Hello friends. I caught a cold so I haven’t done much today. I just did a little lawn weeding to get the dandelions and then I couldn’t get the mower started, so I had to take out the spark plug and reset the gap. It worked best with a smaller gap than the manual prescribed. I got it running well and then I mowed the lawn. Not much there to cut as it is still pretty thin after my de-mossing job.
Here is my dandelion spotter zeroing in on one of the few survivors from the last weeding round. You can just see the little yellow intruder out there.
I was thrilled to see that our very first cherry blossom popped out today from our Japanese cherry tree. We have a huge number of buds on it this year and we eagerly await the full bloom. Normally it would have blossomed 3 weeks ago, so better late than never!
This bush has branches with what I can best describe as fins along it’s branches and trunk (think fish), which makes the branches look square. My wife and I can’t remember it’s name. It has small white flowers in spring and spectacular fall colors. Can anyone identify it for us? The 2nd photo shows more detail of the branches.
Here’s a close-up of a perennial that just blossomed. Directly translated from Norwegian it’s called ‘small golden basket’ (Doronicum Orientale).
Here is our Narcissus which also just bloomed.
Put some petunias in one of our big pots to keep me company while I BBQ.
My wife did this bouquet as a centerpiece for our Constitution day celebration on 17th May. The Norwegian flag is red, white and blue, so that’s why those colors in the arrangement.
We hung our flags out as most do on the 17th, one in front and one in back. The first shot shows the entrance to Paradise, my woodworking shop. I also have glass double doors on the terrace side. My wife told me we have to put up venetian blinds on those so she and others wouldn’t have to see my woodworking machines from outside. What is wrong with that woman? Lol.
Here is a picture of our hedge and some ground cover flowers. As you can see our hedge only has a few leaves on it. Normally it would be so grown out that I would have to clip it around 1st June. The ground cover is called Phlox (I think).
That’s all I have for now. My granddaughter took a lot of photos for me of the 17th of May celebrations, but she hasn’t gotten them to me yet as she is studying for her finals right now. I will post some if the pictures are good enough when I get them. We are a very small community here, so it won’t be spectacular.
Have fun and enjoy your day.
-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian