Winter is coming

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Winter is coming. Frozen birdbath. Photo: ©nini-tjader.2018

Wintergarden

Winter is coming, There is no denying it. It IS coming. We have already had a couple of frostnights. We have seen the very first few snowflakes the other day. They werenät many and immediately disappeared, but they were there…

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The garden through the kitchen-window, 2018-10-29. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

It has also been rainy, dark, windy… No fun at all. The darkness is the worse. Having to turn on the light indoors already in the morning and for the rest of the day is… well, depressing.

Move of plantbox

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The old plantbox. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

I have moved the content of the old box in the backgarden to a new, smaller box along the fence. I didn’t want to have it here, just in the wind from the radon fan, any longer. Especially since a second tub to draw out the radon from the ground was installed there on October 31st so even more of the radon would get blown onto that area before dissolving into the air. The blueberry-bushes beside it will stay though.

Where the old box was, I have sown grass. The parsley has been harvested and is now in the freezer. I didn’t harvest the chives, but I hope it will come up again next year. The old plantbox was all rotten, which I didn’t see until I wanted to move it. So a new box was necessary. The new box turned out to be smaller than the old one so the lemon balm had to be planted outside of the box. I also had to put a smallish “fence” around the plants in the new box so the cats would go there. Alice the cat tried to before I put the small “fence” there…

Withering plants

But winter is coming and the plants are withering. November, as it is now, is a month when the garden is at its ugliest.

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Autumn garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

But there is still some life here and there. As long as it is, there are colors.

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Frozen orpine. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

There has been frost some nights. The frost changes the plants. Now it is relatively warm again and no frost.

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The backgarden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Autumn colors are beautiful, but…

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Hosta/funkia, 2018-10-06. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Since I shot the above picture, the funkia/hosta has all withered down and is totally gone. See you in the spring next year.

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Lavender and aronia. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The lavender was in bloom for its second time late in the autumn and after I replanted this one just behind the aronia. The aronia gets bright red leaves (gone now) and black berries that neither I nor the birds like… But they are decorative…

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Helenium Moreheim Beauty. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The helenium Moreheim Beauty lasted longer into the autumn this year than earlier years. It still has a flower here and there… but most is gone now. The above birdbath has now been taken indoors as I don’t think the ceramics would manage the winter-cold and temperatures below zero.

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Mint and peppermint. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Something that never give up is the mint and the peppermint in the backgarden. Blooming again, And growing. I have harvested and dried a lot of it, but since it has grown again. I will not harvest more now befor winter is coming.

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Behind the patio. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

On the backside of the patio-fence I have a climbing hortensia growing. In the spring when we were supposed to re-oil the planks with black-pigmented oil, I didn’t do the backside as the eaves and flowers of the climbing hortensia had just come out then. I waited for the leaves to fall off in the autumn. When they did and the weather was unusually watm, I finally oiled also the backside of the plank. Went all well.

Plants moved indoors

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Plants moved indoors. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

With the winter coming, plants have moved indoors to avoid the frost and the coming snow. It is MUCH too crowded. After a few weeks indoors by now, some of the plants are already thrown out as they didn’t like the indoor life.

The two pelargonia bontrosai now live in the kitchen-windows as does the red basil (which re-started itself and started to bloom again in October and get new leaves). The pelargonia Attar of Roses lives in the bedroom and is HUGE. Have given away parts of it to some ladies in my gym-group. The Plectranthus scutellarioides got so tired and messy so it ended up in the waste and is no more.

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Livingroomwindow. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

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Bedroomwindow, Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The pelargonias have finally stopped blooming. The leaves on the figtrees in the livingroom are falling off.

I keep throwing out plants that look just too awful after some time indoors. More will be thrown out. As for the pelargonias I take cuttings of them before they get thrown into the waste. I normally do not take cuttings in the autumn, but this year I do. They take up far too much space and look just too awful…  Cannot stand looking at them all the winter.

Winter IS coming.

Autumn equinox has passed

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Parthenocissus in autumn colors. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Autumn equinox has passed and it is getting darker and darker and darker… and colder and wetter too.

