My potager garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö, Resarö is situated in the inner part of the archipelago outside of Stockholm. Tyra´s Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination.
Tyra's Garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö situated in the inner part of the archipelago near the small town Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. Tyra's Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, my potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination. The climate in these parts is quite demanding as the northerly winds can be strong and cold. THIS BLOG 'Tyra's Garden' is not entirely a gardenblog it contains much more. About me: Enthusiastic amateur gardener and photographer from Vaxholm, Sweden. Designed and built my Greenhouse and Potager in Tyra's Garden 2003. Love the outdoor life, gardening and sailing especially. View my profile

Sunday

The Start of the Season of Advent.

Tyra wrote this post at the blog Tyra’s Garden http://waxholm.blogspot.com
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Advent Sunday

Advent Sunday is the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day.
It also marks the start of the wonderful season of
Advent.


The first candle is now lit and we are entering the season of Advent. Today the family gathered to celebrate the first Sunday in Advent. Baking the wonderful Swedish saffron bread which filled the house with a most wonderful scent, the smell of fresh baked bread and saffron. I have written about it in an earlier post. I will give you the recipe in English when we are approaching the day of Saint Lucia and that is on the 13th of December. In the season of Advent we also drink ‘Glögg’ and that is a mulled wine served warm with almond and raisins, it is really nice especially when it’s cold outside. This mulled wine goes very well with the saffron bread and the traditional ginger biscuits.

Last year we were going to Kerala, India for our winter holiday so then I decorated my Advent candleholder inspired of that, a non traditional candle holder with an 'Indian elephant and spices from Kerala'.


This year we will stay at home and I have no special theme I choosed to take some moss and Ivy from the garden and a small orchid I hade at home. This is how it looks...not very traditional but I like it.




Now during Advent the house is filled with the wonderful Hyacinths, blue , white and pale pink. After they have bloomed I usually plant them in the garden and they will flower again late spring or early summer. I do love the wonderful sweet-scented Hyacinths, I know the fragrant can be very strong but no one in our family are over sensitive to the scent.



Idag har vi äntligen kommit in i Advent, som jag har längtat! Nu får vi börja njuta av decembers alla delikatesser. Jag får till och med ett par pepparkakor till morgonkaffet så att jag skall vara snäll hela dagen J. Idag har vi bakat saffranbröd och familjen har varit samlad för att dricka glögg och äta pepparkakor och annat godis, riktigt trevlig. I år har jag en ny variant på adventsljusstake igen varje år hittar jag på något nytt i år blev det med en enkel liten orchidé. Man tager vad man haver som Kajsa Varg en gång lär ha sagt.


Have a wonderful week this first week of the season of Advent!


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33 comments:

Hanneles paradis said...

Riktigt mysig första advent, kram.

Anna said...

Härlig julstämning. Har fått upp hyacinter, amaryllis och en fin adventsstake med änglar på! Ha en bra 1:a advent. //Anna

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hannele och Anna tackar och jag önskar er båda en riktigt skön kväll!

Anja said...

Söt adventsstake du har kreerat.
Visst är det en härlig tid. När jag var barn så kallades första advent i Finland för lilljul.

Ha en riktigt go' advent! mvh, Anja

Frances said...

Hi Tyra, how lovely. The bread, bisquits and candleholder are wonderful simple pleasures to begin this season. I love your moss and ivy idea too. We do love the scent of hyacinths but never associate them with Christmas, what a sweet idea.
Frances

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

hej Anja, lilljul, så fint!

Hi Frances yes December and Advent is a 'delicious' month.

Thank you girls for your nice comments / Tyra

Blossom said...

I can't believe the first week of Advent is already here. I need to set up my candles and wreath for tonight.

I grew up with a cardamom bread called Bulla (not sure if I spelled that right) that my Mommo taught my mother to make I'm not sure if it was a Swedish or Finnish recipe. Your saffron bread sounds wonderful!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your advent wreath is gorgeous and the bread looks delicious.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hello Tyra .. it has been a while since I stopped to say hello. Your posts brings back memories of when we were living in Holland .. the markets in Belgium and Germany as well. Christmas time was wonderfully full of scents and smells .. the mulled wine and wonderful things to eat. Candles were such an important part of it all .. I still have some saved from Europe : )
Beautiful post !
Joy

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I planted various Hyacinths outside this year. They are about six inches tall. Who cares about traditional? Just do what you like!
Brenda

Gail said...

