Sofiero castle
just north of Helsingborg. King Gustav VI Adolf's summer residence. Known for its palace garden with rhododendron collection. Exhibitions, events, restaurant.

September 10, 2020: Apples, dahlias and geraniums
Takes the car in these corona times, not so many in the parking lot. Walk first through Crown Princess Margaret's flower street. Next to the crass passage is an installation with apples, the last of "Four shades of late summer". Tables full of apples, about different varieties, about apples at Sofiero, a recipe for apple cake.

Continue on to the Dahlia district. Beautiful dahlias in abundance. Stands in many groups. A lot that wanders around among the plantations.

In the orangery is an exhibition about geraniums. Corona limits the number of visitors. Right now, it's almost just us. A table, a wall full of geraniums. Pots scattered.

The sun shines. Goes to the restaurant. A table is vacant in the sunshine. Today's lunch, salted salmon. Excellent and good food in the sun. On that coffee and cake.

Before returning home a visit to the garden store, buy flowers and watering can.

June 21, 2015 (published 25/7 2015)
Take Route 111 around Helsingborg to avoid having to run through center to Sofiero. The car park is far from complete. Pay 100 crowns in admission. Urns and black petunias dekorates the entree. Rhododendrons bloom yet, but a lot is over blossomed. Going past the castle. Down in the ravine. Is much more than rhododendrons. At the end of the ravine, it is a view of the Sound and Denmark. Up in the ravine is the castle seen.

Goes upward past the children Sofiero, the royalplayhouse. There's herb garden and play garden. Past Primula hollow, splendor of color, even with blue mountain poppies. Returning to the castle, on the lawn are Empress tree flowers. Eating a shrimp sandwich and drink cappuccino in the cafe.

Go past a pond on the way to the Orangery. Where is the exhibition "Passion at Sofiero". With a wealth of passion flowers. Incredibly beautiful.

Walk around and admire all the flower beds. Poppy, sleepyhead, allium, roses and much to. Buy plants to the pot outside the door at home in the horticultural trade.

November 7, 2010: Sofiero light festival
Train to Helsingborg. Eat a good lasagna in  restaurant Marconi on Drottninggatan. The bus to Sofiero Castle. The darkness is . Torches are lining the aisles, lots of torches. Parts of the castle is illuminated. Goes to the rhododendron ravine towards Öresunds. According to what I read in the advertising will it be enlightened. Pitch Dark. Disappointed. Asks, "Well it should not be lit." Walking around in the park. Trees are lit. Lawn red. Hedge illuminated with side light. Many people in the Orangery, which is inspired by the Mediterranean including ceramics. Many also in the winehouse demonstrating porcelain. Looking into the garden trade. Outside is a tub of water with apples and torches. One can warm at the fires, and grilling Marsh Mallows. At the pond is an installation with light, smoke, and music. At the entrance are carpets in the form of light projections. Take coffee and cake in the café. Then go home. Two police cars are at Knutpunkten in Helsingborg, but it is quiet, no celebration. Suspect Malmö FF have won the football league before Helsingborg. The final game today.

May 18, 2008: Sofiero classic
annual car show with a fine old vintage cars. But start by going to see the rhododendron ravine. There blooms in yellow. Some red bushes. Rests upon the installation of granite. Continuing with the cars. The oldest from the early 1900s. Producer gas from World War II. A Rolls Royce. I do not know much about old cars. However beautiful they are.

Sofiero castle