Flowers

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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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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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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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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New flowerbed

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New flowerbed has been added along the fence, June 2017. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

New flowerbed has been created.

Late last year we created two new flowerbeds along the fence, That turned out well. Already then we thought we might create a third flowerbed, as there were enough space for it and it looks nice with plants along the fence. Just looking at the fence isn’t all that exciting. Both I and my neighbour can see those flowerbeds from our flats. So last week I started digging.

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Digging for new flowerbed. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The worst with digging for a new flowerbed is to get the grass off. That is hard work.

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New flowerbed. Digging done. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Next step was to create a border around the new flowerbed and to add fresh nourishment and earth.

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New flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

To create the border around the flowerbed was no problem as we had collected quite a lot of nice round stones for this purpose not that long ago. We had to go buy fresh earth though. Nourishment (earth with cow-dung) we had half a sack so that was added first. Then the fresh soil. And then plants.

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Plants to be moved. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The next step was to decide which plants to have in the new flowerbed. Two of our alumroots/heuchera had long begged to be moved to a place where they would get more space to grow. They com ein a lot of colors and we have four of them in different colors. Two of them had so far grown just to the right of the lambsears (above). So those two I dug up and moved to the new flowerbed. You see the green one at the back and a purple green one at the front in the picture above. Now the lamb’s ears can spread even more…

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The heuchera gone from the flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It looks perfectly normal without the heuchera here in this flowerbed.

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Heuchera before it was moved. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The above purple alumroot/heuchera also needed to be moved as it was slowly disappearing under the hosta at its side. so I dug that up as well.

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Alumroot removed from the flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

After the third heuchera was dug up I added some stones at the backside of the flowerbed and some sticks in it as there are plenty of bulbs for springflowers in the ground and I don’t want the cats to dig them up. I also dug up some of the anemone sylvestris that had spread to that same area and moved them as well to the new flowerbed. I also dug up some Japanese anemones (anemone hupehensis) that had disappeared under the largest hosta outside the patio where it would get no light.

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The new flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

When the planting was done and watering too it looked like in the picture above. The sad plants top the left are  the Japanese anemones. There is space left top the right of them as they have a tendency to spread out if they like the place where they grow. They didn’t like being moved though and leaves immediately wilted. 

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The new flowerb3e3d 2017-06-14. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

One of the alumroots also hung at first after being replanted. It has recovered since though and today looks just as fine as the other two alumroots. The Japanese anemones look very sad though but I think they are still alive. Keeping an eye on them… I will have to cut off the leaves I think, but I will wait a few more days before I do. It might help them recover though.

Three flowerbeds along the fence.

So, now there are three flowerbeds along the fence. Much nicer to look at than just the fence and the grass. The two we created last year are coming along just fine and looks like in the pictures below. All plants in them have been moved from the long flowerbed along the wall of the house, which got too crowded over the years.

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One of the flowerbeds along the fence. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

This one (called number two…) got some new plants this spring, to the left of the left astilbe.

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Flowerbed number two. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I added two ajuga reptans (with nice blue flowers) that creeps along the earth and spreads. Have to keep an eye on those so they don’t take over the entire flowerbed. If it grows too much, I’ll move some of it to another location. I also added two other plants with yellow flowers which are low and can stand dry and poor circumstance. They have flowers now, but not the entire season.

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Flowerbed number one along the fence. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

In flowerbed number one (closest to my flat) the plants are coming along fine as well. They have grown a lot the last couple of days and have changed quite a lot since I shot this picture. The three green plants at the upper right will become quite tall later in the season. They just now started growing.

Otherwise… everything is growing with an amazing speed and all is green and lush. I love this season. Summer is here.

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Summergarde, 2017-06-17. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

 

 

 

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas”

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas”. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I just realised I haven’t shown you my red amaryllis “Merry Christmas” here. Yes, that is its name. I got four of the red amaryllis (and one white that is documented elsewere).

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas”. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

It started its life on November the 3rd when I woke up its roots over a glass of water for 48 hours.

