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... a garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all, it teaches entire trust.

- Gertrude Jekyll  -

Hej! Jag heter Charlotte Andersson och bor i södra norrland.

Här kommer du hitta det mesta som har med trädgård och blommor att göra.

Hi! My name is Charlotte Andersson and I live in the northern part of Sweden.

I love gardens and flowers and here you will find all sorts of things related to a life with a garden.

 

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Bulbs & Tubers

Dahlia ‘Dark Spirit’

The dahlia ‘Dark Spirit’ has flowers in the darkest of reds, almost black and with the same softness as a velvet curtain in an old cinema. With small perfect ball shaped flowers. A lot of retailers name them as ‘Ball dahlia’ or ‘Pompom’. Although according to the Swedish Dahlia society…

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Bulbs & Tubers

Dahlia ‘Cafe au Lait’

The dahlia Café au Lait has gained a well deserved popularity during the last few years. It actually feels like it has helped to make all Dahlias appreciated again, not only here in Sweden. Even Sara Raven describes Café au Lait as one of the most popular right now. I…

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Places

Gränsfors pottery factory

A visit to Gränsfors pottery factory is like going to pottery heaven or paradise for pottery nerds. I am very lucky to live only 45 minutes away from this magnificent enterprise. It was in the early 1900’s that the pottery production was established and it now lives on through Nicklas…

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Talks

What gardens are about

We all do things differently, choose differently, like differently, are appealed to by different things and want things in different ways. Some like the playful and informal, others the regimented and austere. Some like a lot of colours together whilst others prefer a coordinated palette and some do not appreciate…

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Books

Curious about Gertrude Jekyll

I am reading a book by Gertrude Jekyll. Such a fascinating read. Entertaining. Recognisable and still relevant. Want to read all of her books. It is easy to understand why she was and still is one of the most influential English gardening personalities. During her time she created gardens in…

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Bouqets & Decorations

Hope

With it’s snowing heavily now it is like being brutally reminded not to start sucking up for Spring. What to do? Hardy as I have become through the years I have to say that it is quite acceptable to receive a highly unwelcome snowfall like this at the end of…

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February

Seeds

In February there is not much to do in the garden apart from releasing the bushes from the weight of snow, if there is any. Spring always feels extra far away and winter keeps its grip as if to tell us that it will not be time for the thawing…

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Bouqets & Decorations

The time of smallness is almost upon us

It’s crazy how I can long for the season of small bouquets. It’s like time can’t move fast enough. The violet and pale blue colour scale with different varieties of scilla, wood anemone and corydalis became a favorite last year. The glass vase is a precious find from a second hand…

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Fairs & Exhibitions

Chelsea Flower Show

It really is an experience to visit the Chelsea flower show. This cultural institution and spectacle truly holds an abundance of inspiration. Of course the gardens are contrived, just like they are at fairs. But, some still succeed in making them feel real and not taken out of a catalog….

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Pots

Bulbs in reused crockery

Chipped, cracked or crackled glaze. Reminiscence of life.Time that has passed. Food that has been cooked and eaten. Practical chores that have been done. Celebratory occasions. Washing up before the time of the dishwasher. Crockery, with the traces of time draped over them like jewelery, are like diamonds. You cannot…

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Books

Favourite reading regarding bulbs & tubers

A recurring favourite read, both spring and autumn is ‘Lökar och Knölar’ written by Marie & Björn Hansson and also ‘Stora Tulpanboken’ by Susanne Rosén. I highly recommend these two books for anyone who has an interest in learning about bulbs and tubers. Both books contain a general section and…

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