Monday, 26 May 2014

An old fashioned rose for a dark spot.

In my garden I have four arches. They are overgrown with roses. One of these arches is situated in a shady position. Therefore it is not easy to find a rose that thrives under these dark conditions.

The arch that I am talking about is situated in front of our large barn. It is this barn that provides for a lot of shade. Only the evening sun reaches this particular spot. I have tried the rose ‘New Dawn’ at this spot, because according to my old rose book this rose is known for its capacity to grow in dark places.

However, it did not work for my arch. The rose suffered from a lot of diseases, Black spot and rose rust. Some years there was not a leave left on the rose. So, ‘New Dawn' had to go.

I consulted my old rose book again and found yet another option: the rose ‘Mme Alfred Carri√®re’. This is a vigorous rose and it thrived immediately. It repeats flowering all summer long with large elegant pale pink flowers. The flowers look downwards so when you look up to them you can admire the beauty of the flowers. I am very pleased with this rose also because of its nice sent.

At this very moment the arch is already covered with flowers. I have placed a small table and some chairs underneath the arch, so we can enjoy both the rose as the evening sun.

Drinking a glas of wine and the scent of the old fashioned roses...

Isn’t it romantic?

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Old fashioned rose 'Mme Alfred Carriere'.

Rose on the arch.

rose 'Mme Alfred Carriere'

Another old fashioned rose 'Fantin Latour'. One of my favorites.

Two scenting roses on the table, 'Fantin Latour' and 'Blanche fleur'.

A postcard from my garden.

And more..

Evening sun in the garden.

Isn’t it romantic? The arch, the barn and the table in the evening sun. 

Monday, 19 May 2014

Calm after the storm.

Luckily the stormy weather of last week has ended. The garden looks devastated with ripped off branches and foliage. It reminds me of the song "Calm after the storm" from the Common Linnets. At the song festival which was held last week they came in second. Since then the song is spinning around in my head:

            Skies are black and blue
            Thinking about you
            Here in the calm after the storm

The now calm weather conditions I finally can try my new photo lens. It is a macro lens; therefore taking pictures in strong wind is a "no-go". Of course I have tried to take pictures, but as was to be expected; all photos were blurred.

With this lens, the garden looks very special. Instantly I see a beautiful subject to take pictures of. The raindrops are just fantastic! When you look this close, ordinary things seem completely different. Some pictures look even abstract. I imagine these can be used for the setting of a play.

Below you’ll find my macro photos. One big advantage of macro photos is that the background is always blurred. Therefore there is no necessity for me to tidy up my devastated garden. Have you ever looked upon it in that way?

Thus for me it results in being quite calm after the storm!

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Flowers look abstract.

My favorite Aquilegia.


Iris germanica 'Night Ruler'.

Bronze Fennel. Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'.

Iris germanica. A very old verity.


Phacelia with two visitors. 


Friday, 16 May 2014

A week of ups, downs and ups again.

At this very moment a regular gale is blowing! It looks like it wants to destroy my garden already in May. It makes me angry to say the least. But let me start at the beginning, after all this week started with an “up”.

As you may remember from my last post there was a nest of robins in my barn. Well, they have flown out! At the ridge of the barn they fly from beam to beam. They still cannot fly properly. It seems to me they fly like in slow motion. Once arrived at the other beam they give a loud squeak every two seconds. I am happy they are inside, because in the barn they can practice safely.

As I told you above, outside there is a small gale going on! We live only a mile from the sea and are accustomed to a lot of wind. But wind force 7 in May? It is depressing me. The roses that have just come into bloom are literally blown off the bushes. I pick up a severed rose from the grass and put it into the mortar and pestle. That makes for a nice picture.

However, nevertheless the strong winds, snapped off roses and irises too for that matter, this week still ended on a high. That is because my regular bulb supplier Jan Deen ( ) has send me a box filled with a 100 tulips. He knew a group was coming to visit my garden. He also knew that there were no more tulips in bloom.

"No tulips in your garden? That will not happen”, he wrote in the note that went along with the box. He also wrote; “you are creative enough”.

Many thanks Jan! You can leave that to me ...

Little Robin in the barn.

Rosa 'Mme Alfred Carriere'.

Rose in mortar and pestle.

Outside rosa 'Mme Alfred Carriere'.

Creative with 100 tulips! Tulip 'Flash Point'.

Inside the barn, Tulip 'Pioneer'.

On the table in the Ikea vases, Tulip 'Red Princess' and cow parsley.

Bucket with Tulip 'Flash Point' and Iris hollandica.