The seasons of Sweden
a. #Lickershamn Gotland, home of Jungfrun, the highest ‘rauk’ on Gotland. Known for its column-like limestone rauk, Gotland is covered in ‘rauk fields’. Jungfrun (Virgo/virgin/maiden) is one of the most famous ones and stands at an impressive 27 meters above sea level. Look closely and you will see her on top of the cliff.
Bees aren’t the only important #pollinators. The much less popular garden visitor, #flies, also play an important role in #pollination. They may not be as pretty and can certainly be a little annoying whilst trying to enjoy a picnic but these #unsungheroes play a vital role in our #ecosystem. Hurray for #biodiversity!
I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. William Wordsworth 1770-1850 #daffodils #spring #poem #wildlifegarden #wildlifegardensweden
Maypole - we call it midsummer pole. The Swedes are all about celebrating the seasons. Midsummer is when the long and lovely summer days begin. Sun sets (if at all) around 10pm. On Midsummer - the city streets are empty as the Swedes celebrate with herring, schnapps and strawberry cake somewhere in the country side with friends and family.
A cold but beautiful day at Måkläppen nature reserve in Fasterbo, Sweden. This special landscape is only open to the public between the 1st November and 31st January. The remainder of the year is exclusively reserved for our animal friends.
Both beautiful and rich in vitamin c rose hips are as good for decoration as they are for making jam. Have you tried the Swedish classic pick me up on a cold day – nyponsoppa (rose hip soup)? Serve it with whipped cream and almond biscuits. Delicious!
Daffodils creeping up through the forest floor are a sure sign of spring. These delicate seasonal flowers are a favourite to pick and bring home, brightening up with their shades of yellow and orange through to white. But beware – their sap and all other parts of the plant are toxic so be sure to handle with care.