Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Garden wishes.

Dear blog readers,

For next year I wish you:

A little bit of frost in January, then full throttle off to spring! Soft rain in May. Plenty of sun in June with the occasional shower in the evening. A very sunny summer with lots of opportunities to go to the beach and at last an Indian summer in the Autumn…...

Happy 2014.
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Januari snow
April, tulips all over

June, poppies

Dahlia's in August

Flower basket

Plum harvest


Tuesday, 24 December 2013

A Christmas arrangement in five minutes.

In this time of year, many Christmas workshops are given. Crafting a decoration for Christmas together with your friends, how nice can that be.

Christmas arrangements, Christmas wreaths and garlands of greenery, I have made them all. With great pleasure I must admit. But since my girlfriend showed me her interpretation of a Christmas arrangement, I'm looking at it in a different way.

My girlfriend takes the easy approach. She fetches a nice dish - she has many- and some Christmas baubles. Also a wind light from her depot, a few sprigs of greenery out of her garden and an antler from the wall. With a lot of good taste she arranges this to a casual, yet beautiful unity.

I've done something similar. I bought me two small Christmas trees. I placed these in the birch wooden flowerpots I saved over from last year. From the kitchen cupboard I fetched an old dish of a long-deceased relative. Together with some Christmas baubles and a star of birch wood on the dish it already looked great. A finishing touch by two little deer I bought this year and,

VoilĂ , a very pleasant Christmas arrangement in five minutes.

No Christmas stress for me!

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Christmas decoration

Ready in 5 minutes!

Christmas tree.
A little deer in a small bowl.

Or two, twice as nice.

Monday, 16 December 2013

DIY. Painting Christmas tree baubles.

Whilst walking at the Christmas fair in Middelburg I decided I wanted the Christmas tree to be decorated in white this year. It had to be white, however not purely white. More cream like the colour of the walls in our house.

Although these cream coloured baubles can be bought for a little price, I thought, why not try to paint the silver balls I already had?

On a boring day I fetched my old baubles from the attic. I always have a can of cream wall paint in storage, so that came in handy. I also found me a paintbrush in the kitchen cabinet, I was all set for the experiment!

I used the wall paint undiluted and painted the baubles very thinly with it. It gave the baubles a mat and "brushed " effect. In case you prefer a smoother effect, just make the paint a little thinner.

Once painted, hang the baubles to dry. For this purpose I used a few sprigs of the Velvet Tree. These sprigs have been blown down by the severe storm we suffered last week.

Once dried, I decorated the Christmas tree with the newly painted baubles. In order to have some contrast, I added little shiny balls in the same colour.

Painting Christmas tree baubles is a piece of cake. And if by any chance we would have a white Christmas, the hole picture will be complete!

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The result.

I used the wall paint undiluted

Hang the baubles to dry.

The Christmas tree

Close up, the painted bauble.

A "brushed" effect.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Planting roses step by step.

My garden looks very spacious now all the boxwood has gone. That gives me plenty possibilties to plant new roses!

Last week’s I have been checking out the website of Tuincentrum Lottum endlessly.  (www.tuincentrumlottum.nl) What a gorgeous roses they have on sale. Finally, after a lot of deliberation, I made up my mind which roses I wanted to have.

I called the garden centre and ordered the roses I selected. After that I went straight into the garden to dig the holes for the roses , because this company tends to deliver already the next day. A perfect situation for an impatient garden woman like me.

Indeed, the postman delivered a big box full of rose bushes the next day. I took the roses out of the box and left them a few hours in a large tub of water to “drink”.

In the meantime, it started to rain very heavily, and I did not fancy working in the muddy clay. So, I put the roses in one of the holes and covered it with soil. I believe this is called heeling in. By doing so the roses do not suffer from being not planted immediately.

A few days later, the weather had improved and I was ready to plant.

