zondag 29 maart 2015

Garden blues


One of the advantages of a cool and rainy day in the garden is that the colours of the flowers and foliage look more intense. Although I prefer sunshine, days like this are not that bad at all.

It's quiet at the allotment complex. Most people prefer to stay at home. In the garden much is happening. Blackbirds and Robbins keep me company. Looking for worms and material to build their nests with.  The trees are full of buds and even some tiny leaves. The first blossoms are visible and more and more flowers come into bloom. It's tiny blue flowers mostly: sweet forget-me-nots, lungwort, cowslip, scilla, grape hyacinths and some violets I recently planted. With the promise of many more flowers and colours to come. Tulip and alium leaves are already visible, so are the crowns of aquilegia's and lupins. I can hardly wait!

I bought several bags of fertilized garden soil and some extra manure, which I still have to spread over the garden. Hopefully the weather will improve soon. I can''t wait very much longer, because otherwise my plants have grown too much. Lets hope for a wonderful Easter weekend! 

Wishing you all a good time!


Madelief x

maandag 23 maart 2015



Thank you so much for your kind comments and emails and for participating in my giveaway. I am glad you like the teacups I chose for you. I will miss them in my cupboard, but I can't help looking forward to the new treasures I will hopefully find. We have Kings day coming up soon (flea market time), which means I have to make room :-)

I am not going to keep you in suspense much longer. This time the teacups go to Helen from the blog Helen Philipps (pink set) and to Gerry from the blog Merel-Viool (red set) Congratulations sweet ladies! I am really happy to send them to you, because I know they will get a good home.
Could you please email me your address?

For all of you who did not win today. I have a new giveaway coming soon. When you are interested in gardening books and garden parties and can read German, please have a look at my blog now and then.

Today's photo's were taken in the garden last Wednesday. I was hoping for a sunny day, but got a misty one instead. It was perfect weather though for getting my garden ready for the season. The hellebores looked exceptionally beautiful. They have a lovely position underneath an old hazel tree and brighten up this normally dark part of the garden. I thought I had only two varieties, but was pleasantly surprised to see the flowers of a new seedling popping up. It's the pink hellebore with the yellow heart in the photo below. It's definitely going to stay! Do you grow hellebores in your garden?

Wishing you all a happy week ahead. Lets hope the weather will be perfect for gardening!


Madelief x

zondag 15 maart 2015

Vintage teacup giveaway

When I scrolled through my last couple of blog posts, I realised I have forgotten to thank you for quite a while now: for you sweet comments on my new kitchen, the adventures I had with my daughter Annebelle at the allotment complex and many more. Thank you so much! They always make me smile!

I thought it was high time to do another giveaway. As I have lots of vintage tea and coffee cups, I would love to give some to you. Ha, ha, you are actually doing me a favour by joining in, because this way I can add some new ones to my collection ;-)

I hope you like the ones I chose for you. Please let me know which set of cups you prefer. The pink set (below this text) or the red set (above this text). My youngest daughter Annebelle will pick the winning number. You are all welcome to join in, from The Netherlands or abroad. The giveaway will end next Sunday, the 22nd of March. I will announce the winning number on Sunday or Monday. It depends how busy my weekend is :-). 

Wishing you lots of success! A Happy new week!


Madelief x