zondag 9 februari 2014

The first spring flowers









Some of you asked me to post a few photo's I made at the photography course last week. I had a good look at them, but somehow I don't find them interesting enough to share with you. What I did instead, is cycle to my allotment garden and take some photo's there. Keeping in mind the things I learned at the course. Hope you can see the difference :-).

The garden looks beautiful! Although it's still bare, there is so much to see. The tiny white heads of the snowdrops lighten up a dark corner. There are crocuses everywhere. However best of all are the hellebores, under the old hazel tree. They look truly magnificent. I only have two varieties in the garden at the moment, since I lost my white hellebores, but the ones I have are very pretty! When I stand in the middle of the garden and look around me, I can see all sort of shoots begin to emerge: daffodils, tulips, bluebells and even the first aliums.

The early morning light in our south facing garden is enchanting, on this sunny winter day. I had to contain myself, not to prune the roses yet, or get rid of the thick layer of mulch, which I covered the Dahlia bulbs with. A colder period is still possible, and the risk of frost and ice, which can play havoc with my garden.  I hope the weather will stay the way it is: mild for the time of year and sometimes even spring like. Can't wait to pull on my boots and start planting and seeding.

Have you been working in the garden lately?
 
Love,

Madelief x

I made the photo of the windmill, which is close to our garden, especially for Noelle. Noelle, here it is at last :-)! x











91 opmerkingen:

  1. Ja mooi he? ik had er afgelopen week ook een postje over gedaan, http://schunsland.blogspot.nl/2014/02/kleurrijke-helleborussen.html ze zijn zo lekker kleurig voor deze tijd van het jaar...
    Jij hebt ook die mooie "Tutu"...dat is die net dat tuturokje in het midden, die 'dubbele' dus.. mooie foto's weer...net als altijd bij jou...
    fijne zondag nog, al lijkt het nu wel herfst met al die wind....

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  2. oh yes, Spring has invaded your garden!!!!! beautiful flowers!!!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

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  3. OOOOH ,DIE KLEUR VIND IK ZO MOOI!
    PRACHTIG IN 1 WOORD.
    IK HEB ZELF DE WITTE GEKOCHT DIE STAAN BUITEN IN EEN RIETEN MAND.
    IK GA TOCH NOG EVEN KIJKEN VOOR DIE MOOIE KLEUR DIE JIJ HEBT.

    FIJNE DAG,

    MIRANDA

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  4. Hoi Madelief,
    Ik vond jouw foto's altijd al heel erg mooi! Ook deze keer weer, zulke prachtige bloemen heb je weer vastgelegd, wat een kleuren zeg! Heerlijk om te zien. En de sneeuwklokjes... Verrukkelijk! Ook de molen is heel mooi... Leuk om deze als uitzicht te hebben, het kan veel erger...
    Ik wens je een heerlijke zondag,
    Lieve groet,
    Mirjam

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  5. Ich fand Deine Fotos immer schon super! Auch ohne Kurs! Und ich bin baff, das blüht bei Euch schon??
    LG
    Tinka

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  6. So stunning, I love hellebores and they look so exotic in the bare landscape, thank you for these lovely pictures xxx

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  7. Oh lovely Madelief, the helebores are absolutely beautiful, amazing that such a beautiful flower can survive the bleakest winter ...

    I adore your summerhouse, even in this cold weather, I am imagining it on a bright, sunny summer's day, with the table all set in front of it and a large pitcher of Pimms's ... bliss!

    Thanks for popping over to me and for your lovely words, you're always very welcome!

    Love Claire xx

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  8. Lieve Madelief,

    Ik kan mij voorstellen dat je staat te popelen om in de tuin aan de slag te gaan, ik kijk ook erg uit naar het nieuwe tuinseizoen. Je foto's zijn prachtig, maar dat was voorheen ook al zo. Hier is de helleborus ook tot bloei gekomen, meestal zijn ze hier laat maar door het zachte weer nu toch al zichtbaar. Ze staan in een hoek van de tuin waar ik vanuit huis amper zicht op heb, dat is eigenlijk wel jammer.

