles actually). Josef Frank lived between 1885 and 1967. Read more about Josef Frank here.

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The Josef Frank Exhibition at Millesgården. Photo:©nini.tjadr.2016

The exhibition is in the building just inside the entrance to Millesgården.

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Ulla sitting in a chair by Josef Frank. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve always loved the patterns of Josef Frank and their colors. Now we had a chance to see them in real life, and also his aquarelles, which are less known to the public. He started painting at the age of 68.

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The Josef Frank Exhibition at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I knew he made furniture and particularly that long sofa with the tulips pattern is famous.

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A typical Josef Frank pattern. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The patterns are colorful and picture plants and animals with a lot of fantasy. They are very decorative.

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The Josef Frank Exhibition at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The pattern in the middle in the picture above is called “Italian Dinner” and have pictures of all the ingredients in an italian dinner, like vegetables and sea-food among other things.

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Carpet by Josef Frank. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Most of the patterns I’ve seen before in various contexts. But not his carpets. The above carpet was created in the 1930-ties. Hard to believe that they did carpets like this at that time. The pattern of this carpet has been replicated in a planting outside in the park, filled with summer flowers.

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Painting by Josef Frank. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The mural on this wall is an enlargement of one of Josef Franks paintings. Behind this wall is the exhibition of some of his aquarelles. The audience here was not really of the kind I normally see in the places where I go. Lots of elderly ladies of the upper classes, with a particular way to speak. Among them a few younger persons and some that very much wanted to look like artists. Interesting… There were more visitors there than we had expected for a Wednesday afternoon. Tourists? Yes. But not too many.

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The Josef Frank Exhibition at Millesgården. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Joes Frank started painting at the age of 68. He said he didn’t have the techniques required but he enjoyed painting. I love his pictures and think they are really good.

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Greek mythology by Josef Frank. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

The above pictures look like they are illuminated from the back of the pictures, but they are not. The effect is there because they are placed against a black background and because of the colors in the pictures.

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Aquarelles by Josef Frank. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Aquarelles by Josef Frank. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The landscapes he painted… Just love them. Particularly the last one above. That, and the light, is exactly how it looks just about everywhere around the Mediterranean.

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The above is a timeline about the life and works of Josef Frank.

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One of the visitors. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

We then had a look at what was on offer in the gift shop. As usual with these kind of places the prices are high. No. I didn’t buy anything. The guy in the picture was noted though. Trying very much to look like an artist?

The small glass vases below was also for sale at the gift shop. I don’t remember if they had anything to do with the Josef Frank exhibition or not. I noticed them as they look so very alike to some other small glass vases I’ve seen elsewhere for a fraction of the price asked here.

We then went out into the sculpture park at Millesgården and to the sun and blue skies.I will publish those pictures at a later occasion.

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Choosing wallpaper for the kitchen

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One of the kitchenwalls. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The wallpaper in my kitchen has seen better days. I am therefore looking at getting new wallpaper to exchange it with and am presently in the process of choosing wallpaper for the kitchen.

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The present wallpaper, close-up. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The present wallpaper was put up in 2003 when the flat was built. Looking close on it you see what I mean when I say it has seen better times. I actually like the pattern on it, but the colors have faded and are gone in places. It also has various damages here and there. And it is dirty.

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The second wall with wallpaper. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I only have two walls to wallpaper. The ones with the windows. And the second wall, the one above where the bookcase is, is “short” because the kitchen has a sloping roof at that side. So I do not need all that much wallpaper to renew those two walls. 2 or 3 rolls will be enough I think (haven’t measured the walls yet). The work I’ll do myself. I’ve wallpapered walls before.

So I’ve been looking at various wallpaper for the kitchen. Mainly at Boråstapeter and Sandbergs. There are other places of course, but these have some of the wallpapers I’ve been looking at for some time, of the style I want in the kitchen. In the rest of the flat I have painted walls (painted one color onto the wallpaper). Bedroom is dark blue, livingroom is light grey, my two hallways are dark grey. In the kitchen I want color and patterns. I think that would suit it.

Below are the ones I’ve been looking at. I’ve ordered samples (quite cheap) from both sources and expect to receive the samples by next week.

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Flora from Boråstapeter.

This is FLORA from Boråstapeter. One of my favorites.

