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The destination of our trip was Gunillaberg, an estate run by the danish floral artist Tage Andersen. The weather was a perfect mix of grey clouds, rain and even some sun. 


There are lots of animals of various old fashion species and races that keep the grass perfectly trimmed. 



A wild profusion of trees, bushes, shrubs, weeds and flowers




Art



And gobs of garden art


For many people the high point might be a concert in the conservatory


Or one of Tages pastries in the outdoor cafe


Or a visit to the outhouse.

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I finally got the stone embankment finished on the backside (north) of the gothic greenhouse. 



With a load of good shaped stones from the farmer and the help of my son, we rolled, slid and levered these big stones into place and filled in with gravel. This should help insulate, retaining heat while facilitating drainage. 



I was going to do the same for the front side of the greenhouse and have a perennial bed there, but I changed my mind. I can’t manage the weeds. So we took away the stones, dug it out, and I’ll just have a gravelly dirt embankment with grass that I can mow. That’ll be much easier. 

Getting done.


It’s done!



Except for some natural preservative painting as well as fixing the dirt and foundation later. 


This recycled graffiti plywood backside will hopefully be visited by some local graffiti artist and get a more colorful paint job, preferably in shades of green. 

Spring planting and sowing is done. All the crop circles are filled to the wedge edges. And it is raining (so no market today).




Out to the edges


I’m trying some pumpkins in the green house construction site this year.  


Even the hedges and trees and bushes are getting a weeding. 



Now summer is here! (in my terms). There are a few plants left to find places, mulching and weeding to do. And I’ve planted 2 new flats of lettuces and herbs to plant out for later for a later harvest. 

 

One crop circle is finished. The caged garden with a fence around it has all the raised beds made and filled with seeds and plants. Plants that deer and rabbits like – brassicas, chards, beets, leeks etc. 


The brassicas are covered to keep the flea beetles away. 

We were invited to visit some friends on the island of Gotland off the east coast of Sweden. 

It’s very beautiful and different here. Now for a few pictures. 

More friends 

Hassel and oak meadows kept open with traditional methods.   
A low flying bird house 

An old building style   

Stone walls all over the place
  


  

I love stones and stonework.  

  
  

Ands posts   
 

A flat landscape and the Baltic Sea

And there is a different kind of dirt  here – a sandy loam 

   

We got another crop circle tilled and 3 more raised beds made in the caged garden. They are sown with beets and chard here where they are protected from the dear and rabbits that love them. 

  

Yesterday I made a batch of herb miso, then went out and started making my raised bed spiral in the first crop circle that I had tilled the evening before.  

 I made 9 beds. Some are still empty, but I put in some potatoes, onions, carrots, parsnips, dill and parsley. Much more to come. 

I saw a lot of cool stuff and met a lot of interesting people at the garden show. The NORTHWEST FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW.

A stone slab mound


Rain forest garden  
Basalt pillars 

Hexagonal shed 

  
 Marenakos supplies stones to just about everyone 

Dan Robinson a bonsai master  

He had the biggest stones and wild bonsai and was my favorite.  

His juniper scrag gave me some ideas.

Biodynamics was represented – good dirt to stick your hands into, but I was suprised at the absence of other alterantive gardening groups.  

There was an excellent lactic acid bacteria pickling seminar by Erica Strauss  

 I learned quite a few new tricks -and bought her book.

And there was much, much more…

  

  
  
  
 

 

 And garden art ideas