Wooden enemies and other flowers

I’m often asked what certain flowers and birds are called in English. I usually cover up my lack of knowledge by saying that they are called Bert or Sally or … You get the picture!

However, I have learnt the name of some spring flowers. After twelve years of living in Sweden, I suddenly decided to use the dictionary. Enterprising, I know!

Sometimes, I wonder if it is worth the trouble… You see, every spring beautiful flowers grace the forests with their lovely faces and prompt Swedes to ask me what they are called in English. When I tell them, they usually respond, “Wooden enemies? That’s a funny name for a flower!”

Er... I think you mean wood anemones!

Er... I think you mean wood anemones!

Yes – indeed!

They are really called wood anemones and are very plentiful in the spring.

It’s much easier when people want to know what these cheerful flowers are called:

Blue anemones

Blue anemones

The blue anemone is a protected flower in the Stockholm region – and that means we can enjoy looking at them in the woods, but we are not allowed to pick them. (By the way, this picture was taken by my 7-year-old daughter! )

OK. Sorry about that proud mama interlude!

Last week, her class walked around the lake to a special place where you can gaze in wonder at thousands of these perky little flowers in full blossom. The verdict? It’s like a magical carpet woven out of purple flowers!

For more fun, then go visit That’s My World!

38 thoughts on “Wooden enemies and other flowers

  1. Never apologize for sharing something wonderful your child did! It’s a lovely photo! I need to tend to a few Berts and Sallys today…

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  2. Wooden enemies….I love it!!! I never have a clue what flowers are called….except blue bells….I’m pretty good at recognising them!!

    Your little un is a photographer in the making 🙂

    C x

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  3. Thanks for sharing the photos. Of course you´re allowed a “proud” moment in between… 🙂 I have never seen those “wood enemies” flowers before. Lovely!

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  4. If you had never mentioned those pesky snakes and had only shown me these lovely flowers, I might be convinced to come over and help you celebrate your anniversary next May. But, then again, those snakes…

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  5. I love the “Wooden enemies,” name. So funny, I couldn’t stop smiling at my computer screen. Yes, your daughter’s photo is great. Many of my European friends can’t seem to get a person focused in a photo. Often, I’ll end up with the head cut off. Why is that? Is it a European gene? Your daughter doesn’t have that gene, obviously.

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  6. Thanks for the morning smile! Wooden enemies..I love it! Your anklebiter may be a photographer, she did great!
    That My World spot looked very interesting! I could probably spend hours there looking at photos! 🙂

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  7. Splendid pic, madame! I love it – Wooden Enemies – English is such a peculiar language – I adore that your Swedes are even curious about it! x

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  8. wowza! Your 7-year-old certainly has an eye for photography! Nice flowers. I need a Swedish dictionary too, I think; I just call them “yellow flower”, “blue flower” etc 😀

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  9. Oooh so that is what those flowers are called, I say as the name goes in one eye and out the other, I am hopeless at plant names, and I am supposed to be a plant scientist.

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  10. Hehehe, next time I would name flowers that I do not know as Alice 1 or Alice 2…lol I am no good in identifying flowers. Those flowers are so beautiful. Have a nice day.

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  11. The photo is beautiful. A budding artist you have on your hands 🙂 I’m still grappling with the fact that spring is just… springing for you when I have already moved on to summer.

    And the only thing that would have made this post better?! More rhune stones!!

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  12. Now that is one gorgeous photo. And only 7? She already has an eye for it. Did I miss something, where did you live before – the UK?

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  13. Heehee – I’m definitely going to call them “Wooden Enemies” from now one, but probably everyone will assume that I’m saying “Wood Anemones” so it will be my little private joke.

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  14. How wonderful that you have “protected flowers”, they they are not allowed to be picked and that people actually know they are not allowed to be picked! I love that! Lovely pics. thanks

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  16. You may know them as wood anemones or even as wooden enemies… I only know them as snowdrops. And it will be a while before I see them around here. We have about 6″ of snow on the ground. BTW, found this post through a Google search for “wooden enemies”, a term I’d never heard before, something I read in a blog I follow. Thanks for enlightening me. 🙂

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