Six On Saturday In Porvoo, Finland

Hei! That is the Finnish word for Hello! So, Hellooooooo SOS’s! I feel like I am finally getting back into the swing of things! 2019 was a very busy year for us and we don’t look to slow down any time soon

It has been so warm this winter and I am itching to get back in my garden. I will share a post soon on the projects I would like to complete work on this year. But, in the meantime, I thought I would share some photos from one of our stops on vacation last year. I am always interested in gardens, anybody’s garden, or a plant found here and there. I am really on Cloud Nine when I stumble upon someone in their garden, who also speaks English. That didn’t occur in Porvoo, so I was content to peep into the woods nearby and look at the flowers in front of the shops. But, let’s get going……………

We’re in Porvoo, Finland!

This first photo, looks like an Hibiscus…….. to me. But, how can that be? I would think it was much too cold here for them! And these have fruit, or something! Anyone know what these are? I found them at the edge of a forest thicket.

Porvoo, Finland

I was on the lookout for a Cloudberry………..they are orange berries all stuck together like little clouds……..this is the most valued Finnish forest berry and the most expensive to buy. They grow in boggy terrains in Northern Finland, mostly in places that are well hidden and difficult to reach. Families with a good spot for the berries keep it a secret. The cloudberry is related to the raspberry and are regarded as a delicacy to be served on special occasions.

Porvoo is about 29 miles northeast of Helsinki and I may have been too far South for them, but I looked anyway. I didn’t find any, but I learned this. The ripe fruits are golden-yellow, soft and juicy, and rich in Vitamin C.  When eaten fresh they have a distinctive tartness. When over-ripe, they have a creamy texture, like yogurt, and a sweet flavor. They are used to make jams, juices, tarts, and liqueurs. In Finland, the folks like to eat the berries with warm leipäjuusto, (a local cheese; the name translates to “bread-cheese.”) They also like to eat them with cream and sugar. Nordic seafarers valued them for their vitamin C and brought them with them out to sea. They are now considered a delicacy because they are not widely cultivated and grow primarily as a wild plant. Prices are dependent on the size of the yearly harvest.

This is also what I learned………Berries and mushrooms can be picked from July until the first snows. First to appear are bilberries, then raspberries and then lingonberries. The berries that grow in the forest are part of the Finnish traditional diet and gathering them is a national pastime that has been passed down through generations. This tradition is popular as ever and despite urbanization, 56% of Finns, regardless of their socioeconomic status, pick forest berries seven times each summer. THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC BERRY PICKERS ARE ELDERLY WOMEN: 87% are in the age group 60-74! I would fit right in! Northern and eastern Finland produce the largest quantities of berries and the people living there are the most active pickers. The berries are turned into juice or jam to preserve them for winter, without any processing, so they retain their Vitamin C. Demand exceeds supply only because there are not enough pickers. In recent years pickers have been brought from Estonia, Russia and Southeast Asia. The “Everyman’s Right” Law allows anyone, who lives in Finland or is just visiting to forage for berries and mushrooms, fish anywhere with rod and reel and camp in natural areas.  Any money made from the sale of natural produce is exempt from tax. Picking berries is good business for everyone!

The only orange berries I found were these…….are they winterberry?

Porvoo, Finland

Porvoo is the second oldest city in Finland and is a tiny, tiny village along the Porvoonjoki River. This medieval village has retained the wooden storage buildings and old houses along cobblestone streets and is recognized for its historical value. I had the best time exploring the shops and of course looking at what grows here! Planting arrangements were found in old kettles……

Porvoo, Finland

and plants for sale could be found in front of the shops too……

Porvoo, Finland

Never throw away an old, rusted pot or the wobbly plant stand from times gone by!

Porvoo, Finland

and remember you can BLOOM where ever you are planted!

Porvoo, Finland

I hope you have enjoyed my day trip and plants from Porvoo, Finland today! I have several more posts coming about our adventures in Finland, that I think you will find interesting, so be on the lookout for those!

It’s fun on Saturdays to see everyone’s posts on gardens, plants, flowers and more!

Won’t you join us with your SOS?

The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday!  So, its six photos. Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at  SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week in another spot!

PS If you would like to see what last year looked like for me, look HERE.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. I don’t think the first plant is an hibiscus. It looks like a wild dog rose with flowers and rose hips. I have never been to Finland but do fancy it. Those recycled pots look good

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    1. Dorris, I have heard from a Finnish gardener this morning and yes he says they are roses! They open up like a hibiscus (or as you say like a wild rose) to me and those hips were the size of small apples! They are huge flowers and very showy!

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      1. Look to be very happy healthy plants!

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      2. Jo Shafer says:

        I thought so, Cady, especially with those rose hip “berries” hanging in a cluster.

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  2. I loved the Saturday garden tour of Finnish streets – thank you for sharing 🌿

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  3. Sartenada says:

    Hello.

    You have excellent job with this post. My hat! I showed the rose photo to my wife, but she could not tell what it was. We love Porvoo and have visited there many times. Its church is inside beautiful. Because we had own small flower garden full with different flowers, then it is natural, that we had roses also. Here are our roses:

    Roses in our garden

    I wish you a very happy weekend!

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  4. Seeing all these bright, beautiful flowers brings joy to my heart, especially on a cold, grey, icy morning. 🙂 If I run out of things to do, I can evidently go pick berries in Finland. Have to keep that in mind.

    janet

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    1. Janet after seeing Finland I think I could live in one of those little red sheds in the middle of nowhere Finland and pick berries. Someone would have to pick me up and take me to Helsinki when the snow flies though!

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      1. 🙂 Just finished shoveling/pushing several inches of heavy slop off the driveway and sidewalks, so I’m a bit underwhelmed at the moment. Last night when it snowed, it was glorious, though, and I will miss the snow when we move to Arizona, but not the slop. 🙂

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    2. When are you moving to Arizona? Is it snowbirding or full time? Inquiring minds would like to know the details, please!

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      1. Full time, in April. My parents need some help now that they’re in their early 90’s, my brother and family are there, and we want to see if we like it we’ll enough to retire there.

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      2. Good for you! We are both originally from the Midwest and our children still live there, well some of them any way! When we retired from the Military we had lived so many places I got to choose where I wanted to retire! Picked the South and never looked back! Now trying to get the grandchildren to go to grad school here, so hopefully they’ll be hooked too!

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  5. Lovely and interesting post!

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  6. It looks lovely! The first picture is Rosa rugosa, a lovely but little unruly rose. The orange berries look like a sorbus of some sort …….

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  7. Porvoo looks lovely but I’m guessing you were there in the summer? Young people need to get berry picking! If only there were an app for that…

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    1. Yep, it was one of our stops on a month long cruise…….more cities to come! Wait until you see photos of Norway!

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  8. That wobbly plant stand and urn is a delight!

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    1. Yeah love that kind of look in a garden!

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  9. I love cloudberries. First came across them on one of my many trips to Finland back in the day.

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    What a fun trip! Our gardens here in Northern California are still dormant which is odd. Generally we see a little bit of hope that spring is on the way. I have heard of cloudberries and someday would love to give them a taste. An excellent reason to return to Finland I think!

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    1. This was in the summer in Finland. I imagine they are covered in mounds of snow this time of year!

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  11. That old copper pot looks fantastic. What a great six.

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