Sweden, Part 2

The next part of my Swedish adventure comprised a hike out to a pretty stretch of white sand beach and a walk in Trädgårdsföreningen, or the Garden Society of Gothenburg.

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1. This was our ultimate destination that day, a beautiful stretch of white beach. Unfortunately, a storm was racing us there. It did not quite beat us, however, and we were able to swim for about five minutes. Don’t mistake that for disappointment; I was just proud to get in the water again for a while because while I like to and can swim, I may or may not be terrified of the sea, the ocean, possibly even lakes. And ponds. I’m okay with puddles, though.

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2. Lichen. As my friend told me, it’s not a photo album of mine unless there’s some lichen.

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3. Wild lupine was everywhere

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4. See?

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5. Prince Bertil’s Path

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6. The tall rhododendrons blew this girl away.

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7. Wild geranium everywhere

Now we’re going to Gothenburg (Göteborg). Everyone, hold onto your butts.

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8 – Inside a greenhouse

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11 – If seared flesh were a beautiful flower

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12 – I find the placement of the flower on this branch beguiling and wonderful. It’s like the tree is wearing a bracelet.

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14 – More wild geraniums

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15 – Pretty damn Swedish, if you ask me. Not as Swedish as it gets, but pretty Swedish.

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16 – A more expansive view of the grounds at the Gothenburg Garden Society

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17 – The yellows popped on the cloudy day

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18 – Magnolia (?) and geraniums

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19 – Double columbine

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20 – Viburnum?

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21 – Redvein Enkianthus. I didn’t know what this was when I took the picture. I Googled “pink bell-shaped flower.” I figured it was in the same family as blueberries, and hey, guess what. I WAS RIGHT.

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22 – Some day I shall have such a nice mix of textures in the garden.

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Fun times down at the greenhouse

They’re all phone pictures. I can’t stop!

It just keeps raining. It can’t stop!

These pictures were taken the last couple days at the greenhouse where I work. The theme has been transplanting and succulents.

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IMAG5682The diversity of succulents is glorious.

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April 9th: the greenhouse

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I wish I could say I’m responsible for these transplants, but I have done exactly none of them. In fact I haven’t been asked to do ANY transplanting this year! I am taking it as an extreme diss on my intermediary transplanting skills. I will, however, more than likely be planting most of these and more in their final resting place* in the ground at some point starting in probably a little over a month from now, so that’ll be exciting. I’ll get my moment to shine.

*A strange choice of words but still accurate