Thursday, May 10, 2007

green is one of my favourite colours

Achtung! If you're looking for the cake recipe, it's here, under this post.

It started to rain on Monday and although we enjoyed the sunshine we were thankful for a little precipitation to keep the garden going.

While the sun was still shining last week I took a few photos of what's been popping up lately.

strawberry plant with shocking pink flowers



chive blossom

My bleeding hearts keep coming back year after year. Aren't they beautiful?

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At May 10, 2007 3:46 p.m., Blogger mar said...

I saw cornflowers for the first time last weekend but I have never seen your bleeding hearts, they are wonderful!!! nice shots :)

At May 10, 2007 5:37 p.m., Anonymous ian said...

Yes, beautiful photos. How lush it all looks now after so long without rain. This has been my best Spring here so far.

At May 10, 2007 5:46 p.m., Blogger Poppy Fields said...

Great photos, I love the bleeding hearts.

At May 10, 2007 10:30 p.m., Blogger Michelle said...


At May 10, 2007 11:34 p.m., Blogger Haddock said...

Green's my favourite colour as well!
It's good to have a bit of rain.
Lovely photos! :)

At May 11, 2007 2:25 p.m., Blogger tinakala said...

OMG this is gorgeous.

At May 11, 2007 5:28 p.m., Blogger christina said...

mar - I didn't even plant the cornflowers, they just kind of appeared and seed themselves every year. The bleeding hearts grow really well in the shady wet area we have them in. I always look forward to seeing them.

ian - It's been a beautiful spring, hasn't it? I can remember some pretty dismal ones. During the winter we can hardly believe that everything's going to turn so green again.

poppy fields - They're one of my favourites. I just planted 4 more plants last week.

Michelle - Thanks!

haddock - I'm really happy that it rained. Our four rain barrels are filled to the brim now so we can be "öko" for a while. :-)

tinakala - We're really grateful to have this little space to call ours.

At May 11, 2007 7:17 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

We had a bit of rain, too, and the plants loved it. When I look at your picts (and my flowers, it was worth every drop!

At May 11, 2007 8:52 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

Lovely! I'm so impressed by anyone who can name all their flowers. I refer to mine as "those pretty pink ones" or "those dying yellow ones." (I know, doesn't take much to impress me.)

Oh wise Mausi, a cooking question -- have you ever made frangipane? My Italian phrase-a-day calendar, which has occasional recipes, has one for frangipane. It seems like a simple custard. Although I've never made any sort of custard, so it might not be so simple!

At May 11, 2007 9:39 p.m., Blogger Berlinbound said...

I covet your greens ...

At May 12, 2007 2:45 a.m., Blogger Cathy said...

Oh, my goodness, Cristina; it really is astounding how far ahead you are. I never thought this far; but this year must be unusual...
My bleeding hearts won't be out for at least 6-7 weeks!

At May 12, 2007 2:51 a.m., Anonymous lillian said...

wow what a pretty garden ! Love those bleeding hearts. Have to look if I can get them here...

At May 12, 2007 5:18 p.m., Blogger Claire said...

You must come for a visit. I will feed you coffee and cake . . . And then I am going to have you work in my garden. Seriously, those are some beautiful pictures! The German keeps planting potatoes and peas. I want to know when the flowers are coming. Also, we are most definitly thankful for the the rain here. However, I hope it dries up by Himmelfahrt.

At May 12, 2007 8:23 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

i love your garden! We were inspired by expat-experiences post on geraniums. Out to see what we can spruce up our balcony with..

No rain for almost a week.

At May 13, 2007 2:13 p.m., Blogger christina said...

CanSwiss - Oh yes they really needed it. And I like rain, anway, as long as it doesn't blow sideways.

Angie - I dunno, I just have this thing about knowing the names. And we want a post about your lilacs!!

As for the frangipane - I'm only familiar with the filling that you put into little tarts shells and I've made that before. Baked custards are easier to make than ones on the top of the stove so you should definitely try it.

berlinbound - If it weren't for those greens I would have probably dried up and blown away by now. :-)

cathy - It's ridiculous, isn't it? And we have a very shady garden so we're usually a week or two behind everyone else here too.

lillian - Bleeding hearts like moist soil and partial shade the best. There are lots of different varieties so you may be able to find some.

Claire - I'd love to! Can't have just potatoes and peas in there. LOL!

Expat T - If you have lots of sun on your balcony, geraniums should be really easy to grow. Make sure you take a picture!

At May 13, 2007 4:19 p.m., Blogger the fabulous adventures of sarah said...

Happy Mothers Day!

I love reading your blogs. They always inspire me to grow things, or bake, or travel. ]

-Sarah in Maine

At May 13, 2007 4:32 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Sooooo glad to hear you got some rain, Christina. Donica said it rained all last week in A'dam, but it looks like it'll clear up about the time I get there this week.

Your flower pics are stunning. I especially like those bleeding hearts!

Happy Mother's Day!

At May 13, 2007 5:37 p.m., Blogger christina said...

sarah - Thanks so much for visiting. I'm glad you enjoy my blog.

Ginnie - It's been raining on and off ever since Monday but I don't mind a bit. :-) Happy Mother's Day to you too!

At May 14, 2007 7:31 a.m., Blogger Hillside Garden said...

Christina, du hast einen Garten? Wußte ich gar nicht.
Jedenfalls sieht der Anblick mit der Bank sehr gemütlich aus. Hast du viele Hostas? Wenn nicht, so kann ich sie dir empfehlen, allerdings etwas sonnenfest, es soll schrecklich werden diesen Sommer.
Muttertag feiern wir bei mir nicht, ich bin an 365 Tagen im Jahr Mutter und möchte immer nett behandelt werden. Meist gelingt es sogar!

Sigrun ;-)

At May 14, 2007 4:22 p.m., Blogger christina said...

hillside garden - Jawohl, ich habe einen Garten! Und 11 Hostas. Wir haben viel Schatten, die wachsen bei uns ausgezeichnet.

At May 17, 2007 6:41 p.m., Blogger Jessica said...

wow, i love these flowers and i haven't seen them since i was 12. A neighbor across the street grew them, and i used to just stare at them. i've searched for them, mildly, ever since moving at the age of 12 to a new neighborhood devoid of shrubbery. Even last week, in all honestly, passing the migros flower shop I saw something that resembled, thought of Ms. Gena's flowers, but on closer look it was not the same thing. And then, here they are, 13 yrs. later. I still love them.

At May 18, 2007 2:48 a.m., Blogger Tim Rice said...

Green is wonderful! And so are those blossoms!


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