Monday, 27 July 2015

Gardening a lesson in patience.

Today my Dierama is flowering. Dierama, never heard of you might think. What is so special about that? Well, let me explain.

On a garden trip in 2013 I visited the famous Great Dixter garden in the UK. That’s where I saw the pink flowering plant for the first time. Unfortunately, I could not find a nameplate. A friendly English lady told me that this plant was called 'Angels Fishing’.

The name is well chosen. The flowers sway with every breath of wind. The stems are curved and fragile. It looks like the rod of a trout fisher. Unfortunately, of this beautiful plant no plants or seeds were for sale.

In the next garden I visited on that same trip I saw the plant again. This time there even was a nameplate on it: Dierama. Now I was getting somewhere! But again no plants or seeds were for sale.

In the garden of Margery Fish I saw the plant for the third time. And finally, seeds of the plant were for sale! I immediately bought me a bag. At last I had the seeds!!

That autumn, I sew the Dierama but unfortunately only two plants came up. These I planted in the garden and of course they were pampered with great love. But alas, the following year only some skinny leafs appeared and no flowers whatsoever.

But the year after... they finally started flowering too!

So you will understand this is not a plant for novice gardeners. Almost everything is difficult about this plant. Purchasing, growing, winter hardiness etc.

Even photographing is difficult because the fragile stalks simply move continuously with the winds. And as my garden is very close to the sea it blows often.

However, the result of my quest makes me very happy! And it shows that gardening is all a lesson in patience!

Dierama pulcherrimum.

A mature plant in an English garden.

The first year, only leafs.

For the first time in flower!

Almost transparent.

I love the shape and colour of the flowers.

Tiny stems sway  with every breath of wind.

Seed package. 

Garden of Margery Fish

Thanks for hosting Hakan 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Summer party.

Every summer we have ourselves a family day. This year it was my turn to organise this day and so we arranged our own garden day.

When the date arrived the weather promised to be sunny and warm. So we needed a lot of cool drinks, but how to arrange this? After all I only have a small refrigerator. But then my eye fell on the African pot in the garden.

This pot is the kind that is being used in Africa to store water. The pot itself is porous and thus the water remains cool. (Read more about these pot) This pot would be the solution for my cool drinks! I filled the pot with water and put some roses in for decoration. After that the soda bottles went into the water “et voilĂ ” the work was done!

The family day dawned. You need to know that on a sunny Saturday EVERYONE wants to be in Zeeland where we live. Soon we received a text from our eldest daughter: I'm in 5 km traffic jam, so I will arrive later. Then a call from my brother in law: We're stuck in traffic and according to TomTom, we will be about an hour and a half later. My oldest brother sent an app: Well, we are stuck in traffic and at least half an hour later than planned. Finally my younger brother called: We're stuck in traffic and my engine starts to boil. I'm looking for a garage. You will hear from me ….

Eventually all family members arrived. Even most of my cousins were present. It turned out to be a wonderful afternoon in the garden. We had plenty of time for each other and enough time to chat.

And the drinks of the pot, you might ask.

They were cool!

I filled the African pot with water..... 

.......and added some roses.

Even in full sun the water stays cool.

I added the bottles.

Party time!

 I made some bouquets.

Field bouquets are so pretty.

Tiny flowers, I don't know the name.

They complemented the whole atmosphere.

The African pot in summer, with Hosta.

The African pot in Spring, with tulips.

Thanks for hosting Hakan 

Monday, 13 July 2015

A new skyline to my garden.

 The photos above, may give the impression that I'm on vacation and photographed an excavation. But that is far from the truth. These pictures were taken at the other side of the fence around my garden.

Last week, the house and the barn next to our house have been torn down. In pictures of my garden you have not often seen this house. I always tried to keep it out of the picture. But I could not resist taking pictures of its vanishing.

My husband and I have been watching breathlessly how the work came about. First the barn was knocked down to the ground. The house followed the next day. You can imagine we did not work much those days. All the activities were just too distracting.

The result is simply amazing. My garden has a totally new skyline!

In the near future a new house will be built at the same place, but for the moment we enjoy blue skies!

The old barn, before...

....and after.

The house of our neighbors. 

Work in progress.

It looks like a gigantic dinosaur.... eating the house.

Search the differences.


open skies! And a new skyline.


Monday, 6 July 2015

Summer heat.

A hot wind is blowing from France... Last Wednesday at midnight, the temperature was still 30 degrees. Inside the house It is cooler than at sea!

A hot wind is blowing from France..... Poor plants. The Hydrangea is limping in the border. It is way too hot and way to dry too. I water them in the morning; it's survival.

A hot wind is blowing from France.....The Romneya in the front garden really appreciates the heat. This plant originates from California and knows how to deal with some heat. It flowers exuberantly against the house.

A hot wind is blowing from France..... Both fruits and flowers are suddenly quite cheap. I buy both! Delicious.

A hot wind is blowing from France..... Tour de France bikers from all over the world will ride from Utrecht to Zeeland and finish on Neeltje Jans, close where we live. Next morning they will go to France; strong headwinds predicted.

A hot wind is blowing from France..... A cat is sleeping in the shade under a car. When I take a photo of the cat it looks disturbed at me. "Go to the beach,"  its eyes says.

A hot wind is blowing from France.....

I do what the cat suggested. I take a dive in the sea!


Romneya in the front garden.

Flowers and fruit very cheap!


Roses like this kind of weather.

The cat sleeping in the shade under a car.

The garden in the early morning sun.

Poppies and Kalimeris incisa