The arboretum: where every leaf is a flower

Autumn is coming to an end and the holiday season, starting with Saint Nicholas’ Day, is just around the corner. November has been really warm until this week. We had our first frost at the beginning of the week and all of a sudden it feels like winter. I visited the Von Gimborn Arboretum weeks ago when leaves were still on the trees. I am a big fan of photographing interesting trees and the arboretum is just the right place to do that. As we say goodbye to autumn, take a last look at these beautiful autumn colours.

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A quote to start the week: Autumn is a second spring

Almost all the leaves have fallen from the trees and the flowers are disappearing fast. It is really cold this morning, with a light frost. I have left the dahlia tubers in the ground until now. It’s better to leave them in the ground as long as possible, they need to feel the cold so the tubers will prepare for winter. I wanted to wait until the plants have completely died back, but being a first-year grower, I don’t want to dig them up too late.

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A quote to start the week: I like boring things

I know the start of a new week can be hard, especially if you have to get up when it’s still dark outside. I’m not a morning person, but after years of waking up early in the morning because the children were ready to start their day, I never set an alarm anymore. Now it’s me, waking them up.

After the terrible events of last weekend, I think we can all use a boring week. A little bit of rain, a little bit of wind, a delayed train, I hope your week is as uneventfull as that. Have a good start of the new week!

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Het bergje: a small mountain in the Low Countries

I live in a country called ‘Nederland’, the Netherlands. In France, they call it ‘les Pays-Bas’, the Low Countries.  And it’s true, the landscape is mostly low and flat, with large parts of the country (ca. 26%) actually below sea level. Knowing this, would you believe I live on a mountain? The area around my neighbourhood has been called a mountain for centuries though it is really only 44 metres above sea level. This means it probably only qualifies as no more than a hill.

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plants & Flowers

When I received this month’s Urban jungle bloggers theme I couldn’t have been happier. Even though Urban Jungle bloggers is all about green and growing plants, this month’s edition is very special. For the first time, all Urban Jungle Bloggers are asked to style up their home with plants and flowers. I always have flowers somewhere in my home, so this is right up my alley.

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Bring the season into your home with Autumn flowers

Hello, and welcome to market days. Once again I want to take you to the flower market in my hometown. Each month I show you what flowers are in season and available at the market. This time of year, autumn flowers, berries, grasses and rosehips fill the flower market. Their colours remind you of an autumn forest on a bright sunny day. With flowers and fruits, you can bring a little bit of the abundance of nature into your home.

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Autumnal Dahlia bouquet – fresh from the garden

When I wrote about my summer bouquets back in July, I promised you to create another summer bouquet after our summer holiday, this time using the dahlias I have been growing in my dahlia garden. Today is the first day of Autumn, so it’s obviously too late to make a summer bouquet. Luckily, my dahlias are still blooming and in this post I am sharing a very autumnal dahlia bouquet. It’s made from flowers, berries and foliage fresh from the garden.

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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