The tulip season is here


Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

I love tulips. Unfortunately I cannot grow them in the garden any more as the nearby deer gets drawn to them and eat them. The second spring I lived here I had tulips, planted the autumn before. Lots of them. A few remain and insist in returning each spring. They disappear fast however and get eaten close to the ground by the deer…

Now the tulip season is here, at least in the shops. Outside there is still snow on the ground.

Tulips are fascinating. So many different colors and looks. It is also interesting to follow them from the moment you bought them and brought them home until the moment when they died and went into the trash. Below are pictures of the tulips I bough last weekend which went into the trash today.

All images are ©nini.tjader.2015

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A Gentlemans Garden

We’ve had the most glorious summer weather the last couple of days. Today I went to visit a garden called “A Gentlemans Garden” here in Tumba where I live. It is open to the public about six times during the season. Entrance fee usually going to the Red Cross.

It is not that common in Sweden that people open up their gardens to the public to come visit. I know they do it in the U.K. but here it is unusual. Was tipped about it by my neighbor. I think I will go back again in June or July to see how it looks then when the spring flowers have been exchanged for whatever grows in the summer.

Most of the flowers were white, with a few hyacinths in blue and also a few groups of anemone blanda in blue. In the small dam there were yellow flowers. And at places there were groups of low yellow and white tulips. The scent from the hundreds of hyacinths were almost too much in the sunshine. The man owning the garden said he plants about 300 hyacinths every autumn. That’s a lot of hyacinths… It was a nice visit and definitely worth the SEK25 to the Red Cross for the entrance. In the background music pieces by Mozart were played. Very fitting. They also had a small coffeeshop at the back of the garden, lots of benches to sit and look at the flowers and cards for sale.

Here are some pictures from today. Click any image to see a larger version.
All images are ©nini.tjader.2014.

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Spring has begun

pansy, pensée

Pansy Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

This pansy suddenly appeared in the grass, just beside the rhubarb that my neighbor and I grow together. The pansy probably comes from my neighbor. I know she has a few of them under her bushes. Pansies are sturdy cold-resistant flowers and really give hope that spring is fast approaching. Meteorologically spring is a whole month early in our region this year. The crocus and snowdrops are also up and you can see the tops of the rhubarb as well. Promising. Tulips are coming up in various places in the grass. Don’t remember that they originally where in those places… Last year the row-deer ate the tulips. Most of them. This year, with the early spring, they have so far not ventured into our little corner of the garden. They probably have more greenery to eat elsewhere. So maybe there will be tulip flowers this year… soon as it looks like.

Have to take better pictures of the crocus, when they are open. With this grey weather we are having (grey, but warm) the crocus just stand there and won’t open their flowers.

rhubarb, rabarber

Rhubarb Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014


Tulips. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014


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