Det är så otroligt jobbigt att se döda igelkottar, varje år, längs den stora gatan jag cyklar på varje dag. För att påverka satte jag upp fyra av Naturskyddsföreningen skyltar längs sträckan.
På de flesta banker räknas unika växter som tillgång. Banktjänstemän utbildas för att underhålla växter mot ränta. Anställda har guldrosor på sina slipsnålar eller blusar.
Bakom bankbyggnaden underhålls kundernas växter. Historiska tulpanlökar sköts enligt holländska handböcker. Buxbomsjuka plantor, som härrör från 1700-talets Versaille, hålls efter med eldspruta.
En del växter är så värdefulla att de odlas i kedjelåsta växthus. Dessa arter är så hemliga att enbart en banktjänsteman har befogenhet i ärendet.
Växterna ses som valuta och är lika gällande som guldtackor. För att kunna ha sina växter på bank innebär emellertid arbete dygnet runt, samt utryckning vid skyfall eller liknande. Kostnaderna utgår därefter.
Den här rosen heter the Fairy, men behöver inte bo på bank riktigt än!
Nectar is never far away. This moth had time to rest on a leaf. Maybe it flew from the nearest alfalfa or clover flower, and felt satisfied for a moment. I choose plants rich in nectar and pollen, I love a power garden! I asked a researcher in biodiversity what kind of moth it is. He said it’s a hemithea aestivaria, brunfläckig lundmätare (common emerald)
Antirrhinum majus, lejongap
The blue thread the headline’s referring to is the fence. I wanted to make a line that tells no entrance without looking hostile. I love to show the garden and I like to invite kind people who pass by.
But sometimes people go in when I’m not there, sometimes they pick flowers. That’s a sad feeling. I always know someone’s been there. I’ve found flowers picked up by the roots, and bent stems that didn’t go off without scissors – lilacs for example, and were just left there.
A line is always a line, it communicates that we want to be left alone. And that we protect something that’s needs to be undisturbed. An invisible line can be drawn, but some won’t see it. The soft blue thread gives the message; – I’ll gladly show the flowers in the morning.
”I’m glad someone has taken an interested in this one!” So the salesperson told me when I was visiting a flower market and stopped at her tent. I became interested in this intense red velvet achillea, because I’d never seen a red one before. -Once I leave this market I’ll never find one again. It suits the garden wonderfully with its rough and wild character. I’ve moved it again to a more wild looking corner by the bench. This flower makes no excuses!
I cut down some of the hedge’s high tops. Now we can watch the sunset and field outside. It looks dark but was incredibly bright sun at that moment.
Peace is another rose that was not of my doing from the beginning. It has needed a bit of help though! By cutting back branches and shady plants the rose bush got a sunny position again. The flower switches softly from bright lemon to apricot. And it surely smells like fruit as well :)
Lush luck from Mexiko. Today we found a fifth petal on a leaf… I thought finding a fourth petal was extreme enough!
Don’t say anything, I found this and had to have it ;)
Purpurklätt or silent coronaria are biennals and only spread from seed. They rely on the wind and can start to grow almost anywhere in the garden. First year the plant only make leaves, and bloom the second year. Last year I collected all the little seedlings I could find and put them in one place.
Enjoy! :) Happy summer!
Finally the roses have gathered their group to bloom. And they are many with the soft smell that keep lying in the air. This explosive bloom only last a week. There will be other roses throughout the summer and even autumn. But this is… June. The energy that lies in these roses is there, even though I do nothing. I do nothing for them.
But I have cleared a small corner where I can sit and rest. The pictures are taken there.
From another angle.
All cred to my bike! Without it I wouldn’t have been able to come. I had to walk, big no no! :)
Experimental… Just had to make these two. The pattern of the daisies could be city lights, audience cameras or.. snow?
That’s all my photos for today! All the best, hugs from Emelie :)
Pictures from the allotment!
The little box bunny sits next to the lucky four clovers… Alright they’re not real four clovers but oxalis tetraphylla. But for me they spread luck anyway! The leaves and the sweet pink flowers need direct sun to really unfold. This plant comes from Mexico, that’s exciting!
Bees can’t get enough of this ”midsummer flower” Geranium sylvaticum. I haven’t planted this but someone else did! Someone who enjoyed this allotment before me. The stems are so soft I can’t describe it, like wool perhaps.
The heat was almost too much for me today. I spent most of the time in the shadow, resting on the bench or organizing this and that. I had much fun watching the birds. A pair of talgoxar (parus major) and their kids’re learning to fly. I stepped out in the sun now and then and saw this ladybird sunbathing.
The path leads on to the right. The midsummer flowers also to the right. The rain gauge is quite empty ;-) Today I refilled and cleaned the birds’ water bowls (also for other thirsty creatures to share) Toads have been spotted.
Cupressus, looks like lollipop with blue candy sprinkles on it(cones) I was determined to have one and bought it two years ago. I don’t know why I was so determined, not much of pinophyta style otherwise. Glad I did plant it though! No it doesn’t have yellow flowers! Only one of my tricks, a very tall Chinese buttercup reaches the ball!
Many people who pass the allotment area ask me about my tricks. The green apples in june is puzzling for some, the apples are quite authentic… but plastic!
Chinese butterball trollius chinensis
Well, it’s gotta be dirty too! That shovel is my third hand!!!
One of my newest plants, perenniall honesty. I dug it up from an abandoned allotment area near by. It had to be left since it will be transformed into a new underground waste system. I have quite a collection of plants from there, it has been some hectic work. If I were to buy all those plants I’d be approx. 1000 SEK.
That’s it for now!! Thanks for reading :-)