Just about a five minutes walk from my home lies a beautiful park called The Garden Society. During the spring I started to visit it more frequently and now I walk through it almost every week. The park is one of the best preserved 19th century parks in Sweden and it includes a palm house with exotic plants, a rose garden and a few restaurants and cafés among other things. The park is at its most beautiful during the summer when The Rose Garden is in full bloom. It consists of approximately 1500 different kinds of roses - old roses and modern roses such as English roses, China roses and Tea roses. The garden also includes a collection of Swedish west coast roses. A lot of couples get married here during the summer. If you happen to end up in Gothenburg this is a place you must visit :)I love strolling through the park and I'm always amazed by the fantastic scents, colours and shapes of all theses roses. The idea that all of these flowers would soon begin to fade made me a little sentimental so this weekend I brought my camera with me on my walk so I could capture their beauty.
“Then thousand red roses” - that’s the name of a Swedish love tune from the 1960's that my grandmother used to play on a cassette tape in her home. On the tape the song was covered by a Swedish dance band called "The Vikings" and I’ve always thought it was kind of corny when I got older. But seeing all the roses in the rose garden this weekend suddenly made me think of the song again. And when I browsed through the lyrics I couldn’t help thinking that it was in fact quite a sweet love song about being in love and hoping that the other person you are in love with feels the same way too. The song also involves the thought about wanting to give away a bouquet of ten thousand red roses of course!
I have a special childhood memory to this song. I remember me and my dad visiting my grandmother on an early evening in the beginning of the summer when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I heard the song being played from one of the rooms in her house and I was standing in her living room, looking out the window and seeing her yellow roses in full bloom in her backyard. Later in the evening we said goodbye to my grandmother and went in the car to pick up mom from her late night job at the hospital. On our way home, we drowe by a big big field of lupins in different colours close to the higway just as the sun was starting to set.
I will always remember that moment in the evening and the colour explosion of those flowers in the golden sunset. I've also enjoyed lupins ever since then I think. It’s so great how songs can make you recall a specific memory like that. And it all started with seeing the roses in the park that day.