My last entry was good clean morbid fun, to balance out the barrage
of romantic garden pictures that make up today's post :)
It's been a hot sunny month over here in southern Sweden
and the garden has really taken off.
When I moved in to my little cottage almost 10 years ago, this entry way
was completely empty. The only thing there was the ugly red wooden gate
(that we are replacing with a wrought iron arch very soon).
Now my Russian vine and lavender (and kitty scratching log)
offer a proper greeting to any guest, and to myself when I come home.
So does my front step which, believe it or not, used to be just a row of ugly gravel.
(The rhododendron to the right has yet to find it's place in the garden
- it's one of the many autumn garden projects this year.)
One of my garden beautifying projects was making a shell stepping stone
while resetting some of the stones on the patio. It was easy with a bit of
left over cement. I set the surrounding stones, then just poured it right in.
These babies are also waiting for their proper spots in the garden.
The crooked one is a walnut and the other a Robinia, both grown from seeds.
I am hoping they will give us some flowers or even fruit this year,
but they really have outgrown their pots. (Lettuce is sprouting underneath).
This summer anyone who invites us over is getting a sunflower...
My own are coming along nicely in between the lavender
(I will post pictured when they are further along).
Above is my latest garden project; making a natural stone border
for my neglected flower bed. The rock flour will set over the coming weeks.
In between the few surviving plants I put asphalt roofing paper, to try to get
the root weeds under control. I will remove it as I go long planting new things.