Friday, April 17, 2015

Back home in my garden








We stepped out of the airplane into what felt like summer warmth. The same morning our taxi driver in Sweden had scraped his car windows from frost and here we were on Swiss grounds in T-shirt and shorts weather. What a contrast!

Driving home I was stunned by how much has happened during our week in Sweden. How my home has turned all green and lush with flowering fruit trees and flower beds in colors of a rainbow. Back in Sweden things are still very naked, grey and frosty... Far from green buds on trees and the flower bulbs are just about to see the light peeking up from the ground. What a contrast! Again!

The weather has been great, says Jay with a great sun tan all over him. He has obviously been working "top less" in the sunny weather while I've been away. It suits him. :) Today the weather is grey and chilly and a cold front is coming, but the Forsythia tree brightens up any grey day for the moment. It is in its peak and I just had to share. Isn't it bloody gorgeous???!!!

Jay has planted new strawberry plants, potatoes and some salad so far. We will hold back a bit on the rest as the weather can change dramatically in April. It is exciting to plant in our new garden boxes that Jay built last summer. The garden feel so organized and clean from weeds compared to before. My only problem is what to do with the place next to the shed as we had to cut down the pine bushes that got infected with some decease... Hmmm. Maybe I will just put pots of flowers there this year until I figure out what else to do.

Walking around in the garden feels great. I am looking forward to watch what comes up in my flower beds. The church bee hive looks so proud there in the middle in all its new paint beauty. We have some projects to do here this year. I think we will take away the sand box, the shed needs a new coat of paint and the broken window needs to be fixed. I might try and turn it into a Swedish shed in red with white corners. We'll see what the landlord thinks about that... Knowing "The Swiss" it might be hard to convince them to change color to something so "bright" and different... Having a garden like this is bliss. Bliss with lots of work. And lots of rewards.

Kärlek
Annette

PS You can see more pictures and read more about our garden adventures here.




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17 comments :

  1. Hey, Annette! I am so glad that you had a good vacation & are home safe. I have been reading your blog for some time now & really enjoy hearing about your life over the "pond". Your garden is already looking good. Question - what kind of tree is that yellow flowering one by the little building. It looks like a forsythia but I have never seen it in tree form. Around here it just grows to be massive bushes if people leave them as nature intended. Anyway, thanks for sharing...keep up the good work!

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  2. Your garden is just beautiful. So inspiring!x

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  3. It looks as though Jay has been very busy, the veg garden is looking great and flowers are lovely too. There is a rustic charm about the shed as it is! I love the way the ground rises beyond the shed. Enjoy the good weather in your lovely garden. Sharon x

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  4. The garden beds and all look wonderful! I have plans for raised beds this year after so very many years of traditional gardening, with our clay soil the raised beds will allow us to get an earlier start to the growing season. We did have our bee hives near the garden but found they pollinate it more if they are further away.( Go figure?) The shed would be beautiful red and white, ours is, and it's such a bright spot during the winter. My forsythias has come and gone along with the grape hyacinths, I've been out planting annuals already. Enjoy the weekend!

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  5. Love your garden, beautiful blooms.

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  6. Such a beautiful garden, and inspiring pictures.... Welcome back home ! :))

    I've been "with you" a lot, during the last few days, as I recently bought your wonderful "Gispy Blanket" pattern, and I'm enjoying it SO MUCH ! It is so well written, beautifully illustrated, and full of clever tips. I'm very happy and grateful :))

    Right now, I'm in the process of making loads of those tiny centers (15 of each of my 20 colors), and have made 70... so far. Anyway, this is a looong journey, which thrills me. I'm taking my time, relaxing while making it, and I'm enjoying each and every step of the process :))

    In stitches,
    NADINE

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  7. I love forsythia, we have it in our garden too, such bright yet delicate flowers :) Sounds like you are glad to be home :)
    Jillxo

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  8. Bellissimo giardino! Benvenuta primavera e bentornata a casa!
    Giovanna

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  9. Those raised beds are great. Your garden already looks good.

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  10. Your garden is so lovely. Love your pear? tree. Ours is only two years old...just a babe still. Do you get a lot of fruit from it?

    Getting some quilting out of the way then I will finally start on the Nordic shawl...so looking forward to that.
    blessings, jill

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  11. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Sweden. Your garden looks wonderful. I love the way things change so quickly at this time of the year.

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  12. Forgot to tell you that I read your interview in FLOW magazine, and it was very interesting. Well done ! :))

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  13. I so love your layout of raised beds! I hope to have some in our backyard later this summer.

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  14. I absolutely love your garden, those a very handsome veg boxes! Unfortunately I'm the only gardener here, my hubbie hates it with a vengeance! It must be lovely to garden with someone...I live in hope of one of the girls getting the gardening bug, no signs yet, but one day perhaps. You're going to have some great meals from that lot over the coming months! :) xxx

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  15. Your garden is looking gorgeous! So much promise for the season ahead. I can't wait to see it grow!

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  16. such a sweet little garden, in that landscape. X

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Thank you so much for visiting my world. I love reading your comments and I do my utterly best to respond to questions and sweet messages. Thank you again for popping by.

Kärlek
Annette

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