Day 27: Flower Market

I was tasked this week by my wife to go to the Flower Market and buy some sticks for Easter.  For those of you who are not Swedish, the way they do their decorations for Easter in Sweden is this:

  1. take some sticks (probably birch)
  2. paint those sticks white (optional)
  3. put some feathers on the sticks (could be something else, too)
  4. put the bunch in a vase

The end result is an Easter decoration (called a “Påsk Ris”)

Påsk Ris - image from http://annasvarld.vimedbarn.se/category/pyssel/
A nice Påsk Ris – image from http://annasvarld.vimedbarn.se/category/pyssel/

So, my wife thought it would be good if me and the little guy went to the Flower Market to find the sticks for us to make one for Easter.  (I think she just wanted me and him to have a project, to which I am thankful).

The Flower Market is basically a street with flower and plant shops on it.  I have mentioned before that there are various “districts“, and this would be one of those districts – the “flower district” – it is not far from where Nathan Road splits, just above Prince Edward Road.

one of the more popular stands selling all sorts of tropical plants
one of the more popular stands selling tropical plants

At this market, we found tons of great plants, flowers, and other wonderful things to add some green to your home.  I was dreaming of getting some of these crazy orchids I saw, but realized that orchids are difficult to care for (at least for me, anyway), and I have a baby to focus on. 😉

    this old guy just sat there looking bored with an unlit cigarette in his mouth for most of the time I was there, until he finally lit it and smoked it like an old Chinese James Dean. The orchids he has are unbelievably beautiful - especially the one right in front of him.
this old guy just sat there looking bored with an unlit cigarette in his mouth for most of the time I was there, until he finally lit it and smoked it, looking kind of like Clint Eastwood. The orchids he has are unbelievably beautiful – especially the one right in front of him.

So, me and the little guy walked around the market looking for the appropriate sticks for this Påsk Ris, and trying not to be impressed by all the amazing flowers.  Not surprisingly, at a place called the “flower market”, they primarily sell living green leafy things and flowers, so we were not able to find anything.  Maybe we will use bamboo for this year’s decorations 😉

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