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Sunday
Jun152014

One week in June.

The husband and I had the past week off and it was so nice. We even had a proper little heatwave for a few days so it felt like a "real" summer holiday somehow. In other news, our white rambler rose is blooming. So beautiful, no? 

Another pretty spot in the walled garden. Love the colors.

At the beginning of the week, little Emma went missing for two whole days. That has never happened before. To cut a long story short, I was able to find her and she is happy and healthy. But oh the worries. Little monsters, they are.

Ludwig likes to chase butterflies. I don´t think he has ever managed to actually catch one. 

Strawberry season! And the raspberries are ripe too. 

That rose again. Have a happy week! 

Thursday
Jun122014

The reinvented kitchen garden.

The other day at dusk, I finally managed to take some pictures of this year´s vegetable garden. Last year in June it rained for a week, most of the beds got flooded in this part of the garden and a good portion of my plants died. After that, I started begging for raised beds and the husband was nice enough to oblige this spring. 

We recently had heavy rain for several days in a row again and the raised beds held up great while our neighbor´s gardens turned into a swamp. Huzzah! (Sorry neighbors.)

And apart from their usefulness, they just look nice. 

We have fewer beds now but there is still plenty of space. Last year we didn´t really make the most of the available space and also had way too much produce for the two of us. Let´s see how this year´s arrangment will work for us.

I planted around 50 tomato plants this year (in the background of this picture, by the fence). Last year we had 40 and ran out of canned tomatoes in the middle of the winter. Not sure if 10 more plants will do much though, we need a greenhouse is what I think.

Space is a little tight in the cabbage bed, but it looks really nice, so there´s that.

So this is the 2014 version of our kitchen garden. Let´s see where it takes us. 

Tuesday
Jun102014

The painted deck. 

As promised, here are a few more pictures of the painted deck. I think its looks so much more finished than before. I wasn´t sure at first whether I wanted to paint the pillars the same color, but now I am glad I did. They are way less prominent now.  

(Not related: That huge plant that goes up to the railing, anyone know what this is? It was part of some plant package that I bought when I first planted the walled garden and I think it´s quite hideous. It will go elsewhere after this season. Edit: I don´t mean the lupines - the one that towers over everyting in the bed next to the deck.)

I used an oil-based paint. It provides a super durable finish but still allows the wood to breathe which is a good thing outdoors. Also it is super easy to work with, you just brush it on - no primer needed, no need to be super exact because it basically distributes itself. As for the color, going dark was basically the only option here - with a lighter finish I guess every drop of rain would have shown. Anyway I think the color is really good here. 

The only complaint I have is that the paint is a little too shiny for my taste - see the reflections in this picture? But otherwise, very happy with the outcome. And we definitely have come a looooong way since this:

Yikes. By the way this picture was part of a post from 2012 which might be interesting for all of you who aren´t sure about the structure of the walled garden - it´s here if you would like to take a look. 

Sunday
Jun012014

Hello June. 

 

May was such a good month in the garden. The walled garden looks stunning, if I may say so myself. 

It´s just that right now, every bed looks really good - no gaps, mature plants, lovely colors. Very happy. 

In other news, I painted the deck! Yep I am moving fast. I think it looks perfect. I still need to do some touch ups and then I´ll show you proper pictures. 

The yellow climbing roses have exploded this year. This is exactly how I envisioned this space but I never thought it would look like this two mere years after planting the roses. Also I bought the nicest bench - from Amazon of all places, for not much moneys at all. It is a little on the small side but I think with the two large planters by each side it does work. 

Ludwig says hi. He´s just the cutest these days.

The husband had a birthday this week so we invited some of the villagers over for a garden party. We decided to mix things up a bit and set the tables under the big trees in the rear part of our garden. It was really, really lovely. I hung lanterns in the trees (if you look closely you can see a few) and it looked magical at dusk. 

Last but not least, this is a little bouquet that I got from one of our neighbours. Isn´t it the prettiest? Flowers are the best. And neighbours who can arrange them like this, obviously.

Monday
May262014

The windswept land.

Summer has arrived last week! But before that, we had an extended period of my favorite spring weather - a mix of rain and sun and wind, lots of wind. I love this time of year, everything is so lush and green. One evening I took Ludwig on a long walk and took lots of pictures, some of which are below. I am so happy I get to live in such a beautiful area.