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Finally I can really enjoy long days out in the garden.
This weekend I stayed out for more than 12 hours.

I got my new trellis / frame for my beans, peas and Sweet peas up
Made loads of tree rings (removing grass around my trees)
Finished weeding the rose bed (14 meters long)
Watered the newly sown grass and green manure
Watching the birds build their nests in my trees

This is a good weekend for me!

And then I got some school work done. I am studying Garden design in England, and as I am going to London in May for a work conference, I am bringing my first assignment, rather than sending it with an expensive courier. I only hope the ash clouds have disappeared by then!  One of the first tasks in my course is drawing, and that is really hard for me. All the photosynthesis, nomenclature and plant history is peanuts compared to drawing simple plants and gardens. But I will master it! Just you wait and see! 🙂

Some pictures from my beautiful weekend!

Anemone nemorosa

The first flower to get on my bedside table, the lovely Wood anemone - Anemone nemorosa.

This is the frame for my Sweet peas, peas and beans!

Jeffersonia dubia

This is my favorite plant and flower in my garden, the Jeffersonia dubia

My roses have had a tough winter with loads of snow. Still only two of my 57 roses have died this winter. I am celebrating a victory since all of them was planted only last spring. Although surviving, almost all of them has broken "wings". See pic. Ill cut back my roses in a week or two, and I am really looking forward to be moving around in my rose bed without getting caught by thorns all the time!

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So finally I have enrolled in a course “Designing with plants“.
The course is an open course studying from home, a distance learning course!

The course scope:

MANUAL 1
* Plants through history – including their significance, symbolism and practical uses.
* Plant classification and nomenclature – how and why plants are named, including family, genus, species, cultivars and varieties.
* Plant categories – from the largest (trees and shrubs etc) through to the smallest (perennials and bulbs etc).
* How to research – researching botany and soil science (especially the plant nomenclature).

MANUAL 2
* Basic botany and plant science – what is a plant and how does it function and grow? Includes pollination and fertilisation.
* Soil science – what is soil composed of and how to improve and manage it.
* Plant propagation – including planting, sowing and all propagation techniques.
* Plant management – pruning, feeding, watering (including control and management of pests and diseases).

MANUAL 3
* Plants in practice – applying the principles and examining specific examples of plant husbandry.

MANUAL 4
* Surveying a garden – how to carry out a site survey and analysis (in order to produce a planting plan for a client).
* How to draw a planting plan – a step by step guide to drawing a planting plan with supportive drawings and illustrations.

MANUAL 5
* Designing with plants – the principles of planting design. How to use form, texture and colour in a planting scheme.
* Creating successful planting combinations – looking at plant associations and what makes them succeed.
* Working with different planting environments and conditions – creating planting schemes that will suit different sites and locations. Working to a client’s brief for different themes and situations.

The course work also includes test examples of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture, so that students will be fully prepared for the examination. I am planning to take this exam!

I really am spending all my spare time to this course, and I am aiming for a good grade as well. I haven’t studied in quite a while, so I´m really nervous about the effort I have to put in to this. Luckily for me, I never quite got the hang of school as a kid, so I am quite used to working really hard for grades. 🙂

As I´m from Norway, and English only is my second language, I use this blog training to write Garden-English! As you maybe have noticed, Im also making a dictionary translating garden language from Norwegian to English!

If you see any miss spelling or other faults in my writing, please don´t hesitate to correct me in a comment!

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