My potager garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö, Resarö is situated in the inner part of the archipelago outside of Stockholm. Tyra´s Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination.
Tyra's Garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö situated in the inner part of the archipelago near the small town Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. Tyra's Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, my potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination. The climate in these parts is quite demanding as the northerly winds can be strong and cold. THIS BLOG 'Tyra's Garden' is not entirely a gardenblog it contains much more. About me: Enthusiastic amateur gardener and photographer from Vaxholm, Sweden. Designed and built my Greenhouse and Potager in Tyra's Garden 2003. Love the outdoor life, gardening and sailing especially. View my profile


Seriously, have you ever faked it? I have.

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Seriously, have you ever 'faked' it? I have.

Meet my Phakenopsis!


Phakenopsis yes this is one of my husbands favourite houseplant it is so durable. Extremely long-lasting as a matter of fact it has been flowering in my kitchen window since…last January. It doesn’t need much care at all. Have you guessed it already? It’s a fake. The ‘mother plant’ is an old orchid that I have had for years and it has never bloomed again so instead of throwing it away a bought this fake Phalaenopsis and let the mother plant adopt it. I think sometimes it’s OK to cheat and use a fake and this ‘Phakenopsis’ looks really well on my kitchen windowsill.

Today it is Blooming Friday again and do look in at Katarina’s Roses and stuff and meet all the other participants. I think it is going to be a great day today, I have something really nice that I’m looking forward to tonight, they are showing a new program on the TV this evening The English garden’s the first programme in the series of six.

Here we have orchids flourishing in the greenhouse, it is summertime…ah

I wish you all my blogging gardenfriend a great weekend - Ha en riktigt finfin helg!

Don't be a stranger do write something - Skriv en rad.


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ABC Wednesday B is for...

© This post - ABC Wednesday B , was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog Tyra's Garden

ABC Wednesday ‘B’. This week I'll post an ABC in both The Greenhouse and Tyra's Garden.

B is for Blotanical, yes that is correct not Botanical.

Blotanical where garden Blogs Bloom…

Blotanical is the place where garden friends from all over the world get together. Out of all the information out there in the cyberspace blogosphere, Blotanical is an incredible resource, a goldmine full of information and an extremely wide-ranging directory of over a thousand garden influenced blogs. That is pretty amazing!

Blotanical was created by an Australian guy called Stuart Robinsson in 2007. Stuart is 'thirty-something' married and has four kids, and, as if that wasn't enough, he also has a Bachelor degree in Business (Double Major in Accounting & Marketing) from Edith Cowan University. He has done a most impressive job with this Garden bloggers paradise and still does. Blotanical is very much ‘alive’ and is constantly evolving. This is what Stuart says about… Stuart.

‘I’m a gardener from Busselton, (can you hear the wonderful accent?) Western Australia who loves digging in the dirt and smelling the aroma of everything natural. Plants are my favourite thing in the world apart from spending time with my wife and family.
When I'm not gardening, I'm either on my computer, playing basketball, or taking photos.’

I Tyra, want to thank you all my Blotanical friends around the world, for giving me so much knowledge, love, awareness, happiness and joy - the list could in fact go on and on. I’m so deeply impressed of all the wonderful blogs and people out there in the blogosphere. Thank you for letting me be a part of the ‘Blotanical community ’.

Are you interested to join the Blotanical adventure? Look further here. You don’t need to have a blog to join, nor a garden, just be interested to be a part of the Blotanical friendship.


Oh... I just have to present a plant on B as well.

Meet more ABC participants here

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ANALYZE THIS! and it's Blooming Friday!

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It's Blooming Friday!

Analyse this!


Yesterday we all had a challenge given to us by Shirl

Which three plants whould you bring ....?

It certainly was a challenge and great fun.

Our dear friend Frances (Faire Garden) wrote in a comment like this -’Hi Tyra, how fun this is! Your choices reflect a love of beauty and your sensual nature. Hmm, can we do some psycho analysis from people's choices? No, better not go there. LOL Someone else chose the morning glories, that is such a good one for that blue color and generous number of blooms, I had to have a rose also, thanks for telling us about that one. It may have to come live in my REAL garden! Dahlias, so grand, and like Jodi says, we wouldn't have to bother with digging them. A dream come true. Frances’

Well could 'we' analyse this?

It is thrilling thought, an interesting idea isn’t it?....... Or perhaps not.

