The Greenhouse,

is about growing matters, focusing on my greenhouse and potager. I grow mainly vegetables, herbs and spices but flowers have their given place too. From seed to table, this is the nursery for my living food, we cook a lot of delicious food and I say a potager is the cook’s best friend. The greenhouse makes it possible to grow essential, colourful, warmth loving fruit and vegetables even in this climate such as tomatoes and chillies. My main blog is Tyras Trädgård/Tyra's Garden. View my profile

Saturday

DON'T WAKE ME UP! I’m having this wonderful dream.

© This post - Don't wake me up - was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog The greenhouse...http://tyras-greenhouse.blogspot.com/



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Don’t wake me up, I’m having this wonderful dream.




It is a hot and sunny summers day, I can see the bright coloured Papaver orientalis, from far a can hear a bumblebee hum. I’m in my potager taking care of the herbs, they are so fragrant. Slowly and gently I touch them with my hands, what wonderful scents, thyme, lavender, sage and then I can sense a hint of oregano….I nibble a few leaves of parsley, some dill mm….this tastes lovely.



I can see it all from above, am I flying…floating, sailing through air? It is nice, I like it, don’t wake me up.




Zzzzz zzz
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Väck mej inte! Jag har en sån underbar dröm. Det är en varm och skön sommardag och jag är ute i min potager och sköter om mina örter. De doftar så underbart, sakta stryker jag min hand över örterna och känner doften av timjan, lavendel, salvia och där kommer en svag doft av oregano... jag smakar på ett par blad av persiljan och lite dill mmm tänk va gott, härligt. Jag ser min Papaver orientalis stå där stolt och färggrann, jag hör en humla surrar i fjärran...väck mej inte.


Det känns som jag flyger, flyter tyngdlös omkring...svävar uppe i det blå.


zzzzz




TYRA



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Tuesday

DECEMBER LIGHTS in TYRA's GREENHOUSE

© This post - December lights in Tyra's Greenhouse, was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog The greenhouse...http://tyras-greenhouse.blogspot.com/



DECEMBER LIGHTS
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Feng Shui moment in the greenhouse, a few minutes of peace and calmness.

This is a candle holder I made a few years ago, a simple piece of wood with a wonderful smooth surface and painted in rustic style and the recipe of the paint is traditional and very old. When you put your hands on the surface it is cold like al fresco paint.

Lovely December lights, daylight and candlelights, mild and warm. When the sun comes out in December it's a 'golden day' I just love it and I so understand the ancient people that worshiped the sun and Ra the sungod of Heliopolis.

I wonder if we will get any snow for Christmas?
We did have some wonderful winter days in November but since then it has been reallt mild and awfully dark outside. Look at my post from the 22th of November, those picture looked almost like the Christmas cards I use to send, that is precisely how I wish my garden to look like during the winter. Hello up there...I wish you to come back with my magical winter land.

'Kung Bore' our King of winter, come back and give as a winter cover thick and light as eiderdown!

Make my garden clean, quiet and glimmer with snow, please!

TYRA


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Tuesday

HEAVY STUFF - new Books on my Bedside Table

Garden Books to be enchanted by.

Look at these wonderful books that I presently have got on my bedside table. They are written by Claus Dalby, who is a Danish author. This first one is called ‘Drivhus drömmar’ (Greenhouse dreams) and is written in Danish which I can read with a little imagination, I have lived in the most southern part of Sweden many years ago and that is very close to Denmark so when I learn a bit Danish. The Swedish and Danish languages are quite near each other.
This book is amazing with almost 350 pages filled with goodies for a greenhouse fan like me. The photos are numerous and very beautiful.
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Claus Dalby takes us with him to visit various greenhouses, small and large and even enormous ones. Old, stylish or contemporary, just a wonderful mix of greenhouses. We also and that a find especially interesting meet the wonderful people behind the gardens and greenhouses, the owners themselves. Claus also show us the surrounding hedges, small paths and fences around the greenhouses.

The second book is ‘Den levende haven’ (The Living Garden)

This is a more typical garden book about gardening of course, about plants, how to grow them and primarily a very inspiring book perfect for cold and dark winter evenings.

foto: from Klematis

In the beginning of the book you can follow Claus Dalby into his garden and Oh lala what a garden!

The books are published by Klematis.
Möt förläggaren Claus Dalby photo from Klematis

Hm...I just had to add a picture from my garden...it is from last spring.


The only negative things about these books are that when you finally are falling asleep then 350 pages on your face it is heavy stuff!

TYRA

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Wednesday

HOT, HOT STUFF AND FREEZING COLD...

