All posts tagged: autumn

Foraging, listening and wondering

Countryside never leaves from you if you are born in the middle of the fields and forest, river and sea. That’s why I always feel very much energized when I go back to my childhood places. The misty mornings, flowers in the garden, magical forest, powerful rapids. I’m made of those.

Parks in Kotka: Autumnal colors

I’m definitely a coastal kind of girl. Every time I visit Kotka, which is a part of my childhood memories, I feel like I’m home. It’s not the city. It’s the sea, the flat terrain of the coast (the ancient seabed area), the smell of the sea, the fact that where you have sea you have this invisible route to anywhere with the feeling that you are free. For so many years I’ve lived in the middle of Finland and I’ve noticed how much I miss all those coastal kind of things. Maybe I’ll get the sea back, soon. Okay, enough of the poetic thoughts. So I visited Kotka and I know I’ve been telling about it’s awesome parks in other blog posts as well but they are so amazing in each season. All the autumn colors I witnessed with this turn were so beautiful. I really love the plant combinations, the use of different grasses within flower beds. Just look at these! If you’re visiting Kotka, check these parks out: Sibelius park (Sibeliuspuisto) Isopuisto …

Kenroku-en Japan Kanazawa

TOP 3: Japan gardens

I start my post series about Japan with a Top 3 of the greatest gardens we visited during our trip there. There are hundreds of beautiful gardens in Japan, we missed so many. Some of the gardens we visited were amazing beyond words, some of them were OK and full of tourists. But maybe this list of mine will give you some hint where you should definitely go, when visiting Japan and its gardens. And I think that I will be back there some day, so please, give me hints where to go next time (what did I miss?).   Aloitan mun Japani-aiheiset bloggaukset tärkeimmällä eli Top 3 mahtavimmat puutarhat, missä kävimme matkallamme. Japanissa on satoja tajuttoman kauniita puutarhoja ja mekin missasimme niin monia. Jotkut puutarhat ovat sanoinkuvaamattoman ihmeellisiä, jotkut ihan ok ja täynnä turisteja. Mutta ehkä tämä minunkin lista auttaa saamaan jotain vihjettä, missä kannattaa ehdottomasti käydä, jos Japani ja puutarhat kiinnostavat. Ja luulenpa, että itekin palaan vielä tuohon maahan jonain päivänä, joten mullekin saa antaa vinkkiä, missä vielä pitäisi käydä.   Top 1. …

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DIY: Bulbs in a pot

There are so many lovely plants in this world that I’m in a big trouble when having just a balcony as my playground. How wonderful would it be to have a big garden all by myself, adding spring bulbs every year, every kind of bulb, every colour. Yes, bulbs. For a month now, it’s been a perfect time to plant your bulbs for the next spring: tulips, alliums, crocuses, hyacinths… I love them all! So much that I really wanted to try to grow them in my balcony boxes and pots. Now, I know the final result in the spring but one can hope. If you want to try growing tulips and other bulbs in pots, here are few tips: Plant bulbs more closer to each other than you would when putting them on a ground in a garden (but in a way that they are not touching each other). That makes your pots bloom full! Choose also different kinds of bulbs to make it look more interesting. Remember to make a good drainage with gravel. The …

Copenhagen flowers and plants

October flowers of Copenhagen

When I’m too busy to travel to different flower/plant destinations it’s awesome to know that I have the best agents to do that for me. This time it was my Dad who was visiting Copenhagen, Denmark last week. When he saw the flower markets, he wanted to capture them for me. To see the prices, the flower stands, what they have on offer. So cool! Copenhagen is a place where I have wanted to visit for a long time but somehow it has never happened. But I love the Danish sense of style in everything and these flower stands are so beautiful! (And maybe I can hint that we have a little plan that includes Denmark and Copenhagen, too, but I’ll reveal more later when things come more real…)   Kun miä oon liian kiireinen matkustamaan eri paikkoihin ihailemaan kukkia ja kasveja, on ihan huippua tietää, että multa löytyy agentteja, jotka seuraavat muun maailman elämää mun puolesta. Tällä kertaa agentti oli mun isä, joka käväisi matkalla Kööpenhaminassa viime viikolla. Kun hän näki torien ja kauppahallien kukkakaupat, …

Jamming

I think one sign of getting old is when you start to preserve everything in the autumn time. Doing different kinds of jams, jellies, pickles, juices… And I love it! By now I’ve made red currant juice, gooseberry chutney and red currant and coconut jam, delicious. And of course every jar and bottle has to look beautiful, too. Why not do all this? There’s a long long winter coming and I’m loving the thought of having lovely summery jam on top of my yogurt breakfast in January. RECIPE FOR THE MOST PERFECT RED CURRANT AND COCONUT JAM 3 litres of fresh red currants, cleaned 2 dl of coconut milk 3 dl (or to your taste) jam sugar Add your red currants and coconut milk into a kettle and bring it boil. Boil in lower heat for 10-15 minutes until the red currants are soft. Then strain the mixture or if you want more texture just blend it roughly in blender. You should have that smooth jam base and then put it back into the kettle. …

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Heather weather

The autumn is here! I’ve been cleaning our balcony garden like maniac in various occasions, throwing away all the bad-looking plants and it the space started to look so empty. So it was definitely the time to add some new seasonal flowers. The traditional red heather (Calluna vulgaris) is not something I like (except in nature) but I really like the white and green ones. So this little and more modern autumn basket was perfect choice for our balcony! I added some candles and other decorations and voilá – we’re ready for the crisp and mystical autumn nights!   Syksy on täällä! Oon siivonnut parvekepuutarhaamme monena eri kertana, heittänyt pois pahannäköisiä ja kaikkensa antaneita kasveja ja nyt tila alkoi näyttämään jo aika tyhjältä. Joten oli ehdottomasti aika lisätä uusia kausikukkia. Se perinteinen punainen kanerva (Calluna vulgaris) ei ole ihan mun maun mukainen (paitsi luonnossa), mutta tykkään todella paljon noista valkoisista ja vihreistä versioista. Istutinkin tällaisen pienen modernimman kanervakorin, josta tuli juuri täydellinen meidän parvekkeelle! Lisäsin sitten vielä vähän kynttilöitä ja muita koristuksia ja voilá – …