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Naked lady 5 – alone in the rain again

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The anemone now withered down, Colchicum again flowers alone. The first snow has already passed and there are more and larger flowers than ever. In this climate there are no bees around this time of the year to benefit from its nectar and pollen. Maybe some mice? Other species of Colchicum are known to be rodent pollinated.

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Naked lady 4 – Company

 

 

 

 

 

The naked lady is again flowering (lower right), but now has some company in her corner of the garden by a Japanese windflower (anemone). There are now several lady buds coming so this will be a long and beautiful flowering. As can be seen in the picture, the maples already consider this autumn and shed their leaves. Many other plants are however also flowering even in this northern archipelago garden.

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A naked lady 3 – the return

It is now spring again, the snow has disappeared, and Colchicum, having flowered and survived during winter, is back with green leaves, bigger than ever. The picture is from May 11.

The garden has had a less harsh winter with no sun-scorching damage, and our anti-browsing protection having worked out, except on a few of the tallest young rowans, and a maple, that were broken by moose – se picture on the maple below from March 23. We sometimes have to physically chase away the moose from the garden, threatening them with the worst possible fates.

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A naked lady 2 – in the snow

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It is the day before New Years Eve, which means almost no daylight. Snow has come again today after several days of rain. Nevertheless, Colchicum stands in bloom. An amazing hardiness. I will report on the continued fate of the flower.

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A naked lady in the winter garden

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Snow has come, but nevertheless there are flowers coming up. Colchicum or naked lady defies winter and breaks through the soil crust to expose its fragile bud to the frost. It tries to tell us: never give up in the face of a chilly reception!

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Winter, creating a picture

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A watering can, blown away by the wind, then being snowed upon, is leaving its mark on the lawn, in the negative.

Winter appeared four days ago, and it is time to cover the plants, hide away gardening tools, empty the water system, put on an extra door, and bring in some extra firewood.

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Gardens of Wij 5 – The glass in the smithy

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The glass art of Kjell Engman, shown in the rolling-mill at Wij by the county museum under the name of “Magic in the Works”, was a great success. Engman’s colourful creations were contrasting to the dark of the iron-working backdrop. They told a story about the “beautiful people” running the works in central Sweden. We also got to meet the rolling-spirit himself.

The impression was deepened further by the suggestive music actually composed by the glass (or rather multi-) artist himself. As one visitor is reported to have said “This could have been New York, but it is right here in Ockelbo!”

The Wij picture site is here

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Gardens of Wij 4 – The gates 2007

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Also this year there was an exhibition of gates at Wij made by students at HDK Steneby (see entry September 30th 2006). This is smithery at its most imaginative, and also very congenial with the creative garden environment of Wij.

Not too far away, at Wäxbo, we found some of the students working in a smithy, and selling their products.

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Gardens of Wij 3 – Sweden’s most beautiful park

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The gardens of Wij (see entry July 11, 2006) were elected Sweden’s most beautiful park this year. My congratulations!

The motivation says that “In the spirit of Linnaeus, the Gardens of Wij have in little time managed to create a genuine and in many ways unique Swedish park ideal showing and reflecting the beauty in the surrounding north Swedish landscape“.

This great place is constantly evolving and offering new interesting sights. This year, among other things, a Linneaus garden, showing useful and beatiful plants. 

The award also means they are nominated for the European contest, together with England, Italy, Poland, France and Germany.

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Cleaning after the moose

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The sun is shining, the snow is almost gone, and leaves of new plants are showing up. Now is the time for cleaning the lawn from last years grass, old maple leaves, hare excrements and tufts of hair left by resting moose. Some rose bushes which were not covered have been heavily browsed by hares, and the rowans, as usually, by moose.

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