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Solbacka Scenery

Solbacka Scenery

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September, the 2nd, 2018, @ ca. 14:25 pm, ca. +21°C

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Wonders that a bit of rain and some maintenance will do (but no miracles yet!).

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Solbacka Scenery

Overview SE
Main axis S x 2
Diagonal view downhill NE
Diagonal view uphill NW
Main axis N

August, the 4th, 2018, @ ca. 14:25 pm, ca. +22°C

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It all looks so bad after the heatwave and not being able to work out there.

I am bewildered the strands of your hair are n…

I am bewildered
the strands of your hair are not

cutting my excitable skin



July is out and we’re well into August. I feel I have been in a slumber for the most part of the last month. It is not that easy for me to settle down to the slothful days of summer heat and healing. Yep, healing. I broke my arm (fractured bone) about a week into my holidays. Five weeks of cast and sickleave, and I am sick of it. The cast makes it a tad harder for me to write on the keyboard, which is partly why I haven’t been so active here.

That’s why, the garden has mostly had to fend for itself. I only water the clematis and magnolias… the accumulation of losses of perennials is bad. The heatwave might break this weekend. It would be a nice break. So strange these years. Last summer was no-summer, we had one day above 25°C. Now we have had about a month of those, if not more, and lots of above 30°C days. And as usual, no rain to write home about — this archipelago is scorched in July. But we’re all in the same boat it seems. Extreme weather everywhere. At least we can commiserate, and try to do something about the climate change! 

More than ever, I feel that focusing my studies on the green space design and management, and especially on the storm water runoff management with and within the said green spaces, has been a right choice. This should spur me on to actually writing that BASC thesis this autumn!

It has been so lovely to see all the usual suspects keeping me company. You know who you are – thank you ever so much! Lots of love your way! 

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I want to thank also the wonderful curators, the hearts pumping the currents of this site. The rebloggers, you are so important too! Love your way! 

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All the followers, all the heart donors… you make my day! Loads of 

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Wishing you all light and positive energies to fill your days in August, the month of Harvest Moon.

Big 

💕, as always,

                            Daniel

“July is dressed up and playing her tune&helli…

“July is dressed up and playing her tune…”

Tonight it really rains for the first time this season. I feels wonderful! Almost like a weight of desert had been lifted off my shoulders. Maybe something of the garden is salvageable besides the clematis that I’ve been watering religiously. Above, two plants I’ve grown from seeds, a Clematis flammula (white) and an open pollinated seedling from C. INSPIRATION ‘Zoin’. These starry whites really give a great contrast to everything else – almost like baby’s breath in the bouquets. 

Yearly attempts at crossing clematis with each other have begun again. I hope you will keep your fingers crossed that I’ll get at least a few seeds to play with during the long winter. Even just a dream of new beautiful plants keeps me going a long way. I hope I’ll be able to share a few new ones this month with you. They should start flowering for the first or second time ever. 🙂

The work load has been heavy but a wee bit more manageable since the official opening of the adventure golf at the end of May. Big decisions to be made now about the continuation as the deputy manager, who and how, perhaps me, but in which way? I hope tomorrow’s discussions will bring us a step closer to a resolution to those questions. It would allow me to go on holidays (in just a couple days now!) with a resemblance of peace of mind. 🙂

As always, you guys have been wonderful – supportive and friendly. You people make this venture into social media worth the while! Thank you to the usual, quite deliciously unusual suspects with fingers on their hearts, pushing those buttons. You are the bestest! 

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Welcome to the new followers. Hope you enjoy this plant craziness, these ditties and poetic postillas. 

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From the creators, I get positive energies and inspiration to create things for sharing with you. Thank you! You are the bestest! 

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The rebloggers and ever-working, most generous curators – you knit us all in a network that can have a real impact on lives. Thank you! You are the bestest! 

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Wishing you all the best July ever! 

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All my 

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               Daniel

Solbacka Scenery

Solbacka Scenery

Overview SE
Main axis S x 2
Diagonal view downhill NE
Diagonal view uphill NW
Main axis N

July, the 1st, 2018, @ ca. 18:40 pm, ca. +22°C

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Even if we’ve had a shower or two, the garden is extremely dry.

Solbacka Scenery

Solbacka Scenery

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June, the 3rd, 2018, @ ca. 18:45-19:30 pm, ca. +25°C

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A month ago, we were late for the season. Now we are ahead. The garden is crisping up, almost like in July. 1 m + 1 d w/o rain.

June is here, and the season is 2-3 weeks earl…

June is here, and the season is 2-3 weeks early where it was some weeks late a month ago. We have had but the sun, and heatwave for half of that time. Quite windy too at times.

One month without rain, and the garden is crisping up. If we don’t get some rain soon, you will get pics of dead and desiccated plants. I feel helpless – the water in my well is not enough for the whole garden… and I have no time to water it all. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please!

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On a much more positive note, a week ago on Friday the 25th, the adventure golf I had the largest part in designing and building was officially opened. We had a short ceremony, I too, gave a speech, and we unveiled my landartwork, the sea dragon. It was the best thing to hear the positively surprised sounds from the audience when we did that.

