All posts tagged: plants

The Rose (or Peony) Garden

  Remember when I promised to show you the outside garden area of the Winter Garden in the last post? Well, here it comes! The garden in front of the Winter Garden greenhouses is called the Rose Garden, but there’s so much more into it. When I visited this garden a week ago there wasn’t that much of roses blooming but more beautiful perennials. It’s also so nice that they (=the gardeners of Winter Garden) have planted lots of summery seasonal pots full of colourful flowers. So much inspiration here! And the peonies were in full bloom, so amazing!

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!

Rhododendron explosion

Prepare yourself for this colour therapy post: because something strange has happened here in Helsinki, Finland! The spring was so cold and came late and it seems like the whole nature is now rushing to start the growing and blooming season. And so has happened in Helsinki’s Rhododendron Garden where rhododendrons and azaleas are NOW blooming at the same time! That is so rare! Normally the azaleas bloom earlier and then in the first weeks of June starts rhododendrons. As a birthday present for myself we made a biking trip to this amazing park to see these beauties. We were so amazed by how colourful and vast the whole place was. It was like a magical jungle of flowers! And the fragrance of those flowers was so unique! If you want to see this go there now (Laajasuontie in Etelä-Haaga; Huopalahti station if you go by train)! I think the plants will bloom just a few days more.

Hidden Japanese Garden

Remember when I posted about this garden center I visited while it was still winter in here Finland? Back then I was blown away but also a bit disappointed because I was told that there was a Japanese garden also but it was closed during the winter months. So when my siblings texted me few weeks ago insisting that we have to go to that garden center again, of course I said YES!  And so we went to Viherpaja again and I was so excited to see this Japanese garden there, hidden inside a greenhouse. It blew me away completely! I was expecting a few bonsai trees, lanterns, some plants that are typically Japanese like different maples (Acer sp.), something very simple and not that Japanese. But when I entered through this humble looking greenhouse door, it was magical! Just like entering another world, a leap to Japan. There was a pond, a stream, big maples and evergreens, a teahouse, lanterns, bonsai, everything that you would see in a typical Japanese garden if you enter …

Rhododendron “Suomi 100”

  One of my favorite plant loves is definitely a Rhododendron. Those shiny and thick beautiful leaves that stay green in the winter also (very nice here in Finland when it’s so grey in the winter) and, of course, that amazing shine of colours when it’s their time to bloom. They are also very usual in Japan’s nature and gardens (my country love if you still haven’t figured it out). I’m eagerly waiting for my own garden to happen in a nearby future and I definitely want it to be, at least partly, a very shadowy, forest-like garden. Just because Rhododendrons love shadow (and I actually prefer all the shadow plants).  I’ve already decided that one of the first plants that my garden will get is a Rhododendron. Now I’m glad that I still have a few years until my own garden dream will come true, because there’s a new Rhododendron species in that house! Meaning there’s one new species for me to choose from. The new one has been developed here in Finland and actually, quite …

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 …

Blue fields of Spring

Bright colours of spring are the best remedy after long, grey and dark winter. Although I don’t normally like bright yellow in flowers, in the spring time it’s a must have. And the sea of bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)! I liked our neighbourhood in the winter, I love it in the spring, so I cannot wait the summer here.

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) …

Grow in Space

You know that I love plants and astronomy. And I’m always interested when there’s new things going on: like NASA scientists testing how to grow vegetables and greens in the space. This specially designed greenhouse doesn’t only give you important nutrients but it also does air revitalization, water recycling or waste recycling. The idea is actually quite simple: the astronauts breath (hopefully) which makes carbon dioxide. As it happens, plants use that to photosynthesize. And that process creates oxygen for the astronauts to breath with the awesome side products for them to eat. There’s a natural cycle. Or a a bioregenerative life support system, as they say in NASA. And LED-lights provide the needed light.  

New home neighborhood

We’ve lived in Helsinki for 4 months now and I just haven’t managed to post anything about our new neighborhood.  Let’s fix that! We live in Munkkiniemi which is like its own little village inside Helsinki, just few kilometers from the centrum. This place is by the sea, most of the buildings are from the 1940’s or 1950’s and you can see the influence of those years also in the gardens here. I love wondering around this area because the houses are so beautiful, the tram number 4 comes straight from the city centrum, there are lots of nature areas and, of course, the sea. I am so much a sea person. It smells different, it feels different and calms you differently than lakes or rivers. All the gardens in this area, even how small, are perfectly designed to match the 50’s feeling. The plants like Rhododendron, Taxus and Hydrangea are so 50’s! The gardener inside me is thrilled to see garden spots that are so well thought. These photos are from January but it actually doesn’t …