    Ik wens je een fijne week! Veel liefs, Ingrid

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  9. Dear Madelief - I love these first images of Spring - it lifts the spirits. I have several hellebores in the garden too - they along with the snowdrops really do make you feel that the warmer weather is on its way.

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  10. Prachtige bloemen heb je op de foto weten te zetten (en natuurlijk ook prachtige foto's)
    Helaas heb ik geen tuin maar een schoolplein vol met stoeptegels. In het begin van het voorjaar wanneer de nachtvorst is geweken zet ik er meestal wat vrolijke bloempotten neer om alles wat op te fleuren.

    Liefs en een fijne zondag !

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  11. Wat zijn je beelden weer prachtig......of ik verschil zie....nu ja....vond ze al mooi, maar dat had ik volgens mij al aan je gezegd. Het is gewoon genieten! Helleborus is 1 van mijn favorieten, kan ze bijna bij je plukken....zo helder......
    Kon ik dat maar...ha...ben maar een hobbyist ;) Zet je hem buiten op zonnestand....? of een andere.....? Buiten lukt me al helemaal niet.

    Nu ja.......heb genoten wederom.......

    Fijne zondag

    Liefs

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  12. Laat het voorjaar maar komen!

    Fijne zondag

    X Pietrik

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  13. Your little hellebores are so pretty Madelief, lovely to see your beautiful photos of your garden and the fabulous windmill too!
    V xxx

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  14. Dag lieve Madelief.Wat ontzettend mooi en wat een prachtige kleur heeft ze .echt genieten.een hele mooie Zondag liefs Margarita Xx

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  15. Schitterende foto's Madelief, vooral van de Helleborussen, die met dat dubbele hart is fantastisch, en.....heb je zomaar een bosje geplukt........Leuk die molen er bij, maar deze molen herken ik niet, zou niet weten waar die staat. Ik heb weer genoten van je prachtige zonnige foto's dat is nu hier wel anders.
    Groeten, Janneke

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  16. Good morning, Madelief! I am so amazed that my Dutch friends are having such a mild winter, with signs of spring, already! We are quite the opposite here, with freezing temperatures still biting at our noses! Your snowdrops, MY GOODNESS! Madelief, your garden cottage is so beautiful, and I remember it from last year. How I enjoyed your tea parties there, and I look forward to one again! We have a lovely enclosed patio that leads out into our garden where we can watch the rabbits, see the squirrels and hear the birds. I look forward to it!

    As always, your photos are stunning and the contrast of the mint green with the purple flower is POWERFUL! I am taking more photographs of my own now, and enjoying it all!

    Thank you for your lovely inspiration, Madelief. Bisous, Anita

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  17. Dear Madelief,
    oh, I like your pretty pictures and wonderful vernal post, thanks for sharing with us!!!
    Here it's still winter and rainy today - it's too early to start with gardening here so I have to come back to see your pics.
    I also love windmills what a lucky girl you are to have one in your surroundings!
    Enjoy your Sunday!
    Hugs Christine

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  18. Zo mooi weer !!!..heerlijk kan niet wachten op het voorjaar..heerlijk weer al die tuinfoto's van jou...liefs fijne zondag...Ria...x !

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  19. Hallo,lieve Madelief!:)*

    Ik kan zeggen dat jou foto's maakt mij altijd zo blij,je hebt een speciale feeling daarvoor!
    Fantastisch tuin met veel verschillende bloemen en planten maken je hart ook bloeien:)))*

    Ja dit jaar in Holland is absoluut geen echte winter geweest......en nou.de mooiste seizoen van het jaar is al begonnen!!!

    Ik vond jou fotowerk vroeger ook prachtig,maar als ik nou dit zie! Ik kan alleen maar zeggen: een masterpiece work!!!

    Wens je gezellige zondag,

    Liefs en groetjes,
    ***Violetta***

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  20. Weer heerlijke foto's en breng je me weer op ideeën. Je tuinhuisje ook zo mooi!

    liefs, Haikey

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  21. Prachtig Madelief. Je foto's zijn altijd een genot om naar te kijken. Lieve groet,

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  22. Dearest Madelief, ♥♥♥
    you always took wonderful photos - but may be today they are a bit more wonderful :o)
    I love their springfeeling - and the color of the Heleborus (it's really magnificient!)