Plants and trees are starting to get their autumn colors. Beautiful, but I prefer summer…

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Sunflower. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The one and only sunflower that I kept is in full bloom. It is an odd kind with several flowers on the same stem. The birds planted it.

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Autumnflowers. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The flowers in the flowerbeds are starting to look a bit tired. Some bloom their best in the autumn, and others are on their last legs and almost dead. The red pelargonias along the fence of the patio are still alive, but they do look tired.

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Echinacea. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The echinacea is almost done for the season. This (above) is how they looked on September 24th, 2018. The seed-balls are hard, thorny ones until they are ready to let loose their seeds.

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Vicious fly. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Some vicious flies that bite have appeared like the one above (called “broms” in Swedish, unable to find the english name for it). There haven’t been much flies this warm and sunny summer but they have come now. Some days the air is full of the small ones, and in the afternoon the regular house-flies often sneak in if the door is open. As weather is getting colder, door isn’t open as much as it has been though.

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Rudbeckia fulgida. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The rudbeckia fulgida (above) has been in bloom for several weeks already. It is an autumnflower, but it started to bloom early this year. Fortunately it still blooms now after several weeks.

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Japanese anemone. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The double japanese anemone is taller than ever and have a lot more flowers than previous years. I had a regular one here as well, with simple flowers, but it has disappeared. My neighbours regular japanese anemone is still alive and in bloom though (below) in our joint flowerbed by the parking.

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Japanese anemone. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

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Orpine. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The orpines (kärleksört in Swedish) is larger, redder and wider than ever. It has really loved the warm and sunny summer it seems.  Soom years the flowers have almost not had time to bloom before the real autumn weather started. But this year …

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The newest flowerbed. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The newest orpine, which we moved from flowerbed one to the newly redone one, is alos in full bloom. And also large. That’s why we moved it to here (above) as it was a bit crowded in its original location.

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Rhubarb in flowerbed two. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The rhubarb, which didn’t like its location in the box, has finally been moved to flowerbed two. What was there is now in the redone flowerbed. We hope the rhubarb will like it better her. Not as much sun as in the previous location. Maybe better to be directly in the earth. We will see in spring how it works out. It has company of 2 tulipbulbs and one allium in this flowerbed. No point in putting anything else in here as long as we don’t know how the rhubarb will grow. Or not.

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Oregano. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

In the box where the rhubarb used to live, there are now six plants of oregano. Five of them have lived in pots on my patio, and one in the other box. I have harvested these plants and am drying the oregano indoors now. The plants are in the box just over the winter and we will see how many of them survived. If they do, I will move them to elsewhere.

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Giant verbena with bumblebee. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

I have one giant verbena which planted itself from last years verbenas. The bumblebees love it. This one hung there for a couple of hours before moving on. There are still some bumblebees around, but most of them have disappeared by now. Normally we have a lot of bumblebees around as we have the kind of flowers that they love.

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Japanese forget-me-not. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

A new acquaintance in the garden is the Japanese forget-me-not. Sown by the birds. Asked in one of my FaceBook groups what it was and got the name Japanese forget-me-not. Very nice flower. Got two plants of them. Letting them bloom and spread as they want in the hope that they will reappear next year.

The garden, 24th September, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The grass is green again after having been yellowish-brown the entire summer. As soon as the rains started again after a brake of several months, the grass came to life again. But now autumn is here and the garden is loosing its colors. The grapes are harvested (and eaten). We presently have one poppy there in the picture above.

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Poppy, September 24th, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

This is probably the last of the big poppies for this season. A bit late in the season for insects to find it so there can be seeds.

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Mushrooms in the grass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Talking about the grass… After the last heavy rain, suddenly the grass was full of these tiny mushrooms. They grow in the grass in a quite large area approximately where the roots of the former mirabelle tree once were. Yesterday I ran them over with the mover, but some still remain.

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The larkspur is blooming for the second time. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The larkspur suddenly re-started and is blooming for the second time this year.

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Helenium Moerheim Beauty. Photo: ©nini.tjader.20118

The Helenium Moerheim Beauty has been in bloom the entire summer and restarted with new flowers a couple of times. I let the seeds fall off it in the hope that it should spread. So far it has only spread at the foot of the original plant and not from the seeds. I’ve had it for some years by now. I love these flowers. And so do the bumble-bees.