Tyra wrote this post in the blog The greenhouse in Tyra's Garden http://tyras-greenhouse.blogspot.com if you are not reading it at The greenhouse...this content was stolen without permission.

HOT HOT

Hot stuff from the greenhouse - Habanero the King of Chilies



My Habanero is from Burkina Faso. If you are interested do read an older post about a potager in Burkina Faso

Chiliguiden Habanero - Kungen av Chili. Habanero tillhör släktet Capsicum chinense som är en av fem chiligrupper. Namnet är lite förvirrande och det finns tre problem med det; Valet av namn på släktet, missbruket av namnet "habanero" samt förvirringen kring alla smeknamn.Släktet Capsicum chinense namngavs 1776 av Nikolaus von Jacquin, en holländsk fysiker som under åren 1754 till 1759 samlade plantor i Karribien åt kejsare Fransis I. Text ifrån Chiliguiden rekommenderar denna sajten om du vill veta mer om chilies!


and then COLD...brr

The greenhouse in November it is really cold in there I haven't got the heating on this year...my husband didn't like last winters electricity bill. :-) Soon ( 30th Nov.) it is Advent and then I will decorate my greenhouse with the typical winter and Advent decorations..



more COLD...
This is how my potager looks right now, it is certainly having a rest.
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Can I tempt you with an apple?

Do you want to follow my main blog Tyra's Garden?


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! & en underbar 1:a Advent!

TYRA


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Saturday

The Blue Hour in the Greenhouse

Tyra wrote this post in the blog The greenhouse in Tyra's Garden http://tyras-greenhouse.blogspot.com
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The Blue Hour in the Greenhouse
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My daughter woke me up this morning almost jumping of joy "Mamma det snöar!" which means "mother it is snowing!". She was a little disappointed that I didn't get out of bed straight away. When I slowly stood up and walk to the window I saw this wonderful landscape with 4 inches of snow and it was still snowing, how lovely.
Saturday morning and no plans...that I do like.
Here are some pictures from my favorite hour.
It is something magical about this blue hour. A sense of calmness, silence. The end of the day and the beginning of an evening. It is so wonderful to just sit back and enjoy. Especially a Saturday like this when you are not working, nor have any plans and the day of the very first snow of the season. Magnificent.

Det är något magiskt över denna blåa timme. Ett lugn, en tystnad. Slutet på dagen och början på en afton. Då är det skönt att bara sitta stilla och njuta. Speciellt en sådan här härlig lördag då man inte jobbar, inte har några planer och den dagen då den första snön kom. Underbart.


Have a joyful weekend/Tyra


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Thursday

A Bulgarian Beauty - Chervena Chushka

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Chervena Chushka Pepper


This is a really beautiful lady from Bulgaria! Slim bright red and sweet tasting! If you haven't grown this Chervena Chushka before I certainly do recommend it. Even the plant is healthy looking.



Bulgarian heirloom pepper, traditionally used for roasting but also a great sweet pepper. I eat it 'au naturelle' like an apple same as a said about my green favorite Poblano Ancho Gigantea. Flesh is brilliant bright -red and very sweet. Tapered fruits that are 2" at the shoulder by 6" long it says in the catalog but my peppers are just 12 cm, ripens from green to brown to bright red. 85 days from transplant with perfect conditions that is.



Chervena Chushka in the greenhouse


If you live in US. look into Brenckle's Farm and Greenhouses there you find a great mix of seeds and plants unfortunatly they cannot ship to Europe. ( good for my wallet)



Read more about Hierloom Tomatoes and Peppers here

Grow more and eat more veggies, it's good for you and your know, home organic grown taste the best!


They say "Eat more local produced food!" well it doesn't get more local than to grow them yourself.

TYRA


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Tuesday

Poblano Ancho Gigantea

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Poblano, the mexican in my greenhouse.





This Pepper from Mexico Ancho Gigantea, beautiful dark green almost black usually called Poblano. I bought my heirloom seeds at Plants of Distinction (UK), but you can find heirlooms at Rare seeds, Amishland,Cherry Gal… the list is long.




This chili pepper is not at all hot and you can use it for 'filled peppers' when it is green and for salsas when green or later when it has turned into brilliant red. I prefer it raw and to eat it like an apple, the crunching sound of this pepper is....great.








Den här härliga chilipepparen Ancho Gigantea är inte alls het och den har en underbar 'grön' smak, skalet är relativt tunt och det gillar jag. Den går fint att använda till fyllda paprikor men jag tycker det är lite synd att tillaga den. Den 'krunschar' knakar superskönt när man sätter tänderna i den. Så mitt tips är ät den som ett äpple. Poblano kallar de den i Mexico





Have a great day all you wonderful garden bloggers!

