Vintage landscape: the glads

Gladiolus, 1944, Sweden, F. Bruno, Swedish National Heritage Board“Flower bed (blomsterrabatt) with gladiolus at Trädgårdsföreningen, The Garden Society of Gothenburg, founded in 1842,” Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden, 1944, a color slide by Fredrik Brunovia Swedish National Heritage Board Commons on flickr.

The glads offer no solution:
being—falling—
you mustn’t count the days—
fulfillment
livid, tattered, or beautiful.

— Gottfried Benn, from “Gladioli

Vintage landscape: Norrköping

Swedish cactus display, 1942, Swedish Heritage Board on flickrKaktusplanteringen (cactus planting) in Karl Johan Park in Norrköping, Sweden, 1942, a color slide by Fredrik Bruno, via Swedish National Heritage Board Commons on flickr.

Since 1926, there has been an annual cactus display in the park, with a different theme every year. In the photo above, the motif was the smaller version of Sweden’s national coat of arms.