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19/07/2017

While I was away: Butterflies and brocante



Rosa spinosissima (pimpinellifolia) 'Plena'



Hello all, in this post there are some things I meant to share with you already a while ago but didn't have time. Blimey, I too am finding it hard to keep up... but quitting blogging is not an option at the moment. On Instagram I post some photos you can't find here, but this is where I will post most of my photos... and also write a few words in my erratically erroneous English or my phenomenally featureless Finnish.

My Instagram account is public: have a look at https://www.instagram.com/saradbvillaemilia/.



Rosa 'Sävel'




Kesäkuun puolivälissä julkistettiin Suomen kansallisperhonen -äänestyksen voittaja. (Minulla oli tarkoitus postata aiheesta jo silloin, mutta ajankohta oli hieman kiireinen.) Ehdokkaitahan oli 20. Kansallisperhoseksi valittiin paatsamasinisiipi. Minäkin äänestin sitä sen upean sinisen värin vuoksi. :) 






To mark Finland’s centenary of independence, several Finnish nature organisations asked Finnish people to vote for a butterfly to represent the nation. The winner was... the wonderful holly blue (Celastrina argiolus). The first runner-up was the European peacock, and the mourning cloak reached the third place. Over 6,300 Finns (yours truly among them :)) favoured the holly blue over the other candidates. You can see all the candidates in the photo above. All in all, 36,500 votes were cast during the spring and the winner was crowned as the national butterfly in June.



Photo: Marianne Niemelä



Finland already had a national bird (whooper swan), animal (brown bear), flower (lily-of-the-valley), fish (perch), and a tree (silver birch). :) We even have our "national rock" and it's of course granite.






R. spinosissima (pimpinellifolia) 'Plena', known also as the 'Finnish Double White', creamy white-flowered and fragrant, is the most Finnish of our roses.

I think they look best in the soft evening sun.






Puutarhablogeissa vastaillaan nyt kiitollisuuspäiväkirjahaasteeseen. (Hieno idea!) Hauska sattuma on, että kun otin näitä juhannusruusukuvia kauniina kesäiltana, tunsin elävästi, miten paljon on aihetta kiitollisuuteen, kun saa ihastella jotain niin kaunista kuin ruusuja, haistella niiden tuoksua lempeässä kesäillassa ja on vielä aikaa valokuvatakin niitä.

Alla oleva ruusu on 'Tarja Halonen', se kukkii kauniisti tänä vuonna.



Rosa 'Tarja Halonen'






Every now and then I buy a copy of Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine. Many of you may know it - it's Danish and very beautifully illustrated.










Minulla on perinteenä, että odotellessani KYS:ssa (omien tai muiden syiden takia) ostan "kanttiinista" Jeanne d'Arc Living -lehden. :)

Melkein 10 euron hintaan toivoisi kyllä saavansa lehden, jossa tekstin sujuvuuteen (käännetty todennäköisesti tanskasta suomeen) olisi kiinnitetty enemmän huomiota. Hmmm, käännöstoimiston nimi näkyykin olevan Word to Word ("The best translations at the best prices")... Usein tekstikohdat myös viittaavat kuviin epäselvästi tai väärällä sivulla, ja heinäkuun numerossa harmittaa erityisesti se että jonkin verran tekstiä on jäänyt kokonaan pois. Aihe, kirpputorilta löydetyt lasit, olisi kiinnostanut, koska meillä on melkein samannäköisiä laseja kuin lehden kuvassa.

Mutta onhan se kuvitus insproivaa ja ihanaa! Se innoitti minutkin ottamaan tällaisia rustiikkeja kuvia. :)










Alla näkyvässä artikkelissa on tapetoitu seinä Flora Danica -kirjan sivuilla. Tämä Simon Paullin (1603–80) kokoama kirja julkaistiin ensimmäisen kerran 1648 ja siitä otetaan lehden kertoman mukaan edelleen uusia painoksia. En tiedä raskisinko itse leikata sivuja irti uudestakaan kirjasta... :)

Englanninkielisen Wikipedian mukaan kasvisuku Paullinia (guaranat) olisi saanut nimensä tämän Paullin mukaan, mutta toisella sivulla taas kerrotaan, että nimi tulee saksalaisen Christian Franz Paullinin (1643–1712) nimestä...










