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RAINY DAYS

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My big brown rubber boots and the last box of snail bait. Pretty much sums up this summer until now..

Of course I want to complain about the weather! This summer are just as bad as the summer 2014 was good. The problem is that I am here in Scandinavia for a given amount of time, and that means that I have a lot to do in the garden before I leave for Texas again. But its so wet!

Despite of deer, elk, snails and an exceptional cold spring, our garden here at Orust, Sweden are doing surprisingly well. No one has done anything here since I left in October last year, so its quite interesting to see what survives without any care at all for eight months. The winter here has been of the mild type, Coldest temperature measured in winter was -9 C (15,8F). That means that roses and other tender plants did not freeze back as much (some plants as the butterfly bushes not at all) as they usually does.

Its weed everywhere of course, but what else can you expect? And at the moment the wet weather makes it less tempting to dig on. Today I’ve tried to go outside three times, but after some minutes it starts raining again. I really hope the weather gets better tomorrow.

Its loads of weed and tall grass everywhere.

Its loads of weed and tall grass everywhere.

Blackcurrant and Dianthus.

Blackcurrant with self seeded Dianthus flowers “sweet William, Busk nellik” in between.

It really helps when you cut away the grass everywhere. Its like the shrubs and trees  breath easier and you define the garden rooms again.

It really helps when you cut away the grass everywhere. Its like the shrubs and trees breathe easier again.

Happily it seems that the deers are not that fond of Clematis.

Happily it seems that the deers are not that fond of Clematis.

“Sweet William” (Dianthus barbatus) seems also to be deer resistant. This nice biennal plant self seeds all around the garden. Seems that the snails leave them alone too.

Yes, weeding.

Yes, weeding.

I put a newly bought Coriander outside to keep it fresh a couple of days ago. Look who is visiting! I think Coriander is nuber one on the snails favorite list. However the two snails visiting this plant  didnt live much longer..

I put a newly bought Coriander outside to keep it fresh a couple of days ago. Look who is visiting! I think Coriander is number one on the snails favorite list. However the two snails visiting this plant did not live much longer..

The Lilium regale ("Kings Lily") are not touched by the deers. The snails and the Scarlet Lily Beetle are fond of them though.

The Lilium regale (“Kings Lily”) are not touched by the deers. The snails and the Scarlet Lily Beetle are fond of them though.

Link to how to sow Dianthus barbatus

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