27 kesäkuuta 2017

Floral Bliss #27

Rosa rugosa 'Belle Poitevine'
The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Rosa pimpinellifolia 'Ruskela' is blooming soon for the first time.
I have got it as a small root sprout.

In spite of rainy days, many plants are beginning to bloom:
in pink as roses, in blue as geraniums, in yellow as hemerocallis...

Paeonia lactiflora 'Edulis Superba'

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.
- Bill Watterson

There's going to be a lot of reading this summer!

Probably Geranium x magnificum

Meconopsis gambrica - The Welsh poppy
Meconopsis betonicifolia - only two buds...
Tradescantia Andersoniana Group
I have these in many colors, this one had self seeded between pavement tiles...
Plantago media
The white Centaurea montana is not as aggressive as the blue one
Rosa rugosa 'Zwerg'

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Nautitaan kesästä säästä huolimatta! - Let's enjoy the summer in spite of the weather!

24 kesäkuuta 2017

Green Happiness

Hosta 'Halcyon' is my favourite - low with beautiful grey green leaves

This week we have got sun and rain. Everything grows so vigorously.
I love different shapes of leaves and different shades of green, the blooms are not that important.
I gathered here some examples of my wild garden = my green happiness ❤︎

Spiraea japonica’Goldmound’ would not need any of its pink flowers!

The yellow Meconopsis cambrica self seeds wherever it likes!
On the foreground Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'
Veratrum viride - Viherpärskäjuuri

This long flower bed is a bit empty for I have donated plants to my daughter

Late on Thursday evening there was this fantastic double rainbow ❤︎
I have never seen this great and the light was absolutely surreal on the tree tops.

There is going to be some blooming too!

23 kesäkuuta 2017

Weekend in Black & White

As a photo this rainbow may not be any special, but it was really fabulous.
Photographed yesterday at 10 pm from the kitchen stairs.

Sorbus aucuparia var. Edulis

22 kesäkuuta 2017

Happy Midsummer!

Eino Leino (1878 – 1926) was a Finnish poet and journalist and is considered one of the pioneers of Finnish poetry. His poems combine modern and Finnish folk elements. The style of much of his work is like the Kalevala and folk songs. Nature, love, and despair are frequent themes in Leino's work. He is beloved and widely read in Finland today. His poem Midsummer is very well-known.


Minä avaan syömeni selälleen
ja annan päivän paistaa,
minä tahdon kylpeä joka veen
ja joka marjan maistaa.

Minun mielessäni on juhannus
ja juhla ja mittumaari,
ja jos minä illoin itkenkin,
niin siellä on sateenkaari.


Trusting, my heart I open and take
the daylight there to shine,
I want to bathe myself in every lake
and taste all berries fine.

Deep in my mind I celebrate Saint John
and the midsummer night,
and, in the evenings, If I cry anon
there's a rainbow bright.

- translated by Maria Magdalena Biela


Ich werde mein Herz aufmachen
und den Tag glänzen lassen,
Ich werde jeden See baden
und alle Beere schmecken.

In meinem Kopf ist es Hochsommer 
und Feier und Mittsommer,
und soll ich abends weinen,
so wird es ein Regenbogen sein.

- übersetzt von mir

Five on Friday

Hyvää juhannusta! - Happy Midsummer! - Gute Hochsommer! - Feliz San Juan!

20 kesäkuuta 2017

Floral Bliss #26

It is Midsummer week. I connect to midsummer geraniums, lupins, cow parsley
irises and of course Midsummer rose - Rosa spinosissima.

When I was a little girl my father decorated with young birches
 both sides of the stairs. So birch branches belong still to my midsummer tradition
and actually any white & blue flowers bring the right midsummer mood.
Geraniums are not yet in bloom, but I gathered here some that are blooming right now.

Drymocallis rupestris Valkohanhikki

Photo from 2016

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Ihanaa juhannusta! - Happy Midsummer!