Monday, 27 October 2014

Daydreaming of spring.

Last week the bulbs I ordered have arrived. Like all previous years I ordered them at my bulb supplier Jan Deen . He always delivers bulbs of  excellent quality.

Unpacking the boxes is always a moment of joy to me. The boxes are filled with brown paper bags containing bulbs in all kind of shapes. I am already visualizing the flower combinations when looking at all those bulbs.

But first of all I have to plant all these bulbs. Planting bulbs is hard work for me because of the heavy clay in my garden. I started planting the bulbs in the back yard. Last September I removed eight beds of Japanese Anemones. In order to get rid of even the smallest roots of these anemones, I dug the soil over and over again. So the soil at these particular spots is really soft now!

I have planted 4 varieties of white tulips in these eight places. Of each variety I ordered a hundred bubs. (so in total 400) Planting bulbs is a very satisfying job, especially when it is so easy because of the soft soil in these beds.

Even though the first 400 bulbs found their way from the boxes into the ground, the amount of bulbs in the boxes did not diminish noticeable. Next weeks I will be busy planting the rest of all these treasures.

Doing so will make me dream of spring!


White tulips.

Bulbs in all kind of shapes.

Boxes filled with bulbs.

In the backyard, 400 tulips.

Ready for planting.

Tulip bulb.

Spring time in the garden, next year.

These red/yellow tulips I am going to plant next week.

Daydreaming of spring!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Buying plants in Belgium.

A large garden event is being held twice a year on the grounds of the beautiful Beervelde estate in Belgium. This estate is located at Lochristi and is a one-hour drive by car from where I live. Every autumn I go to buy plants at this event. After arrival I heard all kind of languages: French, English, Dutch and Flemish. Wow, I feel abroad!

Many specialised plant companies are present at Beervelde. They come from all over Belgium, but also from Holland and even a few from England.

Let me tell you about the things I have seen that day.

Odd things.
At the stand of Peter Nijssen, I bought Allium sativum ophioscorodon. It is also known as  serpent garlic. At first the stem grows coiled, hence the name. A very odd one as you might imagine. Although I never use garlic, I was very pleased to buy some to see these coiling stems in my garden.

Desirable things.
Behind the stables of the estate you will find the “Geraniums stand”. Because I am a great fan of Geraniums, they can count on my visit every year. I saw a new variety called ‘Havana Blue’. Luckily I was able to buy the last two remaining plants. That makes the plant even more desirable don’t you think?

New things.
There was also a new type of braiding garden fence on display, inspired by a willow fence. It is made of synthetic fibre. I am not that fond of synthetic materials in the garden, but this fence looks natural and I think it is a good solution if you want a fence that will last for a long period of time.

Old things.
Last but not least, I was able to buy a few historic narcissuses, Narcis ‘Carnmoon’, N. ‘Santa Claus’ and N. ‘Glenside’. These narcissuses are so rare; you can’t even find a picture of them on the Internet. Next spring I will show you the pictures. You will envy me!

After I had spent all my money I went home satisfied. The boot of my car filled with new plants and lots of ideas in my head!


Beautiful arrangement of flowers.

Or in purple and red.

Plants for sale everywhere.

Hard to resist this tree fern.

Clematis stand.

If I was little this would be my wish!

I liked this stand with vegetables.

So nicely placed together.

Even outside the stand it looked nice.

New Spring fashion.

I saw a few Alpaca's for sale, so cute!

New fence I liked. Inspired on a willow fence.
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Friday, 17 October 2014

Sunflower power.

In the village where I live, a large plot of land had been sown in with green fertilizers. A lot of sunflowers were in the seed mixture too. When the sunflowers started flowering, it became a fantastic view!

The farmer and his wife decided that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the sunflowers. So they placed a sign at the roadside, which stated that everyone was gladly invited to pick the sunflowers. Why not they must have thought. After all within a few weeks time the whole plot will be shredded and dug over to fertilise the soil.

In the local newspaper there was an article about this field of sunflowers and from that moment on, many people drove to this field to pick sunflowers.

I picked a large bouquet of sunflowers too. It was lovely, these radiant yellow flowers. They brighten up even that heavily overcast day.

Next day the weather was better and I returned to the sunflower field to take some pictures for my blog. After doing so, I spoke to the farmer’s wife to say thank you for the sunflowers I picked earlier. Enthusiastically she told how everyone enjoyed the sunflowers. And she was ever so right. Sunflowers will put a big smile on your face.

What a fantastic initiative to make so many people happy.  

That is what I call real sunflower power.


Radiant yellow colour.

People came to pick flowers.

Newspaper with the artical about the sunflowers.
Here I am, with sunflowers and a smile on my face.
Sunflowers in the vase.
Sun flower power.

Next day, the field is full of sunshine.

Green fertilizers are beautiful. 
An endles field with yellow sunflowers.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Garden Bloggers Blooms Day. October 2014

We have had changing weather for the last two weeks. Some rain, some sunshine. But the temperatures are still mild. Let's enjoy Autumn pictures from the garden! 

You will find more stories about my garden in the blog archive. 

Happy Garden Bloggers Blooms Day!

Colchicum autumnale.

Close up.

Butterfly loves rotted fruit.

Humulus Lupulus.

Close up

Grasses look fine at this time of the year.

Aconitum. Beautiful purple colour.

Autumn arrangement on the table.

Cymbalaria muralis.

Slugs are still active!

More about Garden Bloggers Blooms Day. Thanks for hosting Carol.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Some plants I grow for sentimental reasons.

I believe every plants man/woman grows some plants for sentimental reasons. Perhaps you too grow some old variety, or a plant your mother used to grow. Let me tell you about the plant I grow for sentimental reasons.

When - at the age of nine- I started gardening I asked my grandfather for a plant to grow in my garden. Mind you my grandfather had a large, beautiful garden, filled with plants, so he could easily spare me a plant. On a Wednesday afternoon – when the kids in Holland do not attend school - l biked to my grandfather’s house. He had already dug out a purple Aster for me.

What an excellent choice for a nine-year-old gardener! Aster is a very strong plant and grows in every soil. It flowers for a long period and aside from some occasional mildew it is THE trouble-free plant for starters.

I remember planting the Aster in my tiny garden. Of course I expected the plant to flower next week. It did not. As you might expect, at a certain moment the garden was neglected. I was just too young.

But after all those years I still have a soft spot for purple Asters. I grow many in my garden. Different varieties flower one after the other. So I have Asters flowering for a long period. I love the varieties with small flowers, like Aster ‘Little Carlow’. Another favourite is Aster Laevis calliope; that is the one with almost black stems.

Maybe you find me sentimental, but when the Asters are flowering I always remember being in my grandfather’s garden. And that is a happy memory!


Aster ' Little Carlow'.

There is always a buzz around the Asters.

Different unknown variaties.

Not only me, but the butterflies love them too.

I like the soft purple color.

This is Aster Laevis calliope. With almost black stems.

In Autumn, I am never short in flowers.

They are beautiful together with Dahlia's. 

Asters make me happy.

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