It’s another long weekend here in Norway. Thursday is Holy Ascension day, Friday is not actually a holiday – but okay most people take the day off if they can. I will actually be working Friday night, but Renny has taken the day off. Most of the day today was sunny and warm and really is beginning for feel like the summer season. The longest day is one month away now, so you don’t get much closer to the lightest part of the year then the few weeks which are coming now.
This also means that it is the time of year when the whole Northen hemisphere is begining to bloom. And the long days accelerate the process here in Norway. Since my son is off visiting friends I was lucky enough to have a date with my hubby this afternoon and we really made the best of it. It was actually RennyBA’s idea to go to the botanical gardens. We visit them several times each year of course, and there is always something blooming there – even in the winter but you have to go into the green houses.
I remember so well when I lived in NY that I dreamed of going to the botanical gardens. I requested it when I found out there was one here. There is certainly some in NY too, don’t get me wrong but they were no where near the area I lived. I did not live in the city of NY but smack dab in the middle of the state of course. I have always loved flowers and find it fascinating to look at all the different kinds.
It seems that Renny was right on the money as this was the perfect time to visit. There is a special tree there, the dove tree, or handkerchief tree which only blooms once a year for only about 10 days and now it was in full bloom. When the trees bloom in late spring it is robed in fluttering white flowers and it becomes apparent why it has such unusual common names.Next weekend this exotic Chinese tree would have looked like most others.
Then of course there is another thing which disappears quickly, and that is the adorable ducklings which were eagerly chasing Mamma duck around the little pond. Here you see Mamma looking for a little dinner! There is more to come so stay tuned, and stop in to see RennyBA’s post too!