It has been raining cats and dogs in Rotterdam all day. The weather forecast for the coming days is not too good either. I hope the weather people will be wrong and the sun will shine for Easter. The Easter weekend is the weekend that we plan to paint our little garden house. So dry weather is necessary!
Despite the weather I worked in the garden today. It was terribly cold and windy. It's funny, but when the weather is bad I can only see women working in the other allotment gardens ;-)!
I planted some pink lavenders, pink delphiniums and thalictrum (purple). In Dutch we call it 'ruit'. I also put a grey leafed hosta in a pot. More and more flowers are in bloom. Today I even spotted the first muscari. The lady in the bath is growing fast too. Just like the Galium Odoratum (lievevrouwebedstro), which covers a great part of our garden and will be a mass of little white flowers at the end of april.
It will not be long before the first cutting flowers will be in bloom. I am looking forward very much to making little bouquets, hopefully as pretty as the ones on the photos. In the mean time I will just enjoy these and use them for inspiration! I hope the colours and combinations of flowers used, will inspire you too. Enjoy your week! Lieve groet, Madelief
A description of a city shower by Jonathan Swift (1710)
Now in contiguous Drops the Flood comes down,
Threat'ning with Deluge this devoted Town.
Now from all Parts the swelling Kennels flow,
And bear their Trophies with them as they go:
Filth of all Hues and Odours seem to tell
What Street they sail'd from, by their Sight and Smell.
They, as each Torrent drives, with rapid Force,
From Smithfield or St. Pulchre's shape their Course,
And in huge Confluent join'd at Snow-Hill Ridge,
Fall from the Conduit, prone to Holbourn-Bridge.
Sweeping from Butchers Stalls, Dung, Guts, and Blood,
Drown'd Puppies, stinking Sprats, all drench'd in Mud,
Dead Cats and Turnip-Tops come tumbling down the Flood
I am so glad I live in 2010. It must have been horibble to live in a town two centuries ago all that mud down the streets and dead animals......
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