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If interested, you can take a look at Adventure golf’s own FB pages (that I have nothing to do with).

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who follows me here. You are all so appreciated! The usual suspects are just amazingly tenacious at keeping me company daily. Love you all for it! And I whole-heartedly welcome all the new followers too – hope you’ll enjoy this company! 

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I keep learning so much from the inspirational creators of original content here, be it photographers, poets, designers, painters, musicians, fandoms, what have you. The amount of new work every day is staggering! You are all so amazing! Thank you for your work that pushes me to find new angles to mine! 

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We sometimes overlook the curators but it is throught their efforts that newcomers and casual browsers can find our work. It takes a lot of time and effort trying to find and sort the posts for their blogs. Your work is essential, my heart-felt thank yous to you! 

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It is so fun to receive comments on my posts. I get great pleasure from those and exchanging a few lines with their writers. Thank you so much for them, they make my day! And thank you for all the hearts you have showered upon me this past month, everyone! Thank you so much! 

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Wishing you all the bestest June with great positive energies and beauty to your everyday life.

All my 💕 right back at you,

                                    Daniel

Solbacka Scenery

Solbacka Scenery

Overview SE
Main axis S x 2
Diagonal view downhill NE
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May, the 1st, 2018, @ 18:55 pm, ca. +9°C

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I had quite a bit of snow a month ago still. And two years ago, I had once mown by this time already. We are late, but moving forward now.

May danced in, and sooncuckoo will burst the f…

May danced in, and soon
cuckoo will burst the forest
door wide to summer

Gosh, what a run it has been till now. The poor garden has had to suffer neglect once again. I have managed only a few moments in there, chopping down the dry stems of perennials and clematis, pruning some trees and shrubs. But hopefully that will change now! I’m sort of lucky since the weather has been cold and the spring is late, so I might catch the train to summer just in time.

The work plus school has been a deadly combination this spring. Way too much on my plate. But I just handed in the school project this past Friday, so yay! That is done now — the school’s out for summer! (cue Alice Cooper here if you like 😉 haha). I have “just” the final project to do in the autumn, the BAS “thesis”, or what you might call it.

And hopefully there will be more colour on my blog from now on for you lovely people to clap your eyes on! I’m still quite amazed at having 3000 (and growing) people follow my rambles and brambles. You are all special to me! Welcome to all the new followers! Hope you enjoy it here. 🙂 

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It is time again to take a deep bow and give my thanks to the ever imaginative creators, to the great curators and the fab rebloggers here!  Keep up the great work that you all are doing for this community! 💕

Thank you to everyone who has left a comment or a heart at my posts. I so appreciate each and every of them all! 

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Wishing you all a May full of superb beauty and positive, creative energies, sunshine and strength to your days, peace and quiet to your nights!

All my 💕 to you all,

                        Daniel

Today, it’s snowingYesterday, I heard th…

Today, it’s snowing
Yesterday, I heard the cranes
croon for the first time
The first buds are springing up
The first thrush keeps on singing

The garden and I have been living in a sort of intermediate state for the past month. The winter has been holding on tightly, and the spring is only now gently trying to gain a foothold. I dare not hope yet — it is so easy to read too much into the firsts of the season. The spring is late compared to the average. The one good thing about this is that I managed to prune some of my shrubs and trees during this long weekend of Easter. It felt good whacking away at the overgrown hackberries and others. I will try to keep that up the next weekend and hopefully get the woodies pruned in time, for once!

Indoors, a new Clematis hybrid of mine bloomed for the first time. I think it could be another winner. Time will tell how it will do out there in the garden but, if parents are anything to go by, it should do really well. Such things are events for me, and keep me trying going forward.

The work has been demanding and stressful. The new duties take a lot of time to learn and to manage. On the other hand, the schoolwork eats up a lot of the free time. One of the last projects is going on at the moment. I will be so relieved when that is over!

Some breaks here and there are needed and welcome. So, I truly embraced the trip to Stockholm’s garden show little more than a week ago. That garden show is the biggest in the Nordic countries, apparently. It took us the whole day to browse through all the stalls there, and I think we never saw everything. It was like breathing in some fresh, colourful and growth-scented air after the long black and white season. I felt almost giddy. We managed to hear two seminars while there, given by James Hitchmough of University of Sheffield, and Peter Korn of the Klinta trädgård fame. High quality event for sure!

It always amazes me how you all still follow my posts that have been petering out a bit lately! And the new followers too! Wow and welcome!

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I hope you know that I am VERY thankful for each and every heart and comment that you leave for me. Thank you all ever so much! 

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The rebloggers and curators – I probably can’t thank you enough for your continuous support of my work! My heart-felt thank yous go out to you! 

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And the creators, without you this site would not have a heart. It is to that beating that I wish to join mine. Keep up the great work! Thank you! 

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Wishing you all an April full

(fool)

of wonders!
All my 

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               Daniel