Another beautiful Finnish rose...



Rosa 'Sävel'



'Sävel'-tarhakurtturuusua voin suositella, se on hyvin terve ruusu.






Maljakossa 'Ilo'-lajiketta:



Rosa 'Ilo'







Nyt en edes uskalla luvata, että tulen vierailulle pian... mutta koetan sen tehdä. 
♥ Ihania kesäpäiviä! 






 May the breeze carry you scents of roses, lupins, alsike clovers and flowering raspberries!



41 comments:

  1. OOooh wonderful R♥ses, my favourite and so beautifully captured!! I too agree with your choice of the Holly Blue, it is stunning as is your mosaic. I've never seen a green butterfly before! The magazine looks expensive, a nice treat. We all need those from time to time.
    I don't do instagram but I just had to have a peek at your account. A feast for my eyes with so many gorgeous images!! Your English is much better than my Finnish!!
    Have a butterfly and r♥se filled week with hugs from us xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Prunella!
      I think few people know those green butterflies and that's why they weren't among the best candidates. The collage of butterfly photos wasn't made by me. It's a clipping from the local newspaper. I don't have many photos of butterflies; they are much two fast and too evasive for me. :)
      Big hugs! ♥

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  2. A truly stunning and marvelous post, my friend! I so enjoyed your sweet pictures :)

    I know what you mean about not finding the time to blog....and like you I feel as though it's not an option to quit. Many have gone to Instagram and many friends have encouraged me to do so, but I have not yet taken the leap....

    Thank you for your loveliness, dear Sara. Hugs to you!

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  3. Jeanne d'arc on uusi tuttavuus; hauska että esittelit 🍐

    Tosi herttainen kuva: kukat lasipullossa ❤️

    Myös ihana: Ehdotukset kansallisperhoseksi 🦋

    And: rustic is nice 🌸

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  4. Gorgeous captures, Sara! I am so glad you continue to blog. I love to blog, and I love your blog. I have not joined Instagram and most likely will not. I only post on my blog and Facebook. I hope you have a fantastic week. :)

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  5. Those are wonderful photos!Now I have a lovely and colorful day !!! I love roses and butterflies,your post made my day!Best wishes,Sara!Maristella.

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  6. Old Roses are the most lovely.

    And all your photos, are amazing.

    "Everything" looks better, in evening light. :-)

    Your English is fine. Never feel it isn't. I am amazed by those, who have 2 languages. I obviously have only one.

    That magazine looks sooooooo lovely...

    Luna Crone

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  7. Ihanat kuvat! Hypistelin tuota lehteä kaupassa. Ihanat kuvat, mutta teksti oli tosiaan aika heppoista.

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  8. The roses are absolutely glorious! It was lovely to see them. I am not much of a gardener or a photographer. I will probably keep blogging indefinitely because I love it so.

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  9. Olá, excelentes fotos das belas rosas, são lindas, encantam.
    Continuação de boa semana,
    AG

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  10. Beautiful roses, very healthy and abundant! Congratulations!

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  11. Wonderful photos of some very beautiful flowers. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  12. Uuhh mitä ruusuja ja kauniita kuvia sinulla taas onkaan. Oikeaan meni perhosen valinta, tuohan on juuri "Suomen näköinen"

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  13. So much beauty here. That blue butterfly looks like it flew here from another planet!

    "...... and also write a few words in my erratically erroneous English or my phenomenally featureless Finnish."

    I just read that Finnish is the hardest language to learn. If so, speaking it at all is an accomplishment! :) And English can not be spoken incorrectly. We don't mind errors.

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  14. Voi miten ihania ruusuja ja kuvia.
    Mukavaa loppuviikkoa Sara.

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  15. Beautiful, beautiful photos. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  16. Oikii perhonen valittiin kansallisperhoseksi. Kauniita kuvia ruusuista.

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  17. todella upeita kuvia ruusuista!

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  18. Here Roses are called "the king of all flowers"

    I bet anyone else can hardly display them as beautifully Sara!!!

