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Photo dump: Winter 2021

If I could describe this winter with just a few sentences it would be: Lockdown and restrictions. Magnolia blooms and below freezing temperatures. Ice skating at night, looking out of windows during the day. Etc. etc. There have been no renovation projects so far this year. Just planning and waiting. Waiting for the ground to…

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How to divide and transplant peonies

I have always dreamt of mass plantings of peonies in my garden, and this dream quickly became a reality when I found about 12 mature peony plants almost choked out by weeds in my lower garden. This entry explains how I transplanted my peony plants to a new flower bed.

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My July garden

It’s Friday night in mid-August, and I’ve finally gotten the chance to write my entry about my July garden. I’m quarantined at home for ten days due to a work trip to Stockholm. At the local post-office I have packages containing face masks that I have purchased that are waiting to be picked up. The…

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My June garden

Welcome to my June 2020 garden! What can I say – the world is a disaster at the moment, but the garden has been looking beautiful. This is the lower garden, which we haven’t even touched yet. We have mostly worked on our “secret garden” behind the house, but I will save that for another…

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My May garden

By the time that the tulips began to fade, the world descended into even deeper chaos and disorder. It was if the weight of the world was too much for my tulips. They began to bend their necks, turn their faces to the ground and fade away.

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An ode to lilacs

This morning i picked lilacs for my home from a building site on my street. Lilacs spread willingly, and tomorrow I am going to see if I can dig out a young part of one the enormous bushes to take home with me, before the building work starts again and they all get torn down.

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Spring flower arrangement from the garden

Yesterday I put together my first floral arrangement completely with flowers from my garden. Even though I am living in a half-finished renovation project, with a garden that is nowhere near how I want it to look, I have to pinch myself. I’ve dreamt about a house and garden similar to the property that I…

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My April garden

Welcome to my April garden! Spring finally arrived in April and the garden has slowly been waking up. The stars of April have been crocuses, daffodils and magnolia. My garden can be divided into three areas: The upper garden, which is quite developed. There are cemented patios, large raised flower beds made out of stone…

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Simple and sophisticated decorative wall panelling

Exciting things are happening inside “Bekkehagen” og “Brook Garden” as we call our home here in Norway, because of the babbling brook that passes through our property. I’ve been wanting to decorate the walls with decorative wall panelling since we took over this property just over a year ago, but I didn’t rush into it,…

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My march garden

March has felt like one long, arduous wait for April. While the world around me was going more and more crazy, out of nowhere the snowdrops pushed their pearl-like heads out of the thawing ground… the first bulb flowers to appear without being forced. Beautiful little white snowdrops, bobbing their little heads in the breeze.…

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My february garden

February was a month with both sunshine and snow. A tug-of-war between winter and spring. I grew impatient waiting for all of the bulbs that I had planted into the garden in the autumn, so I bought a tray full of cheery yellow Tête-à-tête daffodils. Despite being warned of drifts of snow that were scheduled…

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