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The destination of our trip was Gunillaberg, an estate run by the danish floral artist Tage Andersen. The weather was a perfect mix of grey clouds, rain and even some sun. 


There are lots of animals of various old fashion species and races that keep the grass perfectly trimmed. 



A wild profusion of trees, bushes, shrubs, weeds and flowers




Art



And gobs of garden art


For many people the high point might be a concert in the conservatory


Or one of Tages pastries in the outdoor cafe


Or a visit to the outhouse.

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We stopped att The Naturhus in Uppgrenna for lunch. 



Where they have an eko cafe in the garden. 


Pumpkin soup


As well as concerts, tours and other events in the vegetable garden. 

After all the guests snd garden parties, we are off on a garden viewing trip. First stop is Järna – a nice little home-made greenhouse full of tomatoes and peppers. 

This last week we’ve had visiters from the USA – my brother, his children and grandchildren. They have been great help setting up, running and taking down at all the recent garden events. Along with lots and lots of help in the garden.

After 10 days in the far north mountain hiking, doing maintainance at the old homestead and enjoying the Pajala market, I’m back home and microweeding in the garden again with my trusty hori hori. 


There is much more to see in the mountains around Abisko. 

Like people




Mountan bikes


Sami huts



Alpine flowers



Lichens




Stone



And such!

Deeper into the mountains. 

A couple days of trekking is a wounderful relief from the garden chores. 

A bit noisy, but so soothing!

We took a trip to see another garden a couple hours north of here in Ockelbo – Wij Gardens – famous for the northern aspect of it’s ‘Forest Garden’, a long rectangular show garden at the entrance. It uses material and plants from the area like fir, pine, birch and spruce trees, bog plants and local plants and weeds, as well as stones, iron and timber from the vicinity.

Birch in the forest garden
Ockelbo is famous for it’s iron works. 
A bog in an iron ‘pool’
Sitting stones
A stonewall in rebar net
Fixing up
Stone flow
The pine alle
There is much more happening and a lot more to see here at Wij Gardens like the rose garden, the horticulture school, the estate buildings, the old iron works, the kitchen gardens, the pedagogical garden for kids, the restaurant and more. But those are other stories. 

It’s nice to be home again. The garden looks good. 


9 days of new growth. 



But I could complain, the weeds have been growing even more so, the rabbits and deer have been feasting too, and my hay fever is worse than ever after the period of relief up north. 

But why complain!