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Spring came in a quick burst, but in recent weeks the temperatures have been moderate, so there has been plenty of time to admire snowdrops and other spring beauties! My new border looks ok and it seems to have been a mild winter for most plants. The rabbits (of the large variety) have been the nastiest. I’m sad to see they have eaten most of my newer (of two plants) Rhododendron schlippenbachii . But otherwise, a good winter! The gardening year looks promising.

In the first picture: Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ – they get better every year! I must remember to divide a few plants in a week or two.

HepaticaHepatica x media

PushkiniascilloidesPuschkinia scilloides, it makes nice carpets!

IrishistrioidesThe Iris histrioides is looking good in it’s second year too. Sometimes they seem to fade with time.

crocustommasinianusCrocus tommasinianus. My mother has decided, that the best way to avoid getting all your crocus eaten by rabbits, is to plant lots in a lot of places! I’m on board with her strategy:-)


This is Saxifraga ‘Mary Golds’, she made it through her first winter in Finland! A purchase from Kevock  last year. They had good plants.

It’s a difficult time of the year to be a gardener. It’s cold outside and there is still a long wait for spring. I’ve slowly been getting into indoor gardening again. I had some enthusiasm for it while I was still in gardening school, but the dark winters and my dry indoor air was never a good combination for it. These days I have more light in my home and I’ve worked a bit on my indoor environment. I still have some remodelling to do, but there are already a few new places for indoor plants.

In the first picture there is a Chlorophytum and a Streptocarpus.


This is a bouquet from my garden towards the end of the summer.


Some cacti that I’ve been growing ever since I used them in a photo shoot about two years ago. They wait for their final place in my home.

I guess I have almost been ignoring my old double borders here on In real life I appreciate them very much and I like how (moderately) easy they are to manage now that they are mature. 15 years old it seems, at least according to the old photographs I have from the time the soil was first turned. It was a lot of digging and soil improvement at the time and I remember that I bribed one of my cousins to help me with an old Mitsubishi soil rotator. I think I had given him a lift somewhere and he owed me a favour. The rotator was old even then and it’s still going strong thanks to my uncle’s tender care. (I would not be surprised if it’s almost 40 years old.)

This was the start. And my cousin with a blurred face and the rotator.
I added the pergola last year. My own design, but obviously an Ulf Nordfjell rip off. Two builders actually built it, it wasn’t that complicated, but still easier for two people and I suspect I might have had a hard time in getting the whole thing straight if I had attempted it myself.

Rosa helenae ‘Hybrida’ likes the pergola.

The peach and pink part.

Achillea ‘Lachsschönheit’

Blue, purple and red.

Blue, grey and white when the fence was new and the border a lot slimmer.

  • Piia Anneli @ anneliviaJuly 20, 2013 - 09:14

    Ihana nähdä tuota kehitystä, mahtavan runsasta ja niin kauniita kasvivalintoja. Pergola on upean yksinkertainen, tykkäisin itsekin tuollaisesta. Hienoa jälkeä kokonaisuudessaan.ReplyCancel

    • HAJuly 20, 2013 - 17:01

      Kiitos! Onhan siinä ollut haasteensa, mutta nyt kokonaisuus on aika ok :-) Myyrät viihtyvät tuolla valitettavan hyvin..ReplyCancel

I think my new border is having it’s first moment..

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