Thursday, June 18, 2009

The wild Goose berries are starting to ripe now. They are very small but oh so tasty.

It has been raining all morning, sometimes just a drizzle but mostly heavy showers. A weather best watched from a window. But I had to drive to Falkoping today to buy a gift for my nieces doughters baptism on Sunday. It was a long time since I had yo buy such a gift but I remember that I then bought a cup and a deep plate in china and cutlery with the same cute bunny pattern on it.

They didn´t have the same patterns any more, but they had pictures from our most popular childrens songs from early late century on it instead. Painted by one of our most loved painters (and writers) ‘Elsa Beskow’ (Click on her name and pictures that she has painted will be shown). Her most popular paintings were of those painted to childrens tales and children songs.

This little weed is called Earth smoke both in swedish and english (Fumaria officinalis). It´s an annual that is more than welcome here in my garden. It´s not agressive in any way and I love those small flowers.

This is a Fox glove hybrid of some kind. If You want it in Your garden it usually dies, but if You don´t want it, it becomes a terrible weed :-) I usually take away over a couple of hundred plants in my garden every year :-)

Tomorrow it´s Midsummers eve and that is a big holiday here.Many will get drunk for the first time in life and perhaps a sexually transmitted disease at the same time. Not to mention the result that will come in nine months :-) If the weather is nice there´ll probably be a messy holiday with lots of fights and alcohol related problems, so the police and many others are hoping for a rainy day. I personally thinks it´s sad that everything turns towards winter again, so I woun´t celebrate it at all. But in a couple of days I forget about that and then I enjoy the rest of the summer :-)

This one we call Dragon nepeta in sweden. Like all nepetas it has a strange scent on its leafs if one strokes them. In the beginning it´s rather a gentle flower that looks as if it has problems surviving, but that´s just a disguise :-) It doesn´t spred very fast but the plant it self gets so big that it sort of kills anything that comes in its way :-)

The iris bud I showed the other day has now opened. Really beautiful I think. Now I only have to find out what kind it is. I think it´s something I have sown myself.

The same flower from above.

My new mobile phones arriwed today :-) It´s an Ericsson C702 with a 3,2 megapixel camera and a Samsung something. The Samsung something is going to be a spare phone, it´s rather uggly but since it´s extrasafe toward dropping it on the ground it´s a perfect phone for me :-) There´ll be no digging for the pond today since the weather is like it is, but it´ll be better tomorrow they say. I´ve already bought some plants to have in the pond and until it´s filled with water they have to stay in a rainwater barrel.
Have a great day now!

Paradisbuske or in english 'Beauty bush' (Kolkwitzia amabilis) I´ll take a picture when all flowers are open.

I have a Gullklematis or Orange peel clematis in english (Clematis tangutica) climbing in one of my apple trees. By doing so the apple tree "flowers" for so much longer.


Anonymous said...

You must live for the summer months with all the beauty and flowering there is in Sweden. It would make me happy to live there. So the party starts tonight? Well then, "Party Hearty"!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
Yes, most of us do live for the summer months. Well there are some nutt heads that actully likes winter :-) :-)

No the party starts tomorrow. But most of are free from work today too.
Have a great day now!

Tara said...

I love the flower pictures (and the fact that you know them all). I have a plant in my front yard with bright yellow blooms...I'll have to take a picture of it and maybe you can tell me what it's called. :)

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Tara!
Now a new flower opens up almost every day here in my garden :-) This cold early summer has slowed down everything a lot, so I can enjoy them longer than usual :-)

Yes, take a picture! I might be able to find out what it is.
have a great day now!

Visiting Voyeur said...

I think I have some of your clematis in my yard just like yours. Once again beatiful pictures. I think it is getting rather hot here so all my plants look really sad and dry so no pictures. Have fun tomorrow. :) Chelle

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Chelle!
I think that this clematis is rather common and it´s easy to keep happy too :-)

It´s not good when it´s to hot, but at the moment I´d rather have that than this cold weather we´re having now.
Have a great day now!

Norma said...

We picked and ate gooseberries in Finland in 2006. Quite a treat. I don't believe we have them in the USA. Our hostess made jam. You have lovely photos.

jaz said...

hi christer...i planted gooseberries and they thrived for a few years until my trees grew big and created too much shade and then the gooseberries died. too bad because i am a big fan of gooseberries! is that white iris a russian iris? we were a bit dry here until yesterday. the heavens opened and i was ready to build an ark! i have a wheelbarrow that is about 2 1/2 feet deep and it was filled with water to the top when i went out this morning. i live on a mountain and there was flash flooding all down below me. cars were floating and peoples homes were floaded. and all my vegetables were laying on their sides. so i gently scooped them up and dusted them off and put little twigs to hold them up.. more rain tomorrow...yikes!!! good gift idea for the niece too.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Norma and welkome to my blog!

Gooseberries are deliciuos and is perfect for jam :-) But to go out an early morning and just eat them directly from the bush is even better :-) I prefere the red sorts.
I´m glad You like my photos, thanks!
Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi joyce!
To much shadow is one of the few things that gooseberries don´t like, outherwise they can take everything I think.
So much rain on the same time! Awful! When it rains that much here (very seldom but it happens) I´m glad that the soile here is almost pure sand, so the water goes straight down in to the ground. So I don´t have to worry about a flooded basement.

It´ll rain here all weekend they say, but for the moment the sun shines :-)
Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I forgot!
I think the iris is an Iris setosa even if it´s a bit high. I. setosa grows wild in northern amerioca and sibiria if I´m not misstaken.