Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Parks of Oslo, Norway

The parks of Oslo, the capital of Norway, are quiet, charming and their landscapes are very well thought-out.
At first I visited The Oslo University Botanic Gardens and I really loved it. There are several separate small gardens:  herbs garden, grandmother’s garden, systematic garden, rose garden and stone garden.I liked tree peony, they were large bushes with beautiful flowers.

 In the stone garden there was the beautiful stony waterfall, surrounded by rhododendrons, I liked that they nicely reflected in the water stream.


The Sculpture Park is another park I've seen, it was created by the sculptor Vigeland. It is large and very interesting. The more than 200 sculptures are located in the central part of the park and around a large fountain. Here are two sculptures, "The mother of two children" and "The angry boy".

  The third one was the Park of the Royal Palace, located in the heart of the city. This park was very peaceful and everyone could enjoy nature or just relax.

 After visiting these parks I walked to the Oslo fjord harbor. Also it was night, 11:00 pm, it was clear because of "white" night.

Here is my video 'Rhododendrons bloom in Oslo Botanic garden' :

Monday, May 21, 2012

Enchanted Tulips

    white and tulips red,
    Sweeter than a violet bed!
    Say, old Mother Bailey, say
    Why your tulips look so gay,
     Why they smell so sweet, and why
    They bloom on when others die?
    By the pixies’ magic power 
    Do my tulips always flower,
    By the pixies’ magic spell 
    Do they give so sweet a smell!
    Tulips, tulips, red and white,
    Fill the pixies with delight!
     “Enchanted Tulips and Other Verses for Children” by A.,E. and M. Keary. Macmillan and Co., Limited St. Martin's Street

Monday, May 14, 2012

A cup of fine porcelain

   Suddenly it became very warm +24 C (76 F) in Thursday and two
 or three warm days were enough that plants began to bloom
The daffodils looked with surprise into the garden.
Two days ago the tulips were modest with tightly closed buds.
Now the buds have opened and began to look like a cup of fine
porcelain. Hyacinths perfumed the air.
 Mahonia has decided to bloom.
 Small anemone revived in warm soil and has flowered.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunny days in May

Primroses and hyacinths are pleased warm May days in my northern garden.
They  replaced  crocuses and snowdrops. 
Tulips are preparing to open their buds
Pushckinia blooms from April to May.
Saxifraga is evergreen plant, snow melts down and it is growing