Garden and Nature

The “secret” garden 2017

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

Our “secret” garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hail and thunder

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Green Wall

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The Green Wall Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The green wall is up.
Now is the season where all the greens take on the same color. The green wall will still get somewhat deeper green.
The trees across the road (with a small stream at its feet) become impenetrable and hide what is behind them.
Though I know there is a daycare home behind them and plenty of large villas. Those I only see during winter when the leaves have fallen off the trees. This time of the year until autumn it is a green wall of leaves.

In a British TV-show I watch on and off, Escape to the Country, about people seeking new homes in the country-side, people often refuse homes near to the woods or lots of trees. As if they are afraid of the trees… Odd.

I love this green wall. This is where all the birds come from that eat at my feeder. This is also where the frogs, toads, snakes, rats, mice, hedgehogs and squirrels come from.

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Clover. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I also have a green carpet of clover. In lack of good grass there is the clover. When it gets too high I move that too, together with the grass. This year with the very dry spring the grass is not really green and it grows slowly. But the clover grows and spread.

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Clover for luck. Photp: ©nini.tjader.2017

If you look closely into the clover you will find your lucky clover with 4 leaves. Above there are four stems with four leaves and one with five. Most clover have just three leaves.

Talking about greenery… Recently I found a hazelnut with roots in one of the flowerbeds. And two small leaves on it. First placed it in a glass of water. Then planted it in a small flower-pot. It stands on the table on the patio. And it grows. Should I plant it somewhere and get a hazel bush? Can it survive indoors as a house-plant? It was planted by the birds.

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Ladybug on honeysuckle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Not only the greenery attacks presently. So does the bugs and the lice… It keeps the ladybugs busy and happy. Looks disgusting, but it doesn’t really harm the plants.

And the green or black lice… The green lice are on the rosebush, the black on the digitalis and the hollyhocks and the elder bushes. I’ll spare you pictures of those…

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Climbing hydrangea. Also a green wall. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2017

The climbing hydrangea on the backside of the plank of the patio now covers almost the entire plank creating a green wall there. After five (5) years, it now blooms for the first time ever. Three flowers… Could have been four, but one froze one of those very cold days/nights in May.

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Flower on the climbing hydrangea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

I wish there will be more flowers next year. It is nevertheless a green wall, which was the intention when planting these two hydrangea plants. Nothing else likes this location. Too shady, facing north.

Everything grows presently (provided it gets water) and gets larger and larger for each day. And it grows fast. Our garden might be wild and look slightly overgrown, but that is the look I like.

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Digitalis and hollyhocks. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

 

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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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Squirrel in the garden

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Squirrel eating birdfood. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

We suddenly got a squirrel in the garden.
A hungry squirrel.

He/she (?) loves that birdfood that has fallen to the ground. So far it has not managed to get up on the bird-feeder, and probably won’t. The bird-feeders are put on iron rods that are not climbing-friendly.
The birds tolerate the squirrel. They just move a bit to the side, or eat above him from the feeder. The squirrel only eats pealed sunflower seeds. The seeds from other, larger, bird-feeder has so far not been of interest. Here it is also close to the fence for escape. Probably feels more secure.

I haven’t seen one single squirrel before since I moved here in November 2009. Until this year. One I saw about two weeks ago on my way home from the gym. This is the second one. It appeared a couple of days ago. Very cute.

We just hope the cats won’t hunt it across the road in the traffic and every body getting hurt in the process. I doubt they would be able to catch it though. Also have to keep a closer watch on my open door so it won’t go inside… not that I think it will, but…

Here are some more shots I managed to take. If I get too close it runs off. Each time I approached it it has become easier to get close to it. Reload page for images to sort differently. Click a miniature image to see a larger version.

What happened to the squirrel?

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Squirrel in the garden. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

The squirrel was last seen on June 4th. A day or two later Gustav, my neighbours cat, chased it up into the nearest birch tree. It hasn’t been seen since.

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Squirrel in the garden, on the fence. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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It is all green now

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All green new table cloth on the kitchentable. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It is all green now. The kitchentable got a new tablecloth. Not the green I would have wanted, but this is the one I found.

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

I also exchanged the chair-pillows for the green ones. Both the tablecloth and the chair-pillows go well with the carpet in the kitchen that also have green stripes (not seen in the picture).

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Tomatoes in the kitchen, 2017-05-11. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The tomatoes are still there. All green, waiting for larger pots, warmer weather, sunshine… The other seedlings I had have either died (most of them) or been put outside (and died there). Next year there will be NO seedlings… (yes, I’ve said that before).

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Frozen garden 2017-05-11. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

It is an extremely cold spring where arctic weather has slipped down over us causing both cold days and ice-cold nights. It has been several mornings now that we wake up to frost and several days where it actually snowed in May… Every time worrying that what grows have taken a hit from the cold. The birds are really hungry as there are too few insects because of the cold weather.

But it is all green outside and I moved the grass yesterday… The weather is supposed to turn this weekend. The arctic winds are supposed to be gone now…

The pelargonias really want to go outside now… They are only outside a few hours daytime if temperature permit. If temperature is below zero they will freeze and die. I really hate having them on the floor in the livingroom to protect them. Patience…

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Pelargonias on the livingroomfloor. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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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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Never again

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Mirabelles 2015. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

Never again will we see the mirabelletree blooming in spring. Or feel its scent.

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Mirabelles 2015. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

Never again because the tree is gone since October last year. The housing community decided it was growing too close to the walls of the house and should therefore be taken down. Limit is 5 meter from the house. It grew 4,25 meters from the main walls of the house. Closer from my kitchen corner. We argued to no avail that its roots were not going in the direction of the house but the other way.

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Mirabelles 2015. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

Never again will we smell that sweet smell from the blooming tree. Or pick its fruits by the end of the summer.

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Mirabelles 2015. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2015

We certainly miss our beautiful tree. It is all empty there on the corner.

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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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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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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

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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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