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Dreaming about Summer

roses

My first seed went into soil today. Onions, chilis and sweet peppers need a long growing season, and this year, I intend to start early. Moreover, this year, I have ambitions to grow perennials myself. Therefore, I have bought seeds for a lot of flowers that I’ try to grow myself. I’m hoping for success, but if not, I will only waste a few kroners. 

rose-portal

Dreaming about Summer

However, there are not many signs of summer outside. In fact, we experience a winter with more snow than we have ever had on this farm as long as we’ve been here. Although it is not what we’ve been accustomed to the past six years, I presume this is what winters used to be like before global warming. So, hopefully, this winter may delay the changes slightly. 

water-in-the-garden

Constructing a fire pit with an excavator

Anyway, while the temperature creeps down to minus 20 degrees Celsius, it is a good time to think about the summer ahead as well as the summer past. Below, I have put together a images from the garden last summer. I admit that in the video, I have included some clips from the year before because I did not have time to film the garden when everything was at its peak. 

So, here is a film and some pictures to reminiscence the summer with. 

And more pictures of flowers in the garden.

Phlox-Bright-Eyes
klematis
Not sure what clematis this is

With the digger, Frank formed a path leading to our outhouses and two slightly raised areas for planting. Being outside what previously was part of the garden, weed have grown wild. To prevent the former shrubs and weed from returning, we have covered the ground in several layers of cardboard, as well as a thick layer of woodchips. So far, this appears to help for most of the weed, apart from bindweed, which I’m afraid we’ll have to struggle with. If anyone knows how we can get rid of them, advice will be highly appreciated.

rosespirea
Spirea japonica
Iris
Iris ensata ’marmoa’
Ringblomst
Calendula officinalis ’Apricot Beauty’
Dahlia
Dahlia pompon ‘Crème de Cassis’
Ageratum-Red-Cutting
Ageratum Red Cutting
Montbretia
Montbretia Lucifer
Spissmusa
A cute watering can gifted to me by my sister
Veronica-spicata-Rotfuchs
Veronica spicata Rotfuchs
Achillea-millefolium
Achillea millefolium Paprika that sadly didn’t survive the winter
pong
The pond before the thread algae took over
Lavendula
Lavedula angustifola ’Munstead’
Astilbe-feuer

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