fall “garden”

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The weather’s been great during the days, but in the nights the temperatures already plunge over here. To prepare for fall, mom and I got some cold-resistant flowers and greenery for my little patio! Lacking a big enough planter, we took stock of what we had on hand and used a big wicker basket.

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Sää on ollut ihana viime päivinä, mutta iltaisin lämpötila painuu jo aika alas. Syksyn varalle haettiin äidin kanssa kylmää kestävää nättiä pihalle! Kun ei ollut tarpeeksi isoa ruukkua, käytettiin sitten rottinkikoria.

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The herbs haven’t really grown too much, but they’re super tasty! I wonder if I should start using the plant light again… being so high up north, I suspect the sun might not be enough by itself anymore. Apparently I should also wash those windows! 🙂

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Yrtit ei oo kasvaneet kovin paljon, mutta maku on voimakas ja hyvä! Pohdiskelin, pitäisikö alkaa taas käyttää tuota kasvivaloa… Epäilen ettei pelkkä aurinko näillä leveysasteilla enää oikein riitä kasveille. Ja ikkunatkin pitäs näköjään taas pestä! 🙂

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goutweed / vuohenputket

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Wild flowers are a midsummer staple and great for indoors and out! For something that’s considered weeds, goutweeds are pretty awesome: beautiful, ecological (no pesticides, fertilizers or transport) and free! The leaves are also edible as wild herbs in the spring, I’ve used them in sallads, soups and stews. The taste is mildly spinachey when the leaves are young, but now that they’re in bloom the taste goes sharp and the plant much woodier. I’ve read that they also have mild sedative effects in bigger quantities (haven’t experienced this, but I’ve been careful to use them only for taste) and have been used to treat gout as poultices, hence the name…

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Niittykukat kuuluu keskikesän juhlaan! Vuohenputki leviää helposti ja sitä on vaikea hävittää kasvupaikoiltaan, joka voi harmittaa tarkkaa puutarhuria, mutta juhannusta kotosalla viettävälle ne sopii kuin nenä päähän! 🙂 Kaunista, ekologista (ei viljelyä tai kuljetusta) ja ilmaista! Vuohenputken lehtiä voi käyttää villiyrttinä keväällä, itse oon kokeillu salaateissa (parasta, kun lehdet on ihan pieniä ja ruttusia!) ja pataruuissa. Maku muistuttaa lempesti pinaattia nuorissa lehdissä, mutta kitkeröityy ja lehdistä tulee puisia kun kasvi alkaa kukkia. Aiemmin vuohenputkea on käytetty kihdin hoitoon kipeän nivelen kääreenä…

Lupines!

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It’s been so warm lately the wild lupines have gotten crazy along the roads and fields! I was away on a work trip for this past week, but now that I got home I couldn’t resist anymore – I had to go pick some! 🙂 Might have gone a bit over board here, but they’re just so lush and gorgeous…IMG_9241

Even the leaves are lovely! They remind me of fan palms and always bring a nice, tropical feeling… 🙂

The table cloth is a recent find at a flea market. I’m thinking of making a few sit pillows for the outdoor area and loved the geometry of this piece!

Spring Surprises in the Yard!

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My yard is all new to me, since I got this place last august. Is that a cherry? Whatever it may be, the pretty, pretty flowers came one day a bit more than a week ago, and then a couple days ago they just vanished! They were there one day and the next morning, they weren’t. What happened?! 🙂

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What a happy occurrence: I got a couple Hydrangeas just after I bought the place, and they were just outside in their pots for the whole winter. No cover, no insulation, nothing. I never thought they made it, but come spring there was a few tiny buds. I decided to prune them, some wikipedia article I checked suggested to prune them in the spring – and they started budding a lot more! Who would have thought they made it through the Finnish winter?! 😀

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And the last happy surprise was the tulips – I never knew my terrace had tulips! How utterly awesome!! 😀

I can’t wait for all the rest of the surprises as the summer advances… What is it going to look like here in a couple of weeks? It’s like getting new presents all the time! 🙂

Amsterdam 2011

I wanted to try the gallery feature and picked my Amsterdam photos for that. I had a few days and rented a bike, spending endless hours around the city just enjoying the canals, flowers, architecture and the overall awesomeness! I visited the Artis Royal Zoothe Botanical Gardensthe Central LibraryFOAM and a couple other museums. What a great city!!

Click on the photos for a sliding gallery! 🙂