    Today I made some kind of spring-post, too ... with three wonderful green cups that I won in a giveaway........................ ;o))) ♥♥♥
    Perhaps you wanna see it???
    Lots of hugs, Traude
    ♥♥♥

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  23. Prachtige plaatjes, wat is de natuur al mooi.
    lieve groet, Renny

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  24. Your Hellebores are magnificent! Definitely a sight for these sore eyes.

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  25. Wat een prachtige foto's, zie ik verschil? Ik weet het niet, je foto's zijn altijd mooi. Ik ben dol op helleborussen en ook weer een plantje binnen staan. In de tuin staan er niet zoveel dat ik er bossen van kan plukken maar een paar staan er in een vaasje op tafel. En wat zijn je sneeuwklokjes schattig, ik heb ze helaas niet in de tuin. Ik kom ze gewoon nooit tegen als ik planten ga kopen:) Van mij mag het tuinseizoen beginnen, heerlijk weer wroeten in de aarde! Fijne week en lieve groet

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  26. Wat zijn je foto's weer prachtig Madelief, zo mooi! Pascale X

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  27. Wow, your Spring is definitely early over there. Your photos and flowers are always beautiful. Lucky you to have flowers blooming now. We still have lots of snow overs here.

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  28. So lovely and helleborus is one of my favourite flowers! Your pictures are great too....
    Have a nice sunday, take care!
    Love Titti

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  29. Oh wonderful photos ! You have the chance to see your hellebores blooming snowdrops and they are very very beautiful ! Here, in the heart of France (Auvergne) it is still winter. I love winter but my snowdrops are not yet flowered, they emerge from the ground. Oh the mill, how beautiful it is ! I love mills. Madelief thank you for sharing with us the wonders of your so pretty garden.
    Nice evening Madelief, and sweet new week
    Nath xxx

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  30. How beautiful!
    I worked in the garden two weeks ago when the temperatures were very mild, but we've been plunged into a deep freeze (unusual, so late) and I am very glad that I didn't prune the roses!

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  31. Absolutely beautiful, and more wonderful to see because they are grown by you.

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  32. Hellebores, rather knowing how to recognize them are a bit new to me and they are so exquisite with their almost dusty color and beautiful stamens. The pictures are very peaceful and calming.
    Right now I have freesias; and my tree of white camellias is in full bloom, the plum tree blossom has started for the wild plum. The windmill photos are such a treat!

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  33. Your garden is soooo lovely already ...it has been way too cold to be out in mine. Our weather was amazing and then the last few weeks it turned so cold. Soon my friend soon.
    Well I had such JOY when I went to my mailbox yesterday! A sweet little puffin fellow waiting for me to put together! Such fun and happiness. He is standing on my table looking at me right now! I smile everytime I see him...thank you so so much. Your thoughtfulness is so appreciated. You are such a dear.
    Sending you ooodles of love and joy as you watch your Olympic skaters zoom to GOLD! xoxoxoo

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  34. Wat een heerlijke voorjaarsfoto's weer Madelief. Je anderen waren ook altijd prachtig dus ik weet niet of er verschil is. Ik heb ook nog altijd een fotocursus op mijn verlanglijstje staan maar of het er ooit van KOmt?? Er is veel loopwerk bij en dat gaat me niet zo goed meer af.
    Lieve groet van Riet

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  35. Dear Madelief,

    How wonderful that Spring flowers are starting to bloom and I loved seeing your gorgeous photos and of the windmill too.
    Must have been fun also taking the photography course and that is something I need to do.
    Congratulations on your Olympic skaters winning gold - I thought of you when I was watching them.
    Happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  36. Ja! Ik zie het verschil: je hebt leren toveren met kleur!
    Dat zie ik aan de helleborussen, want die zijn zooo stralend paars/roze/rood, dat kan toch niet echt zijn, zover is Rotterdamse grond niet van Drentse grond verwijderd ;-)
    Je foto's zijn echt prachtig, maar wat hierboven ook al gezegd is: dat waren ze ook al. Ik geniet er iedere keer weer van.
    Groetjes Kyra

