Friday, February 01, 2008

What Tungelsta is famous for




Theme day. Tungelsta where I live, is famous for a few things. I picked the greenhouses. When the railway arrived to Tungelsta one hundred years ago, so did the greenhouse business. My great grandfather was the first gardener to buy land here. The place where he stayed for the rest of his life was named Bergdalen (I still live there doday). The week after he arrived the land across the road was bought by the Andersson family who cultivated roses for many years. Over the next fifty years the industry flourished. As many as 70 different businesses operated around this little town. Among them my grandparents on my mothers side. They bought a place called Sofiehill. Now in 2008 it's a different story. Most of the family owned businesses are gone. The reason for the demise? Probably many factors, but imported flowers form the EU and high taxes are two reasons. There are now as few as nine gardeners still in operation. Among them Blomorado, which used to be Bergdalen. I have a few hundred greenhouse photos at flickr and choose to make a collage for the theme day. Here now are links to the other blogs participating in the theme day:

Portland (OR), USA - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Memphis (Tennessee), USA - Manila, Philippines - San Diego (CA), USA - Anderson (SC), USA - New York City (NY), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - San Francisco (CA), USA - Mumbai (Maharashtra), India - Mainz, Germany - Weston (FL), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Turin, Italy - Las Vegas (NV), USA - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Bicheno, Australia - Durban, South Africa - Joplin (MO), USA - Nashville (TN), USA - Stockholm, Sweden - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Brussels, Belgium - Chicago (IL), USA - Montpellier, France - Seattle (WA), USA - Mazatlan, Mexico - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Sharon (CT), USA - Sesimbra, Portugal - Toulouse, France - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Susanville (CA), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - Helsinki, Finland - Pilisvörösvár, Hungary - Lisbon, Portugal - Mexico (DF), Mexico - Trujillo, Peru - Dunedin (FL), USA - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - London, UK - Baziège, France - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Selma (AL), USA - Mumbai, India - Naples (FL), USA - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Setúbal, Portugal - Stayton (OR), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Sofia, Bulgaria - Arradon, France - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Athens, Greece - Austin (TX), USA - Singapore, Singapore - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Jackson (MS), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Budapest, Hungary - Rotterdam, Netherlands - St Malo, France - Chandler (AZ), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Cleveland (OH), USA - Nottingham, UK - Kansas City (MO), USA - The Hague, Netherlands - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Wrocław, Poland - Chateaubriant, France - Cheltenham, UK - Moscow, Russia - Monrovia (CA), USA - Saigon, Vietnam - Toruń, Poland - Grenoble, France - Lisbon, Portugal - New Orleans (LA), USA - Sydney, Australia - Boston (MA), USA - American Fork (UT), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - Wichita (KS), USA - Radonvilliers, France - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Christchurch, New Zealand - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Wailea (HI), USA - Aliso Viejo (CA), USA - St Francis, South Africa - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Seattle (WA), USA - Pasadena (CA), USA - Vienna, Austria - Orlando (FL), USA - Torun, Poland - Delta (CO), USA - Santa Fe (NM), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Paris, France - Stavanger, Norway - Niamey, Niger - Le Guilvinec, France - Bogor, Indonesia - Saarbrücken, Germany - Auckland, New Zealand - Wellington, New Zealand - Budapest, Hungary - Juneau (AK), USA - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Glasgow, Scotland - Chicago (IL), USA - Jakarta, Indonesia - Adelaide (SA), Australia - Sydney, Australia - Riga, Latvia - Subang Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Terrell (TX), USA - Terrell (TX), USA - Inverness (IL), USA

15 comments:

Deslilas said...

For your blog too !
Thanks for this family story linked to this city.

Uma por Dia said...

I only can think about chocolat!!!

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

When I think of your part of the world, I think of quaint villages and the purest snow. Is nice to know that beautiful roses, and gardening in general, is what Tungelsta is well known for.

Jilly said...

What a fascinating collage. I love your story. Living with gardens can't be a bad thing.

Jackie said...

That's a great collage! Thanks for visiting Glasgow DP today.

R&R in The Netherlands said...

What a great collage. There are of course many greenhouses not far from where we live here, and I suspect they are also mainly corporate-owned. Nice to see you supporting the individual growers.

Ham said...

Another of those places that people have probably apprreciated (the flowers etc) without knowng it. Fascinating story

marley said...

Really interesting! I never knew about your areas horticultural history.

Neva said...

What a lovely collage.

Per Stromsjo said...

I agree with Deslilas, definitely famous for your photo blog as well. Great work today with all these facets of a greenhouse.

Southern Heart said...

Very nice photo collage!

Kim said...

Of course, those greenhouses you've had so many fabulous and memorable shots of over the years! But, your blog is what I think of when I think of Haninge/Tinglesta.
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Kuanyin said...

Fascinating story! Happy Theme Day from Maui, Hawaii.

g_mirage said...

Must be always fresh smelling in your place! Very nice collage!

Steffe said...

Thanks all for stopping by. I haven't had time to look at all 130 participants in the theme day yet,but I'm going to.