Green is a calming color

Apple growing on apple tree in the north of Sweden close to the arctic circle
Apple growing on apple tree in the north of Sweden close to the arctic circle

A lot of my free time at the moment I’m sitting and watching the apples growing on my apple tree. Right now, when I’m super busy I find it so calming and refreshing to just sit on my porch and watch the apples growing on my apple tree. In color therapy green is used as a calming color, but it can also be stimulating if it’s closer to yellow. Usually I’m all about the color blue but at the moment, when I’m a bit stressed out, green is so nice. And in some languages the word for blue and green are the same. Didn’t know that but it makes sense to me. And I love both colors.

Apple growing on apple tree in the north of Sweden close to the arctic circle

When I moved in to my house it was a dark and rainy October followed by a snowy winter, all the time I was watching the tree wondering what kind of tree it was. Up here in the north of Sweden most of out trees are birches, firs and pines. Of course there are other trees but those three are the most common. The Arctic Circle are very close to where I live and the tree line are not far away. I was sort of hoping that it would be a magnolia tree, apparently it is possible for them to grow up here too. But it’s very unusual. In the spring I saw the tree blossoming and realised it’s an apple tree. I bears fruit too! And apple trees here are rare, most types can’t handle the climate, but some can. Like my apple tree. The growth season here is very short but since we have the midnight sun and it never gets dark in the summer the season is very intense. In the south of Sweden they are common and bears fruits. I’m not even sure I’ve seen an apple tree up here in the north, but now I’ve got my own and it makes me happy and relaxed just sitting watching it. I’m hoping I’m around when the apples are ripe so I get a chance to taste the fruits too. And who would have thought that I would have my own apple tree. Not me anyway ๐Ÿ

Apple growing on apple tree in the north of Sweden close to the arctic circle
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91 responses to “Green is a calming color”

    • Thank you! I am so much enjoying it! Just realised recently how much I need it. And it’s nice with all the green after all the white this winter ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hope so too! And I just hope that I’m here when the apples are ripe. I can at least spot four apples when sitting on my porch ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ

  1. This is one of your most beautiful posts yet; perhaps my favourite; I truly adore it ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒณ. It’s also interesting to learn about the tree line and your precious thoughts about green being a calming color ๐Ÿ˜น.

    ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ to you for the Apple tree in your garden ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜†. I love the photos you took of it ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜†.

      • Awww, hopefully not my sweet lady <3.

        But if so, atleast you were able to witness a once in a lifetime event when you weren't even expecting it, and you have really cool things to show for it โœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜†

      • Yes Iโ€™m observing the tree and apples, and Iโ€™m going to take as many pictures as possible of it ๐Ÿ love the greenery around the house. And, I got to see the northern lights and Ursa Major right above my house this winter ๐Ÿ™Œ

      • That’s a lovey idea; have fun with that ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŽž๐Ÿคฉ. It must be so picture-esquely serene and wondrously beautiful with all of that greenery around your house.

        Getting to view the northern lights and ursa Major must have been super! ๐ŸŒŒ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. I would have loved to trade places with you but no, you had it all to yourself ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      • Oh you said “love the greenery around the house”, then you show beautiful pictures of your lush garden, so I probably was “misled” by that ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‰.

        But i se now that you just have a really good eye for beauty in things (your eyes are very pretty which helps alot ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜), and I know you will have fun taking as much pictures as you can of this rare situation lol.

      • Oh, it’s not a beautiful garden. But it’s green. And not my trees, just the ones surrounding my house. Sadly, I don’t think even the apple tree is on my property ๐Ÿฅฒ but I’m enjoying it and trying to make the best out of this situation ๐Ÿคž and enjoying the greenery at least.

      • Awwww, don’t tear-up ๐Ÿค—โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿคญ; Your tears are the most precious things on Earth; “everything” is going to be alright ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘

        I see your point and it’s great that you are enjoying the scenery of the greenery while it lasts ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜Œ.