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  37. I love your photographs and how fun to see the windmill in the background. The bulbs in my garden are at about the same place as yours. I took some of the mulch off one of the beds and I am hoping that this last few days of very cold weather will still be alright for the little bulbs. I can hardly wait for Spring, but since I am a planner, I love the anticipation of looking at the ground and seeing what will be, just by seeing what is poking up through the earth.
    On another topic, I think it's so exciting that you are planning a crochet workshop in your garden over tea-- I wish I could come! If I didn't live so far away, I would certainly sign up- I think it will be so inspiring and cozy- no doubt it will be a great success!
    Lise-Lotte (from the west coast of Canada)
    partygreen.ca

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  38. Such beauty here. Your images are gorgeous, such beautiful composition. I love the hellebores and the gorgeous shed painted so invitingly. It's been a real joy to get a taste if spring here, thank you dearest. Wishing you a wonderful week. Xoxo

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  39. Dearest Madelief,
    Amazing how far nature in The Netherlands already is at this moment!
    Lovely photos, so glad you get to see these early spring bodes.
    Hugs and happy new week to you.
    Mariette

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  40. It is always nice to see the beginning of spring, we are just ending summer here so it's a long way off the winter to come yet.
    Merle............

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  41. Such beautiful photos Madelief! I especially like the ones of the hellebores, so pretty!
    Hopefully it won't be long before you are sowing seeds and planting!
    Gill xx

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  42. Madelief--those hellebore are magnificent. Somehow they manage to look both simple and sophisticated. I've never grown them, but you make me want to.

    My garden is still buried under two feet of snow, but I am enjoying yours!

    xo, Jen

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  43. Your allotment looks like such a restorative space ... somewhere to breath and turn your face to the sun. And your hellebores are so very beautiful :)

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  44. You are right, the morning light are perfect for this beauty... Congratulations your pictures and flowers are amazing!
    Warm hugs!
    CamomilaRosa and Alecrim!

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  45. I love the snowdrops. Your photos are so welcomed as we are still in the depths of winter here in Ontario. Beautiful photos. Hugs

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  46. Dear Madelief,
    Your photographs are lovely - but then I have always thought they were lovely! I have to say that seeing your photos on this blog inspired me to take more of my own. Winter has been so mild hasn't it. It doesn't really feel as though we have had it at all!
    We went for a walk yesterday and although I have not seen any snowdrops yet, the crocuses are just starting to show.
    Kirk
    x

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  47. Zo Zeg Dees! Wat een prachtige foto's!!! De kleuren spatten het scherm af! Dat je een bosje helleborus plukt!;Dapper! Ik heb er zo weinig dat ik ze maar laat staan...maar ze staan WEL bij het raam! Heerlijk om alle bollen weer te zien,he! Hoop ook echt dat er geen vorst meer gaat komen! Liefs Fleur

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  48. hallo madelief yes het begint er weer op te lijken erg mooi je voorjaars tuintje na al dat grijze en grauwe nu weer wat kleur erg mooi die de koekkoeks bloem of ei
    groetjes en fijne weekl eon10

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  49. Madelief, you made such a beautiful shoots of your garden and of the flowers as well :0) Could you kindly share with us your cam settings, please? (I wish I could made the same pics :0) Your hellebores and snowdrops are so amazing! Love to see your spring garden. Here in Moscow we still have a winter cold with frost and snow, but I've started seeding (some roses from seeds, violas and forget-me-nots) in propagator on my window :0)
    Happy week to you and to yours
    Love & kisses
    Natasha & kids

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  50. Your photos are amazing!! I love them all!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  51. Dear Madelief, just to let you know I am back at this little place again, and looking forward to spring also!

    Your photos were always beautiful but I guess there is always something to learn, and the course must be fun. It must feel good to spend some restorative time in your garden and yes I'm itching to get going too. I did some tree pruning recently but will leave anything else until March at least. We're drowning in rain at the moment! x

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  52. It is always so wonderful to see the first signs of spring in the garden and your beautiful photographs give me hope that spring is not far away! Your hellebore are so lovely - the colors are amazing! I love how you have them arranged in the galvanized container. You have captured the beautiful detail and I love the photo with the ray of light shining through the petals. I always love taking a peek into your garden, Madelief - it is like a little vacation for my soul. We had a little warming spell a couple of weeks ago and I worked in the gardens, but since then we have had cold snow and rain. Hugs xo Karen

