Welcome to Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden), a photography blog with a slant towards gardening and nature. An amateur gardener and photographer, I hope to share beautiful moments with you through pictures. Let me know if you like them!

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27/07/2014

"Lions"

Do I think people's personalities and destiny are affected by their zodiac signs?  Of course not. However, I do know that my star sign is Leo. Leo's character has been described for example like this:

Leo. A flexible bon vivant.
"What do you mean by card maxed out? I've only started warming up!"

"Maisa and Kaarina", by Sari Luhtanen and Tiina Paju, is one of my favourite Finnish comic strips and gag cartoons. It's about the life and friendship between two women, Maisa (above; blond, plump, single) and Kaarina (slim, dark-haired, very efficient mum and housewife).  It's about coffee and chocolate, too. Illustrated with adventures of M&K, I have a canvas bag, coffee mugs, stamps, albums...


22/07/2014

Fresh evening air on a lake shore

I don't like grasses very much, but they can be spectacular, especially this summer, when they have grown higher than usually:


Purple marshlock (Comarum palustre) is said to be a common waterside plant, but I learned to recognize it only some years ago. It has a beautiful flower:




Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) is probably one of those plants that would be more appreciated, were it not so common:


Seen from near, it's flowers are actually rather pretty:


19/07/2014

An all-orange posting

Orange is not really one of my favourite colours, but it surely is cheerful and energy-boosting:





18/07/2014

Bedding plants... in pink

Cosmos has been the star performer of this summer; the plants have grown well and healthy and they produce plenty of flowers.  While taking photos of them, however, I also noticed something unpleasant. Since there are both aphids and ants on the plants, one could easily imagine a nasty mutualistic relationship between them.  Well, I took a pair of thin plastic gloves and picked and squashed them all.


The marguerite daisies have been slow to grow, but now they start looking established.  After a rainy night, they look more vigorous and happy:


I don't know from where the light blue shade of these photos comes; let's say the petals reflect the blue sky of a beautiful summer morning...



14/07/2014

On a warm summer afternoon

For about a week, we have been able to enjoy warm, almost hot, weather.  In the morning, it is lovely to go outside wearing only shorts and a t-shirt, but in the afternoon, 28 - 30 degrees Celsius start to be too much, especially if the weather is humid.


Thunderstorms and rain may cool the air for a while.


It's lovely to stay in the shade of the garden trees and observe for example the large leaves of the flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus)...


...or to raise one's eyes and look up to the branches of an old pine:


Admiring treetops is soothing, isn't it?


10/07/2014

Gazania

...seems to open its flowers only when it's sunny and warm.


08/07/2014

Early morning dew

It has been raining much in the last days.  It's not late summer yet, but during the nights dew forms on thin, exposed surfaces:


07/07/2014

Flowers to M

A very dear person has started his military service today.   M., these flowers are for you!

03/07/2014

Lupins


These photos were taken two years ago with a mobile phone. It was one of those cloudy evenings, when colours do look very intense, yet I must admit the vivid green looks almost unreal.





This one had a strong, red colour.  Unfortunately, last summer the plant had already disappeared:





01/07/2014

The beginning


“The first gardens were not made, but discovered. A natural spot – a clearing in the forest, a valley opening up in a barren mountainside, an island in a remote lake – made pleasant by a belt of trees, flowering, fragrant, and bearing fruit.  The hum of bees mingles with the tinkling fall of water, for a stream winds across the tranquil scene.  In the centre there is a grassy space, and the grass is rich with flowers.”

Christopher Thacker: The History of Gardens, p. 9.