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

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

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.

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

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.

Click on an image to see a larger version and to get the possibility to move one image at the time.

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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Plants on my outside place 2015

Photo:©nini.tjader.2015
Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

I’ve got several plants on my outside place 2015. Both inside it and on the railing, hanging on the inside and the outside. On this side (above) are three boxes with regular red pelargonias.

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Vietnamese basil. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the short side of the railing, by the entrance, I have a Vietnames red basil (which the bumblebees love) and a French tarragon.

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French tarragon. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The tarragon actually needs to be moved to the real earth outside before summer is over.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Just inside the entrance I have a pot with red osteospermum (called “stjärnöga” in Swedish). It is a hardy plant that can be put outside early in the spring and lasts and blooms (provided you cut off wilted flowers regularly) until some time in October, or until the frost takes it.

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Basil. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the back of the bench on my outside place I also have plants. One is the regular basil, bought at the supermarket, which at first just stood in glass with water, but has since been replanted in a proper pot with proper soil.

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Thyme. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Just beside the basil is a thyme. Likewise bought in the supermarket and replanted. Bought already some time in the winter. Used in cooking when I want fresh thyme.

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Chili. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

At the time when I took the above picture the chili, grown from seed from Ikea, was also placed here. It started its life inside, in the livingroom window, but moved outside when it got big enough and the weather permitted. I have no idea which kind of chili this is. I have moved it since to another location at the outside place.

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Rosemary. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Then comes the rosemary. It is hard to make that last inside over the winter and it doesn’t survive the winter outside so in late autumn I usually dry the rosemary to make it last over winter.

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Fragrance geranium. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Then comes the fragrance geranium (doftpelargon in Swedish). Gets small lilac flowers, has a citrus smell. Is said to hunt away mosquitos – something which could be needed this year.

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Pansies. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Until recently I had a pot of pansies on the outside place on the shelf there. They lasted from March until mid July. Now gone.

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Mårbacka pelaargonia. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Beside the pansies I then had a large Mårbacka pelargonia. It has since moved into the corner of that shelf and the Ikea-chili has moved onto the shelf.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the table I have a white tobacco plant. It is supposed to give off a nice fragrance in the evening… but I think it has been too cold this summer because I’ve not felt any fragrance from it at all.

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November cactus. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Above the table, on the railing is the large and old November cactus. It loves being outside, rain or sun, during the summer season. It also makes it to produce flowers. See the flower buds above?

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November cactus. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Not yet, but ut will have fully open flowers some time in August. That’s been the result of putting it outside for the last three years. Before that it refused to get flower any time of the year… Now it gets them in August, in October and in April/May. But never in November.

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Viola hederacea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the railing I also keep a viola hederacea (Australian Violet). It has grown a lot since I got it in March. Then it was indoors. It will return indoors in the autumn when it gets cold. Problem is how to place it as it gets those long creepers which probably would like to crawl aling the ground…

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On Jul 2nd the first seeds of the ruccola salad started to show. On July 19th it got ready to start eating. I have it on the railing.

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Olive. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Further inside I’ve got two olive trees, that are indoors in the winter. The thrive outside in the summertime regardless of if the it is sunny or rainy. The above one is the small olivetree that I bought at Ikea last summer.

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Olivetree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

And the above one is the old olive tree which I cut down hard last summer as it had grown in all the wrong directions. It is coming back just fine.

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Chili. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On raised paletts on the floor in the warmest corner of the outside place I have two chili plants. The above one has lots of fruits at this stage. The other one has just started to flower.

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Chili. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

These two chilis are supposed to be medium hot. We will see when they are ready.

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Mårbacka pelargonia. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Behind the chilis there is a large Mårbacka pelargonia, child of the other one on the shelf.

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Tomatoes. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

There is also the big tomato plant. Since picture was shot, I’ve eaten the red ones… They are delicious.

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Figtree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

In hat corner also lives the figtree which is new for this year. It will move inside over the winter. It has grown quite a lot since I got it.

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Lavender. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

There used to be a lavender plants there too. I’ve since moved it outside (in its pot) as it looks so sick… If it survives I’ll plant it in one of the flowerbeds.

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White pelargonias. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the wall at the back of the outside place hand three white pelargonias. It was one at the end of last summer and two of them come from that plant. A very good white pelargonia kind which does not get brown flowers when it rains, which most white pelargonias do.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Scaevola aemula Goodeniaceae (Femtunga). Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the plank also hangs a large scaevola aemula goodeniaceae (or Femtunga in Swedish). When I got it was rathe small and not all that good-looking, That changed though when it got a larger pot to hang in with sufficient enough soil in it. It is a thirsty plant.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the wall above the tomatoes and the chilis I have this plant. Also a thirsty thing. It only now started to grow. Have forgotten the name of it (it started with D) but I have that somewhere…

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Clematis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

On the wall I’ve this year a clematis instead of the cobea I usually have. Thought is that if it manages to survive in the pot over winter, I will not have to change climbing plant every year.