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  53. Those are wonderful pictures of your hellebores. I always find them difficult to photograph in the ground as their heads hang down. Thank you for giving me the inspiration to pick them and then photograph them. Despite the weather we have been having I managed to spend 3 hours in the garden in the sunshine on Friday. It is good to see the bulbs now appearing! I love the windmill so close to your allotment. Sarah x

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  54. wow! it looks like spring already.......I am a bit envious as you are way ahead of us. your photos are all beautiful, you must be enjoying your new camera and your photography course. love the windmill too.
    take care,
    carolyn

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  55. Madelief... Your pictures are always lovely! The flowers are a wonderful glimpse of days to come. Thank you to Noelle for asking for the windmill photo and to you for taking it! I love it! Smiles...Susan

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  56. Prachtige foto's Madelief :) schitterende van de helleborus, met een prachtig hart en ook van de sneeuwklokjes zijn wonderschoon, ik hou ook erg van witte bloemen in m'n tuin omdat je die al nog zo lang ziet bij schemering...
    Het plekje van je tuin is wel op een schitterende locatie zeg, mooi met die molen.
    Van mij mag het weer nu ook wel zo blijven maar ik heb nog niet niet veel in de tuin gedaan om dezelfde reden als die van jou...wie weet wat maart nog brengt...
    Bedankt voor je schitterende post ;)

    Lieve groet, MJ

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  57. ce quelles sont belles ♥♥♥
    mes roses de noël sont un peu " couchées" à cause du vent et de la pluie
    je ne peux guére faire de photos
    le peu qui pousse nous donne l'espoir du printemps
    bonne journée
    tendresse
    edith (iris)

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  58. Hello Madelief,

    I love your photos and the lovely windmill.
    I am looking forward a better weather, no more storms...

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  59. Beautiful Hellebores! I have Snowdrops in my garden at the moment too, Spring is on it's way xx

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  60. Such beautiful Helebores, stunning colour! I haven't dared to set foot in our garden yet ... it is a boggy mess of tangled fences from the recent rain and storms ... and more on the way!
    M x

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  61. This is a really beautiful post, Madelief! Your flower photos are always amazing, and your spring garden is looking so gorgeous! I love the dusky pink hellebores so much, and the sweet little snowdrops. The windmill adds so much character to the surroundings too....and what a lot of lovely shades of green you have captured. I hope the sun shines for you this weekend.
    Helen xx

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  62. What a beautiful winter time garden.
    I do have helebores blooming now in my garden,
    they were hidden for a few days under snow.
    But they are still there along with crocus and
    the beginnings of tulips and daffodils. It is so
    exciting to see the first sightings. Oh I do wish
    for snow drops, but must plant some this year.

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  63. What a delight to see you garden Madelief. I can see winter is almost over on your neck of woods. Your photographs bring everything to life. Sensational colours and textures.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Blessings,

    Aida

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  64. Een beetje jaloers op je mooie foto's! Met welke lens heb jij de foto's gemaakt van de Helleborus op tafel? Ik gebruik voor mijn blog ( tuinverhalen.blogspot.nl) een lens van18-55. Maar misschien is er nog iets te wensen voor mij?
    Groetjes,

    Hetty

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  65. C'est fleures sont belles j'aime leurs Couleurs. J'en ai un seule et elle Blanche , presque Verte . Doux Jeudi .

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  66. I just found your blog... and Boy.. what a blooming joy you gave me.
    We had quite some heavy winds and cold days here, and the winter misery looked so grey and dull; but last few days I'm seeing rays of light coming out of clouds.. spring is slowly coming..

    Your flowers are so adorable!

    Marija

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    1. Hi Marija,

      Thank you for your kind comment!

      Have a lovely evening!

      Madelief

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  67. A refreshing post, Madelief! Nice to wake up to this morning, better than coffee! Lol
    Thank you for the lovely imagery as it is still freeeezzzzing here. Your photos give hope.
    Hugs,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  68. Those Hellebores are simply beautiful and your pictures do them justice.
    As about the change in your photos, I'd say you did quite well before, so except maybe for some extra sharpness in the new ones, I can't see a great difference.