Tyra,

Lovely traditions to celebrate Advent...you've painted a lovely picture in my imagination. Have a good week~~gail

joey said...

Just as imagined, you have been creating wonderful moments, Tyra. Blessings for this holy season, setting a traditional tone, focusing on the true meaning of this beautiful holiday.

Anna/Flowergardengirl said...

All those flowers inside must look stunning and smell fantastic! I will have to get my act together and do that next year. This year I was busy getting settled in at the new place. Happy Advent back at cha and I love your candle arrangement. The moss follows your natural theme with the flowers and all.

heirloomgardener said...

Tyra,

Your Advent candles are so inspiring. My advent candles are quite spare with no horticultural decoration. Peace be with you and your family.

-Heirloom Gardener

Kathleen said...

Happy start of Advent Tyra. I hope it's a wonderful season for you. I love hyacinths (and their scent too) but I've never thought of using them to celebrate this time of year either? and your non-traditional candleholder is wonderful too. You have such a flair for decorating with nature.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Very beautiful decorations, Tyra. I checked out both the links and wow! The buns look delicious and the the Indian theme...I was touched by it.

Isn't it wonderful when you incorporate traditional with non-traditional-- totally agree with Kathleen about your flair for decorating with nature.

Chandramouli S said...

Wonder Hyacinths Tyra and the candle holder looks great too!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Beautiful Tyra.
Advent has started over in my blog as well. My favorite season.

Roses and stuff said...

Så söt din adventsstake är!
Katarina

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Before we know it, all 4 candles will be burning.

That saffron bread sounds delicious. And in answer to your question: we drink our mulled wine hot. ;-)

Marie said...

Koseleg og fin adventspynt :)

Lussekattane ser kjempegode ut :)

Pomona Belvedere said...

This post reminded me of my childhood, as my mother's mother was Swedish. We had the advent candles--not decorated as nicely as yours!--and my mother made saffron bread with currants. I also hadn't thought of hyacinth for this time of year, but what a lovely idea. Glad your whole household enjoys the scent.

The Muse said...

Here is a lovely Christmas prose...
"The Unexpected Gift"
I hope it helps you treasure your family this season...
(it is my latest work)

http://www.jlomowriter.blogspot.com/

Thank you and many blessings...I really am happy to have found your blog :)

Sunita said...

The Saffron Bread sounds so tempting! Wonderful photos, Tyra. I really liked the one you did with a Kerala theme (did you know that the Apostle St. Thomas converted many of the world's first christians in Kerala?) You've captured Kerala's green-ness so beautifully. Oh yes, and the elephants! ;)
That hyacinth looks so beautiful! I wish I could grow it here in Mumbai.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Blossom 'Bulle' that's it and the one with saffron 'saffransbulle'

Warm welcome into my garden Pomona Belvedere, what a wonderful name you have choosen!

Lisa, Joy, Brenda,Gail, Joey, Anna, Kanak, Kathleen, Chandramouli, Britt-Arnhlid, Yolanda, Katarina, Marie, The muse and Sunita

Thank you very much all of you for all your wonderful comments,I'm so glad. Tyra xoxoxo

Anna/Flowergardengirl said...

Tyra, I was just looking at where you live....and oh my goodness. It is a very beautiful place. Lots and lots of water around you.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Anna, yes it is beautiful I'm very fortunate be able to live close to water. I love and I'm very thankful./ Tyra

guild-rez said...

Lovely Advent post..
I love this time of the year. Would love to be with my family around this time, but they live closer to you.
- Cheers Gisela

Naturegirl said...

Tyra I wish you a peaceful Advent.

perennialgardener said...

Your home must smell heavenly with the bread and hyacinths! What a lovely way to celebrate the Advent.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hello dear Gisela yes this is certainly a joyful time of the year.

Hi Anna and thank you! I wish you the same.

Hi Racquel and thank you for your nice comment.

Take care/ Tyra

Barbara said...

It's very inspiring to see how other countries celebrate Advent. We've lit our first candle too, will start to bake the traditional Christmas cookies and for St. Claus the "Grittibänz" a bread which has the form of a little man (or woman). A week before Christmas I always get a sweet saffron bread from a friend. We all like to eat it and therefor I am quite curious to read your
recipe around St. Luzia day :-) !! Wishing you a lightfull advent!
Barbara

Maria Berg said...

Vackert och stämmningsfult nästan så jag längtar tillbaka till Advent!

Och lussekatter får jag nog gå ner och baka idag... MB