I have borrowed some pictures from you* and made a small collage over what the garden bloggers would like to bring along to the Desert Island. Unfortunately I couldn’t steal Yolanda’s hunk, sorry I ment garbage man, James something, was it Bond? But we all remember him. :-)

One pic is wrong, do you know which one?
One of the pictures is wrong, it pictures a plants that the owner of the photo would not bring along to the desert island. Do you know which one? And to whom it belongs?
Is it Gail's Clay and Limestone picture?
or Tina's In the Garden,
See the rest of the participants here at Shirl's Garden Watch.

Have a great day my friend, it's blooming friday!
More Blooming Friday's here at Katarinas Roses and stuff. White delights

*participants, just for the collage, I hope you don't mind, if so please let me know.

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Desert Island - Plant Challenge. I would bring...

This post, 'Desert Island'..., was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog Tyra's Garden

Which three plants would you take with you? Shirls askes.

Hahaha, I brilliant 'escape' from a grey day in January, just this minute it is snowing outside my door. Brrr
What to bring? Hm, not an easy task but this is what I choose.

1. Plant number one, a fragrant rose. Beauty and fragrance in one. This is Stanwell Perpetual. This is what Paul Barden writes about this rose.
'Stanwell Perpetual' is the nicest of the Scots roses, in part because it blooms almost continuously. It forms a wide lax shrub of about 3 or 4 feet tall, and at least 5 feet wide. There is a very large first flush in the early summer, and a smattering of blooms for the rest of the season. Blooms are about 3" across, open flat, fully double, and have a very sweet, powerful fragrance. This is just an extract do read more here.

2. Plant number two, the Dahlia, for it's beauty and for it's ability to attract beautiful friends like butterflies, bees and bumlebees. The hard bit will be to choose with one of all the Dahlias.

3. For plant number tree I would choose to bring the Ipomoea ' Heavenly blue'. Besides being a simple yet elegant and beautiful flower, I can also watch a small 'miracle' appear in front of my eyes as the plant opens new flowers everyday. It is certainly heavenly.

All these flowers are my friends from my potager in Tyra's Garden and these are my plants which I would you choose to bring to a 'Desert Island'. (as the food were already there)

What would your choices be?

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Have a great day my friends/ LOLove Tyra

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A 'Slipper Walk' - I just had to catch that light.

This post, A' Slipper Walk'..., was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog Tyra's Garden

When I woke up this morning it was freezing cold outside -6 C, the sky was heavenly blue, the light was pale pink and so beautiful. Time was tight, I just had to catch that light, it lasts for just a few minutes. I'm off, time for a 'slipper walk'. I jumped into my slippers, grabbed my camera and rushed out for a quick photo shoot in the garden, I sincerely hope that my neighbours didn’t see me, or they would for sure have thought that I’ve gone bananas. Can you picture me running around half-dressed and in my slippers with a tripod in my hand?

Beautiful crystals of ice on the glass of one of the greenhouse windows.

Brassica oleracea 'Nero di Toscana' in the greenhouse. It looks rather nice I think, I wonder if I can get it to bloom this season and give me seeds ?

The sundial and the view from my garden towards the east and the lake.

Frosty Brassica oleracea 'Nero di Toscana' in the potager. The hares hasn't found it yet. They usually have a feast of the last of Kale and Cabbages.

The greenhouse windows covered with crystals

Leaves of Bramble Rubus (Blackberries in September) still hanging on to the vine.

The field where the flax grew and the Allotment down by the lake.

A very cold and lonely looking greenhouse.

The last picture shows my old and very un-pruned Pear tree. I must do something about that tree it looks dreadful. By the way, when during the year is the best time to do it?

That's all folks! Brrr...

After this nippy 'slipper walk' the breakfast taste wonderful.


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Flax - It's Blooming Friday!

This post, Flax- It's Blooming Friday, was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog Tyra's Garden
Flax - Linum usitatissimum - Lin

A few years ago we in our village, Engarn, grow flax in the field just below my house where I live. It was so very beautiful, the entire field was covered with the pale blue small flax flowers. I wish they would grow more of this remarkable plant.
More of this 'growing flax in Engarn' in Swedish .
Läs mer om hur det var när vi odlade lin på Engarn.
Linum usitatissimum



This post, My Potager Seeds 2009, was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog Tyra's Garden

A small step on the computer (just a click) but a huge step for the gardener.

