Sunday, 30 May 2010

Eurovision Song Contest

Lena won and what should I say, it's absolutely deserved! It feels good to not feel embarrassed for a German participant (although the hype and its patriotic element is rather annoying). She enraptured not only Germany but (almost) all of Europe. She's cute and quirky and as it seems completely fearless and confident. (And it's nice to see all the male journalists having a crush on her trembling and sweating in excitement because usually the roles are reversed.)

Of my other big favourites only Serbia made it to the final. I can't resist a melody by Goran Bregović sung by someone with such an androgynous appearance like Milan Stanković. It's a shame that Finland got kicked out in the Semifinal. They had a perfect Eurovision-song. It's cheerful, a bit folk-like and sung in the language of the country. Estonia's entry was nothing like that but still I like it a lot. (If Matthew Bellamy of Muse and Crispian Mills of Kula Shaker had a son together he would look like Estonia's singer I guess.)

Monday, 17 May 2010

More Plants on my Balcony

This is a potato plant. I had a shrivelled old forgotten potato and thought instead of throwing it away I rather should put it in a pot and see what's happening and it sprouted! It's in a bigger pot now.

Here you can see the first tiny blossom of Pyrenean Saxifrage. It's so delicate and pretty!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

The Meadow Pieces

I made all of these last year and finally got around to post them. They take a lot of time and focus to make and it's so easy to mess them up in a moment of abstraction. I love to make them though! This technique has become some sort of signature for me.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Spring Green Birdie

My newest creation, inspired by the pigeons that sometimes come and sit among the plants (and sometimes on the plants too and snapping the freshly sprouted peas) on my balcony and seem to thoroughly enjoy it.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Plants on my Balcony

The sweet smell of spring is in the air and I'm gathering all kinds of plants on my balcony. Here are some of them.

My mother gave me horned pansies...

...and sedum. (There's some old lavender in the picture too.)

Last year she gave me this pot with funkias, that survived the winter outside. There also seems to grow mint or something and some garlic. Quite a lot for this little pot.

The lovely forget-me-nots are flowering right now and in the background you can see nasturtiums.

I also grow dill...


...and poppies from seeds.

I sowed a lot of peas, but there aren't many of them out yet.

I found this little plant with its roots uncovered when I took a walk at a freshly ploughed field, planted it in a pot and only 2 days later it blossomed like this. It's a veronica, I think.

I accidently snapped this tansy in an attempt to dig it out. (I really do like tansies.) Luckily it grew some roots when I put it in water, now it grows in a pot.

These vicias are also "weeds" I potted.

My pot of wild plants looks like this at the moment.