    I'm hoping the same for the weather for the sake of my small garden a little bit to the south from you (Luxembourg).

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  69. Hi Madelief, those hellebores are so beautiful, as are the snowdrops. How lucky you are to have that lovely windmill in the background. Have a lovely weekend.
    Jane xx

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  70. Hello Madelief, how wonderful to see your garden coming to life again. Your photographs are wonderful, but I always think your photos are wonderful. The Hellebores are stunning, so perfect. Mine always have lots of little imperfections in them. It has been very cold and windy and wet here, so I haven't been doing any gardening, but I am itching to get out there. Have a lovely weekend. Love Linda x

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  71. Wonderful photos Madelief! I love the colour of the Christ Rose - it is so elegant! At the weekend I was also in my garden, I cut the old flowers and looked for the first new flowers which try to break thru the earth. I hope spring is coming soon and that it will be not cold again so that the flowers will survive! Have a good time, Barbara

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  72. Madelief , enchanting indeed !
    Such beauty, I have missed being here.
    Thank you for your beautiful share.
    Hugs,
    Willow

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  73. That's wonderful! Can't wait for spring!
    Markus

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  74. Madelief, so, so beautiful! Amazing post! Hugs from Portugal, and thank you for your kind comment in my blog Cem manias! manuela

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  75. Dear Madelief,
    The hellebores are lovely, your garden must be the perfect place for them! I have a dark purple one which hesistantly starts blooming but the white ones don´t show a flower at all this year...:-(
    Your photos are wonderful but I must admit I can´t see a difference because your photos are always wonderful!
    I have already started cutting the withered perennials and pruning some bushes, it feels good to be back in the garden!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

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  76. I needed that injection of flowers! thanks. Its all WET, RAIN and FLOODS here. lovely to visit you again, Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

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  77. Beautiful, beautiful photos dear Madelief! I can't believe how many lovely flowers are making there way out in your garden. Mine is still sleeping under the snow and I am looking through my garden journals and dreaming a bit about what I will do in springtime. Such beautiful hellebores you have....they are an amazing color. I feel content after viewing this beautiful post!
    hugs....

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  78. Dear Madelief,

    So lovely to see your new profile photograph - you are beautiful
    Wishing you a happy weekend and many thanks for visiting me
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  79. Oh, my!

    Gorgeous flowers . . . wonderful photography!

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  80. Oh, my GOODNESS!!! This is all so beautiful!! =) xo

    Now! How funny! I never knew that there was this ADORABLE, beautiful, magic windmill right on your garden's horizon!! Do you realize how exotic and pretty they are to those of us in other countries, I wonder? They speak 'fairytale' to me and are right up there with french chateaus in my mind! =D

    I cannot believe how beautiful your garden looks! Spring!! and, yet, I know what you mean.... it really is still pale winter - which is just as lovely a season.

    And, I can tell that there is something different with your photos - I was noticing it before I ever read about the photography class. I can't quite put my finger on it but.... I want to say that there's a change in the composition and depth of your photos. A new view that is very, very charming!! But, you know... your photos are always - ALWAYS - so lovely!!

    I LOVE the picture of the snowdrops and, the picture of the windmill over your garden that is being aired out and brought to life, just tells the most wonderful story that makes my heart sing!! So lovely with the still bare branches!! Yes! It all makes my heart sing! And, then... what else is there to say but..... hellebores!!!! LOVE!!! =)

    xxo

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  81. Oh! I keep meaning to say... I LOVE your new avatar!!!! =) =) =)

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  82. Oh Madelief! You made my day!! If you ever wish to live on an island, we can trade (just leave the china, will you?!)
    Hugs, Dear

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  83. Madelief. This is so beautiful I just had to mention your post and show a photo on my blog today. We have hellebores blooming too!

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  84. Wow! Every morning will be perfect if you wake up and see this kind of garden, your spring flowers are really beautiful. I really wish I could with a place like that, It seems like magical. hope you can share more of your pictures Madelief! Thanks for sharing anyway =)


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  85. Hallo, wunderschöne Lenzrosen-Fotos. Ich liebe Helleborus orientalis, habe auch viele in meinem Garten. Liebe Grüße Edith

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Thank you for your lovely words.