Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mosaic for Monday - A Fair

I've recently been to the town of Lahti in Finland. On Wednesday morning, the fair was held and I was happy to see what people sell there.
Despite the rainy weather, buyers and sellers were many. At first I went to see the seedlings of flowers and vegetables. I was surprised by hanging baskets with tomatoes: some fruits were already hanging on.

Sure, colorful petunias, viola, tagetes, Impatiens and other flowers can brighten any garden.
Nearby I've seen bunches of lilies of the valley, the aroma was so strong that it was impossible to pass by without noticing them.

Further along the stands I've seen beautiful embroideries on cotton tablecloths. You probably know that I love embroidering therefore I looked carefully at them and especially liked the embroidery with Dicentra  (Bleeding heart).

Opposite of flowers stall a cheerful elderly lady was selling honey from her own apiary. I've tried - very tasty and odorous honey. Not far from honey stall I loved colorful socks that another lady in pink was selling.
On the other side of a long table people were selling brooms those reminded me a witch's broom that she used flying in the sky :)). 

There also was a stall with different wooden cutlery. These were wooden spoons and knives, spoons for honey, handles, chairs, brushes, something more don't know what for are.

There were sold natural bristle brushes for utensils, shoes, barrels... and body,  many useful things for sauna. 
For me it was a pleasure to take a look at this diversity of things made with love and warmth. The prices were low and I bought an embroidery and a wooden spoon for a Teflon pan. 
Do you like visiting such fairs? Do you usually buy something there?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Red Avens, Geum coccineum

I love this modest plant named Red Avens or Scarlet Avens (Geum coccineum), here we call it Gravilate. I planted four plants variety 'Cooky' in 2010 in my zone 5a garden.

They bloom throughout May and June, re-bloom in the end of July. This May they were one of the first plants to bloom in my garden and have produced a plethora of blooms.

I want to plant several more in fall to create a large swath of bright orange. I grow mine amongst Allium, Geranium and Leucanthemum and they compliment one another very well. Red Avens have beautiful foliage  and I think they are ideal for rock gardens or near dark foliage plants.

Another one Red Aven in my garden is well known variety  'Borizin' (above). It's also perennial herb 35-40 cm tall, flowers are large, bright red, 3-3.5 cm in diameter. I also love this variety because it blooms from late May to 30-40 days. 

All Avens are very hardy, they survive in -30 C and always are healthy and alive in spring.
Do you have this plant in your garden? Where do you  grow it?