Wednesday, December 31, 2008

More frost

And one last picture of the frost. See the sunshine reflected in the house in the background.
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The bulbs in the frost

The bulbs are doing well in the frost.
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Cob webs in frost

It was just this day, all the cob webs were covered with ripe. Funny that the webs were hanging there suddenly, I would have sworn that yesterday they were not there.

The garden in frost

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Raking leaves and digging out Horta's

Everyday we rake leaves now. There are a lot of leaves, and it is good fun to do with Ces.

The leaves also fall in the ponds and I try to fish them out. It is a tiresome job and not very effective. Next year I want a netting in November over the pond.

It seems like the leave falling season lasts forever, but really it is only one month.

In the background you can see I have made a start with digging out the horta's. Horrible plants: full of snails and cluttering up all the space.

In the foreground the purple 'Lanterns' that I bought. I wonder if they will return next year???

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Blue bushes, Caryopteris

These bushes were really unnoticeable untill they came in bloom: pale blue. There are three of them, on either side of the lawn. I think that I need to trim them back in spring: they look trimmed before.

Cat's tail? Purple Loosestrife

I am not really sure about the name of this, cat's tail? The dictionary gives as translation Purple Loosestrife. But I am not even really sure I have determined the plant well.

But it lights up really nice in the evening light. And I would really like more of this next year. Does it sow itself? I have several varieties in the garden of what appears to be cat's tail, but they are quite different. How does that work?

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Look at the flowers behind the girl flower.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Green terrace.

This is obviously the cutest girl in the world with the sweetest papa. But the picture also shows the terrace at the time. The ivy up above has already been opened. And the wooden plate above the door was gone - removed by Peter.

Lots of green, isn't it?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The big hole that was

And what was behind the bamboo? The big hole! Some of the planters behind the bamboo are already filled with new soil and plants on this picture.

Cutting the bamboo

Another famous 'afterwards' picture. The bamboo is nearly gone. A little bit of the ivy is still against the house.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

pelargonium and yucca in flower

In this picture are - apart from two lovely people - the pelargonium ('ooievaarsbek') and the flowering yucca well to see. The pelargonium is really nice in flower, but after that should be trimmed. It is too much!!

Weed with no name, but large

In this picture you see the weed that I didn't recognize as weed. I kept waiting and waiting for it to flower (everything in this garden flowers). Finally Brian the gardener confirmed what I was suspecting: it is a gross weed. He also showed us how you really should pull it out - it is not easy, because it roots really well.
This is how you do it: you lean back and the lean from left to right and back. At last it is all loose and you fall back! It was hudge when he pulled this out in August!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Bamboo entrance

This picture shows the entrance to our garden from the 'back gate'. It is very green and like a jungle. There are two types of ivy and there is bamboo.
We have since then removed the bamboo, so that the sun can come into the kitchen. The ivy against the house is also gone (looking at the leaves in this picture it was already cut through at the base). Removing the bamboo revealed all sorts of stuff: roses, planters, gaping holes and more.
Looking back at this picture the bamboo actually looks very pretty. But it was too tall (4m) and too close to the house.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Garden in bloom

The garden in summer bloom.

The roses above the gate. Beautiful, but hard to maintain because they are so high. In the background the bamboo before it was removed. High!!
I think these are what you call "ramblers", climbing roses that keep going.

The pond

In the middle, nearly in the pond the cotton grass. It is an eye catcher - my mother immediately could name it, I had never seen it before. But the name is obvious!

The waterlevel has already gone down a bit, the rocks are exposed.

And the purple loosestrife and farmer's jasmin in the background.

Under the trees

The purple loosestrife again as eyecatcher, nearly blue here. It seemed to turn purple blue in the evening twilight, strange.

In the foreground the pink pelargomium again, a bit too bushy, I think in hindsight. I have taken out the foreground in autumn, because I want to create more lawn.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

View from the rear garden

This is from the rear, behind the pond. I don't like the orange flowers, keizerskroon. It is the a plant against moles, but it is not 'soft' enough to my taste.

In the background the banana tree, obviously partly grown up since the winter....

Monday, June 16, 2008

Pink Pelargonium

The pink pelargonium is also rather bushy, very pretty flowers, though. Next year I will chop it short after flowering though. In autumn I manage to salvage some seedlings from between the tiles. Hopefully they survive the winter and I can plant them out. I'd like to spread them around a bit.
In the background against the wall pretty red roses.

Lavender, Poppies

I like the white flowers, although I don't know what it is. It is getting overgrown by the Lavender. Behind the lavender are the Poppies. Bright red poppies. And behind even the yellow flowering Lady's Mantle (Vrouwenmantel). And the stump of the old tree.

Farmer's Jasmin

This is the Farmer's Jasmin, or so it was called in the garden design papers the previous owners made and handed to us. The design is actually interesting for this website too.

I am not sure why this is called Farmer's, I think it means it is not smelly.

Seeing the picture now (Feb 2009) I realise it is choosen well: it stands in the back corner, and white in the back of the garden is a good idea: it draws the eye to the back.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The border in the middle

Another picture for reference. Looking back at this a year later, it pretty much looks still the same.

Stunning effect

I was so stunned by this display of flowers. The cute white ones and the bright blue ones.

Now that I see this picture a year later, I realise I may have weeded out the blue ones. And that would be pity, because then the stunning effect is gone. They have dark leaves.... I'll have to look for them.
I later found out that the large blue ones in the background are 'canary seed' and it is highly explosive stuff!!

Near the pond, pelargonium

Just a picture for reference
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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Our New Garden

We have bought our house with a great garden. I am a bit afraid of maintaining this garden: will I be able to keep the flowers flowering as beautiful as they are now? I am not really used to this type of garden, although I can maintain a normal 'children's garden'.
We celebrate that we have signed the contract and the garden is ours.