Spring surprise!

Feels like spring has been going on forever this year. It got really warm and then suddenly snow, rain and cold winds. Always a nice surprise to see what I planted in autumn though. I’ve completely forgotten and now loads of pretty flowers are blooming. The little chickens we got have turned big. They follow me wherever I go because I’ve spoilt them rotten feeding them overtime I go out, they are so cute! Definitely not the breed we were told but we love them anyways. The little white&black one is called Astrid and the white&brown is called Peanut. We waited a long time to name the black one, it’s most likely a cockerel but we decided on Woody. Today Maggie decided she wants to become a mum so we’ve ordered some fertilised eggs. The garden is coming along nicely. I built a frame in the crazy-always-overgrown-by-weeds-veg-patch and planted loads of vegetables and made sure to make it chicken proof. Started building a greenhouse a while ago, put hours and hours into it then someone came along the other day and asked :Is there really going to be enough sun in there? …after a few days of thinking I realised that Nope it’s not. So now I have to move it. Oh well, start over do it right! Today was sunny but a very cold wind so I changed plans from going out in the nature reserve to staying home having a bbq for lunch and then watching movies and pretending it’s Friday.

Recharging

Time for a morning and afternoon swim

Time for a morning and afternoon swim

Pidgey asleep on my lap

Pidgey asleep on my lap

I’d even forgotten I planted these bulbs

I’d even forgotten I planted these bulbs

Perfect finish to a perfect day

Perfect finish to a perfect day

Lots of blueberries!

Lots of blueberries!

First day in a very long time that I didn’t work or had to do anything. Started off with a morning swim, it was wonderful. Not one person down there, just me and the sea. Mowed the lawn. Then a trip to the garden centre to treat myself to some new flowers. The owner asked how my garden was doing and I replied not much was growing. It’s been a strange summer with 7°C in the end of May, rain, hail and wind. Everyone complains about the worst summer ever but I think in town they probably had about half the sun as we did out here. Almost every day we look towards the city and see big clouds while out here it still hasn’t been that bad. Saying that it has been colder than usual and my geraniums look like they usually do in spring and now it’s coming to the end of summer and the pear tree has fruit but started flower again at the same time. Coming back from the shop I picked up a book and sat down with Pidgey in the hammock. Looking around I realised the garden is not as bare as I thought, I just haven’t had time to sit out there all summer. All in all it was a lovely day and I am slowly recharging my batteries. Finished off with a barbecue with meat, veg and marshmallows while both cats and all the chickens stalked us hoping to get a taste.

Under attack

IMAG0886 IMAG0887When I finally seem to manage to keep the chickens out of the front yard… I’ve filled all the flowerbeds with new soil and planted some spring flowers. Started making a windshelter with old wood from the barn. The front of the house is rarely used because it’s always so windy there. My idea is to put up some wood or a net and plant lots of climbing flowers and peas. I’ve also planted a couple of small apple trees that I want growing along the fence and  blueberry and black currant bushes. So happy to have at least half of the garden looking nice again and then my husband bumped into a deer early this morning going to work. All my tulips eaten. The deer isn’t naive to the island. A few of them walked on the ice(or swam?) and now they live happily here. I still think it’s kind of cool to see them running around late in the evening or early morning but not cool when they eat my flowers. Another thing they brought along are ticks, definitely uncool. In a (probably useless) attempt to keep them out I’ve hung some strips of white plastic on our gates and made little sticks with blood flour on and stuck next to the poor little springflowers that I have left.

Glorious garden

image image image imageA aaah finally it’s warm, sunny and everything is growing like mad. First time mowing the lawn of this year. Hard work! The mower didn’t start at first, I asked the neighbour and after some taking apart and putting together I figured out the problem. A few minutes later I got it started! So proud of myself I made a victory run up and down the road, with the mower. The flowers are growing so fast you can see a difference from morning till evening. First spuds are in the ground but the hens are doing their best to dig them up.

Spring inside

IMAG4298My chillies are coming along nicely! I traded three more varieties from a forum, on of them is Czechoslovakian black. It gives black chillies and purple flowers, looking forward to that one. Today I planted Tigernuts. Apparently it’s a veeery old plant that grow roots that you can roast and eat. Did some googling and sadly found out that it’s apparently one of the most invasive weeds of the world! It doesn’t mention this when you buy the seeds, maybe they don’t survive the Swedish climate? I’m not sure weather to take the risk though, if I keep them, they will have to go in pots and not the flower beds. I’ve also planted peanuts and so far one has come up.
All my Geraniums that I’ve kept in the basement over winter have got lice and look terrible so now I’ve sprayed them with soapy water for a week, given them new soil and brought upstairs to wake up. It’s amazing what they survive. When we bought the house my grandmothers geraniums had been left in the basement without water for 6 months and most of them made it. There are still a couple of plants that have been kept alive since my great-grandmother.