Jul 3, 2009

roses & other flowers

the so called rosebed at the shack has been neglected for years. i do remember cutting it one spring but that must easily be 5 years ago. yesterday i decided to do something about it, finally.

there are 2 different kind of roses on the bed, rosa rugosa and rosa pimpinellifolia. the white pimpinellafolia i don't mind, it's actually very pretty in bloom, although the blooming is very brief. it's the pinkish rugosa i don't like, it's gone wild and too tall, and it's blocking the view from the deck to rest of the garden. besides there is, somewhere under all those rose roots and weeds, a nice stone wall that would look even nicer exposed with a few low growing perennials

i managed 3 hours and 2 meters of the bed. that resulted in 3 full wheelbarrows of rose choppings (i did cut the stems smaller to save space in the compost). i had to get the iron bar to help with the roots, some of which were 4 cm thick! then the heat got to me, i just plain wore out, and i did have 2 huge blisters on my fingers... i only have about 15 more meters to clear, wonder if that happens this summer?

a lovely, now destroyed, rugosa with exceptionally beautiful flower, they usually only have 5 petals

the flowers, leaves and seeds of digitalis purpurea are fatally dangerous, if consumed, to humans and some animals. the digitalis has been showing up in the back yard at the shack

lovely pink, almost as nice as in the peonies...

varjolilja in finnish, lilium martagon to the rest of you. this has also been showing up on the back yard

can you tell i'm excited about the peonies?! this was taken last night

same bud this morning. oh, i did ask martha about the ants and she replied to me! no worries here, ants are normal and drawn to the sticky substance in the peonies. now i have that from an authority

this was my late night snack yesterday, strawberries and creme fraiche (mixed with a little sugar and vanilla)

this is the souvenir i got from certain someone when he returned from way back east, i do like the unusual collar. the shirt itself is also quite unusual, there are no shoulder seams. the collar has been embroidered around a hole in the fabric

Jul 1, 2009

bbq, peonies

summer leave just started and we decided to grill for the first time (?!?) this summer. pork was on order, just plain with some oil before placing them on the grill, glazing it only towards the end of cooking time. button mushrooms with lemon and parsley as a side. granma mami's cast iron pan is beautifully seasoned but since i have a ceramic stove i got get much use out of it. the pan was perfect for this

simple summer lunch, green salad with just iceberg lettuce and arugula

certain someone built this deck at the shack last year. today we spent most of the day on it, early afternoon it got too warm (another ?!?) and we added a "shade" made out of a sheet... not very martha stewart but got us thru the afternoon. however, there are plans to make a more permanent and prettier solution. some of the potted plants were put on the sill of deck

one example

another, i should have paid more attention to the names of the plants i got. i think i need to revisit the garden center just to get the names...

aah, don't you just love the hint of pink waiting to burst out!

in case i've forgot to tell, i love peonies

there are many ants in the budding blooms, i need to ask martha if i should do something about them

these here are the carrots i planted in big ikea "bucket", looks like we might actually get a dozen or so carrots. that is if the rabbits don't figure out how to get to them first. last year they got my malgolds...

breakfast today, sorry kids, i will make some for you as well at the cottage

ps. happy birthday, older niece!