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


Bath and Blooms

What a great way to start the week

I really enjoy making collages so I thought why not join the Mosiac Monday club meet new wonderful people from allover the word. It sure is going to be exciting to see all the great work out there. This is my first contribution and I call it Bath and Blooms. 

Bathroom with a nautical touch and Peonies
photo: Martina Svensson and Tyra Hallsénius-Lindhe  

The peony is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower (wikipedia)

I wish you all a great week, this week with the beginning of the Easter holiday

and I also would like to say Thank you to our host Mary.


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PRIMULA - The First

The First - Primula

A bit pale from the tough winter and the lack of bright light...

Who isn't ? I am!

"Primula (pronounced /ˈprɪmjʊlə/)[1] is a genus of 400–500 species of low-growing herbs in the family Primulaceae. They include primrose, auricula, cowslip and oxlip. Many species are grown for their ornamental flowers. They are native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere, south into tropical mountains in Ethiopia, Indonesia and New Guinea, and in temperate southern South America.Perennial primulas bloom mostly during the spring; their flowers can be purple, yellow, red, pink, or white. Generally, they prefer filtered sunlight. Many species are adapted to alpine climates." Primula wikipedia

This is the first Primula Auricula for the season, this little fellow is planted in a pot and has been in the greenhouse the whole cold winter and now in late March it's in floribus.

Family: Primulaceae    Genus: Primula    Species: P. auricula

It is Blooming Friday and on Sunday Today's Flower thankyou to our hosts KATARINA

I wish you all a happy last weekend in the month of March


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Auricula - Fading beauty - Equinox

What an honour!

New logo

Many thanks for choosing me to be this weeks Guest Friend
 at TODAY'S FLOWER# 85 ( 21 of March)

March is the month that I sow all the seeds for my potager, my veranda is more like a nursery now and not at all the cosy place that we use to have our meals in. But I love my 'nursery' I love the smell of the warm moist soil and fragrance of the seedlings.

It is still a 'no dig' garden outside my window :-) an less you want to shovel some snow and that's why it is so great to escape into my photo albums or to read all the wonderful garden blogs. What would it be without you guys?

 My answer is utterly, utterly boring!

Auricula, this is a favourite in early spring, I usually grow them from seed but right now I'm waiting for a delivery of Auriculas from UK and I'm so eager to see how they look. I’ll keep you posted.

Spring is also the 'Tulip Time'

This spring I have been able to find tulips in wonderful pale colours I'll show you three of them here the first in pale pink and the other in pale mellow yellow. Both of them were very fragrant too. Last photo is of a fading beauty. I just love fading tulips, they are really fading with I wish I were a tulip.

Fading beauty with light, fragile, silk-like petals.

Just as I'm now sitting here writing this post it is the Vernal Equinox
 Finally 12 hours of light per day.... Sing Hallelujah!

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Helleborus 'Pink Frost' - Spring in the Greenhouse

Spring in the the Greenhouse

The snow is slowly melting and the sun is getting more bright for each day. This week has been just wonderful with all the sun oozing down onto my grounds. The greenhouse and I loves it! The Auriculas look just fine and I'm sure I'll see them in bloom quite soon.  +20 C (68F) in the greenhouse, now that is nice...I bought my first Helleborus this week and it is called 'Pink Frost' isn't just lovely. This Helleborus is my contribution to this weeks Blooming Friday and Today's Flower. Remember my last weeks post called 'Pistil and Stamen's now you can see more of these fantastic little things at Katarina's place ... just amazing. 

Helleborus ' Pink Frost' in the Greenhouse

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Sex - Tulip style

Pistil and Stamens

I think this photo at the top actually is a quite sexy picture of the center of a Tulipa showing multiple connate carpels, a compound pistil, surrounded by stamens.


less revealing...

fully 'dressed'...

Sunday, no wind and sunshine, a pale winter-sun but still it is sunshine! We are in the borderland between winter and spring and I have lots and lots of snow left and I bet we will have that until it's Midsummer but as long as the sun is out it is really wonderful. This is a perfect day for skiing, a long walk and perhaps a winter picnic.

Carpe Diem

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What's in the Name?

I got some seeds and on the envelope it said:

Salvia sp.  

Salvia officinalis = Sage with herbal uses growing in my potager

What does sp. stand for? I found this very useful article by Susan Mahr about Botanical and Latin names. I learned that:

Unspecified or unknown specie in the genus of for instance Salvia would be written as Salvia sp. To signify more than one species in the genus, it is written Salvia spp. Another thing.. once the genus has been used in a paragraph, or is understood, it can be shortened, such as S. splendens. and S. officinalis, good to know

What's In A Name?

By Susan Mahr, University of Wisconsin – Madison

“All living organisms are classified into various groups with different degrees of relatedness. In the plant kingdom, the various levels of classification include class, order, family, genus and species. The genus and species names together comprise the scientific name that every plant (and animal, too) is given when first described by a scientist. These species names are recognized by botanists, horticulturists and gardeners no matter where you go in the world.”

What the Latin name means

acaulis                 stemless
alba                     white
angustifolia         narrow-leaved
annua                  annual
argentea             silvery  ag silver
arvensis              of the field
aurantiaca          orange

I have planted 14 Salvias (Sage)  now for 2010 some of them are perennial and most of them are blueish purple in the colour they are:

 Salvia amplexicaulis, Salvia dolichantha, S. forskaohlei, S. glutinosa, S. hians, S. nemorosa,  S. officinalis ' Berggarten', S. przewalskii, S. staminea, S. transsylvania, S. certicillata, S. virgata, S. columbariae (Chia) and last the Salvia sp. the unknown one.

I always bought plants of Salvia before and this is the first time I sow them from seed, very exiting.

Thank you Nancy  Soliloquy  for choosing to put Tyra's Garden on you sidebar this week.

Photo: YCLS

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