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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


Leufstabruk - Orangery and Mansion

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Leufstabruk Orangery and Mansion -
Leufstabruk Orangeri och Herrgård

When we meet Leufsta today she is dressed in December colours, it is cold and already dark despite it is just three o’clock when we walk through the baroque gardens of Leufstabruk. Last time I visited Leufsta it was September at the end of summer and it was still nice and warm. Very different yet she is still a beauty so calm and serene, a few hours in this place and your are relaxed. We have just visited the Christmas market in the 17th century Orangery, filled with Christmas goddies, knitted hats and mittens, hand made pottery and other handicrafts made of wood or iron. A lot of very nice things and I bought a pretty blueish green pitcher that will be nice to serve the 'glögg' molded wine in.

Orangery at Leufsta is from the 17th century and did survive the big ravages and huge fires by Russians in 1719. The floors in the Orangery are smooth, rustic and very beautiful, the stone walls are thick, I guess at least 70 cm thick and in the big room there are two enormous tiled stoves they must be 6 x 2 meters, huge and very impressive. I know that these tiled stoves are filled with sand and that is a great way to accumulate the heat, I wish that I could have one of those tiled stoves in my greenhouse.

There isn't very much to see in the gardens, I mean growing things but I like to look at the structures in a baroque gardens during the winter it is especially nice if there is snow of course. Although this time it wasn't the gardens we were here for, our goal was the Christmas market and a tour of the mansion at Leufstabruk. Leufsta was founded in 1596 by the way. It was a special Christmas tour 'Leufsta mansion at Christmas' how the life was here during the Christmas time. How the mansion was decorated, what they ate and how the Christmas traditions were back in the 17-18 and 19th century, most interesting and very beautiful.

Orangeriet klarade rysshärningen och branden 1719
Omkring 1880 uppfördes här en trädgård i tysk stil på den nuvarande barockträdgårdens plats. Den innehöll bland annat en staty av en vallonsmed, exotiska växter som övervintrade i orangeriet och en damm med en sprudlande fontän. Orangeriet uppfördes under senare delen av 1600-talet och var brukets enda stenbyggnad när Leufsta brändes ner av ryssarna 1719.

Släkten De Geer och vallonerna
När kronan 1641 sålde ut sina kronobruk köpte holländaren Louis De Geer upp Lövsta. Bruket skulle komma att ägas av släkten De Geer i flera generationer. Med de invandrade ägarna inleddes en 200-årig storhetstid inom svensk järnhantering. Louis De Geer värvade smeder och masugnsbyggare från sin gamla hembygd, Vallonien, i nuvarande södra Belgien


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Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

That Orangeriet is gorgeous Tyra and it has tiled stoves as well? I love those stoves, I would like one in my livingroom.The house is beautiful as well, I love this kind of architecture.

It sounds like you had a great time there, enjoying the Christmas market and buying loads of stuff.

Glögg is great at this time of year when it's nippy outside.

I know what you mean about it not being light at 3 in the afternoon, there are some days when it really doesn't get light at all at this time of year.

Tara sends little doggie kisses!

Love Your Homes said...

Tyra, great post....Leufsta är en av mina favoriter, där finns en stor kakelugn från Marieberg som är ovanlig.
Roligt med någon fler som skriver om historiken.
Ha det gott,

Sunita Mohan said...

What an impact all those images of a Christmas market is bringing up! I'd love to see some of that handmade pottery. I have to admit though that I have absolutely no idea what an Orangery is! I've got look that up.
BTW, regarding your request ... of course I'd love to help you out if I can. I'll check your post on friday and see. (A very helpful link to identify Indian plants : )
If there's anything else you need, let me know.

Unknown said...

With all that snow, the photos have a magical quality about them. Very beautiful! And the Christmas market sounds like a buyer's dream.

It must be so interesting to see how the decorations/food were in those days. I'd love to see photos of the Christmas decor (then)---if it's possible. A bit of history is always good to know!

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Hello dear Yolanda thak you for your very nice comment and hugs to you and Tara.

Välkommen Ia visst är det ett underbart ställe!

Hi Sunita and thanks for the link.

Kanak sorry no cameras allowed. :-(

Anonymous said...

Hi Tyra, thanks so much for this tour. The buildings are wonderful and the market sounds like a perfect place to pick up some nice gifts for yourself and others! The table setting is warm and inviting, love the font used on the photos!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I just love those tiled stoves. I have only seen pictures of them but every one I have seen look as pretty as they are useful.

What fun going to such a place for a feastival. I am sure it was fun.

Anonymous said...

Visiting historic buildings is a wonderful way to spend the winter months. Thanks for the tour of a grand old estate.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous tour, Tyra! (We spent our weekends in exact opposite climates, right??) These images conjure such old historic memories and imagery. Beautiful and luxurious! Thanks for the peek into old history! What a treat! I hope you are going to teach us to make grogg!

joey said...

Thanks, dear Tyra, for sharing the beautiful tour of 'Leufsta mansion at Christmas'. Your photos are magical with snow and fog. And I'm with Kathryn, hoping you'll treat us to your glogg recipe, which I'm sure is better than mine.

Anonymous said...

The buildings are a beautiful colour and show up well against the winter background. What lovely surroundings for a Christmas market.

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous place. I think the color is so orginal, very lovely!

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Welcome Frances yes it's the perfect setting isn't it.

Lisa I have two tiled stoves in this house and I promise you they are wonderful and you know we certainly need them.

Hi Racquel and I'm glad you enjoyed the tour.

Hello Kathryn I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour and yes Joey and Kathryn I will give you the recipe on both grogg and glögg they are two very different drinks.

Hi EG and Kim thank you for your very nice comments

Thank you girls for your thoughts and warm comments/ Tyra

Hannele på Hisingen said...

Vilka härliga bilder, där får man flanera med andakt.

Gail said...

I would so miss the light if we lost it so early! A lovely place...and it sounds like they planned to be able to stay warm with the thick walls and tiled stoves! gail

Katarina said...

Vilka vackra byggnader! De kunde bygga fina hus, förr i tiden!

Eva Linnea said...

Vissa saker var bättre förr! Det är tur att det finns bevarat. Ha en skön helg önskar Eva Linnea

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Hannele andakt precis vad jag skrev om din kaka...ha det gott/ Tyra

Hi Gail those stoves are worth their weight in gold!

Katarina i morgon är det blommig fredag! Kram TYRA

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Hej Eva Linnea, visst är det så. Det var bättre förr ....och ändå inte :-)Jag skulle vilja prova på en dag eller två i alla fall.

Amy said...

What a gorgeous old building. Thanks so much for sharing your photos!


Anonymous said...

I too love any sort of vase. I can use them for flowers, cooking untensils, or liquids. They are almost the best thing to have in the kitchen.

With no gardens to distract, you really can enjoy the structures. That's why I like winter as it prepares me for the active mindful days of flowering gardens.

TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Thank you Anna and Amy for the very nice comment.

Have a great weekend girls/ Tyra