The living room of Sigurjóns, carpenter, and his wife, Elin, at Vonarstræti 8, Iceland (possibly Reykjavik), between 1910 and 1930, by Magnús Ólafsson, via The Reykjavik Museum of Photography Commons on flickr (both photos).
I believe you can just see Sigurjóns beyond the doorway in one of the images. Elin must be the woman in traditional dress, and the other woman may be their daughter.
I don’t know if this photo was really taken in winter or not, although the tulips on the table could have come from a greenhouse in February.
We were in the really pretty city center of Ulm on Saturday morning, walking around the farmers’ market* in the light snow. Many of the stands were completely covered in clear plastic against the cold. This one was full of tulips and forced cherry blossoms, and I would have loved to buy several bouquets, but they wouldn’t have been practical in our Ibis hotel room, which was comfortable but teeny.
So I wasn’t able to make a flower arrangement this week for the Monday meme “In a vase on Monday,”‘ but to see what other garden bloggers have created today, please visit host Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
*On the plaza in front of the Ulm Münster (church), which has the tallest church steeple in the world.
“Early Double Tulip: Van de Hoeff,” Alberta, Canada, ca. 1930, hand-colored glass lantern slide by William Copeland McCalla, via Provincial Archives of Alberta Commons on flickr (all images here).
“Fritillaria Pudica Spreng – Yellow or Mission Bell.”
The photographer, William McCalla, was interested in botany and photography from an early age. He studied at Cornell University in the early 1890s and later worked in western Canada as a farmer, librarian, and Natural History teacher. While teaching from 1925 to 1938, he made over 1,000 lantern slides of plants and animals as visual aids.
The slides were donated to the Archives by his son and granddaughter in 1982 and 2007.
“Cross-section of poppy capsule.”
“How Violets scatter their seeds: capsule open: [capsule] empty.”
“Trillium sessile: Californicum wats.”
“Gladiolus Star of Bethlehem.”
You can see more of McCalla’s beautiful flower portraits here.
This morning, I combined the tulips that I bought last week at the supermarket with some white sweet woodruff, or Galium oderatum, just picked from a shady spot in our backyard.
The flowers in my arrangements smell lightly of honey, but sources say that as the plant wilts and dries, its leaves will smell like fresh-cut hay and vanilla.
G. oderatum is native to Europe. In Germany, it is known as Waldmeister or ‘master of the forest.’ Traditionally in spring, before it blooms, its leaves have been added to wine to create May wine or Mai Bowle.
For a good discussion of the culinary uses of the herb in Germany — where it flavors jell-O and hard candy — see this article, “May’s sweetest herb,” in the blog Spoonfuls of Germany.
To see what other gardeners have put in a vase today, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She hosts this Monday meme.
We spent the Easter weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark. This picture was taken at the Torvehallerne (or food market, located here and on Instagram here) on Saturday.
To see a few more photos of flowers at the market, please click on any of the thumbnail images below.
Inside the food hall, grape muscari with feathers and pussy willow.
Small colored eggs and some winter jasmine vine were added to this arrangement.
The Stalks and Roots flower stand outside the Torvehallerne.
The exchange rate was about six krone to one U.S. dollar.
Lots of potted Narcissus bulbs.
The outdoor stall is Stalks and Roots.
To see what other gardeners have put in a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She hosts this Monday meme.