Christmas time

Many things to do… I had some interesting new working experiences – it had something to do with getting some traditional Finnish Christmas food into stores, and now it’s Christmas time… Hmm, we’re cleaning our home now, and so on…

Christmas time

My morning coffee today. So, the house is a bit of a mess. That cloth… back there in the picture, for example, is a curtain from our living room. The curtain has fallen down because its handle got loose. And our couch ‘fell down’, too, so we’re basically sitting on the floor now. And we must clean the tables and take the carpets outside and hoover the house, and… But hey, it’s the shortest day of the year today! 🙂

The next three pictures I took in our garden today:

December
From the terrace
December echinacea purpurea and peony
Echinacea purpurea or purple coneflower and peony
December

We’ve had snow on the ground for many days now. And it’s snowing right now as well, and it’s -8 degrees Celsius, so we’ll have a white Christmas this year, too!

And here’s a video from our trail camera or game camera – I just call it an animal camera. We had the animal camera in my boyfriend’s land in the region of Etelä-PohjanmaaSouth Ostrobothnia. We brought the camera home for the winter. And here at home it was possible to get the videos to computer. We got some interesting and delightful videos. There were night-time wanderers… I’ll have a few videos here in my blog, too, so here’s the first one, a hare. 🙂 :

  • Leena

The first snow of the season

Today, on the 26th of October, we have the first snow of the season. It started to snow last night. Fairly early here in southern Finland – already in October, usually this happens here in November.

We have to enjoy this now, today and perhaps still tomorrow. They say, and we know, that this snow will melt by the end of the week. So, now, some pictures that I took in our garden today. 🙂

first snow, October, corn plants

The corn plants and stuff…

first snow, October, echinacea, peony

Echinacea and peony covered with snow…

first snow, October, cherry tree leaves

And leaves of the cherry tree

first snow, October, clarkia amoena

I see something pink… They are clarkia amoena or godetia flowers! 🙂

first snow, October, clarkia amoena

first snow, October, peony poppy pod

Peony poppy pods…

first snow, October, peony poppy pod

first snow, October

first snow, October

And there are Christmas trees… :p

first snow October

-Leena

The last peony flowers, schizanthus & cornflower, bike ride 20 km…

The weather’s been warm lately and it’s been sunny, too, but it’s been really pouring down with rain occasionally, but sometimes the sun’s been trying to shine at the same time as well. Beautiful. 🙂

Now the last peony flowers. This, indeed, has been a bit different summer – we’ve had peony flowers still in August!

peony

peony

I missed some of the flowering of my peonies while I was in Kuusamo, but happily, there’s still been these beauties after my trip, too. 🙂

peony

peony

peony

peony

The very last ones on Thursday.

schizanthus, butterfly flower, poor man's orchid

Schizanthus, butterfly flower or poor man’s orchid has been flowering lately in our garden as well. They are grown from seeds. One of my favourite summer flowers.

schizanthus, butterfly flower, poor man's orchid

schizanthus, butterfly flower, poor man's orchid

schizanthus, butterfly flower, poor man's orchid & daisy

Daisies, too.

schizanthus, butterfly flower, poor man's orchid & daisy

schizanthus, butterfly flower, poor man's orchid

We have a lot of schizanthus growing this summer, they have been hit by the rain a bit…

lake Pyhäjärvi

On Thursday we took a 20 km bike ride along the lake Pyhäjärvi shoreline. It was nice. I took a picture as I was sitting by the lake for a while. 🙂

cornflower

Cornflower blooming now as well, grown from seeds. Yet another favourite of mine… And hit by the rain a bit…

cornflower

cornflower

-Leena

Pictures yesterday and today

More peony flowers…

peony

Follow the red petals! :

Follow the red petals!

Follow the red petals!

Follow the red petals!

peony

It was the peony flower that is the first peony flower who is dropping her petals this summer.

spinach

And we grow spinach from seeds in our garden. I made spinach soup. It’s delicious! 🙂 – Spinach, milk, some cream, a bit of butter, a bit of oat flour, a bit of salt.

herbs

Other herbs are growing from seeds with the basil in our garden, in the shelter of the house wall. There’s summer savory and rosemary, and then there’s some fourth herb – I can’t remember what it is… I must think about that a bit now… 🙂

cherry tree

We’ve now noticed that our grafted cherry tree has started to grow a branch on its own! High up there.

garden rose valamonruusu

And a bit more roses in our rose garden… Rosa splendens in the pictures… the name of the rose is valamonruusu in Finnish.

garden rose valamonruusu

garden rose valamonruusu

And peony flowers again, because…

Bury your face in this - flower therapy

Bury your face in this – flower therapy. 🙂

peony

lake Köyliönjärvi

By the lake Köyliönjärvi yesterday evening.

countryside love

Love for the countryside. In the same place by the lake, where I left our car for the visit.

