Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday: Summer in Sweden

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday, hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

My friend Winnie, who visited with us in April, sent pictures of the backyard garden at their house in Sweden. (This is a momentous occasion - I'm always asking for pictures and she always forgets to take them!) When they bought the house, the yard was quite an overgrown challenge that she's worked on for a couple of years. The stones in the stone wall were all dug up while the yard was being leveled and she built a wall out of them. She's so resourceful!


(Click on photos to enlarge)

Winnie has a new nickname this summer. She's been weeding and planting on the hill area which is quite steep, so we're calling her Ms. Mountain Goat.
She's discovered a few muscles in the process that have protested the mountain goat routine.


Beautiful blue flowers, (and I can't remember what they're called).



Hubby Steen is admiring the garden. See those huge boulders - she dug up the topsoil that was covering them up!


The deck area was added last year to the yard. Quite a difference a year has made.


Susan, thank you for hosting this fun weekly event. You can visit A Southern Daydreamer to see the other Outdoor Wednesday posts, by clicking HERE.

Enjoy!

Diane

39 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

Diane,

It is really cool to see a garden in another country. Winnie & Steen's garden is beautiful. I like all the levels. I think gardening can be a real work out (everything is pretty much a work out for me these days!), I imagine those stones were not easy to move. But you can't get between a woman and a good idea!! I love the deck too. They are going to really enjoy it.

When are you set to visit?? ;-)

xoxo
Jane

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Diane, I truly enjoyed seeing this lovely garden, in Sweden!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Diane! I hope Ms Mountain Goat is careful... that looks like a steep hill! he ha done a beautiful job with her yard!
Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Brenda said...

Well, this is beginning to sound familiar somehow. Four years ago when I moved into this house, it was a veritable jungle. And I've been working and working it. Right now a sprained ankle has me indisposed, but I'll be back at it. And my wraparound deck is being built now! Sounds like my house!
Brenda

ellen b said...

What a lovely yard and I like what she did with the stones!

Michelle said...

What a very sweet garden. Those purple flowers are amazing, Diane! :)

Kammy said...

Just Gorgeous, thanks for sharing !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Jadehollow said...

Diane.. All of your hard work has paid off.. all of your gardens are stunningly beautiful.
Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
Debbie

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a great job they did...and a perfect reward to enjoy!
I love looking at gardens...and touring them!
Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!
Have a great evening!
;-D

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

What a beautiful garden your friend has. Thanks for sharing her pics.

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this beautiful garden in Sweden! Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

prof en retraite said...

Hi Diane! This is just lovely! I remember that you are long-time friends, but I don't remember if you have ever gone to Sweden to visit her. I imagine a land of all white furniture!! lol To answer your question, it's just a country store...no restaurant. I love that place! lol Have a great week...Debbie

Foley said...

You'll have to tell Ms. Moutain Goat I love the stone wall!! It is so rustic looking and looks perfect!
Thanks for sharing

Lori E said...

It didn't occur to me they were on the same seasons as us. Duh. I catch on. It just seems so far away.
They have done a lovely job.

stefanie said...

happy outdoor wednesday, thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures.

dana said...

I can honestly say that your friends lovely yard is the first Swedish yard I've ever seen. It looks wonderful---so much work that really paid off!!

Happy Wednesday!!! Dana

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

She is really having to work for it. Harder than most of us have to, but the result is beautiful. I hope you will share our comments with her. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

hip chick said...

It all looks so pretty.

"Blossom" said...

LOve that rock wall and your garden looks like it is doing well.

Tomarie said...

How beautiful!! Thanks for the trip to Sweden!! :-) L~

imjacobsmom said...

Thanks for sharing Winnie's Garden, it's fun to visit gardens from other countries. I'm sure they are going to really enjoy that deck. ~ Robyn

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Wow! That's a lot of work done. And the deck surely is a nice addition. The house is surrounded with all those plants and when those flowers starts to bloom like those blue ones, my what a beautiful garden it will be.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Li

Marie said...

Your friends' garden is so beautiful especially the wall garden!
-marie

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Awesome and Beautiful Garden!! Your friend is a great gardener. Love all the rocks she has used! Have a great day and thanks for the tour!

Sherrie

Cheri in NC said...

Wonderful garden - love to see places in other countries! Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

What a charming garden. Your friend has managed to make a new garden look like it's been planted for years. It all is quite lovely. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us. Have a wonderful day.

Still Learning said...

That looks like a very nice place to go and relax after a long day at work. So pretty. I would love to go to Sweeden someday....

Katherinellen said...

Diane,
Those are beautiful blooms. She did a wonderful job of building the stones arrngement around her flowers. Beautiful photos...Happy Outdoor Wednesday..Katherinellen

Justine said...

Oh wow, her yard is amazingly beautiful! I'm glad she finally remembered to send you the pictures!

Justine :o )

Smilingsal said...

Your friend in Sweden has a beautiful yard!

We're STILL packing the kitchen. I guess we'll pack the final box on moving day.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Diane, thank you for sharing this lovely Sweedish garden. I enjoyed seeing it. Your friend has obviously worked hard and is now able to enjoy the results. laurie

Regina said...

Nice place.

RobinfromCA said...

Wow! What a huge amount of work to build a rock wall and uncover boulders! Her yard is beautiful and I love those bright blue flowers. Thanks for sharing!

Robin

Kim said...

I loved it!

Light and Voices said...

All that work moving the boulders and dirt and building a deck was totally worth it. Great job!
Joyce M

Phyllis said...

Hi Diane,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving the encouraging words. No matter how much I do, I never feel it's enough.

Your friend's garden is gorgeous! I love hills and rocks and trees.

The A/C guys fixed the problem and the house is cooling down. It was as hot in here as it was outside by 4 p.m. At least I can sleep tonight! :)

Fifi Flowers said...

Such a BEAUTIFUL outdoor area!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Great trip to Sweden today...Winnie did alot of work on this...thanks Diane for sharing this...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

storyteller said...

What a lovely garden! It's nice to meet you ... I'm retired too ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

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