Chronicle Mid April 2008 (swedish)

Early April 2008

Hi and welcome to this, my very first chronicle.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time. As a self-taught amateur, I love gardening, love MY garden, and would love the idea of being able to share my enthusiasm with others – describing what’s happening in the garden, giving some ideas and tips, and hopefully getting some new ones back in return.

This is a project I’ve been thinking about for some time. So what’s pushed me to start now? Quite simply, the latest issue (no. 6) of Allt om Trädgård. Go to page 14 and you’ll see it there for yourself - MY garden, or at least a very brief glimpse of it. I like the article, I’m proud of what it shows, but THERE’S SO MUCH MORE I’d like to show and talk about.

I regard this as the beginning of a journey, and it would be great if you accompanied me on it.
With me on the journey will be photographer Solveig Edlund. She has been a good friend of mine for many years and has inspired me to start on this project. She’ll be accompanying me on my journey and, through the lens of her camera, capturing the seasonal changes in the garden.
So, I do hope that you’ll visit again. This could be real fun.

Spring wishes

A Gentleman Gardener

P.S. I suppose I’d better say a few words about what’s actually happening. The dominant feature in the garden at the moment is thousands of crocuses [including Snowbunting, Ard Schenk and Miss Vain]. One moment there’re basking in the sun, the next moment shivering in the snow.

The pond is also waking up. It’s only a year old, but already has a developed eco-system. After the winter, the spring has brought not only a battle against algae but also a frog in the pond. I noticed it last week. How cute. And then more frogs. Seven in total. Cute x 7. And then, a couple of days ago, what looked like thin black shoe laces appeared entangled in some grass in the pond. And then a quick search on the Internet made me realise that what I thought were the frogs were, in fact, toads, and the shoe laces were in fact strings of thousands of toad eggs (apparently frogs lay eggs in clumps, not “shoe laces”).

With thousands of crocuses and thousands of toad eggs, SPRING IS HERE, despite any snow. ENJOY IT!