Friday, June 5, 2009

Paeonia veitchii. I can´t find any english name for it. Comes from China and Sibiria. We call it The rose paeony.

It´s cold outside today. It´s almost nine am and it´s not even five degrees C (41F ) outside. On top of this it rains too. So I´ve told my dogs that there will be no walk until it gets a bit warmer and the rain slowed down some. They can be in the garden if they want to, but they too are reluctant to go out in rain. But this is the kind of weather that my fuchsias likes so perhaps they can start growing now, until now they sort of are standing totally still. Here inside, my Red Mullberry trees finally has started to grow. I don´t know especially much about that tree but I´ve heard that the berries can taste anything from delicious to plain watery. Does anyone of You know anything about it?

Chenomeles japonica, a relative to the Quince. One get delicious jam of it, but unkooked its like eating a bit of wood.

I´ve had some problems with a computor program that will detect Trojan horses and stuff like that for a while now. I tried to undo some of the last changes it has made and then all hell broke loose. My computor started to shout with an alarmasound that there were a big virus attached to the program. So I had to uninstall it and take care of all viruses the antivirus program found. I had to restart the computor and then it started again! But now everything has been taken care of and a new anti trojanhorseprogram has been installed. Annoying though when that happens. A good thing is that I don´t have my mails in my computor, I use a webb mail service at my internet companie, so I can´t spread the viruses to any one else.

A Polemonium, called Jacobs ladder in swedish.

Rh. Catawbiense blue. It origines from the US and is one of the hardiest one can find. It´s so common over here now that people think it´s boring. I don´t. It can take our climate and always flowers with many many flowers. It´s one of the best we can find over here.

Well it seemes that it´s going to be a day spent indoors today. Yesterday I looked att “Back to the future 2” so I´ll probably look att number three today. I´ve also start looking back in family history a bit. I´ve come rather far back for only have done this for some hours. Our church records are rather exellent to be honest. I´ve heard that they are so good that the Mormones in Utah have copied all there is to copy here. So if You are from the American continent and Your family comes from Sweden You can ask them for help to find out more about Your history.

This Azalea is double and has a weak, but wonderful scent.

Hippeastrum striatum. This one is almost impossible to find out in the stores. It sort of passes from friend to friend instead. It always comes with two flowers at the same time, but I sort of broke one on this bulb.

I started this to see if I could find out from where my, on my mothers side, grandmothers grandmother comes from. I´ve heard everything from that she was Gypsie, from India and Hungarian but it seemes as if she possibly was from Italy. Or if it´s her mother that came from abroad. The handwriting in these old church records isn´t the best. Her last name is typically swedish, but there is a marking in the area for how many marriages she have had. I can´t for my life figure out if it´s a one or a two written down there. But there are many different church records I haven´t checked yet.

This stack of branches becomes

this instead. They make fire logs of it and I´ll probably buy some of this next autumn :-)

The sky is getting lighter so perhaps it will get a bit warmer too? Anyway, it´s time for a cup of tea I feel and then a film.
Have a great day now!

Lupines can be found all over the country even if it hasn´t grown in this country for especially long time. About two hundred years ago it was brought here from the American continent and then it spread :-)

They come in all colours, but blue is the most common.


Fritt ur hjärtat said...

Oj då blommar redan blågull och pion hos dig. Här är det mest stiltje just nu, massor av Allium och aqvileja,lupiner förstås men de bor inte hos mig;-)
Trevlig helg.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare FuH!
Ja det har precis börjat här. Det lustiga med mina blå blågull ar att de alla blivit vita?! Hoppas att det finns någon blå kvar dock. Allium har jag bara några få, någon rosa och någon gul. Har inte riktigt fattat tycke för dem.
Ha en härlig dag nu!

Anonymous said...

I had a similar computer problem Christer and a friend got me a copy of StopZilla. It worked wonders and it even has a button you can click on to allow pop ups. It is the best virus detector software I've ever used. I only paid $9 U.S. for it. Love the flower photos this morning. Wonderful. Enjoy your long weekend.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
StopZilla, I´ll remember that if I get problems again!

I´ll enjoy the weekend no matter what weather we´re having, but it could be alittle bit warmer though :-)
Have a great day now!

