Monday, 25 April 2016

The gold digger.

Last year I came across an inspiring combination of red tulips. ( see picture above) For many years I have grown red tulips in my front yard, but always in a combination with yellow tulip called 'Strong Gold'. It is one of the hardiest tulips.

Last autumn I planted another 600 tulips in various shades of red, according to my plan. This spring the red tulips emerged from the ground but also the yellow ones of the previous years appeared. So, not much had changed in my colour scheme. Everyone told me not to bother about those yellow tulips. They are all right and they look nice and sunny.

What to do? For a week, I thought it over. I decided I really had to go for red, otherwise this combination would not come together at all. At a time nobody was around - to prevent me from doing so - I grabbed a knife and cut out all the yellow and yellow flamed tulips from the border. There were over a hundred!

As a neighbour passed by he said to me: Why do you pick all those yellow tulips from your front yard? I felt caught and told him about my colour scheme. I doubt if he could follow my plan.

Now the final result is exactly what I had in mind. A combination of various red tulips. I am very pleased with the result, how the red combines with the fresh red foliage of peonies and roses.

How about you? Do you think I was too harsh on those yellow golden tulips?

Anyhow, the home of this “gold digger” is full of vases with tulips.

Filled with ..... Strong Gold!


In my garden, the yellow tulips of previous years.

The same spot, after removing the yellow tulips. 

I like the combination of the foliage  and the red tulips.

It is a hot colour.......

.... but I am pleased with the result.

The front garden in red.

I could not cut these beautiful Irises. 

In the vase, the yellow tulips 'Strong Gold'.

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Keep your head up!

Last week I worked really hard. The garden will open on Friday and Saturday, so everything has to be “tip top”.

To be sure I don’t forget anything I make a To-do list:

Weeding the paths
Mowing the lawn,
Cutting the hedge,
Cut fading daffodils,
Deadheading tulips,
Cleaning the barn,
Clean up,
Clean up,

Because of this I simply forget to enjoy my beautiful pink tulip border. The heck with all this cleaning I think, throwing the tools aside. I look up to the sky and only now I see the plum tree is already blossoming. The delicate white blossoms seem to float above the pink tulips.

This year I have made a combination of Tulip 'Flaming Purissima' together with T. 'Pink Emperor'. They are flowering at the same time, so that's fine, but I thought this tulip would be more 'pink'. In my view, it is a bit too red. A friend who comes by says: “This red looks just fine. It is deliciously spicy!”

I kneel down between the tulips and make a large series of photos. They are beautiful in the evening light. Despite the – red - pink tulips I am satisfied with the result.

A few more days and the garden will be open. And as every year I ponder: would anyone come to visit the garden?

Come on Hetty, keep your head up!

The garden is opened to the public April 22 and 23 see link below

Plum blossom seem to float above the pink tulips

Pure white!

Close up.

I kneel down between the tulips....

... look at them!

What do you think about the "pink/red"tulips? 

Tulipa 'Flaming Purissima'

It is one of my favorites!

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Monday, 11 April 2016

Daffodils in the spotlight.

Daffodils are the backbone of my spring garden. They flower faithfully every year. And sometimes there are even more than the year before!

In my garden I grow all kinds of varieties. White and yellow ones, with large trumpets and with small ones. The short flowered stem varieties suit me best. Because at the coast the wind can blow so strong. This short stem narcissus can cope with that.

Because of a windy weather forecast, the other day, I placed four pots of daffodils in front of the French doors. That spot is sheltered from the wind. As I pass by these narcissus a sweet scent flows towards me. And from inside the house it looks stunning. Although it was not meant to be this way, I will just keep them flowering there.

After flowering all faded daffodil flowers should be cut off. Otherwise the bulbs put too much energy into making seeds. If you have many daffodils, it is a daunting task. Once I have heard of an English Lady who  did this deadheading with a sword.

Immediately my imagination runs away ...... I see myself as a light-footed Ninja leaping through the garden. With tight movements I hit the narcissus with the tip of my sword ... ... chak, chak, chak!

Ah, I see too many movies. The reality is, as always, sobering.

I take my hedge clipper. Cut. ……Cut…….. Cut ....

The garden is opened to the public April 22 and 23 see link below


Narcis 'Sailboat' in front of the French doors.

They scent sweet..

From inside. We can enjoy the flowers.

Reliable.  Narcis 'Thalia.'

Also reliable. Narcissus 'Ice Wings'.

Close up Narcissus Ice Wings.

One of the best, Narcissus poeticus Recurvus.

Narcissus 'Geranium' together with orange tulips.

Narcissus 'Bell Song.'

Narcissus; they are the backbone of the spring garden.

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Monday, 4 April 2016

White tulips for naturalizing.

White tulips for naturalising.

Now spring is there, there is so much to write about! The botanical tulips I planted last autumn bloom profusely.

This creamy white tulip is called Tulipa turkestanica. It is the first tulip that flowers in my garden. Each stem has at least five flowers. As the sun shines the small flowers fully open. They look like stars! Tulipa turkestanica is a great tulip for naturalizing. With a little luck, the tulips will come back year after year.

For a change, I have planted this tulip in a pot. I combined T. turkestanica with Tulip ‘Concerto’. T. ‘Concerto’ is a larger tulip but has exactly the same colour and is flowering exactly at the same time as T. turkestanica. This contrast of large and small tulips is a top combination! After T. turkestanica has finished flowering, - as a bonus - nice seedpods appear.

I wonder whether the tulips will be naturalising in a pot. By way of experiment I will let the tulips mortify in the pots and we will see what happens next year.

No doubt, it is better to plant these botanical tulips in the soil. Use approximately 15-30 per m2. The bulbs are small, so the planting is easily done. And you don’t have to bother about the price either. The devastating sum of 13 Euros for 150 bulbs (2015) appeared on the invoice of my bulb supplier Jan Deen.

So why not ordering this tulip in autumn? Look at these pictures.

Who will not fall for this “natural” beauty?

The garden is opened to the public April 22 and 23 see link below


Tulipa turkestanica and Tulipa' Concerto'.

The flowers look like stars.

It is starting....

The outside of the petals look a little green-grayish.

T. turkestanica and T. 'Concerto'. Together in a pot.

At the front  tulipa 'Concerto'. 

Close up T. turkestanica in flower.

I have filled four pots. (I am greedy.)

Spring has arrived!

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