a field of blue

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”
Shel Silverstein

Flax (also known as common flax or linseed), Linum usitatissimum, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is a food and fibre crop cultivated in cooler regions of the world.

Lin was renamed by Carl von Linné to Linum Usitatissimom, a name that can be translated as “very useful”. The linen was a long time here for us, but was replaced by more and more cotton. The linen is seen today more like a luxurious textile, which is to some extent.

Good quality linen is both beautiful and has amazing characteristics. Features that make linen of linen should be part of our everyday life much more than it is today. We should make the linen become our own everyday taste!

Sweden has an old tradition of cultivating both oil and fiber fissures. In recent years, oil cultivation has once again become an established crop in southern and central Sweden. The blue-flowered lines have become a new highlighted feature in the landscape.

The main products are flax-seed, linseed oil, flax fry and flax fiber. Many environmentally conscious people use different linen products. Linen oil in paints and rust protection products increases steadily with other environmentally friendly products of flax. Flax-seed oil as a health food is another example.

There are two types of flax, oil  and chip. The straw of the oil flax is short and strongly branched, which gives many seed capsules. The chip flax has a long straw with a sparse branch, especially at high seed, thus giving longer fibers but lower seed harvest. The oil line has larger petals and stalk leaves than the chip linen.!

Never seen a field of flax before, at least not what I can recall. I met this field in the morning and it really effected my whole day in a wonderful way.

Such lovely little flower! And the setting was so peaceful and far from the mad crowds.

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8 thoughts on “a field of blue

  1. I have been reading a series of books called the Ceridwen Cycle which take place in the early days of our history when the Danes invaded England and people wove their own cloth, including lots of linen which was their prize cloth. The heroine ends up in Gotland.

    • Gotland, a beautiful island … very interesting, an island with loads of history and ruins … I have never been, but I really should. Been thinking about it for years. Have to fly there.

  2. I am glad we found that field – even if I thought I had dropped my phone in it. A beautiful bed for anything and anyone. Interesting post, Viveka.

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