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HERBARIUM from Boråstapeter.

Then there is HERBARIUM from Boråstapeter. I think this will probably be the one… Love it.

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AMELIE from Sandbergs.

Then there is AMELIE from Sandbergs.

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Growing Garden from Sandbergs.

Growing Garden from Sandbergs is also nice, but maybe a bit too romantic for my taste…

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Rabarber from Boråstapeter

RABARBER from Boråstapeter is just released.

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Christophe, white from Sandbergs.

The there is CHRISTOPHE, white, from Sandbergs. Maybe a bit too flowery…

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FLORA white from Sandbergs.

And the above is FLORA white from Sandbergs. What is the difference between that one and the other Flora from Boråstapeter? Is it the same? No, I don’t think so. But they are VERY similar.

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RÄVDUNGE from Boråstapeter

RÄVDUNGE from Boråstapeter is also a nice one… and colorful.

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KÖKSVÄXTER from Boråstapeter

And there is KÖKSVÄXTER from Boråstapeter, “kitchenherbs” in English.

As the price for the sample wallpapers was 5 for… I also ordered the below one, HENRY, from Sandbergs. In grey… Not colorful, but I like the pattern.

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HENRY from Sandbergs.

Reamins to choose, which one? To be continued…

Flowering trees and bushes

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Flowers on a small appletree. photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

This time of the year is wonderful when it comes to all the flowering trees and bushes we can experience. It last for a too short while though. The apple trees of various kinds… lovely flowers.

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Another blooming appletree. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

And then there are the lilacs of all colors that just started to open their flowers in my area. And their scent… wonderful. A promise of a coming summer.

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Lilacs, blooms not yet fully open. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

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White lilacs. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Pink lilacs. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Our new bush in the garden reached its flowering peak recently.

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Our new bush with flowers. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The flowering was nice, but it is over now. Insects of all kinds took advantage of the flowering.

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Bush flower with insect. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Earlier on all the fruit-trees in the villa gardens in the area were in flower.

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Quite overwhelming. All gone now. The trees really have a very short period to flower, before the leaves come. And, later in the season, eventual fruit.

I love this season. It is too short though.

Recycling books

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Books going out. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I never throw away books. As I see it, that is very disrespectful to the authors. I either give them away to somebody else or give them to a charity organization for them to recycle. I still prefer reading printed books. I don’t enjoy reading on a computer screen or iPad (not to mention iPhone).

I have three reasons to recycle books.
1. Book is hopelessly outdated, like the below ones in the picture.
2. I don’t like the story in the book.
3. I need more space in the bookcases (to be able to add new books).

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I recently started a box for books for recycling. The above ones I found in one of my bookcases and have placed in the box. Hopelessly outdated technical/computer books. So these are going out, and if anyone wants them, be my guest. Adobe GoLive CS? Application has been discontinued long ago. Adobe Dreamweaver CS3? We are now in version CC2015. Learn HTML? A lot has happened with html since that book was published. Mac OS X Leopard? Well, that was long ago. There are more in that bookcase that I need to get rid of.

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Going out… Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

And then there is the above one… Found it in my bookcase for un-read books the other day and thought I’d read it out in the sun. I have no idea where I got it from. I cannot possible have paid for it? Can I? 28 pages and 4 chapters in I closed the book and decided not to read it. So “simple” both in language, ideas, story, expressions, and builds on pre-conceived ideas about how people think and act. Really bad. Took me less time than usual to disregard this book. “A romantical comedy” as it says on the cover… Definitely not my cup of tea. I do not read romantical comedies…

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Sunbed in the garden. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Instead of that book I switched to one by Peter Robinson, “Piece of my heart” to read in the sun. He is good. All his books are good. Love his books.

The exceptional summer weather with loads of sun and warmth is now over and we are back to grey and rain and much colder weather, so I can also go back to blogging… Who wants to sit inside in front of the computer when there is sun and warmth outside?

Planty Table Settings

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Planty table setting for breakfast. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This months Urban Jungle Bloggers task is to present “Planty Table Settings”. This is my contribution to the subject. I always have plants around me in the kitchen, so welcome to my jungle.

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Second breakfast. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The “second breakfast” is just that, the second breakfast on days when I go to the gym and come back home and need to eat something.

