Month: June 2017

Midsummer in Finland

This weekend marked the ancient celebrations of midsummer in Finland. That means that almost everyone goes to the countryside and to their summer cabins. We also did that because I’m from this idyllic village in southeast Finland, a totally rural area, about 300 people living their. It’s the perfect place to go and have a mindfulness retreat. You wake up to the sounds of bird singing and wind blowing. You can take a long walk in the forests or amaze how the fields grow. Listen to the sounds of buzzing bumble bees that are totally excited about the massive amounts of flowers in the garden. Then make food with fire and have a sauna with Finnish vihta (bath whisk) made of birch. I love it!

Whipped cream in trees

Blooming apple trees have always somehow reminded me of really creamy cakes. There’s something super-romantic and sweet about those. These pics are from few weeks back when I took a slow Sunday walk in my neighbourhood. Loving all these fresh colours!

Rhododendron explosion

Prepare yourself for this colour therapy post: because something strange has happened here in Helsinki, Finland! The spring was so cold and came late and it seems like the whole nature is now rushing to start the growing and blooming season. And so has happened in Helsinki’s Rhododendron Garden where rhododendrons and azaleas are NOW blooming at the same time! That is so rare! Normally the azaleas bloom earlier and then in the first weeks of June starts rhododendrons. As a birthday present for myself we made a biking trip to this amazing park to see these beauties. We were so amazed by how colourful and vast the whole place was. It was like a magical jungle of flowers! And the fragrance of those flowers was so unique! If you want to see this go there now (Laajasuontie in Etelä-Haaga; Huopalahti station if you go by train)! I think the plants will bloom just a few days more.

Hidden Japanese Garden

Remember when I posted about this garden center I visited while it was still winter in here Finland? Back then I was blown away but also a bit disappointed because I was told that there was a Japanese garden also but it was closed during the winter months. So when my siblings texted me few weeks ago insisting that we have to go to that garden center again, of course I said YES!  And so we went to Viherpaja again and I was so excited to see this Japanese garden there, hidden inside a greenhouse. It blew me away completely! I was expecting a few bonsai trees, lanterns, some plants that are typically Japanese like different maples (Acer sp.), something very simple and not that Japanese. But when I entered through this humble looking greenhouse door, it was magical! Just like entering another world, a leap to Japan. There was a pond, a stream, big maples and evergreens, a teahouse, lanterns, bonsai, everything that you would see in a typical Japanese garden if you enter …

Rhododendron “Suomi 100”

  One of my favorite plant loves is definitely a Rhododendron. Those shiny and thick beautiful leaves that stay green in the winter also (very nice here in Finland when it’s so grey in the winter) and, of course, that amazing shine of colours when it’s their time to bloom. They are also very usual in Japan’s nature and gardens (my country love if you still haven’t figured it out). I’m eagerly waiting for my own garden to happen in a nearby future and I definitely want it to be, at least partly, a very shadowy, forest-like garden. Just because Rhododendrons love shadow (and I actually prefer all the shadow plants).  I’ve already decided that one of the first plants that my garden will get is a Rhododendron. Now I’m glad that I still have a few years until my own garden dream will come true, because there’s a new Rhododendron species in that house! Meaning there’s one new species for me to choose from. The new one has been developed here in Finland and actually, quite …