Monday, 28 July 2014

Molehills into the lawn. A bad tip.

Recently a mole has become a great fan of my garden. However, as you might have guessed, it is devastating my lawn. How to stop him from ruining my most beloved lawn?

Since I live in a rural environment killing those animals is not an option. Killing one will only encourage another one to arrive and start crawling and digging holes.

To fight your enemies you have to know them well. I know moles have a well-developed smelling sense. By using that knowledge I thought I had have found me an easy way of dispelling them. I used mothballs! The penetrating odor chases them away for some time.

How it is done:
Poke a stick in the molehill in order to find the tunnel.
Throw a mothball in the tunnel.
Close the hole by stepping on it with your foot.

Previously, this method has been working quite well. They have probably found another lawn to dig their tunnels!

But alas, this year this method has not been successful at all. Every day more hills appear! Even, rerouting the electric fence in the lawn was to no avail.

May be I should consider artificial grass.

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Molehill in the lawn.

Poke with a stick.

Throw a moth ball into the tunnel.

Step on it with your foot.

It did not work the way I have planned.

Even, rerouting the electric fence in the lawn has not been successful. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Papaver somniferum.

Last week we were driving along a field of opium poppies (Papaver somniferum). It looked amazing. Mind you the Papaver seeds are grown to decorate bread, not to make opium out of it. We stopped to take some pictures.

Made me think of the beautiful Papavers I have been growing in my picking garden. Below you can find some pictures I made of these flowers that are extreme double and deeply lobed. Some of them look like a ruffly pompom.

At this moment the flowers are already fading and the seed heads are starting to dry out. Once the seeds are ripe, the little “shutters” on top of the pots open. With a little bit of wind the seeds will be shaken out of the pots.

That is the nice thing about nature. Everything is ever so well thought-out, even in the smallest details.

It makes me silent.

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Papaver somniferum

In full flower.

Dark red.

Or a little bit brighter.

In odd shapes

Red colored pom pom.

Beautiful color.

Last year a lavender colored one.

Seed pot.

A bud.

Beautiful heart.

The "shutters" are open. Ready to spread the seeds.
Papaver field.

Bread decorated with papaver seeds.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Blooms Day, July 2014.

Luckily the stormy weather of last week has ended. The garden looks devastated with ripped off branches and foliage. Although the wind and heavy rain a quick tour around the garden make a lot of nice pictures. Maybe I must look more close by!

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

Groetjes from Holland. Have a nice Garden Bloggers Blooms Day! 

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Achilea 'Grapefruit'

Dahlia 'Naomi'

Lathyrus 'Charlies Angels', against a blue sky!

Acanthus Mollis

Allium Sphaerocephalon

Seedlings of Clematis Alpina

Bronze Fennel with a beautiful fly.

Geranium 'Silvery Blue'

Hemerocallis 'Gentle Shepherd'

Phlox paniculata

Rosa 'Tapis Volent'

Rosa 'Windrush'

Veronica and Phlomis
More about Garden Bloggers Blooms Day you find on May Dreams Gardens 

Monday, 7 July 2014

Vieille France.

Last weekend I have spent some time with my eldest daughter. She invited me to visit all the antic shops she knew in her region.

So we started at the antic market in Heusden. Unfortunately, it rained all the time. In a short period of time we felt very cold and wet. So we hurried to the next stop in Tilburg. We visited her favourite second hand shop there.

After that we drove to my favourite antic shop, “Vieille France”.(more about the shop) This is located some nine minutes drive from Tilburg. Although my daughter lived close by for a long time, she had never visited this shop. I was sure she would like it!

I was ever so right! Inside the shop they have created the feel of an old French village. A small street had been created in the middle. On both sides of this street many houses had been created. You could take a look inside each of them and everything in it was for sale! My daughter was completely blown away by the way it looked.

We stayed for ages and saw many nice items. What to buy? Everything was so nicely placed; you simply have to have it all!

In another depot we found just the right cupboard for her kitchen. After some thinking my daughter decided to buy it. It was perfect!

Next day in a joint effort we hung the cupboard on the wall and we placed the old dinner plates of her grandmother in it. It looked just lovely.

Guess what she read on her calendar that day?

“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”
(Steven Wright.)

We know he is ever so right, we only want the best!

Antic market Heusden.

It was very wet.

Entrance of Vieille France.

Look at that! An old French street.

Everything is for sale.

Nice rooms.

If I was a carpenter....

You want to stay for ever.

Look at that variety. 

The cupboard.

All treasures in the car.

Finished. The cupboard on the kitchen wall.