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Clematis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
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Clematis. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This one gets large dark blue/lilac flowers with an interesting middle. It only now started to open its flowers.

That is this years plants on my outside place. I will probably keep moving them around as they grow and need sunshine and warmth, but there won’t be any more there now. To see an overview of my outside place, instead of only the plants go here.

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Red pelargonias on the outside. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

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Daisies = Summer

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Daisy. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

We’ve got two kinds of daisies. One is the lower one with the raised middle that comes first.

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Daisy. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Those are finished by now.

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Daisy. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Now comes the taller ones with a flat middle. They are really tall (taller than a meter high) and the flower is large (and loved by small black insects).

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Daisy. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The tall ones mingle with the bluebells (which are soon finished blooming). They both mingle with the black currants… (which are ready for picking just now). Picture below is from a couple of days ago. Everything is changing fast this time of the year. Both bluebells and daisies = summer at its peak. (Just wish the weather would be more summer like and less rainy…).

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Daisies and bluebells. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Plant Color Pop

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White and blue Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

The #urbanjunglebloggers has a fun task this month called #plantcolorpop. The idea is to place one plant in front of a colored background – or find a similar setup outdoors. Plant color pop. Above is my white orchid placed in front of my dark blue bedroom wall. White against blue is always good. (Yes, I keep little plastic signs in the orchid pots so I know when there are no flowers which one is which one).

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Yellow and blue. Photo: @nini.tjader.2015

Oops. That is two plants… My yellow orchid and a plant I bought at the super for Easter. Blooms for the second time. Cut off the withered flowers and it started all over again. No, I don’t like yellow against blue even thought it is the colors of the Swedish flag. Or, should I say, particularly as it IS the colors of the Swedish flag…

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Yellow and blue. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

So this is a closer look of the yellow orchid. Flowers on the left still good, flowers to the right on their way to die.

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Green and blue. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The green of the small oak plants goes well with the blue wall. But the contrast between the colors isn’t strong enough.

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Pink and blue. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

My pink orchid though stands out fine against the blue wall.

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Pink and blue. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

That one is one of my oldest orchids. I love orchids. Easy to care for, needs very little water, blooms for months, always comes back with new stems with flowers after a period of looking really boring. And their flowers are interesting to look at close.

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Red and green. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I find what nature itself offers more interesting though. This is a red weed of some sort that pops up in our grass about this time of the year (if the mover hasn’t taken them). Interesting flower. Hard to take pictures of as the red is so intense. It also moves in the wind.

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White and green. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

A few daisies have opened their flowers. There are more to come, but summer is late this year. The white against the green is a good combination.

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White and green. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Daisies close to the raspberry bushes. The grass is supposed to be green with all this raining, but for some reason it isn’t.

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Blue and green, Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The blue of the flax in the yet all green surroundings is also nice. The flax is there because I tested one year to throw out som flax seeds (you know the sort you use in your breakfast smoothie). It is now coming back every year.

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Red and green. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The red tagetes with their dark green leaves is striking in the flowerbed. This year was the first time I planted them directly into the earth instead of in a pot. They really are more beautiful this way than in a pot.

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Green and red. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Our red walls outside (re-painted last spring) lends itself well to striking color combinations. The above plant is supposed to hang over the edge of the pot. It gets long slings over the season. Does not survive inside or outside over winter. Summer is late as I said… so it hasn’t grown all that much yet.

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Green and red. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The new fig tree seems to like it outside against the red wall. This is the warmest and sunniest (provided the sun shines) corner of my outside place. The fig tree is new for this year and it has got several new leaves already, despite the cold and wet weather. Hopefully it will survive inside over winter later.

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Red and green. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I have a large container on the wall on the outside place with red million belles plants in. Love those plants. It is a kind of petunia plant.

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Pink and green. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The pink rose (from Ikea) was planted in the larger new flower bed. It came to life there in a different way than when it was in a pot. It even seem to like the raining. The watercress near to it is grown from seeds.

White and green. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015
White and green. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

The white flowers in the grass come in groups that I do not cut off. I move the grass around them. It started (all by itself) with a few white flowers in the grass about two years ago. Every year now they are coming in larger numbers. That’s nice.

The wild orange poppies that are everywhere in my backside flowerbed – brought there probably by the birds – light up the green surroundings. The few of them that have spread around the corner to the flower bed there are red. More sun there.