Skriv en rad 'vettja'

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Thursday

Let me indroduce to you Mr President Johnson!



…or perhaps you already know him?

He was actually in Tyra's Garden in May...yeah, I know his LBJ deid in -73 but this one is in fact still alive, barely alive, he is resting in the greenhouse.


I was looking in at Jan’s Always Growing this morning and she wrote about Amaryllises.
In my effort to have more blooming perennials, for the last few years, I have been planting amaryllis bulbs in the garden.


When it suddenly struck me that I haven’t planted any of my Amaryllises that I have so carefully saved, nor I have I bought and planted any new…I just totally forgot. I wonder if I will get any in time for Christmas now?

Here is a favorite among my Amaryllises, President Johnsson.

Mr President Johnson in Tyra's Garden! WOW what an honour Mr. president.
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Tyra


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Monday

NOVEMBER MORNING IN THE GREENHOUSE

Some mornings are really great and this is one of them. The sun is up and the air is moist. I just want to show you some pictures, November can be all right it is not often but sometimes it happens. Tjohooo!





Just I few tomatoes and peppers left...the end of the season. The humidity is high and the herbs that I now store in the greenhouse such as Tarragon, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme even some Parsey there scents are wonderful the air is full of aroma. Breath in....breathe out. Lovely!


TYRA


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Late harvest - Rose hip and Elderberry

Rose hips and Elderberry harvest - beautiful berries to pick out in the nature. Mother nature just gave them to us free of charge.



This is the last harvest of berries for this season Rose hips and Sambucas nigra and you may very well pick these berries now in November, if you are lucky you can also find Sloe Prunus spinosa. I pick my berries on the path leading down to the lake. They are great berries for cooking. If you are interested I have a few recipes here in Tyra's Garden.


Det här är alltså de sista bären jag nu skördar för den här säsongen. Sist ut är då mina älskade nypon Rosa dumalis och lite fläderbär Sambucas nigra. Jag tycker nypon är helt fantastiskt gott alldeles för underskattade, de är jobbiga att 'skala' men det är värt mödan för de är så sagolika tillagade. Nyttiga är de också (C vitamin).


TYRA

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Friday

Posturing Pumpkin Post - update

My pumpkin stands majestic on the pedestal but just for a few more days. Its days is counted! After I’m through with it I will have served Pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup and the latest suggestion I got from a blog friend ‘garlic flavoured, in the oven roasted pumpkin served with a steak’, that sounds delicious to me….perhaps a glass of red wine. Any more suggestions?


Posing pumpkin

Update
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I new recipe from Joey - GINGER PUMPKIN, CRANBERRIES & APPLES
~ The intense smell of autumn harvest in this delicious treat slightly tweaked from The Northwoods Table.
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and one from Jane Marie - PUMPKIN PECAN PANCAKES it sounds like heavan to me.
And you get some really nice music to go with it!
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TYRA

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Tuesday

A Small Evaluation

A Small Evaluation of the Tomatoes I had in my garden 2008 and still have actually, Moneymaker is a tough guy.

These are the favourites of all tomatoes the growing season 2008. The seeds were sown indoors on my veranda on the 9th of February and then planted them in the greenhouse in May, they are all container grown in the greenhouse. The outdoor grown where placed in the ground in June after the last frost nights. Seeds from Plants of Distinction


All these I do recommend: Everyday tomato - The Czech’s excellent yellow
Prolific orange yellow tomato with a strong flavour. 3inches round fruit. Extremely productive and will supply you with a steady stream of fruit for weeks on end. Best salad tomato for ages! Cordon. 70-75 days from transplanting.
Beefsteak tomato - Crnkovic
Cocktail tomato - Sweet 100 (red) Ildi (yellow)
Green tomato – Green Zebra




Finally harvest time - started to harvest July and I still harvest MONEYMAKER! Which I think is pretty amazing. The biggest harvest gave PRINCIPE BORGHESE The oldest and best Italian variety for cutting and drying. Retains colour, flavour and reconstitutes easily in olive oil for winter use. Bush. 75 days from transplanting.

Beefsteak Crnkovic



The biggest disappointment were the Glacier tomatoes. I thought that they would be perfect in my part of the world but no, I hardly got any at all, very odd, the name misled me.


Which tomato are your favourite?

Which do you recommend?

I would very much like to here from you :-)

Tyra

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