Come and grow – the spoga+gafa blog » garden creation & care

Gardening in Sweden: Women only!

Sweden is said to be one of the most modern and progressive countries in Europe. Amongst many other things, Swedes are very proud on their gender equality. However, when it comes to gardening this has no significance whatsoever.

It seems as if time stands still in Swedish gardens. Old traditions and an updated grandmother-like shape give Swedish gardens an old-fashioned, yet trendy, style. Although the country is widely known for its achievements in gender equality, this does not apply to Swedish gardens. Notwithstanding that the one of the strictest female quota in Europa was introduced for the composition of the supervisory boards of Swedish stock corporations, female Swedes love to live the old-school way in their gardens. There they regard themselves responsible for the well-being of their families and by all means is it their task to make home and garden a cosy place. Men are only allowed to carry out the hard garden work, for instance digging holes, mowing the lawn, chopping trees etc. Therefore, Swedish gardens have a pleasant female touch, which gives them a highly emotional and thus friendly identity. Swedish families are proud of their mothers und wives and appreciate all the efforts the women make for turning the garden into such a lovely place. The dominant garden trend in Sweden is a mixture of re-creating wilderness and feel-good-garden, both perfectly matching the old-fashioned style. The plants in these gardens must, of course, be very beautiful. In their garden lives, Swedish emancipated women like making jams and syrups. Thus, they also grow lots of fruits and vegetables, which they then cook and bake together with family and friends for the many garden parties during the summer season. The Swedish gardeners are the top spenders on gardening and outdoor living. On average they spend 190 Euros (250 $) per year on their gardens.

More Information: newsroom.husqvarna.com

 

The South African mix

The English heritage is widely spread in South African gardens. Traditional English plants like roses, petunias and begonias are very popular. However, what makes the South African gardens so interesting is the mixture of English tradition and native exotic plants.

The favourite topic of South African garden bloggers is how to grow these typical English plants successfully in the African climate. Another very important subject is the perfect lawn. This, however, seems to be a never-ending story, because it is pretty difficult to keep the lawn green in South Africa. Along with the traditional English flowers, vegetable beds can be found in many gardens. The main reason for growing the own vegetables is, as in most other countries, the desire for healthy food and, of course, the feeling of happiness when harvesting the self-grown food. South African gardeners grow their vegetables in organic gardens and they do it with a lot of effort and dedication. Alongside the English tradition, there is a huge interest in the native plants, with aloe being one of the most popular ones. All this creates an own cultural mix, which makes South African gardens so interesting and rich in variety.

More Information: newsroom.husqvarna.com

 

Purely native Down Under

A garden needs water, of course. It even needs lots of water when temperatures rise to subtropical or tropical in summer. But what, if there is hardly any water for watering the garden plants? Gardeners in Australia know the answer.

Water is a big issue and it even is the issue in some regions of this constantly dry country. However, the severe lack of water is no reason at all for laid-back Aussies to do without a garden – above all, they need a decent place for their fancied BBQs. That charcoal smoke wafting along the warm summer breeze is an integral part of the Australian culture. Good food, cool beer, groovy tunes, good company and a nice garden to celebrate the BBQ is Australian for having a good time. All this works perfectly fine with the most favourite garden trend Down Under: Re-creating wilderness. This type of garden is best characterised by giving Mother Nature full scope and experiencing the unexpected. It only works well with native plants for these plants are drought-tolerant and able to retain moisture. At the same time re-creating wilderness saves a lot of time, as it does not require a lot of gardening. The traditional European image of a garden with its imposed order and neatly cultivated flowerbeds are hardly found in Australia. Although the re-created wilderness is mainly due to the water scarcity, Aussie gardeners foster it as the celebration of the unique Australian flora and fauna. Especially the latter can also be a menace. Various insects and caterpillars as well as opossums and snakes are the most unwanted creatures in Australian gardens. Therefore, many blog posts deal with “know your enemy”, i.e. giving advice for keeping these animals off the garden. Gardening is just slightly different Down Under.

More Information:
newsroom.husqvarna.com
australianbbqsociety.com