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With the snow gone we drove down to the Red Cedar Trail to see if the Skunk Cabbage was up. It was way up and already producing leaves. It is always the first flower of spring.

 

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We were in Stavanger for to view the Tall Ships when we received a text from my wife’s cousin suggesting that we tour Flor og Fjære.  We had never heard of it but decided to follow up on her suggestion. We stopped in at their office near the harbor. As it turned out all of the tours were booked but they had added a special late evening tour that still had some openings. After pondering it a bit we decided to book the trip. We met the tour boat at 6pm and had a Pleasant boat trip out to the island of Sør-Hidle. Flor og Fjære is a collection of man-made tropical gardens on what is normally a barren island. In 1965, the founders, Aasmund and Else Marie Bryn, bought a farmstead on the northern tip of the island Aasmund moved to the island due to poor health conditions. As his health improved, he started the gardens. Aasmund had been a florist in Stavanger so he had a background in creating floral landscapes. He planted pine trees around the property line of the garden to protect his plants from the wind common to the for the region. The island is currently run by Aasmund’s son, Olav Bryn, who opened the gardens for tours and plants and redesigns the garden every year. He continually tests new plants to see if they will adapt to the northern climate. Bryn also tests different arrangements. Gardens on the island range from roses to cacti and each garden contains exotic plants from all over the world. The tour package includes a boat trip to and from the island, a tour of the gardens and a dinner at the restaurant with a rotating buffet prepared by their chef, Andre Mulder.

More photos from our visit to Flor og Fjære can be found on my website.

It was late in the day when we arrived and we were met by the owners and given a tour of part of the grounds. The weather was great when we arrived but we could see clouds building. We took a break for a very nice buffet dinner.

It started to thunder and rain while we were eating. We decided to postpone desert so we could tour more of the grounds so we grabbed an umbrella and walked around between downpours.

This is definitely a place I would like to spend a lot more time at. Normally we would have been able to enjoy the grounds more but as it turned out this was the only time we had rain in the entire seven weeks we were in Scandinavia.

It was dark when we arrived back in Stavanger. When we walked along the harbor we noticed everyone looking up into the sky. We were puzzled as to what they were looking at when the fireworks started. We found out later another of my wife’s cousins was at the same location but at this time we had never met them.

 

Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo is a popular place to visit for tourists and locals. It is particularity crowded on weekends.

More photos from the Sculpture Park can be found on my website.

The initial draw for us was the many sculptures found in the park. It was often difficult to photograph them because of the large number of people.

In addition to the sculptures there are many beautiful flowers.

There are play areas for children and adults in the park.

It was a warm day. Norway was experiencing an abnormally warm summer with temperature in the 80’s. In order to cool off we headed for the ice cream shop and then took a walk on the tree lined paths found throughout the park.

 

 

 

My wife and I had the good fortune to be able to spend seven weeks in Norway and Sweden this summer. The bulk of the time was spent in Oslo and the surrounding countryside. We arrived in Oslo on June 23 and promptly started exploring. One of our first visits, after arriving, was to the Botanical Gardens. When we arrived Norway was in the middle of a severe drought. There had been no significant rain since the beginning of May. We were staying in Mortensrud which is at the end of metro line three so it was just a short metro ride to the Botanical Gardens. In spite of the drought the Botanical Gardens were in good shape. We spent the better part of the day wandering around.

I am just now starting to look and the over 10,000 photos taken on our Scandinavian adventure. I will be posting more photos in the coming weeks. More photos from the day can be found on my website.

The flowers were incredible.

This is an insect house. We actually saw several of them in Oslo. Not something we see in the Midwest.

This is called Sycamore Row. The sculptures on the left are giant maple fruits made from almond willow by Tom Hare a British willow sculptor.

We enjoyed some nice coffee and pastries at this garden restaurant.

When we walked back to the metro station to catch the metro to Central Station we found that the entire metro system was down. It remained down until mid afternoon. We were told to take a bus or a tram. Unfortunately we couldn’t find the bus top because the transportation system was overloaded and we couldn’t get directions. We finally wandered around until we saw a bus and the followed it to a stop.

Returning from a trip aborad I found that I had a large number of Sunflowers blooming under my bird feeder.

A few weeks ago we drove around Crex Meadows. There were quite a few wildflowers out.

White Water Lily

Columbine

Yellow Pond Lily

Wild Lupine

Prairie Phlox

Orange Hawkweed

Large-flowered Beardtounge

Indian Paintbrush

Canada Frostweed

Blue Flag Iris

Somehow Gloriosa Daisies started growing up in the prairie around the farm. I had dumped some black-eyed Susans out in the prairie and they had apparently morphed into Gloriosa Dasies.

 

The roses were not blooming but I did find a number of flowers to photograph in a walk through the Rose Garden.

 

Found Blooming in Leif Erickson Park.

Tulip

Wild Onion

Sweet William

Onion

The Azaleas were blooming in late spring in Duluth.