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Midsummer in Finland

This weekend marked the ancient celebrations of midsummer in Finland. That means that almost everyone goes to the countryside and to their summer cabins. We also did that because I’m from this idyllic village in southeast Finland, a totally rural area, about 300 people living their. It’s the perfect place to go and have a mindfulness retreat. You wake up to the sounds of bird singing and wind blowing. You can take a long walk in the forests or amaze how the fields grow. Listen to the sounds of buzzing bumble bees that are totally excited about the massive amounts of flowers in the garden. Then make food with fire and have a sauna with Finnish vihta (bath whisk) made of birch. I love it!

Whipped cream in trees

Blooming apple trees have always somehow reminded me of really creamy cakes. There’s something super-romantic and sweet about those. These pics are from few weeks back when I took a slow Sunday walk in my neighbourhood. Loving all these fresh colours!

Do it like Japanese do

Japan, oh how I miss you! I love to go through the photos we took from our trip to Japan in November 2015. They calm and amaze me every time. And there’s always something new to spot and get inspired. And I know I’ve already done a lot of Japan-related posts here but there’s still more to share. In this post I’ll be focusing on the gardening techniques of Japanese. Because they are genious! And they use natural materials and ways to care gardens. That is something I really appreciate and I think everyone should. Someday, when I have my own garden to tend to, I will definitely use all of these techniques. PEST CONTROLLING (Komo-Maki) The first time we entered a Japanese garden in Tokyo we noticed these weird straw mats wrapped around trees. It seemed totally odd until we saw this little sign that explained it all: Komo Maki. So how does it works? Well, first of all, remember it was November when we visited Japan and these gardens. The weather was turning …

Spring Balcony 2017

It’s spring time FINALLY here in Finland, too. I mean, it’s been tough, because it’s been so cold and the statistics say that the spring is about one month late. The winter is harder and longer every year. But now there has been some beautiful, sunny and warm spring days and I can finally make our little and lovely balcony our little garden. You know we moved to a new city and apartment in December. And it’s always so cool when you get to plan and do your balcony for the first time. I’m really loving our little balcony, it’s so different than our huge previous one (remember this). That one took so much work with watering and I really hated emptying all that soil from planting boxes before we moved away. So now this new little balcony definitely controls my habit of gardening a lot of things. I just bough two balcony boxes and one hanging basket. For now. Today I also started our gardening season with lots of violets and (I couldn’t resist) …

The Rich Brothers

If you follow the trends and rising stars of landscape design you might have heard about the Rich brothers. These two gorgeous-looking, fun and talented men are the ones you should follow. Because Harry and David Rich are the present and future superstars of garden and landscape design. They design little home gardens for regular people (and you can see those processes with an awesome show from BBC One and the show is called Garden Rescue, totally recommending!). But what they are mostly known are their designs for the luxury brands like Chanel and Massimo Dutti. I say WOW! They have also participated in many RHS Chelsea Flower Shows with their garden designs. But the best thing about these two is that they seem so down-to-earth. You can see that they are so talented, modern designers who are interested and excited about their field of choice. But they are not too proud to do small scale designs, they seem authentically warm, nice and fun, their Instagram account is full of surfing pics and relaxed feeling. LOVING …

The balcony garden that was

As you might remember I tried to downscale my garden plants for this summer. And that was a good thing because I didn’t even manage to take good care of this decreased amount of plants! Been so busy, you know. Well, I managed to grow some beautiful tomatoes. But again I got really disappointed about Finnish summer weather which is just not warm enough for tomatoes. I mean getting them lots of. It’s too much work compared to the harvest I get. So maybe next year I’ll skip the tomatoes, too (I’m saying this now but when the sowing season starts I might think again). But black kale was awesome again! Most of the herbs died because of the lack of watering and love. Oops. And remember PlantLink? I tried that with my tomatoes and it worked great! Although life was hectic I managed to water the tomatoes properly with the help of PlantLink. Also, I’m so pround of my Chef who is totally hooked with plants too. He grew the most amazing chocolate habanero …

