I have been saving the photos of this garden for a special occasion and I think this is it!
This post is to thank all my followers ( over 200 of you!) and especially for Alistair and Myra. Alistair’s blog about his Aberdeen garden was the inspiration for mine – parts of this garden reminded me of theirs, albeit on a slightly larger scale and with just a little more water!
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We visited Flor & Fjære back in September and I was like a kid in a sweetshop. Every way I turned there was a fantastic view to photograph.
The garden was created on an island just offshore Stavanger.
It all started in 1965, when Åsmund and Else Marie Bryn bought a farmstead on the island and built themselves a small cottage.
At the time Åsmund was working on the mainland, but he was forced to retire due to ill health. The family moved to the island for the peace and quiet and as Åsmund’s health improved he started planting trees and designing a small garden.
The garden grew and grew and in 1995, Olav (Åsmund’s son) and his wife, Siri, opened the garden and restaurant to its first paying guests.
The garden has been cleverly designed, using trees both for design and protection; this allows tropical trees and plants to flourish – a fact that Olav is very proud of.
It has all the features you look for in a garden:
natural rocks and man-made terraces,
still and running water,
trees of all shapes and sizes,
(The grass is kept beautifully tidy using little robotic lawn cutters. There are very amusing creatures and can often be seen lurking in the undergrowth, recharging their batteries. How many can you spot in my photos? They are actually very good for lawns because of the continual cutting, which develops a very thick mat of grass leaving no room for weeds.)
winding pathways and wonderful vistas,
and many, many plants.
Over 5o,ooo flowers are planted annually; each year to a different design. Olav Bryn spends the winter season thinking up and creating new combinations; the result is a real explosion of colour. All the staff, including the restaurant staff, are drafted in to help with the planting.
The colour combinations are such an inspiration.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of one of my favourite gardens.