        And now would probably be the best time to find out if the apple tree is on your property before someone just comes a bulldoze the thing down ๐Ÿšœ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

      • Well, letโ€™s see what the future holds ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I can see the care someone has put into the property. There are a lilac, which is also quite rare in the north, roses and other plants which provide me with blossoming flowers all through the summer. It has meant a lot to someone years ago. And, the flowers are still there ๐ŸŒน

      • Yes we’ll see indeed ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ˜„. I personally won’t benefit directly from it because I don’t live there, but I take care of my place too ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜‚.

        My property is neat-ish, all sorts of interesting things are flourishing, the trees have fruit, the hedges are good — the place just looks overall beautiful, PLUS I am SURE that everything is mine! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜…. I just don’t have camera to take photos of it for my blog, but that gives me the perfect excuse to call you ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜

      • Yes, you can check out my blog whenever you want. No use in calling me, the neighbors are playing car bingo again so the sound outside is deafening ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ™‰. Worse than any concert Iโ€™ve ever been to. And Iโ€™ve been to many!

      • Hey there madam ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’Œ๐ŸŒน

        LOL, never heard of car bingo in my life. Thankfully I am “hearing” it from you and not hearing it form them ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

        Right, I know I can contact you on your blog, but I was joking about that and never actually intended to call you ๐Ÿ˜„. I don’t even have your “number”.

      • Sort of was joking too … ๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿš— but that’s a lot of noise 10 meters from my house for almost four hours ๐Ÿ™„ and if you’ve been working all day and have to get up super early the next day. Well, staring at the apple tree doesn’t help ๐Ÿ˜น

      • Right, working all day then hearing all that — not a good combination ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Plus apart from the irritability of the noise itself, you also don’t want to become deaf LOL

      • Nooo ๐Ÿซฃ I havenโ€™t. Seems like a waste of time. But thereโ€™s the equivalent of it but you have a big field and make it into a bingo board and then you let some cows loose on the field and where they ๐Ÿ’ฉ thatโ€™s the winning number on the bingo card. Seems fun ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ„

      • Hahaha you certainly aren’t going to be a big fan of car bingo, considering what your precious ears had to put up with ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ˜…

        That version of bingo in the fields seems like the recipe for the next outbreak and pandemic ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿค•๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿคง.

      • It actually sounds fun, it’s just the poo part that I seem to have misunderstood ๐Ÿ˜„. I’d give it a go as long as there is no actual contact with poo ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

      • I realized what you were referring to some hours later. Iโ€™m a bit slow sometimes ๐Ÿ˜น but Iโ€™m thinking the cows poop anyway so why not on the bingo field. Also, if they are cows that are out on a field itโ€™s not like the cows that are kept indoor all the time for mass production of food. Itโ€™s cows that are living like they used to do in earlier times. Nowadays when the meat is still cheaper than ever before, and at least in Sweden people are drinking more milk than ever, the keeping of cattle is an environmental problem. But itโ€™s not the cows fault ๐Ÿ„ back in time up here in the north families didnโ€™t have many cows, just one or two. And they helped to feed the families and, in the winter they were kept inside the house to help heat the homes. But I guess we canโ€™t turn back “progress”. And no, playing bingo with cows, you donโ€™t have to have contact with the poo. But. The poo can be used in many ways too. Which Iโ€™m not going to get into. Now ๐Ÿงฑ

      • Hahaa, don’t worry, you’re good; that’s just how communication goes on the internet sometimes.

        You sold me, bingo on the field with cows is quintessential, especially when played in Sweden the way that it’s meant to, but only if my Helena is playing hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

        I embrace the points that you made and the situations you pointed out ๐Ÿ™๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ƒ. You correct about the contrast between the cows out in the wild and the ones that are on farms and factories most of the time ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ. There is certainly an environmental concern where ever there is an “industry” involved but I am intrigued to hear how it was a practice to keep cows indoors in the winter to help heat the home — I have never heard about that before lol

      • Yes, communication on the internet can be tricky. It’s almost as if you’re calling me a cow when you want me to play cow bingo ๐Ÿ˜‰ it sometimes depends on the mood the one receiving the message is in ๐Ÿฎ but cows are lovely!