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas”. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I planted them into a large, round pot that originally came with a tomato-plant. I’ve had this kind of red amaryllis before, last year actually. Then also planted in this pot.

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas”, 2016-11-17. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It started to grow pretty fast.

Below are more pictures of its growth and development. The flowers became 20 cm in size in diameter. Heights 60 cms.  At first two of the bulbs had 2 stems, the other two one. Now a second stem comes in one of those with one stem. Each stem has had 4 flowers. The flowers are now beginning to die and their most beautiful period is over. I am now only watching it dying… The lifespan is around two months from when you awake the roots of the bulb.

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Red amaryllis “Merry Christmas” 2016-12-26. Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I haven’t decided yet if I should try to keep them for next year. If I do, I have to keep it somewhere light, give it water, and let the leaves grow out. Then take it outdoor over summer, cut it back in September and put it somewhere dark without water… Then start over again by end of October/beginning November…  I will probably NOT do all this. Too much work.

I love this amaryllis for its very red color and its beautiful large flowers. I will probably have the same kind next year as well.

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White Amaryllis Alfresco 2016

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White amaryllis Alfresco 2016-11-01 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It all started on November 1st 2016 when I woke up the roots of my white amaryllis Alfresco by putting its roots over water in a jar. That takes minimum 24 hours. I kept it there for around 48 hours.

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White Amaryllis Alfresco 2016-11-03 Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I then planted the white amaryllis Alfresco in its own pot with earth and gave it some water. Not too much water, just a little to make the earth moist.

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White Amaryllis Alfresco 2016-11-03 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Then you wait and don’t give it any water at all until it starts to grow. It already had a small green top when I bought the bulb.

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White amaryllis Alfresco 2016-11-03 Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

I placed the pot in the livingroom and waited for further development.

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White amaryllis Alfresco 2016-11-17 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On November 17th it had started to grow and I dug out the amaryllis support from storage to have it ready for when the stem would go up. When it starts to grow, it grows really fast.

Below is its further development until today. It grows real fast when it starts growing. In the end it got four (4) stems. Each stem got at least 3-4 buds. It is a very beautiful amaryllis. This is the third year that I am growing this particular white amaryllis.

PS 2016-12-26. I’ve added some new pictures to the gallery,

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More garden and greenery

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Entrance to the outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

To continue the report from the current state of the garden and greenery, I’ll show you some other plants and spots.

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Astilbe and echinacea on the outside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the flowerbed along my patio there are two white astilbes and one pink. I bought their bulbs on a garden fair years ago. They were supposed to be one white, one pink, one dark red… Well. When they came up there was no red one. Instead there were two white ones. They have grown fine over the years, even though there is nothing in spring and I always wonder if they will come up again or not.

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White astilbe. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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Pink astile. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

After the astilbe, on the way to the backside garden, there are echinacea. White and pink. They are still on their way up and not blooming just yet.

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Echinacea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

They are coming fast now. I think they are a couple of weeks earlier this year than last.

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Hollyhock, alcea rosea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

One of the hollyhocks on the corner of this flowerbed has just started to open its flowers. The bumble bees love them Yesterday I saw three bumblebees and one bee in one of the flowers at the same time. I save their seeds every year and spread them in the flowerbed. First year they don’t bloom, next year they do. Then they die.

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Hollyhock, alcea rosea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I presently have two different hollyhocks. One is pinkish-yellow, the other one a strong cerise.

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Hollyhock and nasturtium. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Along the noise-preventing fence, I’ve put lots of seeds from last years nasturtium in to the earth, where it accompanies one large hollyhock. I love the effect against the red fence.

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Digitalis for next year. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Last year I had a very tall digitalis in the flowerbed outside the patio. I spread its seeds along the fence and in the flowerbed. I had forgotten that I did so and was very surprised when the above leaves started to appear here and there. With the help of a garden group on Facebook found out it was digitalis. So next year the flowers will appear. It was white and 1.80 meters high.

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Part of the front garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

When you continue you come to the front garden. There are flowerbeds and there are bushes and it is a bit wild. I am not a big fan of very strict and orderly designed gardens. I prefer a bit of ad hoc plantations and love it to look natural.