Mainly my plants are in the two angled kitchen windows, and sometimes on the end of the table where I keep all that is needed with the eating.

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Planty table setting for breakfast. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The very small pot on the table contains basil. The pot was handed out at Ikea recently on one of their events. The seed is actually growing… which is a first for me when it comes to seed from Ikea…

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Planty table setting for lunch. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

For lunch with a friend, another kind of planty table setting, where the rosemary tree and a large pot of fresh basil have moved onto the kitchen table. Forgot to put glasses on the table though…

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Planty table setting for lunch with a friend. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I often vary the place mats on the table and have several in various materials, sizes and patterns.  Above I remembered to put glasses on the table…

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Planty table setting for dinner. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

For a planty table setting for dinner I used one of my inherited old linen table cloth, hand-embroidered by my father when he was young at the first half of the previous century. One of my orchids was moved from the window to the table together with my new ginkgo biloba plants. A cutting (unintentional cutting) of a narciss from the garden was placed in a thin vase to add to the theme.

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Planty table setting for dinner. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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Planty table setting for dinner. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

There is still plenty of space left on the table to place the food, salad, wine etc there. This is a table setting for two. The two small dogs on the table are old ones I’ve inherited from my parents. They are silver-plated (need polishing) and are used for putting away your knife on instead of putting it directly onto the table cloth. The small glasses with a green foot I’ve inherited from my grandmother.

Welcome to breakfast, lunch and dinner at my kitchen table, in the company of some of my plants. At my place all meals are eaten at the kitchen table, in the kitchen jungle.

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Guestbeds

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Foldable guestbed. Image borrowed from JYSK

Sometimes you get guests who need to sleep over for one reason or other. Then you need some extra bed or solution to make that possible. If your space is limited and live in a smallish place, that is not all that easy to find a solution.

The above bed is from JYSK and probably one of the most common models for temporary beds. Usually awful to sleep on. And n you need space to store it when folded, mattress and all. IKEA has a similar model and there are probably many similar ones in the market.

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Inflatable guestbed from JYSK. Image from JYSK.

Another solution is to get an inflatable bed that doesn’t need all that much space when stored and not used. That’s what I did. The above one is from JYSK and comes in a small tote. The bed when air in it can, in my case, be put in the kitchen, just beside the fridge. Below you see how little space it takes.

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Inflatable guestbed in its tote. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Neither of these solutions are very comfortable though. For one night or maybe two, but…

I recently saw an arm-chair bed at IKEA. It is called VALLENTUNA.

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VALLENTUNA arm-chair guestbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This is one smart arm-chair guestbed. Comes in a couple of different colors (I prefer the light grey one above) and you can get it either with a high back or a low one. And you can get it with or without armrests.

To use it as a bed you take hold of the bottom front of the chair and drag it out to full-size bed-length. You then use the zipper of the cushion you normally sit on and you get a mattress.

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VALLENTUNA arm-chair-bed with low back. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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VALLENTUNA arm-chair-bed with high back. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

No, I wouldn’t want to have it in orange…

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ASARUM 3-seater sofa-bed Photo: ©nini..tjader.2016

Another solution, if you have the space for it, is a regular sofa-bed. The above one is called ASARUM and is also from IKEA. It is 3-seater, which you actually sit comfortable in. Problem with most sofa-beds otherwise is that they are uncomfortable to sit in.

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ASARUM sofa-bed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Not only is this a 3-seater sofa when not used as a bed, but you can transform to a smallish double-bed, 132 cms wide by dragging out the mattress.

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ASARUM sofa-bed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It also has a very good price… It is simple with clean lines. I really like it. It has space under the mattress for keeping the bedding for it.

ASARUM is my favorite. But I don’t have the space for it unfortunately. Maybe if I sold my chaise-lounge… (which isn’t long enough to sleep on). But two differently grey sofas in the livingroom would be a bit much, right?

My third flat, Rondovägen 30

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My third flat, Rondovägen 30. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My third flat, was at Rondovägen 30, in Huddinge, just south of Stockholm. I lived there for about seven years.

It was a three-story, end of terrace house with a loft for storage at the top, three bedrooms and a large storage room at the bottom without windows. Small garden-area all around the house. It was the first time in my life that I lived directly on the ground with direct access to grass and nature. I loved it, but didn’t know all that much about plants then.

