Summer Flowering

We have had a few days of sun, and the garden flowers have reacted to the sun kissing them! I planted a few new peonies last year in peach and white. In another bed pale and dark pink peonies have grown large and are flowering profusely. In the main perennial bed I have largely chosen... Continue Reading →

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Summer Sunset

This photo was taken by my neighbour. Summer is here , and it is soon St. Hans Aften, celebrating the longest day of the year. I live on a plateau overlooking this place. People gather in the area by the local shop, which is just to the right of this photo, and get together, barbecue and... Continue Reading →

Peony Inspiration

Today my first peony, "Coral Sunset" has blossomed. It is peach in colour, with yellow stamens in it's centre. The next ones on their way to open are a pinky white, "Shirley Temple", and I  have also have one called "Green Halo" in the same flower bed which is white with a greenish rim. This peony inspired... Continue Reading →

Dark Skies

We have had quite a bit of rain this spring/early summer, with harsh winds in between. The plants in the garden like this type of weather, and I also find that there are many interesting skies to sketch for my watercolours. This scene is from the Hankøsund, where I live. In the early morning the fjord is... Continue Reading →

Valley of the Rhododendrons

Yesterday I visited Gothenburg Botanical Garden in Sweden, together with our local gardening society. The area I enjoyed most was the Japanese Garden and the area with rhododendrons. We left a rainy Norway and arrived in Gothenburg with the sun shining. We wandered for several hours, experiencing contrasts in shade and sun throughout the various areas.... Continue Reading →

After the Rain

Here at Vikene it has been raining for two days. The garden was really dry, even though it rained earlier . We have had quite severe winds,  the effect of the rain earlier was literally blown away!                            

Jade and Turquoise

In the summer mood, I created these two necklaces last year. The necklace to the left is composed of lapis lazuli, white jade and carved turquoise. The one to the right is of carved turquoise, together with amazonite. Both turquoise and lapis lazuli were used frequently in amulets and jewellery in ancient Egypt, and were... Continue Reading →

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