I know for a fact that many of my readers and many bloggers out there love photos of Flora. Some of them are even borderline obsessed with it. So, if you’re one of those who are obsessed, borderline obsessed or just enjoy photos of plants & flowers. Consider this your lucky day!

Because it’s the 1st of May today most of the people in Norway all had the privilege of not having to go to their boring jobs. A lot of people believe that this is because the 1st of May is the “International Workers’ Day” – a celebration of the international labour movement and left-wing movements.
But this is all a scam. Just like Easter and Christmas has been stolen, so has this day:

“May Day on May 1 is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.
The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.” (Wikipedia)

And what better way to celebrate the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, than with a visit to the botanical garden?

We started out the day with breakfast and a cup of espresso with hawaij and steamed milk. Hawaij is a Yemenite spice recipe that you can read more about in this post: Hawaij – spice blend from Yemen

Some background info on the Botanical Garden in Oslo from Wikipedia:

“The University Botanical Garden at Tøyen in Oslo is Norway’s oldest botanical garden, established in 1814. It is administrated by the University of Oslo.

The University of Oslo’s oldest building, the Tøyen Manor which was given as a gift in 1812, is located in the garden. The garden originally covered 75,000 square metres, but has since doubled in size. The collection includes roughly 35,000 plants of about 7500 unique species.”