Thursday, April 23, 2009

The rock garden

The 'rock garden' is not as nice as last year, The blue flowers are not there, and I have weeded too much of the white flowers away. The canary seed has taken over too much as well. A lesson for next year.

The Passion tree

For once I made a 'before' picture, even inadvertently. I am picturing the cloud of little muskitoes over the gold fish pond.

Even so, the passion fuite was climbing against the shed, but didn't survive the winter we think and removed it. I thought it was too big for the location and I don't particularly like the flower either.

A few little twigs are still growing in the ground; we'll see what comes off them.

But the main stem is out and one of my five little grape seedlings (well, twigs) is in.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Banana tree!!

Aaaahh! And the famous Banana tree. It is rising!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A spring day

It has been another balmy day, only interrupted by a thunder and tiny shower around lunch time (pack up the plates!! quick!). But the water was very welcome. Even Ces wants to be in the garden, and for the first time this year we can leave the coats inside. By now we have quite some colour in the garden: the rodondendrons (3 of them), the heart flowers (I will look up the name later), tulips, the rijsenbrij (bought), the blue druifjes, the dotterbloem, the hulst, daffodils, and the violets we got from Brian and Frances everywhere. The Magnolia is magnificent, but rather out of view, unfortunately. I hope it grows tall so we can see it over the shed. And not to forget: we lunch under the blossoming cherry tree!

The lawn in the sitting area seems to be holding fine, I hope the rain is just enough to keep it going. Too wet is probably not good, as the roots would become lazy.

Ces plays 'scheppen' in the sandpit, and I can't resist taking out the daisy's and madeliefjes, even though I wanted to keep them until after flowering. Well, it is not the abundance of the Vechtoever, but I still have enough to do for a while.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Forget me not

A couple of forget me nots appear on the 'forrest trail'. They are a whaft of blue, bright suddenly under the dark trees.

These forget me nots look quite different from the ones I remember from the Vechtoever. I different variety or just different soil?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easyplant geraniums

Ah! my order arrives: a whole load of geraniums, some begonias and salvias and strawberries. I have to plant them out quickly: they come with tiny roots! There are more geraniums than I have planters. I will have to source those later. And see if Peter wants to make me some supports at the front of our house..... Hmmm, he is suffering from removing the wisdom teeth, so not now.... Some of the geraniums even go in the border in the sitting area, next to the violets.

Monday, April 6, 2009


What a beauty of a daffodil. So heavy it can't keep its head up!

Sunday, April 5, 2009


The flowering rodondendrons. The abundance of thered is great! Although close up they look a bit withered.

The little pink one stands under the trees, and so is a beauty in the shade. A surprise when you look in that area.
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Saturday, April 4, 2009

The pelargonium

A reminder for later this year: this is how small the pelargonium started! Last year they were huge purple bushes: great, but after flowering a bit unwieldy.

I dug one out last year and put it in a pot. It even survived the harsh winter and is budding out now as well.
I see lots of little weeds in between the pelargonium. Later I see that it is actually little pelargonium seedlings..... It seeds easily enough as it is, these babies have to go...

It is the little girls birthday and this is her new bike!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Beauty springs up!

A beauty springs up, in the rear of the garden, a fragile looking flower. No idea what it is, and it is quite hidden where it stands.
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Another weed

Another weed, but this I quite like too: it is cheerfull in our dull lawn at the moment. I must say, that the fun went out of this quite soon after this: it springs up everywhere, even between the tiles and so on.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

the new sitting area

This is how it is at 16:30!! We still have lots of sand on the pile, but all the lawn has been put in. Even redundant lawn has been put on the left and in the rear.

We love it!!
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Pile of sand

This is the pile of sand we have - I should say I have - ordered. It is ten cubic meter and it is way !!! too much.
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