This was a fun task to see the plants colors pop against a background.

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Orange Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Under cover from the rain

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

It has been raining now since Wednesday night. On and off. Mostly on. So, the outside plants in pots and other containers had to be put under cover, one way or the other, for protection from the rain. As you can see from the photo above, the neighbor balcony provides kind of a roof over part of my patio. It doesn’t cover the whole place, but a vital part of it. Rain protection is necessary when the weather report says it is going to rain for several days.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The outside sofa is a good place to place as many pots and plants as it can take.  If it doesn’t rain sidewise, they are pretty protected here.

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

There was no place for the November-cactus – which just moved outside the other day – so it stayed on the railing getting all washed and clean by rain water. I know it can take it.

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Rain protection. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The containers with the red pelargonias got placed under the table with a cover for chairs over the table.  Two containers got in there and got company by the rosemary pot and two amaryllis that are supposed to be kept dry and rest.

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Rain protection. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The third container with red pelargonias and the one with million belles got their own cover, as well as the end part of the two other pelargonia containers. Had a cover for a sunbed that I could use. To keep it form flying away they got some dumbbells as weights. I go out regularly and make the water that collects there go away so the cover doesn’t get too heavy.

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Rain protection for the plants. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I also used a plastic shower curtain as protection. Behind it is the large tomato-plant, two chili-plants and two olive trees. The upper part of the sun-umbrella has been detached and is protecting the mover.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

One of the chairs were placed on top of another chair to make place on the floor. The klematis did not get any protection as it has started climbing on the wall. The oregano got moved in from its un-protected location to a reasonably dry spot behind the door to the outside which has the neighbor balcony above it.

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Rain protection for the plants. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

It isn’t pretty… but it protects the plants from drowning.

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Rain protection for the plants. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Yesterday around noon the rain gauge showed that 30 mm rain had fallen. It is still raining.

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The rain gauge yesterday. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This morning it was about 35 mm. It is still raining.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The grill is also under cover. An Ikea bag serves well as cover for the grill. Haven’t used the grill even once yet this year…

Salad peas. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Salad peas. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The salad peas are thriving in the wet weather though and are coming along just fine. The container has holes in the bottom so they will not drown.

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Yellow honeysuckle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The yellow honeysuckle will bloom soon.

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Honeysuckle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The orange honeysuckle is in bloom, but very wet…

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Platycodon. Photo ©nini.tjader.2015

The new plant – that I got from cousin Carin and her husband Harold when they visited from California on Wednesday – a Platycodon (Praktklocka in Swedish) – is still inside awaiting better weather for planting. It is a perennial so it can be planted outside.

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The garden is very wet and will get wetter before the rains stop about tonight (according to the weather report).

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Meanwhile can only keep an eye on it from inside, through the kitchen windows. By the way, the bird feeders are out of nuts. The last ones went this morning. There will be no new peanuts in them until I get them delivered some time next week. The birds are a bit frantic and desperate about the lack of nuts…

Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Apple trees

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Apple tree Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

This year I didn’t visit the old orchard in the vicinity of where I previously lived and I regularly use to visit this time of the year to take pictures of the apple trees and their flowers. The weather simply has been much too unreliable. As the flowering time for apple trees is very short I decided not to go there this year.

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Apple tree Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I did however discover that there are apple trees just around the corner, in my immediate neighborhood. They are just as beautiful.

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Apple tree Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

The trees above are in the abandoned “wilderness” in my housing cooperative. Owned by nobody and everybody in the area. The bigger tree gets plenty of apples every year – but you need to be fast to get any of them. Either the deer, who like to hang around in this area, gets them. Or any of the neighbors seeing that they are ripe for picking. Lat year all the apples disappeared over night from one day to the other.

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Apple tree at the green. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The small apple tree at the common green – which is probably the result of a thrown away apple at some time – also has several flowers this year. Last time that happened was two years ago. Then it had one flower – which someone broke off the tree. Last year was hard for that little tree because of allt he digging going on for the cable for the fibernet, so no flowers then.

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My own apple tree. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

The small apple tree – also created by a stray apple seed, and not so small any more – that I have in the flowerbed outside my patio, has never had flowers. It is probably sterile. I cut it every year by the end of August so it doesn’t get too big. No flowers, no apples. It is good for creating shadow for my patio. Better than an umbrella. I hang my solar-charged Ikea-lamp in it. My yellow honeysuckle climbs into it. This year there will soon be yellow flowers in the tree, but not for apples…

Below some close-ups of apple flowers. Love those flowers. Their form, their colors.
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