Wednesday, July 19, 2017

An overgrown garden

It was lovely to come home to a lush, green garden, even if our resident woodchuck had nibbled on parsley, beans, and chard. S/he had rather nicely pruned the lower squash vines, actually, which otherwise would have been sprawling down into the woodland garden.

The pocket meadow has exploded; it definitely needs some serious editing. What was I thinking when I planted Silphium perfoliatum, Coreopsis trifoliata, and another Silphium, simply to replace a lost Coreopsis (which was a nice focal point). Uh, and the Vernonia spp. has seeded in everwhere, in addition to the parent plant, not to mention how big the Phlox has become, etc. etc.

These are quite dreadful photos, taken in bad light with my iPhone, but you get the idea.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Gardening for bees (in the UK)

I appreciated this piece via an e-newsletter feed that I receive re RHS' Wild about Gardens initiative.

Impressive to read that 24% of British adults had planted something pollinator-friendly in their garden or windowbox in 2016; I don't think we'd make that in the US. I liked the straight-forward suggestions about how to support bees!

https://www.rhs.org.uk/about-the-rhs/blogs/news-blog/July-2017/simple-things-you-can-do-to-help-our-bees?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017_wag_july%20(1)&utm_content=&spMailingID=11467898&spUserID=MTQ0NzMyNjQ1NTY2S0&spJobID=1201172743&spReportId=MTIwMTE3Mjc0MwS2

Långholmen allotments and garden, Stockholm


Looping around a different side of the island, near Sodermalm, we came across a delightful vegetable garden, much larger than most we've seen so far, surrounded by allotment gardens of varying sizes.

Långholmen is a former prison island, now turned park, and the sign confirmed that this area had been the site of an original prison vegetable garden.

Some of the allotment gardens had perfectly kept small cottages, summer and weekend retreats for the plot-holders, and I can imagine how someone living in the high-rise condo units nearby would relish being in his or her garden on a sunny summer day.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Malarenstrand, Stockholm

Stockholm is a city of islands, surrounded by water, both fresh and salty.

An afternoon walk along Lake Malaren's edge (in Sodermalm) found flowers, on a boat and on top of a storage/recycling shed!

Friday, July 14, 2017

More Rosendal Tradgarden photos

The morning Fike (coffee and sweet) offering

Yay, seeds galore! Both vegetable and flowers, although not anything particularly unusual - but nice to see in a short summer climate. Warm season vegetables are largely in glasshouses; North American cool season veggies are outside right now- kale, broccoli, cabbage, fava beans, etc.

There's a cool breeze in the outside cafe as I write this - maybe it was 68 F this afternoon.

Rosendals Tradgarden, Stockholm

An organic garden/farm, restaurant, garden center and nursery, with perennial gardens and a heirloom fruit orchard - in the middle of Djursgarden, Stockholm City's green island (and Royal National City Park)- there's nothing not to like.

Wonderful plants and garden-related items, displayed delightfully, made it more than worth a return visit with my gardening companion, who had opted for a island ferry excursion for the morning of my previous visit.

Hmm, my iPhone-based post is exceeding Blogo's capacity. More photos to come- I'm a tired tourist using the ABBA Museum's free WiFi unexpectedly this afternoon!

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