How to plant roses step by step :
1 Dig a big hole
2 Put on some potting soil
3 Put the rose in the hole, spreading the roots
4 Another layer of potting soil
5 Put crumbled soil in the hole.
6 Stamp the ground with your shoe
7 Take care that the bud union is a few cm below the level of the ground
8 Water the roses

And then……, this impatient garden woman has to wait until June to see if these roses are just as beautiful as on the pictures......

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Roses in the box

Give the roses a drink

Heel them in if you don't have time to plant.

Potting soil on the bottom, spread the roots.

Add more potting soil

Add  crumbled soil

Water the roses

Sunday, 1 December 2013

DIY a ladder in the orchard.

Last week I drove to the waste disposed with my latest boxwood shrubs. Suddenly I saw a nice homemade staircase for sale at the road site . I stopped right away. 

The staircase was handmade from fresh willow. The whole was simply timbered together with some nails. A perfect decoration in the orchard under my Apple tree. I wanted to buy one.

I rang the bell. A boy about 10 years old turned out to be the one who had made this staircase. He was beaming that I bought his staircase. So we were both were happy!

DIY tip, a similar staircase is easily made.

Saw two uprights about 1.50 cm tall . Then saw the four cross slats, 50 cm, 45 cm, 40 cm and 35 cm. The bottom cross-bar is 50 cm, the top one is 35 cm. The stairs are slightly oblique. Fixe the crosspieces to the uprights with some large nails.

In view of the approaching month of December, you have a great Christmas gift!

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ladder detail

ladder in the orchard

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Vintage chic and supermarket roses.

Last week was an endless coming and going of showers. I have been soaked many times and countless times I had to run inside to hide from the showers. It made me pretty grumpy!

Fortunately my girlfriend dragged me to the recycle shop. I try to avoid this store whenever possible. Every time I am in this shop, I am tempted to buy something. And already I have so many nice things! My girlfriend could not find what she was looking for, but as always, I found a lot of things to my taste.

E.g. dazzling crystal wine glasses in a display cabinet. I had to have these straight away. Also a vase that I could use. Because I had recently broken one, this purchase was of course justified.

Next I went to the supermarket and bought myself a beautiful bunch of roses and also Alstroemeria to put into my new vase .

Back home my bad temper had gone and the rain did not bother me anymore. In the kitchen I fetched some nice dinnerware that suited my purchases. Next I photographed this setup to share it with you .

Vintage chic and supermarket roses . That makes the sun shine!


Supermarket roses

Crystal wine glasses

Wine glasses and the vase

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Planting special bulbs.

This year I ordered some really special bulbs; Frittilaria persica . In spring, bell shaped flowers in a dark color appear from the 90 cm high stems. On the picture these looks beautiful.

Acquiring these beauties appeared not out of the blue. Jan Deen (www.deenbloembollen.nl) was telling enthusiastically about these particular bulbs. I also read on the internet that Frittilaria persica is not eaten by deer. So my mind was made up: I wanted to have these bulbs!

The bulb of Frittilaria is impressively large. In the middle of the bulb there is a deep hole. That is the place where the flower stem was in an earlier stage.

Because of this hole it is important to plant the bulb at its side. Otherwise water will stay in the hole and the bulb will rot. That is definitely not what you want, because these Frittilaria bulbs are quite expensive.

Together with these dark Frittilaria's I have planted the purple tulips 'Blue Diamond' and 'Blue Parrot'. To even spice up this combination, I also planted the botanical tulip 'linifolia’ in flaming red. A bold combination against the white wall of our house!

For those of you who love these bulbs, there is also a white variety. This is called Frittilaria persica 'Ivory Bells'. With beautiful green/white bells. Imagine a combination with white tulips and white daffodils . Mmmm, lovely.

I must admit, the Frittilaria persica cost me small fortune. But all that will be forgotten next spring when they are in bloom!

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Frittilaria persica

Bulbs in the basket

The hole in the bulb

The bulb on its side

After that the tulips are planted

Tulipa 'Blue Parrot'

Tulipa 'Blue Diamond''

Tulipa linifolia