zaterdag 13 augustus 2016

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It was a dark and rainy day when I visited the allotment for the first time after our holiday. My sweet neighbours at the allotment complex took care of our garden. They did a good job. It all looked beautiful.

Although there is some colour in the garden, there are not as many summer flowers as usual. Several phlox are in flower, hydrangea, gladioli and achillea, but that's about it.  I almost forget the dahlia's. The flowers of the dahlia tubbers I left in the ground over winter, have opened as well. I planted some new Dahlia varieties this year, but their flowers are not visible yet. I am still waiting for the Zinnia's and Cosmos I seeded too. With a bit of luck, the best is yet to come.

Meanwhile my fruit and vegetables are doing splendidly. I have never had so many bunches of grapes before, and my plum tree is loaded. I made three pots of chutney already, but the basket I keep the plums in is still half full. And there is even more fruit on the tree....

The greenhouse provides us with a bumper crop of tomatoes. So that's going to be tomato soup and lots of tomato salad the coming days. 

I want to thank you too for leaving such sweet comments on last weeks post. I haven't replied all of them yet, as I am still enjoying the last days of the girls summer vacation. We try to make the most of it.

Next week I will show you some photo's of the small dinner party I had in the garden today.

Have a lovely new week!

Madelief x








34 opmerkingen:

  1. Hallo lieve Madelief!
    Voor zoveelste keer: FANTASTISCH post,kleurrijk, zeer sfeervol en ZO uitnodigend om te blijven kijken naar.....
    Ah ja.... Het is jammer dat wij heel weinig zon in deze zommer hebben gezien:(
    Maar bij jou ontbreekt het de zommer kleurrijkheid niet,
    Bedankt:)))
    Liefs,
    Violetta.

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  2. Lieve Madelief,

    Gaaf dat je in de kas zoveel hebt kunnen oogsten...het moet toch geweldig zijn om te zien dat alles het zo goed doet en dat je er vervolgens ook nog eens heerlijk van kunt eten. Hier in de tuin slaan de meeste planten wel aan, al heb ik ook een pot staan waar geen enkele activiteit te bekennen valt, terwijl dat al wel had moeten gebeuren.

    Het valt mij op dat het erg lang duurt voordat posten in ons dashboard worden gezet. Deze van jou ben ik ook nog niet tegengekomen. Ik had er de laatste keer bij mijzelf ook last van.

    Ik wens je een fijne week! Veel liefs, Ingrid xxx

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  3. Soon we will have flowers can't wait, we have buds now.
    Merle......

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  4. Your garden always looks beautiful Madelief.
    I too am waiting for cosmos and my tomatoes are all still green.
    Enjoy the time with your girls,
    V x

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  5. Summer's bounty is such a treat - year after year it continues to amaze me. Your garden is looking lovely, despite your fear that the summer flowers aren't as plentiful as they might be. You are so lucky to have good neighbours who take care of things while you are away - I have a feeling that they might just feel like that about you too!

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  6. Lovely Madelief - you have captured the red perfectly - enjoy your bounty from the garden

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  7. Hello Madelief,
    What joy your post brings on this Monday morning. The colours are superb. What a crop of fruit you have. Tomato soup is delicious. I would love to read your recipe if you choose to post.
    Fond wishes for a joyful week
    Helen xxx

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  8. The dahilas add so much colour to your garden and your produce looks fantastic too. Sarah x

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  9. Beautiful and inspiring photos as always. Thank you for sharing ~ FlowerLady

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  10. NO matter what the season, you always show case the bounty of the earth's beauty. From allotment gardens to baskets, tables to British landscapes, you know how to celebrate the delicate gifts of nature. Thank you.

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  11. un billet haut en couleurs et joyeux
    j'adore les couleurs et les formes variées des dalhias
    bonne semaine
    bisous

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  12. Madelief, the contrast of those beautifully brilliant august flowers and the cool green grape vines is really lovely. I've seen lots of zinnias for sale at recent farmers market visits, and am always reminded of the zinnias in my parents' garden. it was fun as a child to have the "task" of clipping a selection of those colors to bring inside for an arrangement. Thanks for this nice memory. xo

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  13. Heerlijk de bloemenpracht ......en wat een boel fruit...geniet er maar lekker van ...liefs Ria x

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  14. Ik liet de dahlia 's ook in de grond. Ze kwamen mooi op, maar de slakken.... Ze hebben ervan genoten! Groetjes Hetty

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  15. Oh Madelief your garden looks wonderful! It is great to have fruit trees as well as your veggies and beautiful flowers... You clearly love gardening and it shows! Enjoy your last days of vacation with your girls...
    Hugs,
    Wanda

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  16. Ik hou van Dahlia's! Op zich wel jammer dat ze maar zo kort te krijgen zijn maar dat maakt ze ook wel weer bijzonder. XX Esther

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  17. Maybe it is a little overcast, but the light makes all your colours of the fruits and flowers just pop! I'm glad that you are enjoying your time with your girls. I am too. I will say goodbye to my oldest daughter who is off to university for her second year. Being Canada- it is very far away. We are on the westcoast and she is heading east - four time zones away. She will be back at Christmas. In the meantime, we still have some days at home and can enjoy dinner in the garden.
    Lise-Lotte

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    1. Hi Lise-Lotte,

      Thank you so much! Hope the 'goodbye' to your daughter wasn't that hard and she will have a lovely time at Uni.

