Saturday, May 8, 2021

Combination of Colors


I love visiting various gardens and I always pay attention to a combination of colors of flowers, plants. I wonder how experienced gardeners create unity and balance of colors. I have learned the color wheel and would like to apply it in my garden. 
Here are some examples of a wonderful combination of colors. I took these  photos in the Kensington garden, London.

The eye is naturally attracted to different shades. Gardeners combined dark red and green, used a variety of shades, red with blue, white or yellow with purple.

I payed attention to how white color was added as a lovely neutral. I often add silvery cineraria as a monochromatic color in my rose beds. White is always a wonderful color to mix into any colored plants.

Our gardens are a matter of personal taste. If you are interested in what combination of colors I like most, so it is a photo above: white with dark blue.

In fact, I rarely use a color wheel, because if I plant perennials or bulbs, taking into account the combination of colors, maybe in the next spring, some plants will not survive.
Our climate in unpredictable:-(
Do you use color wheel when you plan something in your garden?


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

A Walk Along the Shores of the Gulf of Finland

I love walking along the shores of the Gulf of Finland in early spring days. The Gulf of Finland is part of the Baltic Sea. Russia, Estonia and Finland are located on its shores. The bay near St. Petersburg is shallow, but navigable all year round.
It was sunny and windy April day. The fine beach sand was still partially covered with ice and debris. In the spring and summer, it is constantly cleaned, especially after heavy winter winds.
The shore of the Gulf

In the 18th century, man-made islands were created to protect the young capital of the Russian Empire. On the island of Kotlin, the city of Kronstadt was founded, which served as a sea fortress on the outskirts of St. Petersburg. Several rivers flow into the bay, the largest are the Neva, Sestra, Narva and Porvoo. 

The river Sestra 

A coast willow

Pines on the dunes 

There are many sloping sand dunes stretching for several kilometers. I rose to dune, there was a beautiful pure pine forest behind it. The air was clear, slightly salty, pleasant.
Along the coast, at a short distance, there are private estates, as well as boarding houses, sanatoriums. I walked deep into the coast, paths for walking were laid in the pine-deciduous forest.
What fresh air!

Then I returned to dunes. The weather was good, a lot of sun and fewer clouds. I spent a good time and did not want to go home, to a big city.



Friday, April 16, 2021

Mid-April in the Garden

Leucojum vernum

This year we have a late spring, that is, March was warmer than April is. In mid-April for several days, the temperature rose to +15 C. Hooray, I can take some photos of spring flowers.
All plants rejoice in the unexpected warmth, the buds of spring flowers open hour after hour. 


climbing rose



I came to check how plant cuttings live in a greenhouse. Since the fall, I have planted several cuttings of climbing rose and red currant in a greenhouse. They overwintered well and I transplanted cuttings into separate pots. While I was busy with the plants in the greenhouse, the Crocuses, Leucojum and Chionodoxa started to open their buds.
I plan to come to the garden in 3-4 days and see what other spring flowers have blossomed in the garden.