It has been a busy weekend here at our place. First I had the weekend shift, and since Renny had something he had to do at our place in Sweden we were forced to each go our own way this weekend. In order to damepen the blow (hehehe) I invited some girlfriends over for coffee and girl talk Friday afternoon so I would be busy until I had to go to work.
I have to admit that in some ways I enjoy the weekend shift. I have a ‘partner’ on the job who is fantastic to work with and makes even crisis work fun. The team we had on staff this weekend were also great and found lots of creative ways to keep the women and children at the center in reasonably good spirits. When I came home in the day time I had a whole gang of painters running around my house, so there was no chance of catching a few extra winks before the night shift!! We are painting the outside of the house, repairing some windows and even had a glass door removed from the kitchen. Many years ago we built out the house and there is a door out to the garden on the addition, so the glass doors were never used, and leaked warmth from the house. I think Renny has a secret dream of enlarging the kitchen over the area where we just put in a new wall….
But back to the gardens! It’s nice to have that memory when today is a bit grey and rainy. I will add some sunshine with our lovely photos 🙂 The landscaping of the garden is fantastic, one of the high lights is this pond with a waterfall running in to it. The plantings around the pond bloom throughout the season so this is always a popular place for the garden visiters. On top of the pond there are paths which cross the stream and waterfall at several places. Children especially enjoy the rock crossings and the possibility to skip over the running water.
Off to the left of the pond I found these adorable White Peonies. I think that the single form instead of the common double is especially charming. A lovely old fashioned feel to it, I think.
More simple beauty can be found in these white phlox. These types of small flowers grow well in scandinavia and are ideal for rock gardens or slops as we have in our yard. Since Norwegian gardens are seldom flat, versitile plants are a favorite!
Longing for color now? Why not blue? I love blue tones in flowers because there just doesn’t seem to be as many wild blues as there are other colors. Here we are still in the rock garden. I admit I didn’t write the name of these flowers down so I don’t know they’re official name, but I like to think of them as blue trumpets.
Now to add a little sunshine to the day, I give you these sunny yellow rhodedendrums, a rather unusual color for rhodedendrums I think. These were also a part of the fragrance garden as they give off a lovely smell. Very popular with noses…and with bees!!
Hope you all had a good weekend!! I’ll be around and looking forward to hearing from you!!