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My third flat, Rondovägen 30, Sofa-chairs.

Janne and I moved in here on September 9th, 1986. Janne moved out and on to Eskilstuna some time in 1991 when we separated. I moved on from here on November 26th, 1992 as I couldn’t afford the rent any longer all by myself. I then moved on to Bäckgårdsvägen 31, also in Huddinge. (No pictures on that page yet, only the floor plan).

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My third flat, Rondovägen 30, The stairs to upstairs. Photo:©nini.tjader.1992

For a plan of the house at Rondovägen 30, and all the pictures, go here.
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New house plant – Ginkgo Biloba

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My new house plant – Ginkgo Biloba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

At the Nordiska Trädgårdar 2016 Garden Fair in Stockholm recently I got myself a new house plant, a Ginkgo Biloba, or as it is also called, the Maidenhair Tree.

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Ginkgo Biloba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It is an interesting plant. I have wanted one for a long time.

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Ginkgo Biloba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

So, at this years garden fair, I found one for the reasonable price of SEK 95.

With our temperatures it cannot be placed outside. At least not at the tender age my plant has. But 175 ginkgo biloba trees are beeing planted at Hornsgatan in Stockholm. At first 20 trees in 2010. I don’t know if more have been planted since. I really hope they will survive there. They were dug up from a planting in Germany and transported to Stockholm and planted here in the winter of 2010. I haven’t seen them yet, but will surely visit and see if they have survived. Will wait until the spring has come further and they hopefully will get leaves there.

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Ginkgo Biloba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This small plant can become a tree that is 40 meters high…  Not inside though (I hope). Mine is today 48 cms high from the bottom of the pot to its top.

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Ginkgo Biloba, fully grown. Image borrowed from the internet.

The above is an example of how it can look fully grown…

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Ginkgo Biloba. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It has plenty of small growth for new branches on it. Looking forward to see it grow and become an even more decorative little indoor tree.

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Ginkgo Biloba Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I wanted the Ginkgo Biloba for its decorative leaves and the form of the plant. The split leaves with their distinct form are really decorative.

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Ginkgo Biloba Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Ginkgo Biloba, fully grown. Image borrowed from the internet.

The plant is used in health products. It is also a really old plant. From wikipedia I got the following information:

Maidenhair tree
Ginkgo biloba, known as ginkgo or as the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China,[2] the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food. The genus name Ginkgo is regarded as a misspelling of the Japanese gin kyo, “silver apricot”.[4] Wikipedia
Scientific name: Ginkgo biloba
Higher classification: Ginkgo
Conservation status: Endangered
Rank: Species

Links:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba

http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/ginkgo-biloba

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Ginkgo Biloba. Photo:nini.tjader.2016

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Plants and Glass

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Plants and glass. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve always loved the combination of plants and glass.

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Plants and glass. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Having the light go through the glass and seeing the plants through the glass … I like it. This particular glass decoration comes from IKEA. Don’t thing they sell it any more.

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Plants and glass. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Through the glass you see my new hanging pelargonia which has grown a lot lately and just had its very first flower. It is waiting inside still to come outside. Nights are still too cold for pelargonias outside. But soon…

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Plants and glass. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

You can also use the glass decoration to put a plant on top of it (in a glass jar of course). A bit dangerous though. It might all fall… Was only testing the look of it.

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Plants and glass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I often also use glass in combination with plants by creating groups of glass items near to the plants.

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Plants and glass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I like the contrasts.

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Plants and glass at the livingroom window. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The glass emphasizes the greenery of the plants.

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Plants and glass. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

You can also use flowerpots of glass. Common when it comes to orchids, but I’ve never noticed any difference in how the orchids grow and thrive if the flowerpot is of glass and transparent or if it is not. I don’t think the orchids mind one way or the other…

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Plants and glass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The above is a temporary installation… Used a flowerpot of glass to temporarily place the pineapple when I wait for it to get ripe enough to eat… They say you can cut off the top (or was it the bottom?) and place it in earth and get a new pineapple plant. Have never tested it though. Might do that one day.

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Plants and glass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The blue round vase here serves as a container for a scented candle in a glass. Placed on the kitchen table near to the plants I find the combination makes a nice contrast to the oxalis.

