Month: May 2015

oxalis

Edible flowers for the special party

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GRADUATES! Yesterday we had this lovely girl’s graduation party to attend to and the Chef of our family made wonderful food for it. There were beautiful edible flowers like Phlox and Verbena flowers and  (ordered from Mimis webshop) on top of the cakes and pannacotta desserts. He also collected some wood sorrels (Oxalis acetosella) and its flowers on top of the savory bread cakes. And new growths of the spruce trees. Yummy!   ONNEKSI OLKOON KAIKILLE UUSILLE YLIOPPILAILLE JA MUILLE VALMISTUNEILLE! Eilen olimme tämän ihanan tytön lakkiaisissa ja perheemme Kokki teki avustuksellamme ihan mahtavat ruuat juhliin. Kakkujen päällä ja pannacotta-jälkiruokien koristeena käytettiin syötäviä kukkia, kuten leimua (Phlox sp.) ja verbenaa (Verbena sp.), jotka tilattiin Mimis-nettikaupasta. Kokki oli myös kerännyt voileipäkakkujen päälle ketunleipiä ja niiden kukkia (Oxalis acetosella). Ja kuusenkerkkiä koristeeksi kaikkeen. Herkullista! Advertisements

house plants

Green home

Although so much is happening now in our balcony garden I wanted to take a few moments inside our new apartment to introduce our plants there. I have always thought that a home without anything green and living is missing its soul. “The more, the better” has been my motto when getting house plants. I buy new ones every year. I also get some seedlings from my friends. There’s some plants that have been traveling with me for decades and some that are brand new. I’m also a cruel keeper. If I don’t like something anymore or I feel that the plant is slowly dying because of me, I get rid of it. That happens once in a while. When I was a teenager, I remember having a Fruit salad plant,(what a funny name!!!), Monstera deliciosa, and then I got bored with it growing too fast and big. I tried to kill it with different techniques but it didn’t die. I think it took almost 6 months to kill it because the last thing I did …

pelargonium

Balcony garden extravaganza

Everything is out!!! The fact is I got bored and then I got inspired by the few hours of sunshine yesterday. There’s still going to be cold nights but I just couldn’t hold my horses any longer. I planted the zucchini seedlings out into the reclaimed buildings trash bags. Then I bought two cherry tomato seedlings, ‘Black Magic’ which makes beautiful and sweet brown-red tomatoes. Like chocolate tomatoes. They are now in one of the wooden boxes. The kales were planted, too, and with them I planted some salad mix seeds and sweet peas. So everything I planned are now actually growing in our balcony. From now on it’s just watering and taking care of them. I also want some colour there so I bought a few bright-coloured pelargoniums there. I have to add some more colour later.   Kaikki taimet ovat ulkona!!! Totuus on, että miä kyllästyin odottamaan ja sitten eilen intouduin muutamasta auringonpaisteisesta tunnista. Ihan varmasti edessä on kylmiä öitä, mutta en vaan pystynyt enää. Istutin jopa kesäkurpitsan taimet ulos kierrätettyihin rakennustyömaan roskapusseihin. Ostin …

brazil rainforest

Foundation for Deep Ecology

Few days ago I bumped into a series of shocking photos released by the Foundation For Deep Ecology. The pics show how we destroy our planet. Now let’s get it clear: I am not a environmental activist in the roughest and toughest kind of way but I’ve born deep in the countryside, in between the fields and forests and I have a very high respect for our nature. I still remember the sadness and feeling of something been ripped apart from me when I saw my childhood forest torn down a decade ago. In my life I try to live close to nature, collaborating with it, cherishing and respecting it. And there is nothing else making me more angry and frustrated than people. Irresponsible people who don’t  care. I just heard that this year the population of bumble bees has decreased to 50% of last years population in North America. Just because of the climate change that we still deny. That is the saddest thing. In my darkest moments I hope and I know that …

zucchini flowers

Zucchini sex!

I gave a little help for my zucchinis. Because all of the three seedlings are beautifully blooming! To get a good harvest from them I assisted their pollination (basically I was the third wheel in their sex life). I twiddled their anthers (the male part of the plants) with a cotton swab and then changed to the flowers with stigmas (the female parts). Hopefully the result is lots of zucchinis!   Autoin hieman mun kesäkurpitsoja. Koska kaikki ne kolme tainta kukkivat jo ihanasti! Jotta satoa saataisiin runsaasti, niin avustin siis hieman pölytyksessä (toisin sanoen toimin kolmantena pyöränä kasvieni seksielämässä). Pyörittelin pumpulipuikkoa ensin kukissa, joissa oli siitepölyä (eli heteissä) ja sitten vaihdoin kukkiin, joista löytyi emi. Toivottavasti tuloksena syntyy paljon kesäkurpitsoja!    

