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! πŸ™‚ 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… πŸ™‚

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?! πŸ™‚

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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?! πŸ˜€

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

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! πŸ™‚