Anonymous said...

Your flowers are so beautyful. I who plant none find it amazing you have such a variety and knowledge of them all.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Woody!
Well it´s been an interest of mine since I was five six years old and sometimes things stays in my head :-) :-)
Have a great day now!

NinaVästerplana said...

Fy vad kallt o vått du har det då! Du får gärna skicka lite av det våta till Västerplana... här är torrt så det dammar när jag gräver! På söndag åker jag till Klöva skogsträdgård utanför Strömstad.... Lidköpings trädgårdsförening som ordnar. Hoppas du får ledigt på nationaldagen så du kan vifta med flaggan ;-)

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare Nina!
Missade allt det regnet och haglet er? Här regnade det ju halva dagen och lite till.

Visst är jag ledig på nationaldagen :-) Men jag har ingen flagga att vifta med :-)

Ha det så roligt på söndag!

jaz said...

wow christer...when your flowers start blooming they really start blooming! they are beautiful. i love that orange one and the lupines are wonderful. your weather is up and down. wasn't it just really hot there a few days ago? it has been cool here but i am afraid that is about to end and hot weather is on the way. i already have mosquito bites...ugh!

john said...

My first time stopping by, but you know me from Kat's Coffee Club.

You've got some beautiful flowers coming up this spring. I guess I'll have to start taking some pictures of my wife's handiwork. She's the gardener, while I'm the digging crew. About the only thing I ever had luck with have been my garlic bulbs and, several years ago, Castor Beans. I always end up with more garlic than the neighborhood can use,,, and the Castor Beans? They'd reach 12 feet or so and leave the neighborhood questioning my sanity.

In a Coffee column a while back you asked my Swedish connection and if I was of Swedish ancestry . I answered in Kat's comment section, but in case you missed it:

Nope, I'm Irish/German/Polish/Chech. My wife's Norwegian/Irish/German. We're typical American Mutt's!
But, my son-in-law's 120% 3d generation Swedish/American in ancestry. He, my daughter and grand-daughter spent a year in Karlskrona where he received a 2nd Master's Degree in European Spatial Planning. Whatever that is.
We were lucky enough to visit for two weeks and loved every minute of it (except for climbing the hills in Stockholm). We saw Karlskrona, Malmo, a bit of Kalmar, Borgholm, and of course, spent time in Stockholm. We also spent several days in Copenhagen. Seeing the Wasa in Stockholm was a real trteat. Seeing that ship had been a dream of mine since I first read of the raising back in the early 1960's. Hopefully we'll be able to return to Scandinavia again some day. Here's a link to some of my photos of our trip:

One of my more recent photos of my grand-daughter just made the front page of the "Things to do" section of our local paper. It was featured in an article on the upcoming Midsommar Festival at our town's Swedish Heritage Museum.

I took pictures at last years Festival and the museum submitted them to the newspaper for this year's publicity.

Talk about me being a proud grandpa!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi joyce!
It sort of explodes here when it starts blooming. But the cold nights have put a break on them now (again I would say), so now it´ll take some time until it starts again.

The weather has been acting really strange this spring. Summer heat in April!! I don´t think that´s ever happened before and now really cold days and nights. I hope that July will be reasonbly warm anyway, because that´s when I have my vacation :-)
Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi and welkome John!
I´ve missed that You gave an answer at Kat´s. I have now start looking through all the pictures and have gotten through the first link you posted.

My whole family comes from Karlskrona so I recognised all places there :-) Great pictures all of them! Stockholm and Copenhagen is really beautiful citys (but I´ve never seen Wasa though). I saw a picture of Alvesta station too, that´s not far from where my mother lives :-) Now I´ll go thgrough the rest of them too.

I have to admit that garlic and castor beans are things I fail with almost every time :-) But i keep on trying :-)

Thanks for charing Your pictures, it´s been a joy watching them. Now I´ll continue with the rest of them. Have a great day now!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

wow...your countryside must just be getting more and more beautiful...

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Mona!
I feel so lucky to have been able to move out here :-) When I was younger I never thought that I would be able to do that. But things and time changes thankfully :-)
have a great day now!