planting bean seedling

First ones out

As I told you earlier, the spring here has been slow and cold. But the seedlings have been growing and I noticed that the beans started to look unwell just because they had too small space. They needed to move into a bigger home so I decided it’s time for them to move out to the balcony. I was so excited to get the balcony into its summer look that I also bought some wonderful pelargoniums to give it a little colour. For growing the plants in the balcony we have some old wooden boxes and plastic ones that I use when moving. I covered the wooden boxes with a bit thicker plastic to keep the soil and moist contained. To the bottom I put a 5 cm layer of gravel, then a newspaper layer to keep the soil from the gravel and the added the soil. I then planted the seedlings of bean. I also wanted to give them company so I put some flower seeds like poppies and cornflowers into the soil. I also …

food cubes

Perfect cubes

Our world is full of wonderful plants that product delicious and colorful fruit. And although I love the natural and organic way of things I’m also always intrigued when natural world meets modern, graphical and geometric world. That’s why I love the work of Dutch artists Lernert & Sander who have made 98 perfect cubes from raw food, including those wonderful vegetables and fruit. Just look at how beautiful every little cube looks! The kale, the corn, the pink grapefruit. Like piece of art!   Maailmamme on täynnä mahtavia kasveja, jotka tuottavat herkullisia ja värikkäitä hedelmiä. Ja vaikka tykkäänkin kaikesta luonnollisesta ja orgaanisesta, mua kiehtoo myös se kun luonnonmukainen maailma kohtaa modernin, graafisen ja geometrisen maailman. Siksi rakastankin hollantilaisen taiteilijaduon Lernert & Sanderin työstä, jossa he ovat veistäneet 98 täydellistä kuutiota raa’asta ruuasta, mukaanlukien nuo kaikki ihanat vihannekset ja hedelmät. Katsokaas nyt miten kauniita pikkukuutioita! Kaali, maissi, verigreippi. Jokainen kuin pieni taideteos!

marsh tea

Do you fancy some marsh tea?

In the previous post I told you about our trip to Nyrölä nature path. There were so many wonderful plants growing that I had to make another post, more focused on the plant world of that place. The Marsh teas  (Rhododendron tomentosum) were blooming!!! I’ve never seen them bloom! They were so beautiful. And the whole place was full of growth. The only thing I was left wondering was that it’s so funny to be living in so up north that there’s no wood anemones (Anemone nemorosa) growing here.   Edellisessä postauksessa kerroinkin, että kävimme Nyrölän luontopolulla. Sen varrella kasvoi niin paljon ihania kasveja, joten mun oli pakko tehdä toinen postaus, joka keskittyy enemmän juuri noihin kasveihin. Suopursut (Rhododendron tomentosum) kukkivat!!! En ole ikinä nähnyt niiden kukkivan! Ne olivat niin kauniita. Ja koko paikka oli kasvun vallassa. Ainoa asia, mitä jäin pohtimaan oli, että on hassua asua jo niin ylhäällä pohjoisessa, että valkovuokkoja (Anemone nemorosa) ei täällä näy.

Nyrölä sign

Nyrölä nature path

Yesterday we visited a nature path quite nearby at Nyrölä village. And it was definitely a nice surprise. There were an old forest, a bit of history and a huge swamp area with an island and little wooden ferry. We had a picnic lunch there with a campfire. The place was like a garden of Eden in a modest Finnish way. The birds were singing and the tranquility was amazing. I totally recommend to check the place out if you visit Central Finland.   Eilen vietimme aamupäivän retkeillen aika läheisellä Nyrölän luontopolulla. Kävin siellä ensimmäistä kertaa ja yllätyin kyllä positiivisesti. Polun varrella oli iso vanha metsä, hieman historiaakin ja todella iso suoalue, jossa oli saari ja pieni puinen lossi. Kaiken kruunasi makkaranpaisto ja kahvituokio laavulla. Se paikka oli kuin suomalaisen vaatimaton versio Eedenin puutarhasta. Linnut lauloivat ja se rauha oli mieletöntä! Suosittelen paikkaa ehdottomasti, jos visiteeraat Keski-Suomessa.      

magnolia

Rising garden stars

It’s the beginning of the busiest season at the garden nursery and after a few busy weeks I’ve noticed some trends for this year. Here’s an introduction to a few this year’s favorites. Magnolia sp. Any magnolia does the trick. Everyone wants a magnolia in Finland at the moment. I think it’s because people have been thinking that magnolia doesn’t grow here in the north but actually it does. It also likes a bit acidic soil that we have here. And it grows especially if you have a sheltered place to put it, protecting it from the cold winds. You can grow it as a tree or a bush. Or put it in a pot! Rhododendron ‘Wine and roses‘. This version of rhododendron has a beautiful green and red wine coloured foliage. It flowers in May and June with dark pink flowers and is a little bit lower than your typical rhododendrons (max. 1.5 m). This has been a hit when making groups of softwood plants for the garden. Mixing it with different kinds of juniper, …