-Leena

Peony flowers

Today only peony flowers… Peonies started blooming already in June last year and I cut the very last peony for drying on 16th July then. But this year eeeverything’s a little late, and now, on 16th July, the first bounty of peony flowers here in Owlnature. And not all the peony buds have opened yet…

peony

peony

peony

It’s just wonderful, for example, to take morning coffee with me outside and go and enjoy the charming scent of the superabundant flowers… that’s always one of the best moments in summertime right there! 🙂

peony

Luxuriant…

peony

Backyard peonies these dark red ones, the others are in the front yard.

peony

peony

peony

peony

peony

Lush…

peony

peony

-Leena

More flowers, one new tree, a hedgehog…

July flowers… German iris is now flowering for the first time in our garden! We brought our German iris from Eastern Finland with us two years ago, my boyfriend’s mother gave it to us.

German Iris

I read somewhere that when German iris is taken to a new spot it will flower again on the second year that it is on the new spot. And this indeed is exactly what happened to our German iris – it didn’t flower last year, it only had the green leaves. But now… and the colour of the flowers was a surprise to me – I remembered that they would be white… 🙂

German Iris

German Iris

daylily

Daylily, very short blooming, such a lovely scent… We’ve had many many daylilies flowering now in July, in the place where we put some of the leftovers in our garden… I’m not sure but I think that daylilies may be the ones that were growing already in the beginning of April there, at least these have been the only big flowers growing there this summer.

garden rose

A bit of rose garden in the pictures above and below.

garden rose valamonruusu

Rosa splendens, valamonruusu is the name of this rose in Finnish. The scent of roses…

cherry tree

And a cherry tree. We’ve had this new tree in our garden already since the beginning of June. A nice, fairly tall pole is this tree.

cherry tree

This tree is grafted and it should be self-pollinating. And it naturally hasn’t bloomed this year. Now just waiting… 🙂

Siberian Iris

Siberian iris flowering now as well. These came with us and the German iris from Eastern Finland two years ago, too, but these were flowering already a year ago. And they bloomed already in June last year – this year everything is a little late.

Siberian Iris

purple-flowering raspberry

Purple-flowering raspberry blooming again, too.

purple-flowering raspberry

This very busy little friend was like rolling there inside this tiny flower…

peony

My words are failing me now… the first peony flowers are here! More pictures coming… luxurious days in the garden now… 😉

peony

peony

peony poppy

The first peony poppy flowers are blooming, but not in our garden, not yet. – We’ve managed to plant peony poppy seeds just outside our front yard and our driveway as well. 🙂

basil

Basil growing from seeds in our garden, in the shelter of the house wall.

European hedgehog

We’ve had yet another late night visitor in our garden, now a hedgehog. Hedgehogs in Finland are European hedgehogs. We gave the little friend a tiny bit of cat food. The hedgehog searches for food constantly sniffing the ground and the sniffing is very loud. An adorable creature. It likes worms very much.

European hedgehog & cat :)

Find a hedgehog and a cat in this pic. (Our black cat with white markings likes it there in the ditch – she is there often…)

The two pics above were from Sunday night, and on Monday night:

cat, European hedgehog & cat

The hedgehog doesn’t mind the cats at all and the black cat doesn’t care about the hedgehog either, but a bit later, our tiger still had to try out what the spikes feel like… And yes, our princess is sitting in the ditch again. 🙂

lake Pyhäjärvi

By the lake Pyhäjärvi last night, 23.15 PM. It was a rainy day yesterday. I was a night driver and this was a lovely spot to stop by for a while. It was very foggy, one couldn’t see the opposite shore, the air felt very warm, it was easy to breathe, it was silent with only the light sound of the small waves… I need to be a night driver more often! 🙂

-Leena

And the summer began…

And all of a sudden… it’s summer! The summer began on Friday: it was 17 degrees Celsius in the shade already at 9.00 AM and at around 10.15 AM it was already 20 degrees in the shade, and 24 in the shade at 13.30 PM. Yes, I wrote down everything. 😀 It was also the warmest day that we’ve had this year.

We haven’t had any rain now, and all the rain before this was hail and sleet… So a good rain is what the garden and nature need now!

The first four pictures I took on Saturday, first some of the fern in our garden. Aww, those rolls…

fern

I heart…

fern

What did you say?

rapids

And we visited the Kauttuankoski rapids again in the evening. On the bridge again, we didn’t go down there by the rapids at all this time, but… look! Over there, inside the ruins of the mill, there’s somebody sitting there!

Can you see her?

Can you see her?

Norway maple

The Norway maple in flower beside our driveway, yesterday morning I took this pic. The tree’s been buzzing with bees in some mornings…

leopard's bane, doronicum

Leopard’s bane or doronicum today, flowers…

narcissus, daffodil

The first two narcissus or daffodil flowers opened yesterday. The other one here in the evening light…

The rest of the pictures I took today.

small grape hyacinth, muscari

Small grape hyacinth or muscari flowering…

small grape hyacinth, muscari

fern

The garden fern growing…

fern

Fern still so small in the woods…

peony

Oh, my peonies! 🙂

peas please

Our peas growing…

Everything is growing now, but we really would need the rain to help us out a bit… But we did already start the lawn mowing. 🙂

-Leena