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Daylily 2016-07-19 Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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Buds on daylily. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I’ve got a few daylilies there, but only one flower on one of the plants. The daylily plants are bigger than ever this year, now that no tree is shading them any longer. I would have liked some more flowers though.

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Poppies and aquilegia. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Two other wild flowers that keep on spreading are the small red (and orange) poppies and the aquilegia vulgaris. The latter is whitish-pinkish when it blooms. I thought it had wandered on into the black currant bushes (we have two here) and left that spot and the flowerbed behind it, but it appears I was wrong. The plants just came up there again and probably blooms only next year. The ones among the black currant bushes bloomed quite early in the summer.

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Red yarrow Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In this area I also have a red yarrow. I probably put its eeds there a couple of years ago. I know I tried to grow them then and didn’t really succeed. Or that’s what I thought. They started to appear a couple of years later, just about everywhere, to my surprise. But this is the only red one at the moment.

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Giant verbena Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Just outside the entrance to the patio I have a large, black container with giant verbena and a small white verbena at its feet. The container has holes in the bottom so water can pass through. I bought the giant verbena on the internet on a sale. The plants where almost white and very crocked when they arrive in the mail. They’ve had problems with mold on the leaves for a while, but I think they’re fine now Now they are dark green as they should and have grown a lot. The flowers just appeared, which the bumblebees and the butterflies love.

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Part of the wild garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Above you see part of one of the black currant bushes, poppies, aquilegia and the bird-bath. There are also some wild flowers in front of them all.

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Black currants with daisies. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Instead of the bluebells – which are finished for the season – there are now daisies in the black currant bushes. They are soon finished too. I remove both the bluewbells and the daisies every year when they have finished blooming, but they come back the next year, every year…

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Part of the garden Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The above is part of the garden. To the left are the raspberry-bushes. Agreed, they are not good-looking, but we got a lot of raspberries this year. In the middle the really wild flowerbed with a the new bush behind it plus the food-station for the birds.

The grass is really not green this year. It is more yellow than green. It has been too dry and warm this summer for it to become green. Which also means less moving. The small “lawn” we created in the autumn 2010 by digging up lots of thorny rose-bushes – the kind that spread by their roots, beach roses – from this area and then put grass seeds into the earth. In the spring 2011 the “lawn” started to come up. No point in watering it. It will come back if it starts raining. We give water to the flowerbeds and the bushes though.

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Bushes. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Just outside my kitchen windows, we have three bushes. Two of them, the one to the left and the spirea in the middle, I got for free by moving them to this location. They have settled well and are getting big now. The one to the left have large, white flower plumes. It wilts down to nothing during winter and the spot there is empty then. It start over in the spring and it is always a surprise how large it will get the next year.

The bush in the middle is a regular spirea that came from one of the flowerbeds around the corner of the house, where the housing-community exchanged the spireas for other bushes.  The bush to the right is a pink, hanging lilac, which we bought the other year to exchange another bush that was removed when the walls of the house were painted. It hasn’t bloomed yet though… Next year?

Below another glimpse of the garden as it looks just now. It isn’t large, but there is a lot in it… Will show you the rest another time.

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The garden Photo:©nini.tjader.2016

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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

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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.

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Kitchen Greens

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Kitchen greens. My best windows for greens are my kitchen windows. There is two of them. One facing south, one facing west.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This is my green corner. The light and airiness of it is what I enjoy here.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The Ikea BITTERGURKA hanging planter has become a favorite of mine. I’ve got two of them. One hanging under the other. Both hanging on a curtain rod. Only problem is when the plants become too big and need more soil to be healthy. You then have to move them to some other planter. The hanging plant to the left (I have no idea what it is or its name) used to live in the top planter but couldn’t stay there for obvious reasons…

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The green and white plant at the top planter probably would need to be moved to its own planter too, but so far it is OK there. One of the plants in the bottom one also would need moving to larger quarters.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My big aloe vera has baby-plants again. Two. This is the third time. One batch of baby plants have moved to my neighbor and is growing fast there. Another batch of baby plants have moved into town to my friend Ulla and seem to feel good there too.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The baby plants coming up now I will keep for myself and start a new, bigger one.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the corner behind the aloe vera you see one of my six orchids. They all started blooming again just recently after an un-normally short period of rest. My orchids love my kitchen windows.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Here you can see two more of my orchids. One flowering, one with buds.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

