Monday, 14 August 2017

The perfect rose.

One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, 'Wollerton Old Hall' combines the elegance and perfume of old roses, with the long flowering season of new varieties. 

romantic rose garden

Rosa 'Wollerton Old Hall'

The garden Wollerton Old Hall. Read more about my visit in 2016.

Monday, 7 August 2017

How gardening makes you happy. Step 8. Dreaming.

Dear garden girls,

This month no complicated issues whatsoever. After all, it is holiday time. I hope you are relaxing on a beach somewhere. Or maybe you are just staring at the sky from underneath a tree. Use this holiday season for a little DREAMING.

Dream about your future, dream about what you would like to achieve.... or just dream about your garden ..... Write down your thoughts, it is the first step to make it reality.

Dare to dream because dreaming makes you happy. Just like gardening. But you know that already.

Enjoy your Holiday!


about the blue sea...

about the handsome lifeguard...

a sailboat...

About beautiful pictures....

Growing oranges in your patio..

Or cactusus ...

Or building a dream house on Ibiza!


Monday, 31 July 2017

Carrot flowers in my garden.

The carrot (Daucus carota) is biennial and develops in the second year beautiful flowers. The umbels - groups of flowers- produce seeds. 

Isn’t it a fabulous garden plant?

Carrot flower.


Monday, 24 July 2017


Cornflower is a charming wildflower. They got the name cornflower because they grew wild in European corn fields.  Centaurea cyanus is an annual that will self-sow.

I also have a dark coloured cornflower in my garden, Centaurea 'Black Boy'

Monday, 17 July 2017

Dierama. A love story.

On one of my garden trips in the UK I visited the famous Great Dixter garden. There I saw the pink flowering plant for the first time in ‘the sunken garden’. I immediately fell in love with this extraordinary plant. I bought some seeds and with a lot of patience I managed to raise two plants. After two years they started flowering.

Every year when the beautiful pink flowers appear again, I am sitting next to them in awe. The flowers move on every sigh of wind. Those flowers, enchanting!

But, is a gardener ever satisfied? Is it ever enough? No. In another UK garden I saw a Dierama plant for sale. Dierama ‘Guinevere’, that name alone makes you have to have it! So, the plant went home with me.

Guinevere has been in my garden for three years now. Flowers? Alas none! Where is she waiting for? For her lover Lancelot?

For that reason, I will strictly address her. You will have to flower! Otherwise I will dig you out!

Sometimes that helps.



 I am in love.

Stunning beauty.

 Dierama Guinevere. Never seen a flower.

I have seen a dark red variety in England. Mmmm! Must-have!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Romneya. Summer beauty.

Romneya semi-shrubby perennials from southwestern California with extremely attractive poppy-like flowers, borne singly at the ends of the stems.
It is in flower now. A real summer beauty!

romantic rose garden

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Monday, 3 July 2017

How gardening makes you happy. Step 7. The experiment.

Dear garden girls,

This month I want to challenge you with an experiment. An experiment in the garden or on the balcony. Why? No reason why, just FOR FUN!

For example, plant a cauliflower in the front yard, or a peanut in the soil. Sprinkle the bird feed into the border and see what will germinate. Buy a half-dead plant in the sales corner or cut a fainted plant in half. Or even cut it once more! You will see things happening that will surprise you.

Of course you will get a lot of comment on your experiments. That will make you feel REBELISH and that might make you happy!

Personally, I am always “in” for an experiment. Last May I bought 10 tulips bulbs in a stall in Amsterdam. The vendor said it still was possible to plant these. (As you might know, usually you plant bulbs in October). So I planted the bulbs. Result of the experiment: 5 out of 10 tulips were growing, but no flower appeared. Experiment failed.

Another experiment. Planting potatoes in a container pot. (Tip for the balcony). From each pot I harvested 1.5 kg of potatoes. A potato breeder will laugh at it, but I'm very happy with my self-grown potatoes! Experiment successful.

I have also sown corn in your example garden. This corn will get green seeds. GREEN seeds! Can you imagine that on your plate? You will hear about it later in the season.

As you have noticed, it does not matter whether the experiment works or fails. EVERY experiment will make you happy.

So now it is up to you dear garden girls. I am really curious about your CRAZY experiments. JUST DO IT AND FEEL HAPPY!

New followers a warm welcome.

Your example garden. All poppies are over now.

Just one papaver somniferum in flower.

Lathyrus, still not a huge succes. It is simply to dry in the garden.

My experiment: planting tulips in May. No way!

Potatoes in a container pot.

I had 1,5 kg. Not much, but they tasted really good.

Latest experiment: Corn..... 

...... with green seeds. Exciting!


Some photo's I have received from two young garden girls:

Garden girl M grows papaver and poppies in a container. I never dared to do so.  It is a very successful experiment M!

No, it is not about you diva cat Y! It is about the plant next to you.

Garden girl M grows Day Lilies on her balcony. They will start flowering within a few days. What a great experiment in such a small container. Super M!

Next post "How gardening makes you happy" is August 7th.

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