Planning a dahlia garden: choosing shapes, sizes and colours

Thank you so much to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post, not only here but on Instagram as well. I know it was very different from my usual blog posts. My aim for this blog is for it to be a place for people to escape to and find inspiration. I want it to be a happy place and try to keep real life out.

But last week it just didn’t feel right to write about flowers when so much is happening in the world. I may write more personal blog posts in the future, but today’s post is all about flowers 😉

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5 reasons to grow your own flowers (and 3 reasons not to)

A vase of fresh flowers cut straight from the garden and brought into the house can instantly brighten up a room and in many cases fill it with scent. One of my favourite garden activities is picking flowers I grow in my garden. It certainly beats other garden chores like weeding. Growing your own flowers is fun, it’s easy and it’s a great way to save money. So it’s surprising that more people don’t try growing their own flowers. There are plenty of cut flowers that you can grow at home, it’s easy if you choose the right plants. Not convinced yet? Here are 5 reasons to grow your own flowers.

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Dahlia garden review

The meteorological winter has begun and in the Netherlands, everyone is excited about Saint Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, coming to town this weekend. He brings his gifts on the evening of December 5th, riding the roofs on a white horse, delivering presents by the chimney. The Dutch took this tradition to America and Sinterklaas evolved into Santa Claus. Gift-bringing at Christmas is gaining popularity each year, but Sinterklaas is still more popular. Because my husband’s family is German we both exchange gifts at Sinterklaas and on Christmas Eve. Our children must be the happiest kids in the world.

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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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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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At the cutting garden

I love flowers and have always enjoyed a bouquet of fresh flowers in the house. Flowers are relatively cheap in the Netherlands and even in winter, there is an abundant choice of flowers and colours. I usually buy my flowers at the market. I love going to the historic city centre each week to buy vegetables and bread.
There is so much to see and always something to taste at the market. I enjoy the lively atmosphere in the streets and squares on market days.

At the cutting garden: dahlias - Cloverhome.nl

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