Monday, 29 May 2017

Vegetables to look at.



At the moment vegetable gardens are "hot". I hope growing vegetables will get more people interested in gardening.

A neat vegetable garden with straight rows of vegetables is a delight for the eye. I admire these gardeners that put so much love and patience in their vegetable garden. Believe me, a vegetable garden is a whole lot of work!

I have planted vegetables in the garden too, but I did it my way. No straight rows here. My vegetables are a part of the flower garden. Thus, Astrantia grows together with the red flowering broad beans; side by side with the rose bushes. In my view it is a wonderful combination.

The newly created border strips in the back yard are still a bit empty. To camouflage this I planted some lettuce. The lettuce have different colours dark red and green. The lettuce are still small, but already it is a beautiful combination with the blue flowers of the annuals.

I collected some seeds from the pumpkin I had for dinner last winter. These germinate very easily. I am going to plant these in a large container pot. Thus I can place them wherever I want.

Finally some news about my potatoes. I have written before about growing potatoes in pots. (read here) It is unbelievable how well they are doing! I planted these in the first week of March, so - in principle- I should be able to harvest these. Carefully I look into the pot to see if there are already any potatoes on the roots. I dig up one ..... too bad it is only two cm!

Patience Hetty, for now the vegetables are only nice to look at!


Romantic rose garden

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Astrantia together with broad beans in the flower garden.


They are stunning!



Red lettuce.....


... together with annuals.


The new border strips


Sweet potatoes 


And the early potatoes. 


Strawberries.


The flowers are also sweet!

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Monday, 22 May 2017

"The switch".



Half May is a time of big changes. In one week the garden has changed completely. Every year, I am surprised again about the metamorphosis of the garden! "The switch" I call this period.

"The switch" from tulips to roses.

The tulips are all gone now. Instead, the cream coloured rose Fr├╝hlingsduft is in full glory. Which delight to smell the roses again. I could be sitting a whole day underneath it. Well, if there were no such mean thorns that is!

And then the "switch" from cold spring weather to tropical days.

After a cold spring, last week we finally had some warm weather (30 degrees C). Iris Hollandica has over blown faster than usual, but who cares? They were beautiful. Iris Germanica is flourishing too. I supported every heavy flower stem with an iron stick. If not, they would certainly break down with a lot of wind. Because of all this during "the switch" there is always a lot to do!

Finally, the "switch" from drought to rain.

Is has not been raining for weeks , so the garden was very dry. Every afternoon, the plants hang down; waiting for better times. But by the end of this week, the weather has changed and rain has come. Rain ... .. that makes the difference in the week of "the switch".

I can hear the garden grow!



Rosa 'Fr├╝hlingsduft'    


The rose in full glory.


Iris hollandica.


In blue and.......


......white.


Iris germanica.


Another variety, 'Night Ruler'.


Some other stars: Lupine......


Aquilegia, black and....


....blue


The latest tulip, 'Green wave'

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Monday, 15 May 2017

May. Tree peonies.


May, what a wonderful month it is. Shall I write about the first roses, or about the extraordinary red blooming broad beans? About the last tulips? Indecisively I walk through the garden. But finally I choose the tree peony, it simply looks breath-taking.

Because my tree peony flowers two weeks only, I can enjoy the exuberant bloom for a short period. However, from my kitchen window I have perfect view at it. So I do not have to miss anything of its bloom.

Although this peony is called 'tree peony', it is not really a tree. Rather a large shrub about 2m high. The big flower buds appear around mid-April. As they do, I quickly count the buds; twenty. TWENTY, what a luxury!

In early May, the buds are colouring in a beautiful pink tone. I hold my breath, hoping it will not be a rainy week. If so the flowers will be gone even more quickly.

But the weather is good for me. Just a little bit of rain. The raindrops enhance the flower head’s beauty. As the sun breaks through the clouds, the flowers are opening. ...... Need I say more? They are just beautiful!

Because this year I have so many flowers I cut two of them. I put them in a vase and place them in the kitchen window.

Tree peonies, inside and outside. The decadence to the max!




Mid April, the flower buds are huge.


In May they are colouring.


The rain drops makes the flowers even more beautiful.



Suddenly the sun.


The flowers are opening......


..... and I can peek inside.


Inside a vase with tree peonies. Outside you can see the tree peony.

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