Seeds for my potager and images for the collage are from Impecta

Phiouu…( wonderful spelling isn’t it) it was not an easy task this year to order the seeds for my potager. I have been reading those glossy catalogues since last year but now it is done. It took me hours to decide which ones to choose. Most of them are actually new for me,
these herb and medicinal plants for example:

Marrubium vulgare (kransborre) White Horehound
Monarda citriodore (Citron bergamot) Lemon mint, lemon beebalm
Mentha pulegium (polejmynta) Pennyroyal (poisonous)
Malva sylvestrs mauritiana (Mauritansk rödmynta) Mallow

What a coincidence, all of them begin with M.

I told you folks earlier that I am a 'seedaholic' and with that I mean I love seeds and cannot live without them. Most of my seeds I plant or perhaps it is 50 % are seeds that I have collected from last seasons harvest. This year I didn’t order any tomato seeds! I have so many varieties from last year and they are old heirloom seeds so I think I will just do fine with those I have.

Seeds 2009 - I made this collage over all the seeds for the potager. I’ve got one flowers here that I bought just for fun. Canna indica - (also known as saka siri, Indian shot, canna, bandera, chancle, coyol, or platanillo) It was a pretty picture and I fell for it... I read in wikipedia that it is edible, the Canna rhizome is rich in starch, and it has many uses in agriculture. All of the plant has commercial value, rhizomes for starch (consumption by humans and livestock), stems and foliage for animal fodder, young shoots as a vegetable and young seeds as an addition to tortillas, but as I said I just fell for it’s beauty.

foto: Impecta

Året fröer är har jag nu beställt ifrån Impecta och nu har jag gjort ett kollage av alla olika örter, medicinalväxter, blommor och grönsaker, färgsprakande eller hur. Det skall bli kul att se hur det blir sedan, odlings året 2009. För skojs skull skall jag göra ett nytt kollage då och jämföra. Många för mig nyheter blir det i år och det skall bli spännande. Kiwano - den där taggiga saken på vänster sida, det skall bli en riktig utmaning eller Gurkmelon 'Carosello Barese' det skall också bli intressant och se vad det blir av den påsen (jag ler) Är det någon som har provat på så tar jag tacksamt emot råd :-)

Som ni ser finns det inte en enda tomat! Nä... för förra året var mitt stora tomat och chili år så jag har sparat en massa frö ifrån 2008's skörd. De flesta av det jag odlade då var gamla fina sorter, kulturarv (heirloom) som man kan ta frö av. Så jag har tjänat massor av pengar på att ta egna frön (jag ler igen).

It is so very nice to here from you all so do write something - don't be a stranger/


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Paph and a Rare Book - It's Blooooming Friday!

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Paph and a Rare Book - It's Blooooming Friday!

Apart from my own family I have another family that gives me great joy and happiness through the long winter months and they are the Orchid family Orchidaceae. Here is one of the members, let me introduce Paphiopedilum, I call ‘her’ Paph for short. Paph is a stunning and mysterious looking beauty but ‘she’ is not as long lasting as ‘her’ relative Phal….that is Phalaenopsis that you have already met here

Bortsett från min egen familj så har jag en annan familj som ger mej både lycka och glädje genom dessa förfärligt långa vintermånader och det är Orchidé familjen . Här är en av dom, låt mej få presentera Paphiopedilum, jag kallar ’henne’ bara för Paph. Paph är en skönhet, lite mystiskt vacker tycker jag men hom är inte lika hållbar som sin släkting Phal….Phalaenopsis alltså. Idag är det blommig fredag…igen! Fler deltagande bidrag hittar ni hos Katarina. Ha en riktigt trevlig helg alla mina bloggvänner/ Kram TYRA


The paphiopedilums (genus Paphiopedilum) – often abbreviated Paph and colloquially known as paphs in horticulture – are flowering plants in the orchid family (Orchidaceae). It contains about 80 accepted species nowadays, some of which are natural hybrids. These slipper orchids are native to South China, India, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, and form their own subtribe, the Paphiopedilinae. Text: wikipedia Paphiopedilum


...A Lovely Looking Rare Book of Orchids.

Karl Ludwig von Blume 1796 - 1862

I just love the cover on this book and when I read more about it I found out that is very valuable as a matter of fact it is worth a fortune! Perhaps you got it in your attic...

Written by K.L von Blume 190 pages, 66 hand made steel engraved/litho plates 55 fully hand water coloured plates. I have seen a few of them and they are wonderful I just adore hand coloured lithographs.

Karl Ludwig von Blume was born 1796 in Braunschweig in Germany and spent most of his professional life working in the Netherlands, where he worked in the state herbarium, Rijksherbarium, Leiden.

