At Skeikampen it is late spring and early winter. Is there anything other than a ruffle that is safe to have outside the cabin wall?

With Hageland in Gausdal Signe Boasson works as a gardener for 38 years. She is full of knowledge and good advice that she happily shares.

First and foremost, it is a good idea to check the hardiness level with which the plant is labeled, says Signe. The hardness scale goes from H3 to H8. The higher the numbers, the harsher climate can withstand. If you buy a plant that has the number 7 or 8 you can safely plant it at Skeikampen. Or, maybe not completely safe. As Signe says, it's okay to use your head and not just follow the scale slavishly.

Our district is in zone 4 and up to 8. To be absolutely sure, you should choose plants that are at a minimum of 5. But there may be warm spots and cold spots, which means there may be several zones on a property. Elevation meters above sea level also have something to say.

Signe Boasson. Photo: Åse Kari Gravråk

We walk around the garden center as she tells and recommends one plant after another. It turns out that there is quite a lot to choose from. All the plants are well marked, but the best thing is to ask the garden center's expert for advice. Then you get what suits you best where you need to plant.

White spirea

White spirea H8 Tor or Umeå can be safely used in the mountains. White flowers are often more hardy than the colorful ones, which can be a good indication.

Billardspirea

Toppspirea

Top Spirea H8 also called Billiard Spirea, has purple flowers. It puts some root shot and can spread. Thrives best in the sun. Can be 1-2 meters tall, depending on where they are planted.

Bus Walls (Yellow Potentilla)

Bush Wall (Yellow Potentilla) H7 Potentilla is available in several colors, heights and hardiness. Fine yellow flowers that can light up against dark timber walls. Blooms in June / July and until the frost comes. Not many people have longer flowering than Potentilla. It blooms on last year's branches, therefore should not be cut in the spring.

Greenland Walls (Potentilla Nuuk)

Greenland Mure

Greenland Wall (Potentilla Nuuk) H7 An excellent evergreen ground cover with white star-shaped flowers. Fine on slopes, it rolls much beyond. Thorny foliage which is nice in itself and has a slightly reddish autumn color.

Plywood / Viburnum

Krossved / Viburnum H6-H7 Hardy ornamental shrub with rich flowering in shade and red berries. The most beautiful have flowers shaped like white balls. It does not produce fruits and must be propagated with cuttings. The leaves get autumn colors.

Microbiota Sibirteppe

Microbiota Sibirteppe H7

The microbiota requires light and well-drained soil. The plant thrives in sun and semi-shade and fits well on slopes. The 'Sibirteppe' E variety is Norwegian produced, it is of top quality and you have it for many years. As the name says it spreads like a blanket.

Brekkavier H8

Hardy green plant with glossy fine leaves. Let it grow a little wild and mix it with the mountain nature. It comes again year after year. Most deciduous shrubs in the mountains outside birch belong to the cow family.

But what do we do when we detect lice on the plants?

A good old advice is to use burning water. It smells like death and destruction, but it is a natural, environmentally friendly and effective means of getting rid of lice, Signe says. However, you may want to buy a non-toxic and organic alternative if you prefer it instead.

What about pot flowers?

Grandmother is always beautiful and safe. And a good tip is that when you leave the cabin in the summer and may not return until it has been several weeks, you can cut down the entire stepmother, reducing the water requirement while you are away. The plant shoots more shoots, it gets denser and finer, and it will stand with new flowers when you return.

Signe goes on to say that pot luck is another sure winner.

Pinch of old and withered flowers, then the industry will go for new fresh flowers. You can also bury them in a bed, they will come up again next spring.

Better finances, but less patience

Signe, who has many years of experience in the garden center, says that today's customers would like to have everything fixed right away.

Many have better finances than before, but also less patience. Before, we started small and built slowly but surely. The joy of seeing it grow and the joy of seeing the development has gone a bit. If you buy flowers that are in full bloom, they are in reality the highlight. Instead, buy flowers that have just sprouted out so you see the color. Then you will have the pleasure of seeing the entire flowering as long as you remember watering and fertilizing, says Signe. - I believe that today's generation must in many cases be trained to experience the pleasure of watching a plant grow and develop.

The article was published in Visit Skeikampen - magazine in 2018

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