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Plants and glass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In all the moving around of plants parts of the above one came off… So I put it in a laboratory glass in the hope of it getting roots so I can plants it together with its siblings. This kind usually sprouts new roots on cuttings easily.

That was the end of the photo session, this months task for the Urban Jungle Bloggers, as I also managed to have one of the window lamps fall from the windowsill and brake the LED lamp inside it. The lamp itself did not break, just the bulb… Fortunately I had an extra bulb to replace it with. Floor full of glass and vacuuming became the next task…

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Alternative to blinds?

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The livingroom window and door to outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the livingroom my blinds on the livingroom window broke. As it was too damaged to even consider repairing, I totally removed it. The blinds in the window in the door is fine and working.

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The livingroom window and door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Do I need blinds here? Yes, I do. On the other side of the fence is the road that passes through down to Tumba. Lots of traffic, lots of busses. On the other side of the road is a bus station. I see the people waiting there clearly. Do they see me? I have no idea, but probably not.

On the other side of the road there is also this strong orange road-light that shines straight into my livingroom at night. Very disturbing.

The windows in the livingroom are west-facing. In the afternoon the sun shines straight into the livingroom, It burns the flowers in the window (which is no big problem for the main part of the year, but in the summer it is). The sun also makes it impossible to watch TV in the afternoon as it blinds you in the room.

So I need something to replace the removed blind.

Picture above is taken early in the morning when the sun is not yet around the corner to this side of the house.

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Curtain rods in the livingroom. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I am looking for something to replace the blinds. These are 3-glass windows and the blinds were placed between the window-glasses. I have the ventilation for the room up against the ceiling, behind the curtain-rods. Above it is also the electric outlet for a window-lamp. Except for the curtains hanging on the rods, I also hang the window-lamp on one of them and on and off hanging flowerpots as well. Presently no hanging flowerpots as my corokia cotoneaster and the fig-tree have become too big to have space for a hanging plant in the window as well.

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Window in the livingroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I also have the sideboard for flowers and decorations just in front of the window. To be able to close out the outside world by drawing the curtains, I have to create a space between the windowsill and the sideboard. Doable, but… won’t look good. I would then also need to use more covering curtains than I have presently.

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Blinds in the door to the outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

So what do I get for the living room window in place of the removed blind?
A new blind?
A blind on the inside of the window instead of between them?
Something else to hang on the curtain-rods?
All suggestions are welcome.

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Blinds in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the kitchen I use a semi-transparent blind on the inside of the window in addition to the regular blinds. I love those as they keep the worst of the sun out (windows in the kitchen are to south- and west-facing) without keeping the light out.

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Kitchen blinds. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Those semi-transparent blinds are from IKEA and I have had them for a long time. Unfortunately IKEA no longer sells those and also has no good alternative to them. I need them in the kitchen so I cannot move them to the livingroom.

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Blinds in the bedroom. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The blind in the bedroom also need fixing before it totally brakes as the one in the living-room. This is fixable though as the line has only escaped a little bit (so far). I’ve bought new lines for it. Have been waiting for warmer weather though, before trying to fix it, as it requires the window to totally open to be able to fix it.

In the bedroom, apart form the blinds between the window-glasses, I have a special darkening curtain that closes out the lights from outside, plus regular curtains. I close them all at night (including the blind) as I have the same problem here as in the livingroom with the streetlights and the lights from passing cars and buses coming right into the bedroom.

So, what would look good as a replacement for the blind in the livingroom window? Suggestions?

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Livingroom window, October 2015. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Wallpaper and textile in the same traditional pattern

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This is a wallpaper in a traditional pattern. Image borrowed from Tapetstudion.se.

The above is a traditional Swedish pattern. When I was little it was used on textile for mattresses and cushions/pillows. It has now been made into a wallpaper called Bolster. I borrowed the image from Tapetstudion.se. Available in several colors.

The textile in the same pattern has also re-appeared.

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Runa pattern in textile from Ohlssons Tyger.

The textile can be found at Ohlssons Tyger and is available in several colors.

It is definitely the same pattern. Wonder what the pattern was called originally? When I was little the blue or the grey variants were the most common. I like the light blue one. Might get some for a pillow…

I wouldn’t want to have this pattern on the walls though, even if it is a nice enough pattern. This pattern always makes me think of old mattresses in poor condition…