      • Or it is as though I want someone who knows the game (that I don’t) to be on my team โœŠโœŠ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰. Of course I am not calling you a cow ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚; I was under the impression that it was “car” bingo, not “cow” bingo lol.

        But I totally agree with all of your points about communication ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†. I also agree with what you said about the cows being lovely — the cows are great animals of nature ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ˜„โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„.

      • Yes, the rules of the original version of bingo are very catchy; no cows or “fertilizer” required ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ. Just the board, some people and some time! lol

        But I just wanted to let you know that, NO, I was not calling you a cow ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      • Hehe ๐Ÿ˜น in the mood I’m in now, I know that you didn’t call me a cow. Besides, I’m a cat. Which I’m pretty certain about so it’s not possible for me to be a cow too ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Hahaha YAY! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿคญ. I am thankful for your mood <3. You are not a cow you are a cat if anything, and that's final! ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

        I am so relieved because the last thing I want is for you to grow horns and but me out of your way whenever you're in the wrong mood ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

      • Right, I understand; there I no better time ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„. I hope you get to enjoy your day ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒน

      • Wow ๐Ÿคฉ, Yogyakarta sounds like one of those mystic places haha. I am glad you’re enjoying, and thank you so much; I am looking forward to today’s escapades ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

        I hope you understood where I was coming from in my other comment on your throwback post ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…. Your understanding or concerns mean alot to me <3

      • No worries ๐Ÿ‘ and Yogyakarta is a very interesting place. Ancient temples, and narrow alleys filled with amazing street art. And by amazing I mean, probably the best in the world. Thereโ€™s so much street art all over the city, Iโ€™ve never seen anything like it. Which is a surprise to me. But Indonesia has good street art, you can see it in Bali too and the hard core music scene is big here too! So itโ€™s both ancient and contemporary. Also, after spending so much time in Bali, which is a paradise island but tourist live a very easy life, itโ€™s good to visit a more Indonesian city. So, all good ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Thanks for taking the time to elaborate my dear, this was beyond compelling ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™.

        The blend of ancient and contemporary as it relates to Indonesia, is very unique lure. The street art all over Yogyakarta city is not something I would have guessed either, I am pretty surprised at that too. It must be like none other to capture your attention because you have been all over and seen street art before, so that’s saying alot lol.

      • The street art is wonderful ๐Ÿ™Œ Iโ€™ve got a reel on my Instagram helenaisthlm, if you want to stop by and experience some street art from Yogyakarta. Iโ€™ll probably upload it here too eventually ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just keep taking picture ๐Ÿ˜น

      • It sure is ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ–Œ๐ŸŽจ. And thank you so much — will do. I don’t have an account there, but I will view them as a visitor ๐Ÿคฃ. It’s easy to see why you keep taking pictures ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜˜

      • Oh, I don’t think it’s possible to view photos on Instagram without having an account. Sorry. But it’s easy to get one. And, it’s worth it!

      • You’re right, only the thumbnails are visible and you have to login to view full quality lol. Don’t worry, it’s alright ๐ŸŒนโ˜บ๏ธ.

        When I sign up i’ll let you know, but atleast I was able to see some of your remarkable content there through the thumbnails ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜‚

      • Yes, sometimes the images seem so small. But. You can magnify them if youโ€™re on a phone. And. The image quality has gotten so much better. Instagram was sort of my first love ๐Ÿ˜‰ on social media.

