It´s getting greener :-)
It´s been a cloudy and rainy day today. Scince it also was fairly warm it was like working in a steam bath :-) I got much the same feeling when my dogs and I took our walk when I got home. But birds was singing and all smells were so strong that it was a joy to walk there.
My favourite peninsula out into the bog has unfortunally also become the favourite place for a couple of moose. It´s a cow and her calf from last year. The moose cow is trying to get rid of the old one since there´s a new one on the way, so she´s a bit irritated as it is. When the new calf comes she will become dangerous, especially towarsd humans and dogs.
Soon the white flowering period starts out in the forest. This is cherry flowerbuds.
Just a couple of days ago they had to shoot a moose cow and her newly born calf since the moose cow attacked a lady that was out walking and injured her badly. They tried everything to make the moose walk away, but she refused. She also did her best attacking the personel that came with the ambulance to get the injured lady. So now I have to make a lot of noice when walking out there or not walk there at all. It´ll most probably be the latter.
Bird-cherry tree. If one is lucky the flowers smells wonderful, but mostly it smells like cat pee.
Sloe bush. Gets berries that tastes awful until they are hit by two days of frost. After that one can make the most wonderful lemonade (or liqueur if You like that). They belive this is one of the ancestors to the european plum.
The forest has changed a lot since lots of spruces and pines has been cut down or fallen in storms. As You know by now I don´t like it when they cut down the forest. But now lots of deciduous trees has migrated to the forest and more will be planted (like oak, beech and cherries) and with them lots more animals and herbs. A spruce and pine forest is poor with different species in comparence so that is an improvement (unfortunally also ticks will benefit from this).
The flowers on the Sloe bush.
For us that loves gardening but lives in a place with rather hard climate for most garden plants this is great. I´ve already seen some bushes that I will (with the landowners permission naturally) take some cuttings from. If I´m lucky I´ll perhaps find some with different shapes on the leafs or with a bit different color on the leafs. By the way, if You have some cuttings that simply refuses to get roots, there is one thing You can try.
This clematis that I´ve sown myself (and calls Tove after a friend that isn´t with us any more) starts with green flowers that slowly turns white.
Cut some branches from a willow (any species in the family Salix will do) cut them in 10cm (4 inches) and put them in water. If You prefere to have cuttings in water to get roots put the cutting in the same place as the willow branches. If You like me wants to put the cuttings in soil let the willow cuttings get some roots and water with that water they stand in. Willows produces a hormone that stimulates the making of roots and the water gets full of it. When the roots on the willows has become an inch or so throw them away and start with new ones. I think it´s a better way than to buy chemically manufactured hormones that can cause troubles in the nature (and it´s cheap too!)
Well it´s time for a cup of tea and then I´ll read all Your blogs!
Have a great day now!