During winter the blinds in the kitchen windows are kept all the way up to provide as much light as possible for the plants. And so is the semi-transparent blind which in the summer is halfway down to protect the plants from too much sun. The above is a west facing window.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

My oxalis plant is kept on the kitchen table, slightly in from the windows. I noticed at some point that it didn’t like to get too much light. I hope it will get more leaves come spring and summer. They are quite few presently, but rather large.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the south facing window I have a rosemary plant which, too my surprise, is still alive and growing. Usually my rosemary plants die when winter comes (I keep it outside in the warmer season). This is strong and living though. I cut it regularly and use it finally chopped on oven baked potatoes. Delicious.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Above one of my orchids, Flowers stems on their way. This orchid is my oldest orchid. It will get white flowers with lilac edges. It grows a bit too much horizontally and always risk to fall off the window ledge.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

This plant is fake though… The cage is too small to have any serious plants in it. I bought the cage with the mini planter at a garden fair last spring. It came with a tiny violet plant in it which fast became too big to keep there. The little bird of feathers originally is a Xmas decoration but I thought it suits sitting on the cage.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I don’t only have plants hanging on the curtain rod in the kitchen. I also keep the open baskets with onions and apples there.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Yes, I have curtain rods. But I stopped using them for curtains long ago and replaced the curtains with my large climbing plant instead (a philodendron of some sort). It frames the window very well and is now well on its way over to the second window as well. Here too all the blinds are all the way up for the dark season. Come spring and summer the semi-transparent blind goes half-way down to protect the plants. The above is the south facing window.

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Kitchen greens. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

The planter for the climbing philodendron stands on the floor on a stand that have wheels. This plant isn’t particularly thirsty but the planter is an old Ikea self-watering planter. Black.

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I love my green corner of the kitchen. The piedestal with the amaryllis in the middle of the image above goes when the last amaryllis have died (which won’t be long now).

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Kitchen greens. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

In the below image you see all my kitchen greens at the same time. Ought to have removed the duster from the 5th chair before shooting the picture….At least there is less junk on the table than usual. Kitchen tables have a tendency to collect junk…

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Kitchen greens. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

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It is cold outside

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Blackbird. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

It is cold outside.

After a very warm autumn and what was supposed to be winter, winter finally came the other day. With severe cold and some snow. Not much snow though.

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My busstation. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The above is my busstation, just outside where I live. One on this side when going down to Tumba, one on the other side where I get off. I live on the ground floor in the 2 story house just behind the red fence against road noise.

This morning we hade -17°C where I live (Tumba, Stockholm-area). It is a few degrees “warmer ” now (-8°C) after a couple of hours where a pale winter sun has been seen.

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Winter outside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

I am no fan of winter and snow. Snow is nicest in pictures and not in real life.

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Snow. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Snow can be beautiful though and quite fascinating. Particularly when it is really cold outside.

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Snow on outside chair. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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The Christmas tree outside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The small christmas tree outside looks nice with snow on it. The cold plays badly with the lighting though. Last night it was lit the whole night, and blinking… the whole night. Either it is the cold causing it, or the batteries are about to quit. That would be about the right time for them to run out of power.

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Winterflowers. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Some of the flowers still stand in the flower beds. All withered and brown, but still stand as there has not been so much snow. Yet.

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Dry grass in snow. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

The grass where Gustav (my neighbors male cat) loves to sleep during the warmer season) is still standing. It looks nice in the snow with frost in it and the sunshine coming through it.

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Winter trees. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I am also fascinated by the trees south of the road. When the sun shines through them on a really cold winters day like today, they are particularly beautiful.

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Winter trees. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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Winter trees across the road. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Above is the tree just across the road, straight out from my patio. A very pale blue winter sky.