      • Right, the default view is not as good as getting a closer look ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜. Thank you for your tips ๐Ÿ‘โ˜บ๏ธ. I know where you’re coming from about Instagram being your first love on social media; being a picture-friendly site, it’s only natural ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

      • Sometimes itโ€™s inspiring too. It used to be better but I guess the algorithm has changed. Itโ€™s also a good way to keep up with what people you know are up to ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I get where you’re coming from, and I totally agree that Instagram and social media are great ways to keep up with who we know. Keeping up with you would be great ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Go on then, get an instagram account ๐Ÿ˜‰ it feels a bit more informal and in some ways more temporary and as the name implies more instant over there.

      • Spot-on — sounds good to me <3 <3. We'll see what happens, but atleast your blog exist ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ

      • Yes. Itโ€™s just that all of these things with a blog like SEO optimization and everything takes so much time to master. And I donโ€™t want to publish good posts that just disappear because their not SEO optimized. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

      • Yes I know what you are saying ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ฏ.

        For you, your blog is also technically a business, and you want to work on it to keep attracting the people, opportunities and resources that you need, which takes time ๐Ÿ•›๐Ÿ˜….

      • Yes, I sure does. And for now, I have to put it on hold since packing up my house, and unpacking it takes some time and energy. Haven’t even had time to look through all the photos I took in Bali. But, I’ll be back. Just like Arnold said ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Yes, it really is awesome ๐Ÿ™ I think I’m moving so it will be the last time I see my apples but hopefully somebody else will enjoy the apple tree in the future. Maybe I’m more grateful since it’s probably the last time I see my apple tree.

    • It is! But yesterday evening it got a bit disturbed by car bingo for four hours ๐Ÿ˜น not sure if thatโ€™s a thing where you live. Itโ€™s when people are sitting in their cars playing bingo, and every time the get bingo they honk their horn ๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿš—

  2. Don’t know if you’re still in Sweden but if you are, and if car bingo won’t be too much of a distraction, hopefully you are still able to be calmed by the green while it lasts ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’šโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„. Stay safe my dear and I hope you have a good week.

    • Still in Sweden! At a great music festival in the south west of the country. And there’s a lot of green here since it’s in a park ๐ŸŒณ so, I like noise too, but prefer it to be music instead of honking car horns ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Good to hear; have fun ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’™. Yes, you love to rock ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸคŸ

      • Indeed I do ๐Ÿค˜ bit tiered tho, itโ€™s the third day ๐Ÿ˜น but, Way Out West in Gothenburg is a great festival. And, trees!

      • Yeah, with 3 days (so far) of so much excitement, tiredness is only a matter of time ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Sounds like it required great effort for you to get there seeing how far it is, but no “true” swedish festival in complete without trees and greenery in the surroundings ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜

      • Lots of effort! Especially since I finished at 8 in the evening the day before. Completely exhausted now. But, it was a great festival. And, beautiful too. Thatโ€™s why I donโ€™t really like Lollapalooza in Stockholm since there are no trees whatsoever there, just a big field. But, I loved Perry Farrell (who is the organizer of the festival) when he was in Janes Addiction and did “Been caught stealing”. Music โ™ฅ๏ธ

      • Right, I understand and kudos to you for still making the journey โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•. It was a demanding feat but was worth every mile. It’s interesting to hear from you how the environments of Lollapalooza and the Gothenburg festival that’s way out in the country differ lol.

        The festival organizer himself being part of a renowned music group, perhaps is one of the reasons for the festival being as good as it is. It’s awesome to hear about the performance you loved seeing ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽธ๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†. looks like the festival is living up to expectations to say the least ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

      • Oh, the festival in Gothenburg is in the city center much more so than Lollapalooza in Stockholm is. But itโ€™s set in a very beautiful park instead of as in a field. And, in my opinion of course, Way Out West is much better than Lolla ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค˜

      • Point taken ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜น. Lollapalooza is more like an open pasture, but the area of Gothenburg where the festival is held, has more greenery and is more suitable โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„.

        Yes, I could tell by how you compared the two that you thought Gothenburg and way out west was overall more ideal ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜†

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