Friday, 26 July 2013

Geraniums, the hippies of my garden.

In the rear garden geraniums are in bloom continuously through from May. Today I cut them back to the ground. Cutting them back today , will result in beautiful green foliage and compact growth in a few weeks from now. At this moment the border looks bare, but soon you'll be seeing nothing of this anymore.

In the beginning I have planted Geranium oxonianum 'Rose Clair', with pale pink flowers. In addition to that I have planted Geranium versicolor, also pink, but with dark veins in the petals. And then they fell in love ...

It seems that they have led a dissolute life in the rear garden, because when I threw the cutted flowers on the trailer I saw a wide variety of flowers. From light to dark pink, large and small flowers and with and without dark veins in the petals.

From this point of view, you could say that these geraniums are the hippies amongst the garden plants. They like free love!

Only Geranium 'Summer Skies' I cannot catch to this licentiousness. The plant is sterile. However beautiful double flowers, lavender. So desirable!

Geraniums, the hippies in my garden. A border full of flower power!

Bouquet full of flower power

Geranium oxonianum 'Rose Clair'

Geranium versicolor

Geranium 'Summer Skies'

Border before

Border after.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Hydrangea 'Annabelle' in a net.

Hydrangea 'Annabelle' is very popular in Dutch gardens. Jealously I look at the enormous flower umbels in other gardens. Although I have planted 'Annabelle' at the most humid place of the garden, I never get the mega large flower umbels. Maybe the ground is still too dry?

Another thing I did not realize when I put 'Annabelle' in the ground, was the effect of the wind. At the Zeeuwse Coast it is always very windy and at times even very severe. Once a wind force 7 and the beauty of 'Annabelle' has gone; leaves damaged, flowers flat on the ground.

Relocating to a sheltered spot in the garden? There is something to be said for that. However, my borders are overcrowded. 'Annabelle' will have to do with the assigned spot.

On a visit to the nursery “De Goede Aarde” ( I saw the solution to this windy problem. Frans Geijsels drew my attention to a dark green plastic net. The mesh about 10x10 cm. (Unfortunately, the net is out of stock at this moment).

The net is placed over the plant. ( Because the net is always tied in a knot, it is wise to do some meditation exercises before you start! ) Subsequently the plant grows through the net and the net gives all the support needed. It is perfect!.

Hydrangea 'Annabelle' is now storm proof in my garden.


The plastic net.

The plastic net is placed.
The plastic net is invisible.

Friday, 12 July 2013

The summer garden. Early in the morning.

For several days now, it's been beautiful summer weather.  Is that the reason why I woke up so early this morning? As I look out the kitchen window I see the first rays of sunshine illuminate the garden. How beatiful it looks!

I catch my camera and go outside to make these beautiful morning pictures. It's quiet outside.
Everyone is still in bed.

Every now and again the sun illuminates another part of the garden. For example, the one moment a poppy lights up in the sun, whilst at another moment the geranium next to it is lit.

In the picking garden birds startle from my early appearance. They are not used to see me that early! They are looking for ripe seeds to nibble on. From the newly opened flowers comes a buzz of bumblebees and a single bee.

I enjoy the silence in the garden. Later this morning, the many tourists will hurry to the beach. So will I!

I captured this morning by camera. Images of backlit flowers.



Geranium 'White Ness'

Delphinium 'Berghimmel'

Papaver seeling

Papaver somniferum

Hosta leaf.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Astrantia, “Zeelands button”.

Astrantia, “Zeelands button”.

At Walcheren (a peninsula in Zeeland in the southwest of Holland) people are under the spell of the “Zeelands button”. Baking tins, pieces of soap, chocolates, necklaces made of polymer clay and even a bicycle bell in the shape of the “Zeelands button”. All of a sudden Zeelands button has become trendy.

Traditionally the button belonged to the traditional Zeeland costume. The golden button decorated the hatpin. Occasionally 3 pairs of different sized hatpins were worn on the hat.

In Holland we call Astrantia : “Zeelands button”

It has been a good year so far for Astrantia, I cannot remember to have seen Astrantia flowering as beautiful as this year. The plants have blended amongst each other and come in all shapes and colours. They grow everywhere in the garden. The colour is white, pink or crimson and very subtle, so they seldom detonate . I love them.

Astrantias like a moist spot. Probably that is why, it has been a great year for the Astrantia. Rain aplenty! If you keep on cutting away the dead flowers, the plants flower endlessly. Occasionally I also cut away the leaves. They can look a bit messy. After a few weeks the plant reacts with fresh new leaves.

Although the traditional costume has almost disappeared of Walcheren, the “Zeelands button” is hot. And hopefully the summer as well!

Zeeland hatpin in gold. Bakingtin, soap, chocolates, necklaces and bicycle bell

Astrantia "Shaggy"

Astrantia "Buckland"

Astrantia seedling in pink.

Astrantia seedling in crimson.