5 things I learned about garden photography

Last Saturday, I attended a garden photography workshop hosted by Modeste Herwig at the Botanical Gardens in Utrecht. The weather forecast for the weekend didn’t look very promising. Fortunately, it didn’t turn out as bad as predicted. So I spend most of my day outside, in a beautiful garden, doing what I love to do most: photographing flowers.

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plants & Art

I have a confession to make. I’m not very good with houseplants. It’s not that I can’t keep them alive, they are not dying, but they aren’t exactly thriving either. I always forget to water my plants, but luckily, most plants like to have the soil dry out a bit before being watered again. Apparently, most people are deathly afraid of under-watering their plants and tend to over-water! Continue reading Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plants & Art

Hold on to summer with sunflowers: market days August

Hello there and welcome back to Market Days, where I share whatever flowers are in season and available at the flower market in my hometown. This month I am highlighting sunflowers, a typical summer flower, bright and cheerful and with an unmistakable resemblance to the sun. Continue reading Hold on to summer with sunflowers: market days August

Dahlia garden update: my favourite cut flower dahlias

Hello there, welcome back to my blog! After my long break, I am happy to take up blogging again and share my love of flowers with you. Today, I am taking you to my dahlia garden and I think it’s about time! We have been back from our summer holiday for two weeks now. Those weeks rushed by unpacking and doing the laundry. I have been trying to catch up  in the garden and my boys have been getting ready for school.

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Summer bouquets: Mix and match

Hello there! Whether you are you reading this in the back garden at home or at your holiday location, I hope you are enjoying summer. To bring out your summer feeling even more, in this week’s blog post I am sharing my summer bouquets. You know you should always have flowers in your home. Research shows you’ll feel happier and more satisfied. If you are looking for inspiration for your summer bouquets, just read on.

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Monkshood, poppy seed pod, clematis, eucalyptus, phlox

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The flower market in June: summer flowers in abundance

Hello everyone, welcome to this month’s market days, where I share whatever flowers are in season and available at the flower market. After last month’s peonies, this month’s focus is on summer flowers.

Market days June: summer flowers, nigella - Cloverhome.nl
Nigella or love-in-a-mist

But maybe I should begin with: hello, is anybody there? After all, it’s finally summer. We have had our first official heat wave, and everyone seems to be getting ready for the great escape. When the weather gets warm, people spend more time outdoors, take time off from work, have long weekend escapes and go on holiday, while watching less television and spending less time online. And that’s a good thing! I hope, you too, are taking some time off, spending time with friends and family and enjoying the outdoors.

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How to Herbarium: The beauty of pressed flowers

Do you remember your biology lessons back in school? Did you and your class at any time go outside to collect plants and flowers to dry and study? Most kids didn’t take this project too seriously. Of course, I did. And I still like to collect leaves and flowers. I often press them between the pages of the dictionary or in my flower press. Sometimes I display them in a frame.

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Holiday inspiration: Rhodes

With summer just around the corner, I thought it was time for some holiday inspiration. The school year is almost over and everyone is making plans for summer. For most people, planning a trip is half the fun, where to go, what to see and, of course, what to eat? You can spend hours browsing through travel websites and blogs looking for holiday inspiration, drooling over pictures of turquoise waters and deserted beaches, a hammock hung between two palm trees, okay, stop. You get the picture.

Holiday inspiration Rhodes: fishing boats - Cloverhome.nl

Have you booked your summer holiday or are you waiting until the last minute? If you are stuck in the office, looking outside at the grey sky, I hope these images of our trip to Rhodes will get you in the holiday mood. Continue reading Holiday inspiration: Rhodes

The flower market in May: buying seasonal flowers

Are you wondering what seasonal flowers are available at the market in May? Why won’t you join me and visit the flower market? Let’s take our bikes and cycle to the old city centre. Whatever your favourite flower is, I’m sure you will find it here. I’m always looking to buy seasonal flowers and hurray, it’s peony season!

Seasonal flowers: peonies - Cloverhome.nl

Peony season is in full swing and the flower market is full of different peony varieties. Peonies have a relatively short blooming season, peaking from late spring through early summer, which makes them all the more special. Peonies have large, sumptuous blooms. The bright, ice cream, colours make them the perfect prelude to summer, so get them while you can! Continue reading The flower market in May: buying seasonal flowers

The language of flowers: a novel

The best thing about a holiday is that you finally get to read all the books that have been piling up on your nightstand. I love to read, but find myself reading less and less. As a mother of four, there is always something to do and these things, or persons, always seem to need my immediate attention.

So when we went on a holiday to Rhodes, the sunshine island in the Aegean sea, I not only packed holiday essentials such as summer dresses, sunglasses, and bikinis, but also a stack of books. My boys need lots of food, and they love to swim. We stayed in a hotel with a swimming pool and a breakfast and dinner buffet with great food, so the basics were covered.

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Hydrangea, dispassion

We explored the island’s beautiful beaches, swam in the turquoise blue sea, strolled through the picturesque streets of Rhodes town and ended our days besides the pool, with a book and a beer. I managed to read two books, cover to cover! Continue reading The language of flowers: a novel