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


Vaccinium mytillus - Superfruit

Vaccinium mytillus a Superfruit
Blueberry is not the same as the Swedish Blåbär but they are closely related. The wild Bilberry Vaccinium mytillus is the same as Blåbär and it is a low-growing shrub and the wild or cultivated Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum is a much taller shrub. I took this picture in the woods near my summerhouse, do you know I read somewhere that there are 250 miljon kilos of wild blueberries, bilberries in the Swedish woods each year and only 7% är picked and the rest are left for food to the wild animals or just fall to the ground.

Bilberry, blåbär or blueberry, these close relatives are all very rich in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals they are real Superfruits or perhaps we shall call them Superberries.
We ought to eat a lot of them – they are good for the hole body/system but perhaps mostly for our sight/eyes. It says to the hold back the degenerative diseases of the retina, AMD (age- related macula degeneration) and to give you better night vision and we all need that.

As always the best thing is to eat them fresh and they are so delicious as they are but here are two recipes with blueberries/bilberries.

Blueberry pie

Blueberries/bilberries 6 – 8 dl (about 25 oz)
Sugar 1 dl (3,5 oz)
Flour 2 tablespoons

Roll the berries in sugar and flour blend well and put them in a pie dish

For the dough:
Butter 100gr (3,5 ounces)
Sugar ½ dl
Flour 2 dl (7 oz)

Melt the butter I a saucepan and stir in the sugar and flour. Cover the berries and bake in 200 degrees for 30 minutes. Picture from Systembolaget

The next recipe is a Blueberry Jam with Apples and Cinnamon

1 liter blueberries, 3 apples, 6 dl. sugar with pectin and a cinnamon stick. Peel the apples and cut them into small pieces, add a small amount of water and bring to boil together with the cinnamon stick, stir well and boil until soft, mash the apples and then add the blueberries, boil an additional 5 min. add sugar (after taste) and boil 1 minute. Leave the Jam to rest for a while and then pure them into clean jars. This jam doesn't contain any preservatives so keep it refrigerated.

Now I'm hungry after writing down those recipes....I think I have to get a snack, perhaps a Blueberry smoothie.....



Recycling an Old Dead Tulip

This very mature tulip has certainly seen it's best day's. Sometimes I like dead flowers especially tulips they really ages gracefully. This morning I took a picture of this very, very old dead flower (I think it's from last year) :-) Recycled tulip - I added some light, color and ops.... Revived!
This is even more colorful version - 'Tulipa colorfullus vulgare'
Have a nice week/ Tyra

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Topiary - Thai style

A few years ago I visited Thailand and on my way down to Koh Chang (Elephant Island) I met these wonderful Topiary Elehpants at Trat Airport. Aren't they cute? And the shuttle too, look at that absolutely wonderful decorative painting of the shuttle.

Topiary the art of creating a sculpture of a plant More Topiary in Tyra's Garden

Colourful shuttle at Trat Airport in the province Trat, Thailand

Topiary elephants saluting all visitors.

Decorative topiary elephant and look even the airplanes are colorful and decorative....amazing

Love to here from you/ Tyra

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Trädgårdsskribenten Lena Israelsson

One Saturday last summer I got a visit from a person I really do admire a lot. It was the famous Swedish authoress Lena Israelsson. She contacted me one day about a visit to my garden, Tyra's Garden, overwhelmed with joy I said yes of course. She came on a sunny morning and we had a great time. Photos were taken of my garden, she made an interview and she was very kind to sign and write something in my books. She told me about here latest project the book called 'Monastery Gardens' (direct translated) so extremely exiting, what a day! Thank you!

Interior, the Greenhouse in Tyras Garden

En lördag i somras fick jag ett fint besök i trädgården, det var inte en ny spännande fågel inte heller någon exotisk fjäril nej det var Lena Israelsson. Min 'trädgårds guru', jag har alltid gillat Lenas böcker, speciellt Jordens Täppor. Men Lena har skrivit många fler böcker, exempelvis Odla Orientaliskt, Cityodling och Köksträdgården. Köksträdgården är en bibel för oss som gillar grönsaksodling.
Lena kontaktade mej och ville komma och besöka min trädgård, Tyras Trädgård. Jag blev överlycklig och en lördag kom hon min stora trädgårdidol. Vi hade jättetrevligt tillsammans, Lena fotograferade min trädgård, gjorde en intervju och hon berättade om sitt pågående projekt och det var Klosterträdgårdar som inom kort finns i handeln. Så här skriver förlaget om den.

Klosterträdgårdar - Trädgårdsskribenten Lena Israelsson har förverkligat sitt drömprojekt: en bok om klosterträdgårdar och om de munkar och nunnor som passionerat och uppfi nningsrikt för en unik odlingstradition vidare.För 500 år sedan var klosterväsendet motorn inom trädgårdsarkitektur, botanik och örtlära. Men hur ser det ut innanför murarna idag? Odlar man med samma skicklighet och lust? För att stilla sin nyfikenhet besökte Lena Israelsson ett tjugotal kloster i Sverige och utomlands, från Sankt Antoniusklostret i Egyptens öken till det välbärgade Valamo i Ryssland och broder Birgers dynamitodling i Östanbäck. Överallt släpptes hon generöst in i trädgårdar och täppor som annars är hermetiskt tillslutna.Klosterträdgårdar är en oemotståndlig blandning av kulturhistoria och inspirerande trädgårdsbok, försedd med mängder av förföriskt vackra foton. Boken avslutas med tips för den som själv vill besöka eller kanske till och med bo några nätter på kloster.

Have a nice Weekend TYRA
Skriv en rad!

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New Years Concert, Ivanhoe and a slight hangover

The same procedure as last year! I celebrate the 1st of January 'comme d'habitude'.

A concert, a good movie and a slight hangover!

New Years Concert in Vienna
Maestro George Pretre 2008
The 2008 New Year's Day Concert, conducted by the eminent conductor Georges Prêtre for the first time. What an honour, Prêtre is the first Frenchman that concucts th New Year Concert. Maestro Prêtre has a special association with the Wiener Philharmoniker dating back to 1966. He became Honorary Member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna - the highest decoration an artist can obtain in Vienna. The concert programme for 1st January 2008 will be the customary cornucopia of Strauss delights, but this time with a French theme.
The ballet ensemble, Vienna 2008

För baletten och kostymerna svarar Nicolas Musin. I en direktsändning från Musikverein skickar Wienfilharmonikerna traditionsenliga och välklingande nyårshälsningar. Dirigent är Georges Pretre.

Afternoon Movie:

Ivanhoe from 1982 with one of my favorite actor Sam Neill, Sam plays 'Brian Guilbert'....very nice. James Mason as 'Isaac of York' and Anthony Andrews as 'Ivanhoe'. Perfect movie on the New Years Day. I think this is the best version though the one that was made 30 years earlier, 1952 with Elisabeth Taylor and Robert Taylor isn't bad either.

Elisabeth Taylor and Robert Taylor.
Roger Moore
and then we have the jerk.....sorry Roger!

Gott Nytt År! Happy New Year!

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