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  18. Dearest Madelief,
    Wow, love those final photos as it is such a different sight from your garden. I can't recall ever having seen her plums and grapes...
    Your love will be smiling down from heaven by looking at such a feast.
    Funny that we want to grow and EAT our crops and thereby eating it for days on end... But we don't complain about it; don't we?!
    Lovely flowers as well.
    We were ready to go biking after our afternoon tea but thunder and rain is keeping us off. Hope we still can paddle...
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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  19. Your garden thrives and looks so pretty. Love the reds. Even the polished toe nails.

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  20. Oh, dahlias. My favorite flowers in the world. Yours are beautiful! This year I planted some and they are growing beautifully. But I cannot wait for the Cafe au Lait which will bloom more into Fall. So glad I found your blog. :)

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    1. Thank you for your sweet compliment Maria. I planted a Cafe au Lait dahlia in my garden as well. I am happy to hear it will flower later in the autumn. I was afraid it wouldn't flower at all :-)

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  21. Just beautiful in your lovely garden...plum and flowers, what a lovely season we have now!
    Love from Titti

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  22. Your summer garden is beautiful. I love the abundance of summer. My plums are overwhelming me, but they are almost all picked. There are grapes the birds and squirrels might get if I don't pick them soon. Then come figs, but apples I bought today. Whew!

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  23. Dearest Madelief, it's astonishing for me that your garden is in the Netherlands - "in the north": It looks so "salsa"! Full of southern temperament with all the colorful flowers!
    Lots of hugs my dear,
    Traude

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  24. Stunning pictures of your beautiful flowers and garden! I love all the colour and your dahlias look perfect! I am just catching up after a break and have to go back and read your previous post now! Happy week!
    Helen xox

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  25. Wat een prachtige heldere kleuren, die Dahlias. En die pruimen, tomaten en druiven zullen vast heerlijk smaken. Nog even genieten van de tuin! Lieve groetjes

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  26. Such beautiful colours to nourish the soul. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous allotment with us. I hope you are well and that life is treating you kindly. With fond good wishes from me here to you there.
    Emma

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  27. Just an amazing garden Madelief - you certainly have what we call "a green thumb" when it comes to growing glorious flowers and fruits.

    Happy remainder of summer days with your girls.

    Mary -

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  28. wunderschöne Bilder..

    liebe Grüße
    Rosi

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  29. When you say, 'and that's it', I'm thinking but that's a lot!!! You have such an amazing garden full of color Madelief en wat heerlijk al die verschillende dahlia's. Hier deden ze het niet bijster goed dit jaar en op de gladiolen is het nog altijd wachten. Ik kijk de bloemen bijna uit de potten tussen de spitse groene bladen. Zelfs al een prik in mijn oog van zo'n blad gehad. Planten in potten zijn natuurlijk niet alles. Het resultaat is nooit zo goed als wanneer ze volle grond hebben. Ik hoop dat de gladiolen kleur zullen geven tijdens een indian summer denk ik dan maar ;-)

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  30. When you say, 'and that's it', I'm thinking but that's a lot!!! You have such an amazing garden full of color Madelief en wat heerlijk al die verschillende dahlia's. Hier deden ze het niet bijster goed dit jaar en op de gladiolen is het nog altijd wachten. Ik kijk de bloemen bijna uit de potten tussen de spitse groene bladen. Zelfs al een prik in mijn oog van zo'n blad gehad. Planten in potten zijn natuurlijk niet alles. Het resultaat is nooit zo goed als wanneer ze volle grond hebben. Ik hoop dat de gladiolen kleur zullen geven tijdens een indian summer denk ik dan maar ;-)

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  31. Beautiful red flowers. The table looks lovely. A great way to end the summer. And look at those grapes! I dug out our grape; it was just too unruly and only produced once. Our tomatoes failed this year. We don't know why. The heat usually doesn't bother them much, but hail did a lot of damage to them. Yours look great. I always enjoy a visit to your garden.

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  32. Weer helemaal bijgetankt door je prachtige posten. Gaaf.

    Groet, Marieke.

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Thank you for your lovely words.