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The Läckö Slott Castle Gardens, part 1

September 19th, 2016

As I was looking through my photos of at the Läckö Slott Castle, I quickly realized their gardens were too lovely to be cut down to one post. I’ll start with the upper garden, which is where we came into the garden. It’s perched up above the walled garden overlooking the lake and with stunning views of the castle towering above it. Part of this garden is an herb garden, part a vegetable garden, and part consists of cold frames for growing out plants. Photographs never do gardens like this justice, theres’s simply too much complexity and detail to get in. I hope you enjoy this garden in the few details I was able to capture.
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Check back tomorrow for the second part of this garden, the lower section that was filled with vegetables neatly arranged in stunning patterns.

The Läckö Slott Castle

September 16th, 2016

While we were in Sweden last week, we spent one night at the Läckö Slott Castle naturum (which is their nature center). They only have a few rooms, which makes for a very quiet and relaxing stay. There’s also a restaurant on site that serves delicious meals using produce from the garden, fish from the lake, and meat from local farms. We checked in around 5 pm and had dinner in the restaurant. The room was quiet and nice, complete with balcony view of the lake.
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We then had dinner in the restaurant downstairs, it was fantastic. Mr Chiots had fish from the lake, I had beef with a mushroom sauce. The side of deep fried new potatoes that came out in a small copper pan were to die for!
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After dinner we took a walk down by the lake and around the castle. We even hopped up on the castle wall to get a few photos of the lovely potager behind the wall.
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The next morning, we were up early and enjoyed a wondeful frukostbuffet (breakfast buffet) at the hotel, it was one of the best from our entire trip. It was so good, I didn’t get any photos of it. Swedish breakfast consist of various breads, cured meats, cheese, pickles, jams, coffee, tea, juice, yogurt, muesli, and a few other lovely things. Check back next week for photos of the lovely gardens behind the wall.

Back Home

September 13th, 2016

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we spent last week in Sweden. We spent the week eating delicious food, visiting lovely gardens, soaking up Swedish history, and enjoying a bit of time away from our jobs. It will take me forever to get through all these photos, but I guarantee you’ll love seeing all the lovely gardens I was able to see while there. Here are a few highlights of the lovely things we saw last week.
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Check back this week and next to see posts dedicated to all the wonderful things we saw during our week in Sweden.

Do you have any trips planned in the near future?

Jewel Toned Flower Mix

September 7th, 2016

At the beginning of August, I spent a few days in Vermont with a friend. Last week I posted photos of all of the garden areas at Shelburne Farms, which we really loved. We also went to Shelburne Museum, which we didn’t enjoy as much as the farm. They did have this one jewel toned flower display outside of the one the buildings that was really fantastic.
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Normally, I’m not one for jewel tones, including oranges and reds. This arrangement was great though, it really caught my eye. I think that the main pink color with pops of red, orange, and yellow is what makes it work, the colors aren’t all fighting for the spotlight because one color already has it. I may give this mix a try sometime in a new garden area.

What’s your favorite color combination when it comes to annuals?

Shelburne Farms: The Market Garden

September 1st, 2016

On the second day, we also spent time walking around the market gardens at Shelburne farms. In this space they raise all the fruits, vegetables, and flowers used in the restaurants on site as well as to sell in the local farmers market. It’s quite an amazing garden, we thoroughly enjoyed touring this real working farm.
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In addition to this large space filled with high tunnels, beds of flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables, they had several large fields that were planted in cover crops. From what we were told, they rotate vegetables and cover crops in order to maintain a more sustainable system. If you ever happen to get to Shelburne Farms in Vermont, make sure you go off the beaten path and find your way to the Market Garden.

See more posts about Shelburne Farms:
Shelburne Farms
The Formal Garden
The Edible Garden

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