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Honeysuckle. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The two old honeysuckles (which started their life on the balcony of my previous flat) have got autumn-colors. At the same time they both also have flowers for the second time this year. That is not unusual. They usually bloom twice a year. I had a third honeysuckle, a yellow one, by the patio, but that one died in early summer after having had troubles for along time. So I cut it down. When all the leaves and plants are gone for the season I will look for it. It used to grow there behind the orpines… (picture below).

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Greenery at the entrance from the garden, September 24th, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Due to some strong winds and stormy weather lately I’ve just started to move the pelargonias and the figtrees indoors. How much of them I will keep I’ve not decided yet. It is time now to move them indoors. Nights have become colder. It was close to zero centigrades the night before yesterday.

Autumn equinox has passed (on Sunday last). Autumn is here. Soon there will be no greenery outside. The light is disappearing and the season is getting darker and darker. I much prefer summertime… I already long for next summer…

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Plants. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Springtime, summer, garden

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Springtime, summer, garden. The garden in the evening 2018-05-08 at 20:05. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Springtime, summer, garden

Suddenly spring arrived. Fast. And then a weather that is more like high summer than spring. The light returned and so did warmth and sunshine. The garden explodes before your eyes and you can almost see how everything grows.

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Alice and Gustav in the garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

We all, including the cats Alice and Gustav, enjoy the really early summer-weather out in the garden.

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The garden May 9th 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

Everything is growing.
Everything is in bloom.
Everything needs attention,
Who wants to be indoors in front of the computer writing blog-posts?

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The garden in springtime. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

I’ve got myself a new sun-chair. Grey this time. The red one I’ve had for years I threw out in the autumn as it had done its time and was falling apart. This is the same model as the old one, just another color. Very comfortable. Have already used it a lot.

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GardenMay 9th, 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

I’ve got a new bow for the Engelmanns wine. Will look nice when the wine leaves come out. They are starting to, but you cannot really see it in thepicture from May 9th. What you CAN see though is that the plank around my outside place is no longer natural color, but black. The whole community now are getting black pigmented oil for the planks. Slowly we are all oiling them and they get black. I actually like it. Except that you see all the dust and all the seeds from plants on it and constantly have an urge to clean the plank… But the greenery comes out nicely against the black plank. Since I shot these pictures, both the balconies on the second floor have been oiled and are also black.

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Gustav and Alice in the garden, Yin and Yang. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The grass is getting greener every day… but, at places already getting brown as there has been no rain and really very warm weather.The hoze is out every evening for watering the plants and bushes, but I donät water the grass.

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Colorful flowerbed, May 10th 2018. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

If I didn’t take photos all the time I would miss out on all the flowering and colorful flowerbeds and what is happening there. Flowers come and go and disappear really fast. The above flowerbed, shot at May 10th, looks nothing like this today…

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Appleblossoms. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The whole neighbourhood is perfumed by the scents of the flowering trees all around. Lovely.

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Dandelions. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

It is also dandelion-season… as springtime and early summer always is. I hunt them in the grass wherever I see them and dig them u p. I don’t want them to spread.

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Red currants flowers. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The red currants on the commons are coming along fine, as are the black currants in our garden.

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The striped neighbour cat. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

The striped neighbour cat from the other side of the house visits regularly. He also drinks from the birdbath… They all do.

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By the birdfeeding. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

We have fenced in the flowerbed by the birdfeeding as the three cats liked to hide in or on the flowers, flattening them to the ground, when they waited for the birds to come… Intention of course to catch birds… Have put in lots of flowerseeds at the edge of this flowerbed. Waiting for them to come up. At least now the cats cannot lay on the flowers…

Springtime and summertime at the same time. This year the month of May is delivering and everything is getting green and flowering. It is a beautiful and lovely season.

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Springtime in the garden. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

And Gustav is back sleeping in his high grass.

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Gustav sleeping in the grass. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2018

All about the garden and greenery

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

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

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Dry. Photo:©nini.tjader.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beach rose. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

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

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

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.