The Garden: June in Finland
Just a quick pictorial update of what’s been going on in the VK garden. June is the first month here when it’s warm enough to work outside daily and leave seedlings in the ground with no fear of frost. So, this past week and this coming week will pretty much be a gardening frenzy as I try to make up for a late start.
Wild windflower (Anemone nemorosa) I picked while walking through the woods last week.
These pretty little things are poisonous and I believe all parts of the plant are toxic.
But aren’t they pretty? They grow in huge patches in shady woodland and are early to flower.
They also have a slight musky smell to the leaves, which is why cats might be fascinated by them.
And this being my cat, she also has to pause and mug for the camera.
A few days later, my morning walk yielded a lovely bouquet of lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis). They bloom here quite a bit later than in most other parts of the world, since we’re so far north. Early June is the earliest I’ve found them here.
So pretty and fragrant! As usual, the first bouquet above my desk so I can smell it all day 🙂
That same weekend, we also got a lovely bunch of engagement roses from T’s grandparents (both sides). They smell beautiful, too.
The weather being ridiculously warm, I tried to find the shadiest place possible to make them last. I need a yard to grow my own!
Growing my own segues nicely into my current gardening efforts! I’ve been starting my herb seeds inside by the sunny kitchen window.
And my veggie seeds were started out on the balcony which gets heavier afternoon sun.
Those hanging boxes contain flowers that I plan to let grow all over the railings.
I started transplanting some of my herbs to full sun last week. My friend kindly offered backyard space and I’m going to try growing everything in bags this year.
My backyard veggie/herb garden as it currently stands. That dirt patch is corn. More grow-bags to come.
And some photos of my friend’s gorgeous yard. She has tons of oriental poppies and hostas along the side yard.
Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale ‘Olympia’) and columbines (some sort of Aquilegia) in the yard.
Wildly verdant side garden of herbs and veggies.
The side flower garden a few days later, with tons of flowers open because of the heat.