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Tuesday
Aug302016

Late summer. 

I´m sorry I went missing for so long - life has been busier than usual and also a few things happened that made we question this whole blogging thing. (Edit: I am not going to quit blogging. I just had to think things over for a bit. Maybe I´ll write about it at some point). Anyway I´ve uploaded these pictures almost two weeks ago so I can just as well hit publish already, right? They´re from a little walk with Ludwig we took one evening. I hope you enjoy late summer wherever you are! I´ll be back soon. 

Monday
Aug152016

A Sunday in the house.

I spent most of Sunday in the house which is very unusual for me. In my defense I had worked in the garden all Saturday. Also I had some canning to do and since the weather was coldish so I figured an in-house day probably wouldn´t hurt. I never left the sofa all afternoon. This NEVER happens and I felt so guilty about it (what is wrong with me?). I did go for a long run in the evening though! 
(Yes those gladiolas are from my cutting garden - aren´t they amazing?)

Anyway I did get some things accomplished, like baking this bread (so so good, it´s my new favorite). I´m on a bread kick lately. I would happily bake a bread every day but then again who would eat all this stuff? 

I made some blackberry jam, too. We have so many blackberries this year, it´s amazing! The just keep coming. What a funny year with not a single red currant but tons of blackberries. Not complaining though! 

The first apples and pears are coming off the trees. I see an apple/pear pie in my near future!

Have a happy week! 

Sunday
Aug072016

August is here.

So it´s August... and this past weekend felt definitely fall-ish. Where did summer go? But tomato season just started, so there should be a bit of summer left for us, yes? 

I am bringing lots and lots of flowers in these days... this cutting garden was the best idea ever! This week we had no less than four bouquets in the kitchen alone. 

A particular nice spot in the walled garden. 

My lovely stray Mathilda. She is just the cutest. I am already thinking of ways to make their lives more comfortable this winter. 

Long time no chicken picture! Let´s remedy this situation. 

A few years back we planted my husband´s favorite flower, Rudbeckia nitida, on the border to our neighbor. They love it there, and I think at this time it looks so nice. It´s just a riot of yellow. Especially nice if you squint your eyes. I did that for you in this picture with a wide aperture. You´re welcome.

I´ll repeat myself and say again that this cutting garden was the bestest idea ever.

Chard. I have a feeling that chard will be one of the plants that survive the apocalypse, if you know what I mean. (Sorry if that was mean, chard. Love you.)

This tomato ("Tigerella") is the surprise winner this year. So pretty, so tasty and while all the other plants already have a touch of the blight, these still look pretty good! 

The first orange pumpkin! Hello little fellow! 

Last but not least, Ludwig says hello. Have a happy week!

Monday
Jul252016

Summer days.

We had a few especially nice summer days around here, so beautiful that I´d like to bottle them up for January when we´re in the depth of winter misery. Ah well, better not to think of January but enjoy the goodness of July! I do realize that my pictures are very repetitive but here are a few from an evening walk through the garden. My cutting "garden" is above - spot the cat? 

My adorable Emma girl enjoying the evening... on top of the pumpkin patch, as you do! 

Last autum I planted hydrangeas along the fence to our neighbor. They are of the "Limelight" variety and while they´ll need a few more years to really shine I think they´re so nice already. 

White echinacea, my love - and that thistle again! In how many posts in a row can I include a picture of it? We will see!

...and last but not least, a few pictures from the walled garden where the phloxes are so pretty now! We did a little summer movie screening this Saturday (hence all the chairs in the background of the third picture). It was a lovely evening all around. How I love summer. 

Monday
Jul182016

Around here lately. 

Here are some pictures I took over the weekend. It was a good one. First of all, memo to myself, plant snapdragons again next year. I´ve had them in my house for weeks now and I love them so. 

We got a new dining room rug. The back story is here. The rug is technically a true grey but in this light is has some blue and green in it. I love it. (It´s from Urbanara like almost all my rugs - they have a sale until Wednesday! Not sponsored, just a fan!)

I baked a huge Mohnstriezel. It turned out perfect.

I usually love the walled garden in July, but this year honestly it´s not great. It has a lot to do with the drought we´ve been experiencing for months now, but I also think the beds are getting too crowded. I actually re-shuffled things in here last year but I think I need to be even more ruthless this autumn!

Beyond the walled garden - my favorite Origanum.

The big new border beyond the walled garden, coming along nicely I think, and on the left is the lavender border I was talking about in one of the previous posts.

Illustrated here by Ludwig. (Chasing butterflies). 

Oh man, I do love these. 

The veggie garden however is exceptionally pretty this year, if I say so myself. I´ve never received so many compliments from my neighbors and even my husband keeps telling me how nice it looks. 

The thing is I have lots of flowers this year in here and the combination is just especially nice. I´ve always loved the concept of a cottage garden where veggies and flowers grow side by side.... Don´t you love the hollyhocks?

This here is my little cutting "garden" - snapdragons, corn flowers, marigold and the huge pink/red flowers are Clarkia Unguiculata (Mandelröschen in German). I technically grew them for cutting but they basically drop dead five minutes after putting them in a vase so I just let them do their thing in the bed and enjoy them here. (Do you have any experiences with Clarkia? Am I doing anything wrong?)

So so so happy with the sweet peas this year. I´m able to bring massive bouquets in the house every few days. What a joy. Also, I love this picture. 

Also, Lutz says hi. Have a happy week!