zaterdag 4 februari 2017

Last years garden highlights


















A month into the new year, and a month closer to the start of a new gardening season. At our allotment complex the official start of the season is somewhere at the beginning of April.

I haven't been in the garden that much lately. Only once or twice, to clean up and plant bulbs (several varieties of tulips, daffodils, alliums and crocuses). I bought bags full of them in the sale. To me they are really difficult to resist :-)

Somehow there is always something to do in the garden. My daughters help me out whenever they can, but they prefer to come when the sun is out and the temperatures are mild. Which means that in winter I work on my own mostly, wearing my warm boots, a thick sweater and my wax coat. They never fail to keep me warm. Whenever I take a break, I warm my hands at the ancient stove in my garden house. My boyfriend accompanies me now and then. He does those chores I don't really like (hurray!). He cut back Paul's Himalayan Musk in one of the trees (a rambler rose), repaired part of the roof of the garden house, and got rid of some thick root sprouts which grew out of the hazel tree. 

When stretched out on my sofa at home, I leaf through garden magazines and books, in search of inspiration. I use last years photo's to see what worked well and what has definitely got to can change. In this post you can see last years garden highlights. I chose the photo's that I liked best. I hope they inspire you too.

Next time I will take you to Great Dixter gardens in England.

Happy month of February!

Love,

Madelief x























29 opmerkingen:

  1. Door het bekijken van je foto's krijg ik enorm veel zin in de lente en in het nieuwe tuinseizoen! Wat een heerlijk idee dat alles over een paar maanden weer gaat uitlopen. Gisteren heb ik nog een paar winterklussen in de tuin gedaan. Er lag nog veel overbodig blad en daar is het nodige van opgeruimd. Van mij mag de winter vertrekken maar zover is het nog niet...volgende week schijnt het weer behoorlijk koud te worden. Maar wat voor weer we de komende weken nog krijgen...elke dag komt de lente hoe dan ook een stapje dichterbij.

    Veel liefs, Ingrid

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  2. Lovely images Madelief.....its wonderful knowing its all in front of us again, isn't it! :)

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  3. Madelief, it's so Cold here today...just a perfect occasion to have this look at your glorious garden and to start dreaming of the 2017 edition. xo

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  4. That was like a breath of fresh air. Thank you. :) Deb

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  5. Dearest Madelief,
    LOVE this post for February because LOVE is in the air! Yes, you again manage to go once in a while as a team to your garden. You are so blessed for having found new love and the most welcome hand for heavier tasks.
    Your garden has so much character; your selection of colors mainly and choices of cut flowers.
    ENJOY the upcoming spring, followed by summer. Happy times.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  6. Oh, so lovely to walk through your garden again, dear Madelief. So much to look forward to on these cold February days. The tall red dahlia's caught my eye, and the red polka-dot mugs :) I am having a love affair with red lately....Won't it be lovely to walk among the daffodils and forget-me-not's once again? Sending hugs xo Karen

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  7. Omdat het altijd weer lente wordt.....heerlijke genietfoto's. Zo mooi, zo kleurrijk, zo feestelijk nog even en dan kan het ruimen beginnen, hier komen de sneeuwklokjes de grond uit. groet Pauline

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  8. What a wonderful floral feast you have in your garden! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration by the Spring season! Cheers!

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  9. Wat een prachtige tuin foto's.
    Je zou bijna willen dat het alweer zomer is.
    Maar alles op zijn tijd, want iedere keer een klein groen puntje ergens ontdekken vind ik het bijzondere van het naderende voorjaar.
    Een prachtig, kleurrijk, bloemrijk nieuw tuinjaar gewenst.
    Fijne zondag.
    Groetjes Marja
    🌸🌹🌺🌻🌼🌷

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  10. Wat een heerlijke post ...genieten ..denk dat je vandaag ook wel in je tuin bent te vinden het zonnetje schijnt heerlijk...kijk weer uit naar de volgende post......liefs fijne zondag Ria ❤️

