i had no idea when i came to stockholm nearly 3 weeks ago (!) that i would be so completely undone by the gardens & parks. so captivated by their lushness. as someone who lives in a year-round growing climate i would never have imagined how enormous the flowers & plants could get in a place that only has a couple of months of warm weather a year. maybe it’s the long scandinavian summer days…
the lavish gardens of stockholm have been a welcome sight for this los angeleno. especially in summer, the constant sunshine and eternal dry cloudless skies of southern california can have a maddening effect on the psyche. you find yourself craving a good thunderstorm, a forest of flapping trees, moist petals & leaves, a carpet of soft grass in which to roll.
so it will come as no surprise, that i visited yet another garden the other day. situated on the island of djurgården, west of rosendal palace – the magnificent rosendal trädgård.
the rose gardens contain over 100 different species of antique roses. i was fascinated with the enormous rosehips that looked like tiny pumpkins on one type of bush. even the leaves of the roses are unusual. very different than roses you would find in southern california.
i could have stayed all day and night examining each stem.
i had my tiny sketchbook with me
and sank deeply into the act of capturing what i could with my pen.
making little notes so i’d know what color to paint things later.
There are apple trees, vegetable gardens, wildflowers, herbs and everything else under the sun you might imagine growing in a garden of earthly delights. They even make wine, bake bread, and grow & sell organic vegetables, potted fig, olive, and citrus trees.
if you take tram line 7 from kungsträdgården exit at the bellmansro stop. choose a path. start walking. you might get lost, but you’ll enjoy it. in 10 minutes or so you’ll think you’ve arrived at a farm. you sort of have…
and if you haven’t.
i had a sandwich piled high with sauerkraut, lettuce, pickles, and some kind of roast beef or ham, on a nutty slab of bread.
i told you these swedes had the bread thing down, right?
check out this video featuring one of the rosendal trädgård bakers!
get your food and then plunk yourself under an apple tree, or at a wooden table behind a hedge, or in a greenhouse, or nestled on a bench next to a sea of flowers you can admire, or draw.
while we’re on the subject of food…here are some other things i’ve been enjoying on other days.
a few more garden pics.
i might have picked up a thing or 2 from the gift shop.
on my way back to the tram i got a little lost.
but the views were pretty so i didn’t mind.
and on a dark and winding road i met a nice little cat.
love from stockholm