For the snail haters

It’s a known fact: the snails are slowly but firmly taking over our gardens. Especially here in Finland there are huge problems with copse snails (Arianta arbustorum) and Spanish slugs (Arion vulgaris). They eat the plants that you have taken care of for a long time and don’t leave you anything. One of the most asked questions in my work is “What should I do with the snails?”. I thought I should share a few tricks here in my blog, too. Because in the recent months I’ve been studying this subject a bit just to give the customers more specific answers to their problem. First of all, I have to say that there are many different products on the market at the moment that promise to banish the snails from your garden. There’s also some old school tricks that some people swear upon. Some of them work, some of them don’t and I’m not going to go into details. The actions I recommend doing might work in your garden or then not. Because every garden, every …

Balcony vol. 2

  I think nowadays my every post starts with “it’s been so hectic lately…”. Running your own business is hectic. But I’m really enjoying it, it’s exciting, it’s stressful in a good way (in a way that you drive yourself into levels that you didn’t even know you could achieve). And then you can go home and take care of your own garden. Which is like zen meditation. So here’s a few pics what is happening this year at my balcony garden. After last year I decided to go more minimal, only growing the ones that I enjoy eating and using while cooking. And add just a few plants for the looks. Bush tomatoes, black kale (palm kale), komatsuna and herbs like parsley, dill, basil and rosemary are the chosen ones. Then there’s pelargoniums and hay. And a strawberry! I’m really loving how lush the balcony looks again, even more now that it’s warm enough for the more tropical plants like cardamom and others to go out, too. Loving it!   Musta tuntuu, että nykyään jokainen …

Violets and vegetables

Hi there Spring! My spring at the balcony starts always with violets (Viola). Except this year I experimented with hyacinths but that is all past, they have bloomed and now the same basket is growing Allium. I just wanted to give you a little glimpse of what’s happening at the balcony at the moment. Life has been hectic but my plant babies like tomatoes and komatsuna are growing strong. The weather is suppose to be wonderful for the next few weeks here in Finland so I think it’s time to get my babies outside at the balcony. Cannot wait for them to grow even more!   Moikka Kevät! Mun kevät parvekkeella alkaa aina orvokeilla (Viola). Paitsi tänä vuonna aloittelin jo itse kasvatetuilla hyasinteilla, mutta sehän on jo menneisyyttä. Hyasintit ovat jo kukkineet ja nyt samasta ruukusta puskevat hurjaa vauhtia erilaiset laukat (Allium). Haluankin näyttää pikkuisen, mitä parvekkeella tällä hetkellä tapahtuu. Elämä on ollut hektistä, mutta mun kasvit, kuten tomaatit ja komatsuna, kasvavat hurjaa vauhtia. Sään pitäisi olla mahtava seuraavat pari viikkoa, joten ajattelin jo siirtää …

Spring hyacinths

  Remember when I brought the bulbs out from the cellar? They were almost neon yellowish green and I was so sceptical about them going “normal” or starting to bloom. But see!!! They did all that! How beautiful and wonderful spring flowers I now have. And who said that hyacinths are only Christmas flowers? No no. When the sun is shining to our balcony and warming it up, the stunning scent of those beauties is amazing.   Muistatteko, kun hain syksyllä istutetut kukkasipulit ulos kellarista? Ne olivat niin neon keltavihreitä, että olin hyvin skeptinen siitä, tuleeko niistä “normaalin” vihreitä tai alkavatko ne edes kukkia. Mutta katsokaas nyt!!! Ne tekivät just sen. Miten mahtavia ja kauniita kevätkukkia mulla nyt onkaan. Ja kuka sanoi, että hyasintit kuuluvat vain jouluun? Ei ja ei. Kun aurinko paistaa meidän parvekkeelle ja lämmittää sen, noiden kaunokaisten huumaava tuoksu on jotain ihan mahtavaa.