All posts tagged: spring

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) …

Spring flowers loves Pantone!

I got a little hint about this awesome spring flower guide so, of course, I wanted to share this with all of you. Because hey, Pantone colors + beautiful flowers, that’s just perfect! Go check out the link if you want more information about the flowers. The guide is very detailed.  “Spring is one of the best times of year. As the weather gets warmer, flowers start to bloom, adding natural beauty to the landscape. Whether you planted your bulbs in the fall or are just getting ready to revamp your garden, its great to know what flowers are available to you. To give you an idea, FTD created a spring flower and Pantone color pairing guide. It matches 42 spring flowers with the ten Spring 2016 Pantone colors. The colors range from soft blues and pinks to bright reds and yellows, so you’re sure to find flowers that fit your personal preferences. You can quickly reference the flower-color pairings in the mood boards below!”

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.  

Iris spring

I needed some spring flowers to cheer me up so I just picked random and quite surprising choices for me. I think have never bought irises before. I don’t know why because they are so beautiful and remind me of my Mum, she’s named after them. Well, I made a few arrangements for our home and they cheered me up. Job well done.   Tarvitsin vähän kevätkukkia piristämään mun eloa, joten valitsin kukkakaupasta ihan sekalaisia ja aika yllättäviäkin kukkia. En muista koskaan aiemmin ostaneeni iiriksiä. En tiedä miksi, koska ne ovat niin kauniitakin ja muistuttavat mua äidistä, joka on nimetty tuon kukan mukaan. Noh, tein sekalaisista kukistani kotiin muutaman asetelman ja heti piristyin. Hyvin tehty siis.

Narsissi by Pentik

Nowadays I usually don’t like very colourful or printed textiles. For years I’ve been more of a muted-simple-colours-girl. But when I saw Pentik‘s (Finnish interior design retailer)  new Easter fabric called Narsissi I surprised myself. I really like it!!! I actually want to buy it! Is it the spring and the light or am I just getting older? I love the water-coloured image and the fresh colours. Some colours for me!   En nykyään oikein tykkää tosi värikkäistä tai kuvioiduista tekstiileistä. Jo vuosia olen ollut enemmän sellainen luonnonläheiset-ja-simppelit-värit-tyttö. Mutta kun näin Pentikin uuden pääsiäismalliston ja erityisesti kankaan nimeltä Narsissi, niin yllätin täysin itseni. Miä oikeasti tykkään siitä!!! Ja haluan hankkia sellaisen itselleni! Onko se tää kevät ja valo vai oonko vain tulossa vanhaksi? Rakastan tuota vesiväritettyä kuvamaailmaa ja noita raikkaita värejä. Vähän värejä mullekin!    

Taking bulbs from cellar

There was an awesome surprise waiting for me when I went to our cellar few days ago. Remember this post from the beginning of November when I was putting different bulbs in pots and taking them to the dark cellar to wait for spring? Well, this is the perfect sign of spring because these babies were growing like there’s no tomorrow when I saw them after three months. They were almost neon-coloured but looks at those roots!!! I’m so surprised that I managed to grow them. I took them out to the light and put them in a larger pot, covered with moss and now I’m just hoping they will go greener and be my spring delight.   Mua odotti mahtava yllätys, kun käväisin kellarissamme pari päivää sitten. Muistatteko tämän postauksen marraskuun alkupuolelta, kun istutin erilaisia sipuleita purkkeihin ja vein pimeään kellariin odottamaan kevään tuloa? Noh, tämä on ehdottomasti täydellinen kevään merkki, koska nämä pienokaiset kasvoivat kuin huomista ei olisikaan, kun kannoin ne sisälle kotiin näiden kolmen kuukauden jälkeen. Haljuiltahan pikkuiset näyttivät, lähes neonvärisiltä, mutta katsokaa noita juuria!!! …

DIY: Sowing seeds

Last year I got super-excited when we moved to a new apartment with huge balcony in March. Maybe someone remembers this post where I sowed lots of seeds for the upcoming balcony garden. Well, something that I learned from last summer is that “sow less seeds this spring”. Although I’m so waiting for the spring and summer to come just because I want to start my balcony garden again, I decided that I forbid myself of buying any new seeds this year. I actually donated away most of the seeds from last year. Here are the ones that I learned that are not a good idea for small spaces (and impatient gardener like myself): Brussels sprout, broccoli, zucchini, lettuce, flower seeds…  (Lettuce is perfect for small spaces but I noticed that it needs a lot of attention with watering and everything. It’s like an infant child among the teenagers and you just cannot leave it alone for a few hours.) The good ones: herbs like coriander, basil, mint, small tomato, black kale (or Lacinato kale) and komatsuna. So this …

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 …

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.