Posts Tagged ‘spring’

I took som pictures out in the garden today. It was sunny and warm and I might have got a bit sunburned on my nose 🙂


My Spotty Pulmonaria

Jeffersonia Dubia

Jeffersonia Dubia

The snow white Helleborus

The snow white Helleborus lights up a half shady corner

My best friend Bilbo

My best friend Bilbo

The absolutely gorgeous blue Crocus!

The absolutely gorgeous blue Crocus!


Read Full Post »

Hot houses!

20120327-100036.jpgir really is time to get my plants out of the now very warm planteoom in my basement and i to the greenhouse!
I just started it this weekend and I am still a bit worried about the temperature.
I have installed an oven so the nights are good I think. It is the warm sun I am worried about. Even with the roof window wide open the tenperature goes very high during the day. But when I am off to work in the morning it is almost freezing out…
Frustrating! I hope I get better at this!


Read Full Post »

The north side of my garden connects to a small forest.
Every morning on my way to work I have to stop more than once to just view the lovely wood anemone living there!!

Read Full Post »

Well, normally this time of year the weather is quite unpredictable. Not this year!
What a fabulous weekend we have had, and the forecast is splendid for the next few weeks.  All my meals is eaten outside, and the temperature is so good that t-shirts and skirts is appropriate! 🙂
I am a bit scared that this is the summer will have this year (as we lost the summers to rain the last two years) so I am enjoying it all I can, while I can! I hope you do to!

The last meter of snow went away in about a week, and the week after the crocus was singing. And now the cute Great tit couple is raising its babies in one of my threes. This sure is a wonderful time. I can literally feel the energy pumping in my veins!

Hellebore from seed. Probably three years old, and now finally flowering!

The ohh sooo cute Jeffersonia Dubia is comming along nicely!

Isn´t she lovely in the evening sun? Its like she has a lightbulb inside of her!

My Dwarf Lilac bush has overwintered in a pot and small buds are arriving!

This small plant is going to grow into a pretty Bloodroot. Not very fan of the name, but very good looking!

In my old Kitchen garden this young Rhubarb is holding fort. As the soil there is taken over by the threes in the forest a few meters away, I am going to move it. I wonder when is the best time to move it?

Wood anemone grows everywhere in my garden and beyond, it is sooo beautiful to fill in small vases in the house!

My raised beds will be my new kitchengarden. I will paint the beds with the same gray as the house, but as of now, the main aim is to get sowing. I hope to get this done before I leave on my Easter holiday

My favorite use of Wood anemone

Read Full Post »

When I came home from work today, it was water dripping happily from roofs, making small rivers in the road and the sun was out warming me up. 12 degrees celsius is magical after almost 5 months with snow.

Many of my plants are waking up these days, sending sap from the roots, although I am a bit worried. This upcoming weekend the temperature will once again sink to minus 13 degrees. 😦 Will they freeze?
If I was home, I would lay out fleece blankets over them at night, but I am up in the mountains on my last skiing trip. 😦 To be honest, I would rather stay home, enjoying my seedlings and the sun!


My oregano in my Herb garden is wide awake and making leaves for my Bolognese! 🙂



My gorgeous Snowdrops!

Rosa Poppius

My rose Poppius is setting buds!

My invasive oriental poppies! I don´t really know if I hate them, or love them, maby both! 🙂

After this safari in my garden today my wellis was filled with snow, and my feet wet and cold, but still a very happy girl!!

Read Full Post »

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!

Read Full Post »

So finally my garden tools are ready to help me prepare my beds for spring!!
I have sharpened my knives and secateurs and oiled all wooden parts! Washed the rust away with steel wool. I used the same oil on my secateurs as I use on my bike. Works wonders!

I am ready!!!

Read Full Post »

So finally I got a whole day out in my garden.
Its all very new to me still, I just bought this house about two years ago. I am still finding new flowers that the previous owners probably neglected for several years. In the end, it was only an old lady, not able to keep the garden due to poor health.
Most of the garden was covered with big Pine and Conifer trees. The needles has been falling for many many years, until two years ago. Then they were cut down. Finally the sun touched the ground, and is now slowly turning it in to life.

This weekend I stayed out for 5 hours in the garden. Starting this season, weeding a very narrow border under my kitchen window. In this border I have two climbing roses Flammentanz, and two Hybrid tea Ingrid Bergman. I also have 40 Daffodils which is peaking out of the soil now, some Snowbells, Crocus, Foxgloves, red and orange Oriental Poppies, a tree Peony, Geraniums and a couple of old tulips. The weeds are really picking up pace, and I had to be quite firm with the hoe. I will make this bed bigger, and replant it with proper plants. I will use this border and others in my garden for project at school.

I met some “good guys” too. Loads of Ladybugs and earthworms. Even though the weather here in Norway is still quite harsh, and the snow still covers 50% of my lawn, the spring is definitely on its way!!

Loads of weeds to handle. The small grass seedlings is quite substantial below the ground!

After weeding the narrow border looks much better. As the border is under a roof I gave it a healthy drink as well! 🙂 Organic of course!

The good guys n girls have started to work! Off you go girls!

Read Full Post »

Last winter days

This has really been one of the best winter days. The thermometer  showed minus 12 degrees celsius in the morning. Then the sun came, and just like that… in just minutes… plus 18.

We went out, digging a nice cozy place in the deep snow, and sat dead still just watching the sun for two whole hours. Just feeling the spirit lift! Even my restless terrier Bilbo loved lying out in the garden today.

In a few days all this glorious snow will turn into gray soft sticky slush, and wind and rain will arrive again. All to make spring!
I love spring!
I cant wait to see all the little buds peaking out of the cold soil looking for sunlight. Just like me!

Me and the daffs have a lot in common!

Read Full Post »