Monday, 30 June 2014

An enchanting garden.

Probably you did not notice that I have not been working in my garden last week. The reason for my absence was that I have been visiting nine gardens in Great Britain.

I am still musing about the gardens I have seen. Gardens in all sizes and shapes. Of course it is impossible to review nine gardens in one post. Instead I will show you the pictures of the garden that has surprised me the most. This was Abbotsbury botanical garden at the South coast of Great Britain.

Walking through this garden I immediately felt an atmosphere of an old wood. Besides tall trees - some with an odd bark - there were large ferns and rhododendrons like monsters.

At the path I took there were no other visitors. It seemed I was all-alone in an enchanted garden.

Surrounded by nature, and plants and trees I have never seen before. It made me feel very small but at the same time very happy.

An enchanting paradise.

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Lily pond, Monet would have loved it.

Nobody around me.

Large ferns

Rododendron like monsters.

Rododendron with new very soft buds.

In an old forest

Trees all over.

Echium. Three or four meter high!

Flower of Echium close up.

Leave of Gunnera like an umbrella.

I felt small

Tall trees with an odd bark.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Inspiring flea market


Last week I visited the local flea market. I know this sounds ridicules, but I always feel a kind of excitement.   

I arrived early to be sure I have the best bargains. It was crowded. At 9 the gates were opened.

In a stand with garden equipment I saw two old-fashioned beach chairs. What an opportunity! I wanted to have those for a long time. I bought them immediately. At the same stand, I also bought three small birdcages. They looked a bit dusty, but for the price of one euro I was very satisfied.

The beach chairs needed a new cloth. I wanted to have a black colour. I went straight up to the local upholsterer and asked him to fix it for me. He promised me to do that this week.

After I arrived home I painted the birdcages in a white colour.  After drying I placed a small vase inside and added some flowers. I hung them above the coffee table in the barn. It looks perfect together with the glass vases that already hang above the table. During the open garden days I am sure many visitors will admire my work.

For those of you who are not able to come to visit my garden, I made some pictures. I can’t wait to show you my treasures!

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Bird cage, Geranium Mrs. Kendall Clark and Lathyrus 'Charlies Angels'.

Another bird cage, rosa Felicite et Perpetue.

Together with small vases

Small vases filled with flowers.

Small roses in small vases.

I have added a fake bird on top.

In the barn above the coffee table.

Two old-fashioned beach chairs.

Monday, 16 June 2014

A rose with more than a hundred flowers.

From our living room we have a wonderful view on a beautiful rosebush. It is located at a shady spot close to our garden doors. Nevertheless at this moment this rose covers the arch with hundreds of small roses. A beautiful sight.  

This rose is called Félicité et Perpétue. That is because the French rose grower, Jacques, named it after his two daughters. It was launched on the market in 1828. But even after 186 years the rose is still very popular!

An arch covered with these cream coloured roses makes for an overwhelming picture. And even though it flowers only ones, it blushes so beautifully that you will easily forgive the rose that ‘flaw’.

Are there no other shortcomings to this rose? Oh yes indeed. It has very sharp thorns. And it also is a very vigorous grower. After flowering, the rose starts growing like mad. You will have to cut down its 3 meter long shoots, to keep the rose in shape.

You can imagine that after cutting all those thorny shoots I have scratches all over my body.

But I must stop complaining! Let me show you the roses instead.

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Rose arch covered with roses

Rosa 'Félicité et Perpétue' against the blue sky.

Beautiful small roses

From the living room into the garden.

From the garden towards the living room.

The rose  'Félicité et Perpétue' close up.

Dangerous thorns.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

June, Bloggers Blooms Day.

Dear Bloggers all over the world,

I am glad to show you some of the flowers from my Dutch garden in June. Everything is lush, flowers are everywhere! See more about Garden bloggers blooms Day on the 

Happy Bloggers Blooms Day.

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 This year new in my garden, La rosa de Molinard.

The garden in June

Lathyrus 'Charlies Angels'

Papaver somniferum.

Rosa 'Jasmina'

Rosa 'New Dawn'

Unknown biannual, Purple Morning Star

Poppies on the garden table.

Flower garden.

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