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  11. un renouveau tant attendu
    une ambiance contre la morosité
    très agréable jardin , plein d'espoir
    merci infiniment pour se partage
    à bientôt 🌸🌹🌺🌻🌼🌷

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  12. What beautiful images Madelief, so inspiring on this cold grey day. Your garden was full of colour and beauty last summer, and your photos capture it all! Thankyou so much for sharing them, and enjoy the run up to the first signs of spring! Best wishes, Gill xx

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  13. Ik verheug me nu al weer op alle moois wat we het komende seizoen bij jou te zien krijgen. Dit was in ieder geval een heerlijke post met heel veel kleur op deze grauwe zondagmiddag, dank je wel! XX Esther

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  14. I am really looking forward to Spring in my little corner of the world. . .and your photographs have me yearning even more. Beautiful garden!

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  15. Dear Madelief, I have never left a comment before on your blog but read it avidly when you post. You have such style and I love to hear about you, your beautiful daughters and your travels, hobbies and vintage buying. But mostly I love your garden, it is a little piece of heaven, not just for you and yours but for us followers of your blog, thank you for sharing. This posting is a delight, your bouquet selections look so wonderful. I live in East Sussex on the coast, not far from Great Dixter and it is absolutely my most favourite garden to visit. I look forward eagerly to your next post. Thank you so much from a grateful follower in the UK. Regards Sue H xx

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  16. Dear Madelief - these photos have me dreaming of things to come - pretty flowers, tea in the garden, and summer dresses.

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  17. It is always a delight to see your garden and especially at this time of year as you forget how green and wonderful everything is! Sarah x

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  18. Oh my goodness,always inspiring Madelief! Love all your tulips, my favourite flower.That yellow jug of Helleborus is just gorgeous, and the picture of your kitchen with the roses growing all over it is divine.Thank you for all your hard work and your pretty collection of china. Wishing you a happy day, Love, Linda xx

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  19. Madelief, bloemenvrouw…

    Ik wens je een florissante en flamboyante lente
    vol heerlijke geuren en kleuren...

    https://youtu.be/yY0BQszgR7M


    Er bloeit een droombloem...
    ergens...
    op de purperen heuvel...

    In gouden luchten
    het wondere licht
    van een zonwitte dag
    de ijle schittering
    van sterren
    in een zilver maannacht...

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  20. I'm afraid that I'm a bit like your daughters .... a fair weather gardener !!!!
    Your photoraphs are beautiful Madelief and a great inspiration ..... it won't be long before it's all starting to flower.
    Happy gardening Madelief. XXXX

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  21. Fabulous hightlights from last year. Your garden is absolutely stunning. So colourful and charming with a special personal touch.

    Have a Nice weekend.
    Jannicke

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  22. Hello dear Madelief, it's so lovely to see your garden in summer, it's simply beautiful! The array of different flowers you grow throughout the year is truly and inspiration. I am looking forward to seeing your garden this year and I too cannot wait to get out into my courtyard space and tackle the pots and plant some seeds again. Have a lovely weekend. Sharon x

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  23. I loved seeing all your garden shots.....so much beauty!
    Won't be long until you will be out there enjoying the beauty
    once again!

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  24. Muito bonito.
    Uma imagem mais linda que a outra.
    Adorei conhecer seu blog.
    janicce.

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  25. Muito bonito.
    Uma imagem mais linda que a outra.
    Adorei conhecer seu blog.
    janicce.

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  26. Hello Madelief, A very Happy Valentine's Day to you. I always love seeing your garden. Happy to hear your boyfriend is helping you too. It is wonderful he has an interest in gardening.
    Helen xx

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  27. Your garden highlights are sooooooo very beautiful! It does make me dream of Spring and garden color. How wonderful! It is so nice that your boyfriend helps you in the garden too. I am so happy for you.

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Thank you for your lovely words.