2016-05-03

Spending time outdoors





I haven't been online much the last week, spring has come to southern Sweden.
The canola fields are turning yellow and the patio is heating up,
and me and the kitties have been checking up on the garden.
My potted walnut and Robinia survived the winter, one lavender didn't.
I will replace it come autumn, but for now I am growing sunflowers in the spot.




 These little darlings grow underneath the lilacs and make the wait for
the sweet smell filling the air a little less agonizing. May is the month of weeding,
it will be another month before the lilacs (and everything else) are in bloom.




I have a penchant for Mediterranean plants but most of them don't survive up here.
But when I came by bougainvillea in the supermarket yesterday I couldn't resist.
We have been thinking about adding a small 4-season room to the house this year.
I would fill it with bougainvillea, citruses, olive, fig, oleander...




My little boy was in a cat fight last week and was bitten right on the wrist :(
 You may be able to spot the part of his paw the vet shaved and cleaned.
He looks a bit suspicious in this picture because I just forced his antibiotics
on him before I pulled out the camera. Otherwise he's doing fine again now.


How is your garden doing?



 




17 kommentarer:

  1. Poor kitty! I hope he heals soon. Here in Canada, producers changed the name of "rapeseed" to "canola" because of the unfortunate connotations of the original name. The most beautiful thing I ever saw on the prairies one Spring was a field of green wheat, beside a field of yellow canola, beside a field of blue flax. So colourful!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Agreed, and I have been wondering about that name! Thank you for telling me, I will change it right now. I was also wondering what canola was, but now I know .)

      Radera
  2. I never heard the name "rapeseed" before. How vivid.

    Love your garden. So much. Things aren't as warm around here yet, so the gardening will be slow this year. Also, I won't plant many new things since I will be in and out of the hospital. Still, I just got some new gardening gloves and can't wait to use them. ;-D

    Hope your baby heals soon! ♥

    SvaraRadera
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    1. In Sweden it's called "raps" and has no similarity to any words for abuses or ejaculations. I have always thought the English version was horrible :( (I changed it in the post now)

      I believe it will be a warm spring and summer in southern Sweden, and that I will actually get a proper tan, for once :)

      Radera
  3. I'm glad it's warming up over there. The gardens lovely and I enjoyed how you felt 10 again while planting sunflower seeds. Hope your boy has a speedy recovery.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you ,dear Holly. I know you appreciate a budding garden, and I will be "visiting" yours soon :)

      Radera
  4. Oh poor baby boy! He seems ok on that picture. I love all cats and black cats in particular. And on the plus side yours can still enjoy the outside world. We do not let Domino out since his accident. This might change when we have our new place.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. My man and I have been talking a lot about trying to keep the kitties indoors, or different enclosed solutions. There are several feral/non-neutered cats fighting for their territory. But my babies have been going outside, even in 3 foot deep snow, every day for 10 years. If I don't let them out couple of times a day, they sit by the door for hours, even scream and scream, and piss on my boots...

      Radera
  5. Yes, May is the month for weeding, but then I think June, July, and August are too! LOL! I hope you little boy is doing better! Poor little guy! Your garden is looking amazing! Mine is coming along well. Did a lot today, but still much to do! Hugs!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I have a serious issue with weeding. I am a beautifier, not a ground-work kind of girl... ;)

      Radera
  6. It's been 27-28C here a lot lately, so obviously I'm staying indoors or in the shade where it's cooler. LOL And a four-season sunroom - how exciting! I hope yours doesn't leak. Despite that small flaw, I absolutely love ours.

    No garden for us this year. Some year, we hope to get a small greenhouse so we can grow things that won't be consumed by the ungulates. In the meantime, the spouse will be planting veg at a neighbour's property ... sort of a co-op affair between a bunch of us - same place where we get our chickens and turkeys. We have had pussy willows, and buffalo beans and some small blue flower I don't know the name of start blooming just recently, so that's a nice bit of colour to enjoy. The trees are almost all in leaf, so we should get a killing frost or snowstorm any day now. ;)

    Glad to hear the kitty is doing alright, poor thing. <3

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh wow, that's some fast heat. Being close to the water, that never happens here. I don't think, down here, that we ever get as hot or as cold as you do over there.

      I had a 80 sqm green-house for 8 years, but lately it's been falling apart, so we dare not go in there. A green-house is great for growing Mediterranean plants and for cultivating, you should totally get one.

      Radera
  7. Poor kitty! Glad you are enjoying the weather! The plants look lovely! The sunflowers sound exciting! Remember you can harvest the seeds for birdies. If my bird is anything to go by they are addictive

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I think my cats would kill any birds who would dare to near the seeds, so I'm probably just going to harvest the flowers for hostess-gifts during summer. I just wanted to grow something, you know?

      Radera
  8. Awww, I am so glad that your kitty is doing better! Both kitties are beautiful! I love the colors in your garden and love the idea of a four seasons room!

    Some things are growing in our garden, somethings haven't sprouted just yet. I am unsure if that means that they aren't going to or if they are just taking longer to do so.

    SvaraRadera
  9. So glad your little boy is on the mend! ❤

    Our courtyard garden is looking like absolute crap! We rent and the landlords just cut down the most gorgeous, sprawling, shady, leafy tree. It's heartbreaking. Even the men who came to cut it down said it was a terrible shame. :(

    Your flowers look lovely. I hope the mediterranean plants idea works out. It sounds wonderful!

    SvaraRadera
  10. My "garden" (only a window sill) has been planted this weekend. Now I have peppermint, basil, salvia, rosemary and strawberries right at my window!

    SvaraRadera

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