Bumblebee house

Bumblebee house
Originally uploaded by FransBadger.

My birthday present this year: a bumblebee house. With its small colony of “kontukimalainen” (wonder what that species is in English?) these busy new neighbours of us will hopefully take care of visiting all the flowers in those fruit trees and berry bushes. Search for “pörrinpesä” if you are interested in getting your own.

Stiga Collector

Stiga Collector
Originally uploaded by FransBadger.

One practical thing to consider in gardens is the lawn. Our aim is to have less grass and more “woodlands” or natural look in our yard, but still there will be more than enough grass. This morning was spent setting up Stiga Collector 46 S Combi, which we got after a lengthy comparison process. This is a compromise, of course. The professional, solid-body lawnmowers can cost 1000 euros or more. This one is not as sturdy in its construction and materials, but it has the right feature set: 3-in-1 cutting, collecting and bio-slicing functionalities. And since Stiga is coming from Sweden, you can trust Finnish stores providing spare parts and service for it also in the future.

Pinsiön taimisto

Pinsiön taimisto
Originally uploaded by FransBadger.Another extremely busy week behind, and time to relax by doing something physical. This weekend we traveled to Pinsiön Taimisto, a nice plant and garden sale c. 12 km from Tampere. They have rather good collections of trees, bushes, various flowers and also garden path stones, gravel and sand. This is important as we move towards the next stage in the garden project (albeit planting all these trees requires some serious shovel-work, and we have much to do in the house project, too). Keeps you busy, and also better fit, I hope. Gardening is a nice counterpart to the digital life.