Spring / Summer at Gullringstorp
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Swedish Spring is really something to behold. After long dark winters, it is a real treat for all the senses. For so many months we have snow,wind and cold temperatures. During this time, almost all the plant life in Sweden turns brown. I am so thankful and lucky to have so many evergreen plants on the property. So when all the leaves fall and the temperatures drop, Gullringstorp is still beautiful. When the snows melt away, however, everyone including Gullringstorp have brown lawns and all the hedges are like sad brown twigs. To look at them, you could never imagine that they could every look green and plush again.
Spring arrives in Sweden in the blink of an eye. You can look at the surrounding landscapes and say how depressing it looks and feel really sad that there is hardly any green. Then one morning you wake up, and in spite of continued cold temperatures, Spring is on its way. There may even still be snow on the ground and spring will still come.
All the hedges start to sprout tiny green shoots, any bulbs that were planted in the fall or last year start to grow and the trees begin to get their leaves again. It is a sight for sore eyes I tell you!
The time has come to clean out all the bird houses that are scattered around the property and have them ready for inspection for new families. The birds come and begin to gather nesting materials and the males set up house and try to attract the females. There is a chorus of the most lovely sounds in the trees. As the hedges begin to fill in, they become alive with the most beautiful birds and bird sounds. Soon the birds have chosen their homes, set up house and we wait to hear the sound of the new little chicks. We watch the parents as they fly away for food and return to feed the chicks. My husband has placed bird houses high up in our trees, so we have no reason to travel to a nature reserve to enjoy the comings and going of bird life her at Gullringstorp. Any where you stand or sit you can view these the bird housed and watch the activities. From my kitchen window, I can watch as birds make homes under the eaves of the stable. We also are able to watch as the birds either take a drink, or a bath in our pond. They also like to have some of the first cherries to appear on the tree.
We have many visitors come to Gullringstorp during the spring. Here a just a few:
All the plants at Gullringstorp just seem to come alive. The trees become full of leaves, the hedges fill out and begin to sway in the wind and the flowers start to bloom. I don’t know if they are just beautiful in their own right or if the are beautiful because they have appeared after a long dark and snowy winter. All I know is that I just love to see them :
Our Swedish Spring is really quite short. With another blink of an eye, you will find yourself in Swedish Summer! It is so fantastic to watch the seasons unfold her in Sweden. Each season bring with it miracles galore. From the fall with all its brilliant colors, to the winters with its beautiful, one of a kind ice crystals, to the snow which the native people of Sweden , the Sami once known as Lapps, have 27 names for, to the plush greenery and the brilliant colors of the Spring and Summer. I feel very foutunate to live here in Sweden and to be able to see, smell, feel and hear all the seasons as they unfold.
I hope you enjoyed a little taste of Spring and Summer at Gullringstorp.
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