I wish you all to have a great weekend - TYRA
Meet some more participants here at Katarinas Roses and stuff
and more of my posts labelled Blooming Friday posts here:


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© This post This is Peter! was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog Tyra's Garden

This is Peter!

это царь Петр - This is Czar Peter. (Czaar Peter)

Tulipa greigii 'Czar Peter'. This gorgeous tulip is named after an emperor,

Young Peter - wikipedia

Пётр Алексеéевич Ромáнов, Peter I the Great, Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov.

Born in 1672 in Moscow Pyotr was the son of to Alexis I of Russia and his second wife Nataliya Kyrillovna Naryshkina, within the walls of the Kremlin. Tsar Alexei died in 1676 and Peter just 10 year old becomes Tsar Peter.
Peter the Great carried out a policy of Westernization and expansion that transformed the Tsardom of Russia into the 3-billion acre Russian Empire, a major European power. He is cited as one of the greatest rulers in the 17th century, ranking alongside Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Empire and Louis XIV of France. (read more…Wikipedia)

Typical for these botanical tulips, Tulipa greigii are that the blooms are large, up to 12cm. The stems are fairly low compared to other varieties, often bright multi coloured blooms and the leaves are sometimes striped or spotted. What’s more is that the Tulipa greigii an early bloomer, they flower in early March – April and that I really appreciate. The bloom open widely in sunshine and look huge compared to its height and closes in shade or at nighttime.
'Cape Cod', 'Red Riding Hood', 'Toronto', 'Casa Grande', 'Chopin', 'Pinocchio', 'Rod Verlinden' and 'Czar Peter' are all examples of tulips of the specie Tulipa greigii.

Here we have Tulipa greigii 'Chopin' in the gravel!

more Tulips in the gravel and other tulip posts.

The species Tulipa greigii got its name from S.A.Greig.

The Tulipa greigii was discovered in Tashkent in (Uzbekistan) the region Turkestan by a German named P.L. Graeber. Described by the horticulturalist and botanist Eduard von Regel in 1877. He named it after S.A. Greig, a botanist in St. Petersburg, at that time the president of the Russian Imperial Horticultural Society.

Namnet Czar Peter från Tsar Peter den store av Ryssland, artnamnet Tulipa greigii fick blomman av Eduard von Regel som gav den namnet efter en botanist S.A Greig som arbetade för the Russian Imperial Horticultural Society i St. Petersburg. Blomman hittades ’först’ i Tashkent nuvarande Uzbekistan av en tysk vid namn P.L. Graeber.

Typiskt för dessa botaniska tulpaner, Tulipa greigii är att blomman är förhållandevis till skaftet stor (upp till 12cm), skaftet som är ganska kort jämfört med andra arter, ofta klara flera färgade blommor och bladen är ibland antingen randiga eller fläckiga. Vad mer är att Tulipa greigii blommar tidigt, början av mars - april och det uppskattar jag verkligen. De stora blommorna öppnar sig i full utsträckning i solsken och sluter sig i skugga och till kvällen. Tulipa greigii 'Czar Peter' tillhör Liliaceae familjen.

xoxo TYRA
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Updated. 2009-01-06

Helen, the patient gardener said in her comment - Are these tulips in flower in your garden now?! Surely not!

No, unfortunately not, nothing and I mean nothing grows in my garden now. It is completely covered with a few inches of snow and it is freeeezing cold. My poor greenhouse is like a big icebox and the only roses that I got there are the roses of ice on the glass of the windows. I have got a pretty picture of ice roses in this post from 2007

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It's Blooooming Friday! - Blomming Fredag

© This post was originally uploaded and written by Tyra at the blog Tyra's Garden

Hip, hip, Hurrah, Hippeastrum

I cannot possibly think of a better way to start this year than with these magnificent flowers. It’s Bloooming Friday again and I give you a shower or rather a bang-boom of ‘flowering fireworks’.


We call it Amaryllis but it is a Hippeastrum...

Hippeastrum is a genus of about 70–75 species and 600+ hybrids and cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas from Argentina north to Mexico and the Caribbean. Some species are grown for their large showy flowers. These plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis, an African genus in the same family. Wikipedia


Blommig Fredag - årets första. Jag kan inte tänka mej ett bättre sätt att börja året med än med dessa stora underbara blommor som vi har runt om oss så här års.

Hippeastrum - Amaryllis, här har jag två av de som jag har hemma just nu Amaryllis ' Candy floss' och Amaryllis ' intokasie'.

..Blooming Friday - Blommig fredag at Katarinas Roses and stuff

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Have a great weekend! Lots of Love/ TYRA

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