06 toukokuuta 2019

Early May at The Winter Garden in Helsinki


Last time I visited The Winter Garden of the City of Helsinki in February 2018, now I went to see how the awakening spring looks there. It is a gorgeous conservatory of cast-iron and glass and it's structure was designed to mimic the architecture of The Crystal Palace in London that was built for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Our Finnish Crystal Palace is situated on a low hill facing over The Gulf of Töölö towards the very centre of Helsinki.




There are beautiful plantings that shall be a great sight in the summer: a lot of roses and peonies! 
I admired the gardeners’ skilful work with their precise eye & sharp scissors!



At the background you see a city district called Kallio - The Rocks.
It was build for workers and had a bad reputation. Nowadays it is very popular for 
urban professionals and the prices of apartments have risen. 
I lived there in the 90's.





The chamber choir where my son is singing - Addictio - was not rewarded in Cork Choral Festival
But they were very satisfied with their Cork-visit.  He sent me a few photos from Dublin 
- Famine statues, Library of Trinity College & Brian Boru's Harp. Click here to my post.

40 kommenttia:

  1. Interesting to read about Winter Garden. Were you at the greenhouse?

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Yes, I was inside its jungle, too. I'll show photos later, because I try to avoid too long posts... Happy new week Erica!

      Poista
  2. Thanks for the suggestion...someday I will visit there too.
    Have a great week, Riitta!

    VastaaPoista
  3. Dear Riitta,
    thank you for this wonderful impressions of the City-Wintergarden!
    Have a nice week,
    greetings moni

    VastaaPoista
  4. Hello, what a beautiful place and garden. Congrats to your son! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you Eileen. The progress of spring is very slow this year because the weather turned very cold.

      Poista
  5. ...beautiful images, Riitta.

    VastaaPoista
  6. "the background you see a city district called Kallio - The Rocks.
    It was build for workers and had a bad reputation."

    What do you mean by a bad reputation?

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Hi Sandi,

      Kallio, The Rocks used to be a very restless neighbourhood with a lot of drunken people or alcoholics, prostitutes and street fights. It is still a bit restless with those phenomenons I mentioned, but nowadays much more safe and calm. I lived there for 10 years and never had any problems walking on the streets alone, also at night time.

      Poista
  7. The conservation building looks very large and beautiful! The shrub in front is also large and well shaped. Congratulatios to your son and fellow choral singers for a good performance!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you Pat <3 The competition was hard but the singers had a great experience!

      Poista
  8. Dear Riitta!
    Congratulations for your son.
    Great place and garden.
    Beautiful pictures.
    Hugs and greetings.

    VastaaPoista
  9. Riitta - In these photos, I like that you can still see the "bones" of the trees, with the hint of green at the fringes. Heavenly! Thanks for sharing this wonderful site in Helsinki with Mosaic Monday!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. I like also 'leaveless' seasons when the structure of the trees can be seen. In Helsinki we have a lot of old lindens that look artistic without leaves.

      Poista
  10. I know you are proud of your son and his accomplishments! Love your photos for MM! Happy week!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Wishing a pleasant week to you too ❤︎

      Poista
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    1. Wishing a sunny week to you Maria ❤︎

      Poista
  12. The winter garden looks very lovely, and a great place for an outing in the spring, too. Helsinki would be an interesting city to visit one day. Congratulations to your son for his participation in the choral festival. All the singers look very dapper.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you Lorrie for a new word 'dapper' - never heard that before! Have a nice week ❤︎

      Poista
  13. Very beautiful, congrats tonyour son too. Happy mosaic Monday

    Much💚love

    VastaaPoista
  14. Kauniita kuvia ja upeita paikkoja♥

    VastaaPoista
  15. Vastaukset
    1. Kevät on nättiä ja herkkää, vaikkakin tänä vuonna niin kylmää.

      Poista
  16. Talvipuutarha ja sen tilukset kyllä houkuttaa valokuvaamaan - liian harvoin tulee käytyä, josko tämän kesän aikana.

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Harvoin minäkin siellä käyn, vaikka se lähellä onkin.

      Poista
  17. Hi Riitta,
    what a wonderful green garden! Congrats to your son from me too!
    Happy week to you,
    Hugs, Claudia xo

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you Claudia for visiting - have a nice evening!

      Poista
  18. Bonito jardín. Muchas felicidades para el grupo de tu hijo. Besitos.

    VastaaPoista
  19. Se on todella vaikuttava. Ihana, kun on leikattu pensaat niin brittiläiseen tyyliin!

    VastaaPoista
  20. Mulla on tuo paikka kyllä kokonaan jäänyt käymättä. Pitäisi varmaan jonakin lomapäivänä suunnistaa nauttimaan Talvipuutarhasta. Ihania kuvia!

    VastaaPoista
  21. Kauniit kuvat upeasta paikasta, pitää tutustua paikkaan on varmaan ihastuttava!

    VastaaPoista

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