Around the festivities of First of May, in Finland called Vappu, the weather is usually bad.
Perhaps the gods want to keep people away from too wild celebrating and booze drinking
on the streets and in the parks :)) I’ll share today some impressions seen while walking
in the neighbourhood and then some fantastic plants of the garden center Viherpaja.
I shopped only with my eyes, no annuals can be planted yet.
I certainly wish good luck to this guy who tries to get rid of his invasive
Fallopia japonica! I had only a couple of small plants, but it took me
five years to get rid of them without poison.
Kids of the local elementary school had their excercise lesson outdoors.
As you see the birches are not sprouting yet.
The garden center Viherpaja had on sale stunning Mandevilla plants in white and pink.
... and pelargonias and roses with a trunk!
The most exquisite plant was this big Echium webbii, that I have never seen before.
I think that Nova must know it, because it grows on the Canary Islands.
See the link of Wikipedia where you’ll find a beautiful photo of a fully grown plant.
"Echium webbii is endemic to the Canary Islands, where it is restricted to the island of La Palma. The flowers are normally blue and produced in numerous spikes in early summer, but a hybrid is sometimes seen with white or pink flowers. It grows to average height 100 centimetres (39 in), maximum height 150 centimetres (59 in).The plant is not very tolerant of cold, and in the wild is a shrub. It can be grown in gardens in mild areas, but requires good drainage."
I have lost many Japanese maples, but think I have to try this lime one once more!
Bougainvillea is definitely not for me, but stunning it is!
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Hyvää Vappua! - Happy First of May! - Skål to Spring!