    Pink one is stunning, so inviting to pick it up and absorb its magical fragrance in to breathe.
    Thank you for awakening my esthetic senses

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  19. that butterfly is beautiful! your roses look a lot like a very popular rose in South Africa, the iceberg rose... I wonder if they are connected somehow... <3

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  20. Enchanting roses! It's a joy to look at them. That blue butterfly is amazing... like a jewel...
    I love your posts so much, Sara! They always brighten my day. :-)

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  21. Roses are real beauties as well as butterflies ♥♥♥

    Wonderfully captured Sara♥♥♥

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  22. Upeat ruusut. Tuo sinisiipi oli kyllä oikea valinta minusta. :)

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  23. When you look at all the potential choices for a national butterfly, Sara, there are obviously no bad choices. They are all stunningly beautiful. I can't imagine that anyone would be seriously disappointed if their personal favourite didn't make it to first place.

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  24. What a wonderful Sara !!! I love roses, for their smell and colors and butterflies. They are beautiful.
    I wish you a good Thursday.
    Besos.

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  25. Such beautiful blooms and butterflies.
    I love the look of the magazine too.

    All the best Jan

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  26. Don't worry about your English, Sara! It's probably better than mine. Forget about my Finnish! Your rose pictures got beautiful. I also need to read once and a while a garden magazine. I don't know how it is in Finnland, but in Germany the maybe last 10 to 15 years magazines about home, garden, living, cooking ... spring up like mushrooms.
    I prefer reading your lovely blog. I don't do Instagram or Facebook. Would be just too much for me.
    Regards Sigrid

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  27. I would have voted for the Blue Holly butterfly, too. Such a pretty thing to see flitting about one's garden. The Melody rose is a wonderful, soft pink. Jeanne d'Arc magazines are very expensive; I have two of them and I wish I could translate them into proper English. I do a little Instagram, but I much prefer blogging. Lovely, lovely photos of a lovely summer.

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  28. Upeita rustiikkeja kuvia! :) Minäkin ostan silloin tällöin samaa lehtä inspiraatiotarkoituksessa, ja nimenomaan sen visuaalisen maailman tähden. Niitä löytyy yllättävän usein kirpputoreilta, niin ei sitten kirpaise se hintakaan niin paljoa.

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  29. Sara you certainly know how to photograph your roses with perfection. The perfume has come on the breeze of this post. Because of our humidity, roses do not grow well here at all. Always a joy to see yours.
    I love that so many people chose to vote for their national butterfly. Fantastic choice.
    I doubt Australians would bother to have the same input. I googled and we don't have a national one, but we do have over 400 varieties. This is my favourite and have spotted it several times, but no photos.

    https://australianbutterflies.com/the-ulysses-butterfly/

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  30. Flowers beautiful and looks soft :)

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  31. So many gorgeous things in one post. I so enjoyed my visit here today.
    Amalia
    xo

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  32. Kauniita ruusuja <3 Mukavaa viikonloppua!

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  33. Nyt tuli niin paljon kiinnostavia asioita, että tätä postausta täytyy lukea vielä uudelleen ajatuksen kanssa ja K A T S E L L A K U V I A! Antoisaa viikonloppua!

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  34. Upeita ruusuja! Sävel ja Sointu ovat olleet jo hetken ostoslistallani, ne ovat kyllä ihania. Mukavaa sunnuntaita!

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  35. I wanted to comment on your recent post, but wasn't able to. Maybe it's closed for now? I really like posts about "this and that," and it's nice to see what cottage life is all about. They are my favorite posts of all, and I enjoyed seeing a little bit around your neck of the woods. What a beautiful butterfly. It's hard to get a picture of the butterfly cause they flutter away quickly, but you managed to get a fantastic photo of it.

    ~Sheri

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  36. Olá, também gostava de comentar a publicação mas recente, mas não foi possível, as fotos partilhadas são de excelência, as mesmas mostram enorme beleza e a magia do saber fotografar.
    Continuação de boa semana,
    AG

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  37. Dear Sara,wonderful pics as ever!Thanks for visiting and have a lovely weekend.Xoxo.

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  38. Some souls are chosen to glorify the life and surroundings my friend Sara!

    whenever i see your blog page ,the first thoughts that spring up in my mind is BEAUTY , JOY ,PEACE and endless serenity .
    you create world of soul which can be only imagine .

    i find my words so small and unable to praise your talent dear friend that you are blessed with by your loving creator!

    You must publish your own book of photography so more people can enjoy the marvelous and sublime world of soul you brought to reality

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