Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The unusual, fantastic landscape

I was surprised by the unusual, fantastic landscape of The Lanu Sculpture Park when I traveled to Finland and visited the city of Lahti

 Lahti is considered to be the gateway to the Lakeland Finland. The waterway which stretches from Lake Vesijarvi gives an opportunity to get to the central Finland.

During the summer hiking and biking trips amateurs enjoy the beauty of nature parks. 

In The Lanu Sculpture Park (area 20 ha) I met with the work of the Finnish sculptor Professor Olavi Lanu, his twelve medium sculptures installed in 1992.

   Olavi Lanu created his sculptures using natural materials such as stone and concrete, tree trunks and branches of trees, mosses and lichens. 

   Arboretum is the tree nursery. There are many kinds of plant species grow of Southern Finland zone. These are willows, oaks, pine, spruce and birch with dark red leaves, maples and lindens. It also presents lilies of the valley, Solomon's seals, primroses and mosses.

   I’ve been enjoying the journey and the beauty of nature combined with the stone sculptures and lakes.  

Watch my videos about Lanu Sculpture Park made in 2012 and 2016:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Spring will come later

 The Spring comes in a week. So says the calendar. But Spring will come to us in late March.  And a spirea "Grefsheim" will bloom. 

It will adorn the entrance to our garden. 

 I do love to touch her flowers! They are so soft and tender.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award

    I have been nominated for The Liebster Blog Award by Spurge, Visit My Garden,
"Liebster Blog" means “favorite blog” in German and the award is given to up-and-coming bloggers.
Thank you, Rebecca; I am honored to receive this award!
I am grateful that you had a time to visit my blog and to nominate it. My wish is to share the joy of gardening with my blog visitors.
Thank you for your support, Spurge, here is Canna of thanks for you!

           The rules in accepting the Liebster Blog award are:

 1. Copy and paste the Liebster Blog award on your blog.
 2. Thank the bestower and link back to them.
 3. Select five blogs with less than 200 followers and list them with a link to their blogs.
 4. Visit their blogs and write a comment telling them you have nominated them for
the Liebster Blog award.

           Here are five blogs that I constantly visit and would like to present this award to them:

1. Gardens at Waters East, http://gardensatwaterseast.blogspot.com/.
Jack has been to my city St. Petersburg and works in gardening and landscaping on the shore of Lake Michigan 
   2. Norrskenets trädgård, http://norrskenetstradgard.blogspot.com/. Gunilla took nice pictures of
an  Anemone. She’s planted it in semi-shaded position. It blooms in early spring.
   3. Tales from My Garden, http://talesfrommygarden.blogspot.com/. Rosemary Danielis waits for spring: “The snow begins to melt; a sure sign that spring can't be far behind”.
   4. A Hocking Hill's Garden http://lonadawn.blogspot.com/. Lona hopes to get some of the earlier seeds. She took lovely pictures of Osteospermum
   5. Roses and Other Gardening Joys, http://dreamingofroses.blogspot.com/  HolleyGarden told she wanted to work on having blooms in my garden all year round

   You all deserve much praise and support for your hard work.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The first icicles

        The first icicles hung from the roof of our summer house. The sun warmed the roof at day time, and the snow began to melt.

      The snow becomes friable and falls down.

      The roof of my greenhouse is cleaned of the snow.

      In February days are longer, the sun does not warm enough, but it shines more time. My lobelia and pelargonia seedlings grow up and wait for Spring.  The birds chirp merrily, warmed in the sun. 
  We all wait for Spring!

Monday, February 6, 2012

-2F. Frozen lake

   The frozen lake was very beautiful at the sunset,  ice was thick, 15 cm.

   Snow, ice and frost!

   People can go skiing, motor sledge or just walk across the lake ice now. 

  We walked with difficulty to our summer house, no ruts there. A thick layer of snow was on the road. 

   Birds were cold too, but berries still remained from the autumn.