Oslo Garden

A blog about gardening in Oslo, Norway

Flower power


Today is Norway’s National Day. It celebrates the creation of Norway’s constitution in 1814. It is a big deal and is celebrated seriously but it is a whole load of fun. People dress up to the nines in their national costume (each regional costume will have its own colour or pattern of embroidery), there are local parades with children and marching bands as well as street and garden parties. The days running up to the day must be the busiest in the garden centres…!

This year I couldn’t fail to be impressed with how the parliament building in Oslo had been decorated. At first glance I didn’t realise that the patterns on the building were actually made with flowers, planted up and somehow suspended from its walls, creating a really fun 3D effect. A nice innovative take on vertical planting. So I thought I’d share it with you, and wish you ‘Gratulerer med dagen’ (‘congratulations with the day’) as they say here!


Author: hagenics

Environmentalist and gardener currently living in Oslo, Norway.

2 thoughts on “Flower power

  1. I’m curious. What months are the best for your gardens ?

    • Hi Patsi, I would say that here in Oslo it tends to be May to September. For the most part that’s the period when you see most things flowering with things winding down by October. There’ll be some early flowering shrubs like the forsythia and hamamelis out earlier though. The season, in terms of months is short but daylight is long. In October/early November there’s a fantastic hightlight with trees and shrubs turning their autumnal colour which provides a lovely end to the season.

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