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Winter om the patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

It is winter also on the patio. The the black chairs (one above) can manage snow and cold quite well (of you don’t try to sit on them). They have been kept outside for all years that I’ve had them. The table I normally take off the legs of and lean it toward the wall but this year I didn’t. It can also stand the winter and the snow.

Did I go outside in the cold to take these pictures? No. Most of them are shot through the kitchen windows and the door to the patio. It is too cold outside.

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Gustav’s path in the snow. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Gustav´s path in the snow is still there, or there again. He is not outside much when it is this cold but I can see that he has been here. There is bird-feed in various places, but almost no birds except for the blackbirds. Wonder where to they disappeared …

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Snow on the railing. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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My red and white amaryllis 2015

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My red and white amaryllis 2015. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Amaryllis are beautiful flowers. I love amaryllis. Every year around this time of the year I try to have at least one amaryllis, usually red. Or one read and one white. Discovered the white amaryllis just last year. I then fell in love in one white kind called Alfresco. I have one of those also this year. And four red ones called Merry Christmas. They have the most beautiful flowers. Fascinating to look close at. Here is a bunch of pictures of this years amaryllis’.

They will not last over Christmas. I enjoy them now, standing on my kitchen table where I can enjoy them each time I sit down there to eat.

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Plants and Flowers

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Plants and flowers. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The above is from my kitchen. The plants and flowers are taking over my kitchen windows this time of the year. And part of the table on and off.

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Plants and flowers in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I normally do not cut off flowers either from the garden or from plants. I usually think they look the best where they grow and not cut off.

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Plants and flowers in the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This time of the year though it is necessary sometimes to cut off flowers. It is getting cold outside (-1C° this morning) and the pelargonias die when the temperature drops to under 0C°.

Their mother plants had to be cut off when moved inside as they were too tall and wide to get placed on the window sill in the livingroom. Some of the cuttings have been planted into soil and with a bit of luck they might root themselves and survice.  I doubt the cuttings with the flowers will sprout roots, but you never know… I know you are supposed to cut off all flowers of pelargonias if you want them to get roots.

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Plants and flowers in the kitchen. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

I’ve just made space for the flowers in the window instead of on the table (by cutting off all basil leaves from the basil plant and freezing the leaves and thereby getting rid of one pot in the window).

To the right of the pelargonia flowers (the pelargonia is called “Mårbacka”) is my huge hanging Australian Violet, which also has been moved inside. That one too does not survive in frosty weather. It is full of flowers. If it survives the winter indoors? We will see. It started its life as an indoor plant. If I get company I have to temporarily move the violet away from the window where it gets the most light as one of the chairs at the table cannot be used if it is there…

Below the present state of parts of my kitchen windows.

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Plants in the kitchenwindows. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Season is nearly over for the patioplants

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Patioplants, August 2015 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The season is nearly over for the patioplants for this year.

I’ve started to move some of the plants inside. Night temperatures are down to around +7C° lately. Still around 17C° in the day though and even some sun. You can feel that autumn is approaching. A few days more of warmth has been promised, but you never know when it is over for the season.

The fig tree is still out there. It has grown a lot since I bought it and become really big already. And beautiful. I always loved fig trees. Both in nature and as house plants. It won’t be long now until it moves inside. Keeping an eye on the weather forecasts.

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Patioplants, August 2015 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The two olivetrees (first picture)and the three chili plants (one not pictured here) have moved inside, but the pelargonias are still there. Noticed today that the smaller olive tree actually is blooming.

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Patioplants, August 2015

There are still about 8 tomatoes to ripen (I’ve eaten 22 from that tomato plant this season) on the tomato plant in the background. Will they make it? That huge, pink, Mårbacka pelargonia… I have no idea where I can place it inside. Getting pelargonias to survive over winter to the next year is always a problem. I managed last year to this, but…

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Patioplants August 2015 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

My jungle is slowly diminishing as the plants that need to be inside move inside. These pictures are the last ones with all the plants present out there.

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Patioplants, August 2015 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

There are of course plants that will not be moved inside (like the red pelargonias). But my old, large November cactus is already inside (and continue to bloom).

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November cactus on the railing. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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