When I visited the Alppiruusupuisto last summer, I vowed to visit the park earlier this year so I could see all the flowers in full bloom. So when the images from the park started showing up in my insta feed I got on a bus towards Haaga. Is it kinda lame? Maybe. But you guys should know by now that if there's a concentration of colourful flowers in one place, I must go there. I remember this day quite clearly. I had just handed in a school assignment that had been the cause for several sleepless nights (great course but I hate writing essays!), it was the first of June and weather was perfect so seeing all these flowers almost felt like a ceremonial start of the summer season.
If you've been on this site before, you know I have a thing for flowers. I've sometimes gone as far as to call it an obsession. When I was at the botanical garden in Lund, I took a lot of pictures of pretty flowers but there was one that was so striking I thought it deserved special attention. The flower in question is the oriental poppy (Papaver Orientale) and I think this is the one called Turkish delight. What is it about this particular flower you might wonder? The colours! Especially the combination of the salmon pink of the petals and the dark plum of the inside. There was something about the light and crimped petals that also spoke to me. Maybe I was a florist in a previous life?
I've lived in Helsinki for almost 7 years now and as much as I try to explore different parts of the city, there's still a lot of gardens, islands and museums I haven't visited. Every once in a while, I'll see a place in social media and I'll be like, why didn't I know about this? That's how images in my insta feed led me to Alppiruusupuisto in Haaga one sunny Sunday afternoon. I felt a bit silly for being such a social media slave but I can't turn down an opportunity to see a concentration of blooms in one place. Once there I learned that the flowers in question were rhododendrons and azaleas. Rhododendrons are having a bit of a moment if I may say so (or it's because I've just learned of their existence). I think I saw them in the botanical garden in Lund and they were discussed a bit during the midsummer celebrations. It didn't take long after I arrived in the park to realise that I was too late. Most of the flowers had faded and fallen off. I walked through the park anyway and found a couple of spots where some were still blooming and…
What do you do when you'd like to be in Japan during the cherry blossom season but can't afford to go? You get on a buss and head to Kirsikkapuisto in Roihuvuori to get a very much needed cherry blossom dose. Believe it or not but I only found out about this wonderful place last year. This time I wanted to visit the park during the very popular Hanami festivities. I could have sat under the cherry trees all afternoon but my brother had a train to catch and the amount of people in the park kind of made me a bit nervous. Even though it was only it was for a a little while, I'm gland I went. There's something magical about sitting under a blooming cherry tree on a warm summer day! The park was really packed! There were people of all ages having picnics or trying to get get close up images of the flowers like me. My poor brother was tasked with taking pictures of me. Even when the posing is voluntary I can't seem to relax in front of the camera. I honestly can't explain that frown! I was in a good mood and so was my spontaneous photographer. The second attempt resulted in…
Columbia Road Flower Market, London, March 2016
I might have missed the cherry blossom season in Tokyo but I arrived just in time for hydrangeas.I saw them everywhere in Tokyo; in the well kept gardens, next to train tracks, on the balconies of skyscrapers and other unexpected places. I couldn't stop taking pictures of them and I probably looked quit silly doing it. I got a curious looks from passers by more than once. I was especially intrigued by the blue ones, the colour was so intense somehow. Considering the stock of images I have on my computer of flowers and the amount of posts I've written on the subject, I'm starting to wonder if I was a florist in previous life or if my subconscious is giving hints about a possible career change. Until I've figured that out I'll keep indulging in my floral obsession!
One dream of mine is to one day be in Japan during the cherry blossom season. There's just something magical about flower covered trees as far as the eye can see. While parks with cherry trees can be found in other countries, even in northern places like Stockholm, I was surprised to hear we had our own here in Helsinki. The Roihuvuori Kirsikkapuisto is quit small but pretty non the less. We went there on a Wednesday after work out of pure curiosity. There were plenty of people relaxing under the trees, walking their dogs or taking photos. I didn't stay long but I snapped a few pictures and was again reminded how much I love flowers (even though I can't grow them). Part of my dream is coming true this week as I'm heading to Tokyo for some much needed vacation. I might have missed the Sakura season this time but I'm super excited to step out of my comfort zone and travel to a new continent and discover the fascinating city that is Tokyo. You can follow journey on Instagram, I'll be posting as often as I can. Adventure here I come!
I can't believe it's already November and Christmas lights are starting to appear. I was just getting used to the warm autumn and the colourful leaves. Now that they're all gone I don't want to think about winter quit yet. Instead I'm looking for colour and light wherever I can find it. Today I found it in form of pictures of colourful summer blooms. See it as early anti darkness therapy!